Friday, October 31, 2014

Sorry, you ran out of scare tactics and threats

Prior to an election,  self appointed askanim trot out delivering scare tactics forcing the tzibbur to the polls and vote for their picked candidates. For years the issue of courtesy busing was always raised as a privilege that the tzibbur would loose if they dont vote for the Vaad backed candidates. The familiar calls are, "this is the most crucial elections in recent history" or this vote will decide the future of the kehilla. Other threats as, never has the future of the kehilla been at stake, it will effect each each and every person in Lakewood bla bla bla.. Contrary to the scare tactics the truth came out, we lost courtesy busing, despite having the vaad backed candidates in office. Property taxes shot up 13% with the Vaad backed committeemen in office. This after continuous promises to lower or keep taxes down. The Tzibbur is not fools the game is up.

Video: Candidate Langert asks bracha from Gedolim in Eretz yisrael for upcoming election- defends his position


 Can we have an explanation on the current sky rocketing property taxes?

Girls school heads back to court

APP JACKSON – An appeal was filed in state Superior Court, Toms River, to overturn a Jackson Zoning Board denial of a plan to build an all-girls Orthodox Jewish high school in Jackson.

The Zoning Board denied the application in June after eight months of testimony and deliberation. Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum was seeking a variance to build Oros Bais Yaakov — a two-story, 400-student school — on a 7.5-acre parcel on Cross Street. A variance would be required to build because schools are not permitted uses of land within the residential neighborhood of mostly one-acre lots. More..

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The height of Chutzpah- Not a word on property taxes

 A flyer sent by The Lakewood Vaad, titled "urgent election notice" details their choice candidates for the upcoming election November 4th. When referencing the election for township committee, there is not a single  word about the suffering of Lakewood residents due to property taxes sky rocketing this year alone. Not a word about promising to lower the taxes. The vaad once again seems to ignore the needs and best interests of the Tzibbur while continuing to use the כח הרבים for other favors. Did anyone represent the interests of the tzibbur when choosing the candidates? who was in on these meetings? The tzibbur should have a right to be informed of the issues and standings of the candidates and then make a decision. To blindly be told who to vote for without a shred of information is insulting, degrading and condescending.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tough choice?

There is lots of backroom dealing and infighting among the askanim both from the Vaad, Igud and others who to endorse this coming election.  The recent election which will cost taxpayers $30 million was simply ignored and information usually publicized prior to a vote, was withheld from the public. While they slug it out among themselves, They must keep in mind the interest of the entire tzibbur is what should count here. NOT developers, NOT, private mosdos, NOT politically connected power brokers, NOT any Yochid. But ONLY of the Tzibbur. The ones that will vote and decide the candidate. Looking back taxes have increased and sky rocketed by the Vaad backed candidates currently in power. We cant afford to elect the same people again and again when all we have is more taxes more referendums and the residents are bleeding with no end in site. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Candidates must answer up to the Tzibbur not to a select few

The power of the  frum Lakewood vote belongs to the taxpayers who make up the community. For years, the Vaad acted as a official body representative of the needs of the public as a whole. Over the years influential members and other power brokers began to look out for themselves as they had personal interests in many projects in town. Instead of looking out for the needs of the entire tzibbur other interests took over. Property taxes doubled and tripled with no end in sight. Bussing issues came and despite all the talk there is still major problems. Crime is up, housing is scarce, zoning and approvals are out of control with no proper planning. What the politicians dont know is that the Tzibbur is not represented any more. There was never an official body appointed to represent the tax paying tzibbur. Its time that politicians answer up to those who vote for them, not those who make deals with them. the people cant take it anymore they can not afford to live like this.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gentiles Standing up for the Tzibbur in Lakewood

The NYT article painted the Lakewood olam in a bad light, however some comments deserve a mention for defending the Lakewood community.
 I read 500+ comments in disbelief. This article is about beggars who come to Lakewood. How come a large percentage of the comments have nothing to do with the topic. When the word Lakewood comes up, people feel a license to criticize and attack anything that happens in Lakewood. That is bigotry and prejudice at its highest. And to those who focus on Mr. Ehrlich, he is but one person. There are thousands of people in Lakewood, mostly not wealthy, who are willing to put their hands in their pockets to take out something for someone who may have less than them. That is a beautiful thing regardless of your opinions about what they should be doing with their lives and what a better idea would be. And to those who would discuss the women. Have you met the women of Lakewood? Do they feel deprived and abused? Everyone has an opinion what other women should do, ironically labeling it as a woman's right to choose. They do choose - to ignore all you self-righteous nose-in-the-sky feminists, who kindly make decisions on other people's backs.

Another comment from helene in Virginia 

 This is a beautiful article about kindness and love. The world would be a greater place with more communities where people treat others the way they do. This should be an example for the rest of us on how to treat our family, neighbors and fellow citizens. I wish my upper class neighborhood would be like this. I beg all those that are posting hateful comments about people treating others with kindness and love to please take off your white hood then look in the mirror and see the racist bigot staring at you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Important elections coming up in Lakewood

There will be elections for 2 seats on the Township committee as well as seats on the BOE. keep in mind the tax bill that you received when choosing your candidate. Those that have been in office too long are responsible for the taxes going through the roof. They had enough chances to stem the tide and stop out of control spending. Naturally, the Vaad will send out its endorsements prior to the election. The Vaad has not been heard from, while all the previous issues were going on with taxes, Busing, BOE, among many other issues. Its time to elect candidates that have the interest of the entire Tzibbur in mind, not of a select few. Dont be fooled when they reach out to the klal but are only working for a few yechidim.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York Times magazine profiles meshulachim in Lakewood

 Credit Peter van Agtmael/Magnum, for The New York Times
 The NYT writes up how the tzibbur in Lakewood responds to meshulachim who come collecting for Tzedaka. Once a year, Elimelech Ehrlich travels from Jerusalem to Lakewood, N.J., with a cash box and a wireless credit-card machine. During the three weeks he typically spends in town, Ehrlich — a white-bearded, black-suited, black-skullcapped, wisecracking 51-year-old — haunts the many local yeshivas, schools where Jewish men, mostly in their 20s, study the Talmud and other texts. Sometimes he loiters around the condominium complexes where students live with their young wives and growing families. Some days he hires a driver to take him to the houses of local ashirim, rich men. Throughout town, he greets old friends, asking after marriages made since his last visit and new babies. And at every stop along the way, he asks for money.

Ehrlich is a full-time beggar. His strategy is one part humor, one part not taking no for an answer. He gives you levity; he expects money in return. “I say rhymes,.. read more from the new york times

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tie down your schach and secure your succah : Very strong winds and rain expected tonight in Ocean county

Severe thunderstorms and strong winds tonight as a cold front cruises through the area, according to the National Weather Service. Strong, possibly severe, storms are expected tonight in the Lakewood area. The primary hazard with any storms will be strong winds. If you have a schach mat its important to tie it down as a wind can blow it right off. Many poskim permit to tie the schach down with a 100% natural string.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Silence of communal groups prior to referendum vote, is a slap in the face to the Tzibbur.

When its about their own personal interests before any election the public is educated and made aware of what is going on. Not only that, but the frum Politicians, Vaad and other askanim, campaign for months in advance getting the tzibbur to vote for what is good for them. They send mailings, flyer's, non stop robo calls and other means of activism notifying the tzibbur to vote for their candidate. For those who didn't know there was a vote on a referendum to add $30 million to upgrade the HVAC system in the public school buildings. The lack of the public knowing about it was evident by the low voter turnout. There was not a word from any of these communal groups or spokesman educating or notifying the olam of the pending consequences by the referendum. Do they not care about the non stop hikes in property taxes? do they think they will have the trust of the tzibbur come next election when they showed their true colors by ignoring the needs of the tzibbur? They might have gotten away till now, but that game is up.

Many mishpachos in desperate need for a sukkah

If you will not be home for Yom Tov or getting rid of your old Sukkah there are many families that need one for Yom Tov. Young couples that will be home for Chol Hamoed or others that cant afford a new one can benefit from this. you can contact Chesed of Lakewood sukkah exchange 732-901-0482 ext 4 or email info@chesedoflakewood.org or leave your info in the comment section we will match up those that need one with those who have an extra one. 

Daf Yomi Community wide Siyum on Seder Moed

There will be a community wide siyum on Chagiga and seder Moed, sponsored by the Daf yomi commission of Agudath Israel. Tonight 7:15-8:30 pm at Ateres Riva hall, 500 Summer avenue, Lakewood.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

התורה חסה על ממונם של ישראל

Men darf farshtein, ven men nemt gelt fun dee shtut, nemt men nisht fun a groyseh kupah. Men nemt gelt vuss kumt fun unzereh. Men nemt fun dee shuchen, un der chavruseh. Roiv der missim vus veren getzult iz fun anash. Yeder vuss nemt far zich, uder tzult nisht, un nemt badinungs un programen fun der memshuleh, iz goirem a tzveiter tzu tzulen mer fun zein tahsh. Es iz nit azoy vee anderer pletzer vuss roiv missim kumt arein fun anderer mekoimos. Kimat achtzig prutzent fun duss gelt iz misheloonee. Men darf duss gut batrachten ven men reist gelt fun der regirung. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Politics as usual results in another tax increase

 APP -With all  Lakewood districts reporting, 2,436 residents voted for the proposal and 1,381 voted against it, according to the Ocean County Clerk’s Office. The big scare tactic was, if you vote no, the 5 million dollar bond on an accelerated payment schedule will cost the tax payers $300 a year for the next 3 years. That number is not accurate at all and makes no sense. It would take a one time payment of $300 per household to pay back the bond. last year the tax revenue was $150 million. A 30th of that number is what it would take to pay back the bond. In addition the $30 million estimate is a figure based on union wages three times the price of what it would have cost in the private sector.