Sunday, September 28, 2014

A guest house and sefer Torah to be dedicated in memory of Aaron Sofer Z'L

At the shloshim atzeres for HaBachur Aaron Sofer z'l it was announced the family would like to dedicate a sefer Torah and a guest house, liluy Nishmaso. Lakewood is known for its hospitality and hachnosas Orchim. A guest house can add much, to the many who come by to visit for simchas or other reasons.

Atzeres hisoirerus today Tzom gedalya to commemorate Shloshim of habachur Aaron Sofer Z'L

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Didn't get a free Rimon? you can buy one locally for 99 cents

Pomegranates are on sale at Howell ALDI for 99 cents.

A 13% tax hike and now they ask for more?

Talk about a one two punch, taxpayers just got hit with huge tax increases now they are asking for another tax hike, to maintain the dilapidated schools. Where is all the tax money going? can we see the contract and the bidding that went on for these improvement projects? They cant account for IPODS now they say trust us? why are the politicians silent about all this? 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

L'etoeles harabim Local Gas prices dip below $3 a gallon

Gas prices are falling as the fall driving weather begins. The Costco gas station in Brick township has gas at $2.97 a gallon for regular.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

צרכי עמך מרובים Many unemployed mishpachos before yomim tovim

With three 3 day yomtovs approaching there are many who are struggling to make ends meet. In addition there are many who were laid off from the special ed agencies or were cut from a 30 hour work week to a ten hour work week. Its time to help out the many yechidim who have no where to turn and are too embarrassed to ask. The sky rocketting tax hikes is only making matters worse. Its time to focus all our tzedakas on עניי עירך. Many of these families are not known to the Gaboei tzadaka and are on nobody's list. If you think of a neighbor a relative or friend that has been laid off recently try to help them out in a mechubadiker way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One million truck washes pays back for entire DPW complex.

 After ten years DPW truckwash service brings revenue to the Township. The state of the art DPW complex cost the taxpayers $35 million but back then, politicians promised it will generate money by offering its truck wash services to other municipalities. On August 25th Manchester Township entered a shared services agreement with Lakewood Township for Manchester's use of the Lakewood truck wash facility. Manchester will pay $35 per truck. Do the math- One Million truck washes and it pays for itself, plus the politicians look brilliant. :) 
however after you factor in costs such as labor, utilities, insurance and maintenance it will probably cost Lakewood TWP more than $35 to wash a truck. What else is new.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Despite 2 percent tax cap, Lakewood, banks tax cap and taxpayers get a whopping 10 % increase

Although the 2 percent cap imposed in 2010 on increases in the property tax levy has slowed the growth of tax bills, it hasn't halted their rise. In Lakewood politicians and askanim for the last few years had us naively believing they did not raise the property tax. Well in truth they did not raise it back then, what they did was bank it. If a local government doesn't raise property taxes as much as it is permitted to do so, it gets to hold onto the unused amount in a 'cap bank' for three years. Well now we are paying a heavy price for that with a whopping tax bill. In addition to banking there are Some cost increases, that are exempt from the cap. Those exclusions include costs for shared service agreements, health insurance, pension obligations, Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAP) for volunteer firefighters and first aid organizations, capital improvements, debt service and leases, recycling taxes and emergencies.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NJ Senator Cory Booker in Lakewood says he is not happy with funding crisis in Lakewood

NJ  DEM senator Cory Booker was in Lakewood today at the home of committeeman Mayer Lichtenstein and than at a fundraising event hosted by lakewoods Dr. Rich Roberts who is usually a GOP donor. Booker met with Roshei mosdos who brought the plight of funding for Lakewoods private schools. The senator  reiterated his support for taxpayer relief for private school parents, says not happy with funding crisis in Lakewood. The senator quipped "I cut enough ribbons as mayor, I qualify as a mohel now". When he was shown the Gemachim in the lakewood directory he asked "Do they have a 'goyim shidduch' Gemach in the Lakewood phone book?". He was than presented with a official proclamation thanking him for his support for Lakewood and Israel.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Property Taxes go up 10% -not a word from elected officials

Residents were not shocked its unfortunately become the norm but they were not expecting such a huge tax hike. If you did not cut a deal with a township committee member during reassessment, most of  taxpayers saw a huge increase for the new tax year. The average property tax in Lakewood is now in the $7,000-$8,000 range. In the last 10 years taxes went up close to $4,000!. Why do we keep voting in the same people over and over again. Spending is out of control its becoming not affordable to own a home in Lakewood. Where is the money going? with all the new construction why are taxes going up and up. The  Lakewood Vaad insists every election, the minimal raise in taxes is beneficial for the return of services benefiting the tzibbur. Well this minimal tax hike has mushroomed into thousands of dollars with no benefits. Where's the vaad now?????

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hastureh song in Kosher Taco

Residents receive free Hamodia weekly

Dont discard those free weeklies from your front door so quickly.  This week many lakewood neighborhoods received a complimentary copy of the Hamodia weekly magazine. The weekly edition has been redesigned to a new format.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Desperate search for apartments

There is a desperate search and need for Apartments, if anyone knows of any, please let people know about it. Many newlywed couples are looking frantically. In addition, many on the HUD waiting list have now received vouchers for affordable housing they too need HUD approved units to move into. There is new construction that will hopefully free up some units, but till then if you know of something that's opening up let others that are looking know about it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meetings are not enough its time to take action

The Igud hamosdos is calling on parents to attend the BOE special meeting. What was done here to the private schools is most probably illegal. Its time to take the district to court for what has been done. Denying essential services that are mandated to the schools as retribution and payback. Weakness on the boards part breeds more of this behavior its time to talk turkey and take action.

Traffic, road closures, construction delays as girl schools begin

Talk about planing the Girls schools will be starting today, but construction projects is delaying the opening of some schools. in addition two main roads where schools are located will be closed to traffic. Oak street is closed with complicating detours as well as James street which will be closed for construction. Is anyone in charge of avoiding these unnecessary inconveniences.

Paying a Shiva call at the Sofer home. NJ senator Cory Booker

 Cory Booker Paying a shiva visit

at a local eatery

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Catapult services for special ed tells teachers there are no more jobs

Therapists working through Catapult services were notified not to come in, their jobs will no longer be available due to the loss of Title 1 Funding. They are paying them for September and then they might have to look for a new Job. Same with the special childrens center they are no longer getting funding from the Lakewood BOE for special ed services.

Monday, September 1, 2014

I have to work!!

Lakewood parents are frustrated. The schools and playgroups start in a few days and even then, only have a half day schedule. Mothers and fathers must make arrangements or take off from work/Yeshiva. It is a system that needs to be corrected. If we expect parents to afford the tuition we must make it easy for them to earn a parnassah. The way it is now is just frustrating, inconvinient and not fair. Nothing will happen if children stay an extra hour. Parents can not afford this.

BOE Busing gets underway staggering schedule begins

After much negotiating and hoping the BOE busing rolled out to begin the new school year. Many buses are running their routes at earlier times. The girls schools are starting Wednesday and time will tell how the staggering of start times will help save courtesy busing for Lakewood schools. Bnos Rivka Rochel, Bais Faiga, Bais Tova will start later at 9:15 am.