Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Joaquin update: No matter where it lands its not Sandy

Joaquin Update: Updated evening track has shifted the landfall spot south of previous guidance with a target somewhere between North Carolina and just south of New Jersey. Winds are expected to peak near 120mph when it becomes a major category 3 hurricane in the next 48 hours. As we have said repeatedly, this will not be a Sandy like storm for the NY metro area. Regardless of where it makes landfall, rain will fall for everyone along the east coast but it will be off and on and there will be some breaks on the weekend

Hurricane Joaquin may hit NJ

Shore towns are bracing for heavy rains and flooding that forecasters say might hit New Jersey in the next week, as Hurricane Joaquin continues to strengthen in the western Atlantic.

Joaquin might cause major coastal flooding, said Jon K. Miller, a coastal engineering professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

Stevens flood models show greater than moderate coastal flooding “pretty much up and down the coast, which is pretty significant,” he said.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015 Succos KNA Chol Hamoed Carnival Thursday Oct 1st

The Succos Chol Homoed carnival is on schedule for Thursday in Pine Park. It will not take place on Friday.
Roberts, KNA Carnival scheduled for Thursday October 1st
Rain Date – Check Wednesday night for a possible change to Friday October 2nd if rain is forecasted.

FROM DR. KASRIEL (RICH) ROBERTS Regarding 2015 Sukkos Chol Hamoed Carnival Sponsored by Kollel Ner Avrohom, Inc. 

Overview – The 2015 Sukkos Chol Hamoed carnival will be for one day only, Thursday, October 1st from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM at Pine Park. Everything is free-of-charge.

Nice weather over YT heavy rains expected for rest of the week

B"H the Lakewood Tzibbur were able to eat all the seudos in the Sukka over the first two days of Yom Tov. Despite the humidity it was nice with no rain. However the forecast now calls for thunderstorms and rain through the remainder of the week. Tropical Storm Joaquin is on the verge of becoming a hurricane, which can target the East coast. This evening it is expected for the rain to intensify starting 1 am.

Need a Sukka?

Those who are in need of a sukka, couples returning to work on Chol Hamoed and did not put up a sukka or if you live in apartment building with no sukka porches, are welcomed to use the sukka located at 422 3rd street.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

וּפְרֹס עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שְׁלומֶךָ, סֻכַּת רַחֲמִים וְחַיִּים וְשָׁלוֹם. חג שמח

High School update sukkos 5776

There are still girls at home with out being placed in high school. To make matters worse one of the schools where they bunched all the girls into, may be closing down after all. Money is not always the solution to all problems. Despite a sizable donation from LA, and much fanfare about keeping the school open it appears to be on its last legs as not all girls wanted to go there. This will force the vaad and askanim to start from scratch after sukkos and find slots for these girls among the current existing schools. Those who did noy comply to the vaad rules will unfortunately have to keep on waiting not the way many would like to go into yom tov. Lets hope common sense is reached by all before mar-cheshvan roles around.

Accident Heavy traffic on Rt 9 and James

Lakewood: James Off Route 9. FD & EMS o/s with a MVA, one patient pronounced DOA at the hospital. (non 613).

Ex Lakewood cop sentenced in cover up

TOMS RIVER – Jeremy Felder walked out of court on Friday with what some would say was a mere slap on the wrist. But Felder’s attorney said the 29-year-old Old Bridge man had already received punishment for the crime he committed – he lost the job he loved. That job was police work. The crime was covering up an illegal search. Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels barred Felder, 29, a former Lakewood police officer, from ever working in law enforcement in New Jersey again.

Photos: at the Daled minim shuk

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Erev Sukkos, stores are packed

You wouldn't know shop rite moved the shopping plaza was packed Friday and Motzei shabbos as shoppers flock to get last minute Yom Tov purchases. Stores such as Judaica plaza, Center of town, Shoppers paradise and others attracted huge crowds. Clothing and Jewelry  stores are open from motzei shabbos through erev Yom Tov. You can list store times in the comment section.

Slim chance of rain for first days of Yom Tov

Motzei Shabbos updated: The forecast now looks more favorable for the first two days with only 20% chance of rain for Monday and 30% chance for Tuesday. Temperatures will be in the high 70's.
previous forecast: Get those shlocks ready to roll. After a beautiful week and no rain, the forecast has rainy weather for Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will range from the mid 70's to low 60's on Tuesday its expected to hit 80.

Management agency quick to send out eviction notices

A Management agency for one of Lakewood's largest developments has started to send out eviction notices as early as after a week of non payment for the rent. No warnings, no rachmanus, no grace period, no courtesy, even for tenants who have a clean record and always pay on time. These practices are not new, but its obnoxious that fun unzere would hire outside agencies who treat the tzibbur with no respect.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Still looking for wood?

If your still looking for those 2x2x8 try Lowes

Daled minim shuk in full swing

The Daled Minim shuk is at full swing at BMG.  The BMG Shuk is open since Motzei Yom Kippur and will remain open until Sunday erev Yom tov at 2 pm sharp. Shuk will be open early Friday Morning as well as Motzei Shabbos late till 2 am. Prices in the shuk were ranging from $40-$80 for Esrogim. There are Rabbonim available in the Bais Medrash Ateres Bracha inside near the cofferoom to pasken shailos on the daled minim.

Traveling to and from CHOP will be difficult

Given the large number of people expected to be in the Philadelphia area, we know you may have questions about how the event will impact your child’s care at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

CHOP would like to assure all patients and families that we will continue to provide the best care to patients. That said, some clinics and services will have varied schedules or alternate locations. This will help us meet our patients’ needs without impacting the quality of care.

We anticipate the greatest travel impact to begin the evening of Thursday 9/24 through Monday morning 9/28.

Inspector issuing summonses

 Please note the Garbage inspector was driving around developments yesterday giving out summonses. Click HERE for DPW regulations

State monitor claims Special ed official made improper school placements

APP LAKEWOOD The school district’s state-appointed monitor has filed tenure charges against Helen Tobia, the supervisor of pupil personnel services, for a host of allegedly “illegal and/or highly improper” acts, including overstepping her authority to place children with special needs in Orthodox yeshivas and private specialized schools at their parents’ request, according to court documents.

A total of 18 charges filed by the monitor, Michael Azzara, will be referred to a state-appointed arbitrator, as is set forth under the state’s revised tenure rules.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

LRRC joining up with the OC Prosecutor office

 LRRC in conjunction with the OCPO will hold a seminar on October 12th in Yeshiva ktana, on how to comply with rules and regulations of agencies that offer financial aid. The community will be educated about the guidelines of government financial programs. Apparently there was some misunderstanding and confusion that necessitated this Seminar. Hopefully this will clear things up, thus avoiding unnecessary unfortunate outcomes. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Zmanim Erev Yom Kippur 5776 Lakewood

Midday                   12:49            חצות היום
Earliest mincha       1:19          מנחה גדולה        
Candle lighting        6:36         הדלקת נרות
Sunset                      6:54       שקיעת החמה

Erev Yom Kippur, Girls still not accepted to high schools

אבינו מלכנו חמול עלינו ועל עוללנו וטפינו
Its Erev Yom Kippur school is basically over until after Sukkos there are still some girls that are sitting at home waiting to get in to high school. Its time that action be taken and the feet dragging come to an end. Let  us quickly put this episode behind us and we should be zoche to a gmar chasima Tova.

Rav Shteinman gives a Bracha to all of Lakewood

Rav Aaron L. Shteinman sent a bracha for a shana Tova  to all residents of Lakewood. Rav Shteinman reiterated, his Bracha is not only for the bnei Yeshiva, but also for all those who reside in Lakewood. A fellow recently asked for a bracha and he mentioned he is from the ihr haTorah Lakewood, to which rav Shteinman quipped, with what is it an ihr hatorah? does everyone know shas?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Forget about receiving state aid, NJ has highest Tax burden in America

The study didn’t even factor in the Garden State’s property taxes which are highest in the country on average. New Jersey has $28.6 billion in assets, but has $185.6 billion in bills. That translates to $52,300 per taxpayer in tax debt.
“We don’t want to be number one, but it doesn’t surprise me because through many, many administrations we have relied on a lot of borrowing and kicking the can down the road,” said Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus). “It costs you a lot of money to live here and the middle class is just being crushed.”
The formula for determining the tax burden is actually pretty simple. The think tank looked at how much money each state would need to pay off all of its debt and then divided that by the number of residents in each state. New Jersey’s debt burden for the year 2014 was almost $4,000 higher than the next worst state, which was Connecticut at $48,600.

צרכי עמך מרובים

With  yom tov approaching there are many who are struggling to make ends meet. In addition there are those who were laid off from the special ed agencies. Its time to help out the many yechidim who have no where to turn and are too embarrassed to ask. The sky rocketing 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  are struggling or have been laid off recently, try to help them out in a bakovodiker way. Adopt your neighbor, adopt your friend, adopt your brother.

Yom Tov sale

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Group finds nothing in search of cruelty at kapporos

Roshei Yeshiva and Admorim in Lakewood tonight to give divrei Hisoirerus

Rav Don Segal BMG Beren hall 7:15

Rav Eliyahu Meir Sorotzkin Springfield Rosh Yeshiva
9:00 pm at 1471 Oakwood Avenue 

Vyelipol Rav
khal Vyelipol 1142 east county line rd 8:15 

Rav Chaim Mendel Brodsky Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva Gedola of Toronto
Stolin Bais Medrash 153 East 7th at 9:00 pm

Admor Sanz - Zvill
1455 Heathwood from 8:00 pm- 10:30

Chutzpa! Tax rate rises again to 2.835

 Lakewood residents received their tax bill for 2015/2016 and surprise surprise, property taxes went up again to a rate of  2.835 from 2.689. This is even before the reassessment is done which will have many properties appraised at higher inflated home values. You can not trust the politicians that they will lower the tax rate after the reassessment. Residents are angry and frustrated they can not afford to live like this. Where is all the money going?? Time to vote out the politicians and boards that are responsible for this.

Watch LIVE: Animal rights group protesting minhag kapporos with chickens

An animal rights group are currently protesting against using chickens for kapporos at the intersection of Rt 9 and Kennedy blvd

Tonight: Reflections on the Rebbetzin

Ateres Reva hall 8:30 pm-10:00 pm

Erev Yom Tov traffic nightmare near Philly

Urgent notice for those traveling through Philadelphia airport or the Philly area After Yom Kippur please be aware of mass street closures and flight delays on Sunday erev Sukkos  due to a papal visit. Traffic and street closures have already begun. Over One million people are expected to gather in the city center and main highways will be shut down. Plan accordingly don't let the ruach hatumah interfere with your kedushas yom Tov.

Friday, September 18, 2015

לייקווד ערב שבת פרשת וילך שבת שובה

Candle lighting  6:43 PM 
Shkia  7:01 pm
שׁוּבָה יִשְׂרָאֵל עַד ה׳ אֱלֹהֶיךָ כִּי כָשַׁלְתָּ בַּעֲו‍ֹנֶךָ. קְחוּ עִמָּכֶם דְּבָרִים וְשׁוּבוּ אֶל ה׳.
שבת שלום, גמר חתימה טובה
Motzei Shabbos at 9:30 Rav Menachem Mintz Shlita will be giving a teshuva drosha for women in the downstairs of Coventry b.m. Doors open at 9:20 please use Kennedy entrance

Torah spreads south

Crash shut rt 9 no accsess to Quality farmers Market,Aldi, wine on the 9

There was no access noon time on erev shabbos to stores along  rt 9 North from the Lakewood Howell border until Wal Mart. One person was flown by medivac which landed and took off from the BJ's parking lot.
APP-Howell Police shut down Route 9 Friday morning after a serious crash involving a van and a tractor trailer near Estelle Lane, according to witnesses and traffic reports. A white van appears to have rear-ended a tractor trailer for Conway, according to a photograph submitted by an Asbury Park Press reader. Patrol cars were parked at the scene of the crash.

Group to protest use of chickens for kaporos

An animal rights group plans to hold a protest against the use of Chickens for the Kaporos Ritual, this Sunday.
From their email.
WHEN: Sunday, September 20 from 11am - 2pm
WHERE:Route 9 (btwn Kennedy Blvd & County Line Road, Lakewood, NJ)
We'll be right on Route 9, at the traffic lights between County Line Road and Kennedy Blvd. There is a large shopping area with parking behind a Payless store, which is right on Route 9. If you have any questions, re: location or parking, let us know.

Please bring signs. If you need sign suggestions let us know. 
APLNJ is not opposed to the Kaporos ritual, but we ARE opposed to the use of chickens in the ritual.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Aseres yemei teshuva, some girls still not in school

Its almost sukkos and there are still girls waiting at home to be accepted into high school. Meetings have taken place but so far there are no results. Askanim hoped to push all girls to a new school but apparently the plan did not pan out. Not every girl belongs there. Some girls can only go to a specific school that caters to their needs. Lets hope by Yom Kippur the vaad can proudly pat themselves on the back for making sure each girl is in school.

Supermarkets coming sometime after Yom Tov

The long awaited supermarket chains that plan on opening in Lakewood will not be happening before Yom Tov. No  date has been given for when the grand openings will be. For updates follow the stores on social media.
 Teaser pic - Gourmet Glatt Yom Tov meats

Chaveirim responds to almost 200 calls

 Between Motzei Rosh Hashana and Motzei Tanis Tzom Gedalia Lakewood Chaveirim responded to almost 200 calls. Special thank you to all the dedicated members.

State police ticketing

NJSP are out ticketing on Rt 9 south near the hospital. LPD was also giving out tickets for parking violations during shachris this morning near Coventry shul. Cars parked to close to the corners received citations. 

Shiva info

From Misaskim
Mrs. Leah Rothbard z"l
לאה בת אפרים שלמה

R' Benny Goldstein
Sitting at 820 Woodland Dr in Lakewood.
Mrs. Esti Helberg
Sitting at 121 N Crest Pl in Lakewood till Thursday noon then sitting out of town.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOE mails out "still waiting" bus cards

Not all students received a bus pass since there are bus routes that have not yet been picked up by companies.  Students received still waiting cards  in the mail as they wait for their bus pass to be finalized. The BOE will open these routes again for bidding tomorrow September 17, 2015. 

Nice Sukka building weather through Monday

With the challenging  calender and Yom Tov schedule many people will start or atempt to put up  their sukka this week. There is no rain in the forecast for Lakewood from 9/16 through Sunday September 20th. Erev Yom Kippur is Tuesday, Wednesday is Yom Kippur. Erev Sukkos is the following Sunday.
  • Today

    Sep 16

    Mostly sunny and warmer78°Lo 55°
  • Thu

    Sep 17

    Mostly sunny85°Lo 57°
  • Fri

    Sep 18

    Mostly sunny and warm83°Lo 58°
  • Sat

    Sep 19

    Sunshine and humid83°Lo 62°

ברוך דיין האמת

A big mitzva if you can attend.
Levaya of Mrs. Sara Gitel Klein a''h mother of Mr. Michael Klein, (Madison Title) will take place today, Wdenesday Tzom Gedalia at 10:00  AM in the seventh street chapel, Lakewood, NJ
Kevurah will be in Queens. Shiva will be at 215 North Crest.

A public message from Chestnut Esrogim

This year, due to Shmita, Lechatchila we are only selling Esrogei Chutz Laretz from Italy & Morocco.
                                              ORDER ONLINE HERE
As the supply of these Esrogim in the entire market is very short, & the demand is extremely high, the pricing & quality of this years Esrogim is more challenging as was in previous years. With the Rovs guidance, the Shuls askonim, as in the past, are doing their utmost to deliver the most Mehudar Esrogim they can get, while keeping the prices low. 

For those looking for that perfect, clean Esorg, we are unable to offer such Esrogim this year, as it will be extremely expensive. For those

Sunday, September 13, 2015

כ"ט אלול תשע"ה ערב ראש השנה Lakewood Zmanim

Midday   12:52:24 חצות היום
Earliest mincha   מנחה גדולה
Lechumra 1:23:48 לחומרא
Plag hamincha   פלג המנחה
Gra & Baal HaTanya 5:50:42 גר"א ובעל התניא
Candle lighting
18 minutes before sunset      6:51:14 הדלקת נרות
Sunse  שקיעת החמה 7:09:14 

Nightfall - 72 minutes 8:21:14 לילה - 72 דקות


As in previous years on the first day of Rosh Hashana the men will recite Tashlich at Lakewood Avenue via 5th street and the ladies will say tashlich at 2nd Street and North Lake drive.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Erev Rosh Hashana Selichos

Erev Rosh Hashana  coventry shul
Selichos 5:30/6:30

Rabbi Gissinger shul
5:30 (Bais Medrash),
7:15 (slichos in EN, Shachris in Bais Medrash),

Bais Mordechai- 5:00 am

Ohr Mattisyahu
Selichos tomorrow morning 7:45 followed by Shachris at 8:30. 953 E. County Line Rd.

BM of Lutzk 12:45 tonight and 8:15 tomorrow

Places to hear Tekias shofar for ladies

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NJDOT: Watch For Deer on the Roads This Fall

OCEAN COUNTY – The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging motorists to be alert for white-tailed deer on the roadways with the upcoming arrival of the fall breeding season. Drivers should especially be alert during the morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor and deer are more active. Studies indicate the peak mating season for deer in New Jersey runs from late October into mid-December. Motorists are urged to alert the Department of Transportation of dead deer discovered along the state highway system.

Photos: The New Binyan Herzka-Bais Yitzchok

Photos: The New Binyan Herzka-Bais Yitzchok Building of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ
Click HERE to view.

Novominsk Rebbe pre Rosh hahana shmooze for talmidim

The Novominsker Rebbe will be speaking tonight for all alumni in YTT, 75 East End Ave, Lakewood NJ. Program begins with maariv at 8:10.

Tonight: shmooze from Rav Shlomo Eisenberger in Pine River shul

call in# 218-548-1882 PIN 28400 

Video: Minyan shelanu runner promo

Ohr Naava Lakewood event this evening

Is Egg Harbor the answer?

With soaring home prices in Lakewood, young couples are looking for affordable housing to live in. The Jewish community in Egg harbor Township, NJ (10 minutes from Atlantic city) have reached out to bring young kolell couples there. They got approvals to build 2,000 homes on a property near the Trocki Jewish community day school. It is a little under an hour commute from Lakewood. Currently a chabura from BMG are commuting to Egg harbor to test this new initiative. Developers are looking at other jersey towns such as vineland,  where home prices are affordable. 

Gabbaim, get your Koriim papers

A week in, girls still not in school

With a week into the new school year there are still a number of girls that are not yet in high school. These girls are sitting at home waiting to be placed in a school that will best suit their needs. Askanim were hoping all girls would go to one  school that had room, but  its not an option for all of them. These girls are held hostage while power games are played, hopefully this will end soon and a solution found that will suit the needs of each bas yisrael.

BD to assist with Pruzbul

 THE בית דין צדק ,בית הוועד לעניני משפט

(Sept. 6th- 12th) BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 2:00PM and 4:00PM
 105 River Ave. Bldg B. Suite #301 in Lakewood NJ

To assist the general public with the execution of the PRUZBUL 
בלשכת בית הדין 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tomchei Shabbos fundraiser distributes free Rimon to thousands

Tomchei Shabbos Rosh Hashana campaign. Video from last year

Torah Vodaas Roshei Yeshiva to Address Lakewood Reception Tonight

     Reception at the home of Reb Ari Stern 227 Autmn Road at 7:30 pm

Simanim Packages for Rosh Hashanah Available Friday by Keren Even Habochen

Even Habochen’s creative simanim packages are decoratively designed and include a delicious array of simanim, including an apple, pomegranate, tzimmes (carrots), black-eyed peas, squash, fish head, cabbage, beets and dates. Also included in the package is a Shehecheyanu fruit and a printed card with all the Yehi Ratzons to be said while eating the appropriate foods. No further preparation is necessary. They will be sold Friday September, 11 at Chemed front parking lot off rt 9 from 8:30 am.

New square asked, so should Lakewood

The village of New Square published a kol koreh asking outside investors or homebuyers to refrain from purchasing homes within a one mile radius of the shtetel. The reasoning was twofold, first they want to keep it isolated from the outside secular influences which was the reason it was founded in the first place. Second, they need more space for the growing population.
 Its no secret Home prices in Lakewood are soaring as many outsiders from NY are coming here. Real estate agents are recruiting full chasidishe communities to relocate or open branches in Lakewood and nearby Toms River. As a result the yeshiva kolell couples who have been saving up for a down payment can no longer afford to compete with an outside investor offering more money. Those coming from NY they are finding a metziah in Lakewood, based on what they would have to pay in Brooklyn. 
However the youngerman whose been living in Lakewood for for 5-10 years is essentially being priced out of the market. More so certain Litvish neighborhoods have become chasiddish making nearby homes more atractive and lucrative for Chasidim who will pay more which in turn prices the youngeleit out of these neighborhoods. Is it so bad that we ask just like skver did to keep our town as a place we can afford to live in? We can not move to Brooklyn, Monroe or Williamsburg.

Paper: Cory Booker Has Broken Our Hearts

The Observer who were favorable of Senator Booker, slam him in this editorial.
 Senator Cory Booker may have been counting on the traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days to give him cover for his support of the Iran deal. It will not be forthcoming. The junior senator from New Jersey is now maneuvering like the tightend he once was at Stanford, scrambling to explain his JCPOA vote to Jewish leaders throughout the state and beyond. Not only is it unconvincing, Mr. Booker’s protestations only underscore the weakness—indeed the illogic—of his position and the perfidiousness of his betrayal.

NJ Senator Cory Booker meets with Local askanim after his yes vote on Iran deal

“We respect his decision. We wish it would have gone the other way, but we could respectfully agree to disagree and now we have to look forward,” said Avi Schnall, Agudath Israel
NJTV -They met behind closed doors. There was no changing his mind today, but top New Jersey Jewish leaders spoke theirs with United States Senator Cory Booker. “We have now just taken off at least for 15 plus years their chance of a nuclear threat and that is a valuable thing for us to achieve and its ultimately why I’m going to vote for this deal,” Booker said. Prominent faces of the Jewish community trickled in for

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hundreds of mishpachos benefit from Moadim Lesimcha pre YT distribution

Helping families, easing the stress and financial burden of yom tov costs by providing at cost or below retail prices on food and other items. photo: draftryan2016

Asifas Chizuk in Ateres Chana hall

Lakewood police press release on assault incident

On September 7 at approximately 5:45 pm, Officer Kevin Donnelly responded to the area of 970 Park Avenue to investigate a reported assault.
Upon arrival the victim, an 18 year old Lakewood woman, stated that she was assaulted by an unidentified man, while walking down a section of the rail road tracks between Lawrence Avenue and East County Line Road.

Asifas chizuk for yemei hadin

There will iyh be a asifas chizuk this evening at Khal Zichron Yaakov (Rabbi Gisinger's shul) to prepare for the upcoming Yomim Noraim. Speakers: Harav Elya Brudny and Harav Yitzchok Sorotzkin shlita.
All are strongly encouraged to attend. The event begins at 8:00 pm

There will also be a shiur in Coventry shul  on tefillos Rosh Hashana by R' Naftali Katz this Tue and Thurs night from 10:00- 10:30 in the Simcha room

BlueClaws have now drawn 6,418,306 fans in their 15 seasons

What does all this mean for the host city? do they share the profits? 
 Photo: Lkwd Blue Claws
LAKEWOOD, NJ - The BlueClaws completed their season on Monday officially leading the South Atlantic League in attendance, as they have done in each of their 15 seasons at the Jersey Shore.

In 2015, the BlueClaws drew 388,718 fans to FirstEnergy Park, an average of 5,634 in 69 home dates (one game was postponed).

Lakewood voted heavily for Booker

 In the last election, Lakewood came out strong for Cory Booker he got  55.89% of the vote. He beat his opponent by 12%.  Historically the town has always voted republican, but many bucked the trend and voted Democrat for Cory Booker. Some did not vote for him because of his strong support of same gender marriage. Others argued to focus on his strong support for Israel. Well, now with his yes vote on the Iran deal the Israel argument has no teeth.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Booker in damage control reaching out to the Jewish community

The Observer has learned that Senator Cory Booker, who is under fire from Jewish supporters who had long treated him as one of their own, has convened an unusual emergency meeting to shore up his support in the wake of his decision to support President Obama’s deal with Iran.
Given the anger among the community, some are shocked by how readily Jews have lined up to attend a meeting hosted by someone who days earlier announced his support for a deal widely perceived – among this very same community at least – to represent an existential threat to the state of Israel. One prominent rabbi told the Observer, “I think even Booker’s staff is surprised how quickly the Jewish leaders said yes.” The invitation lists comprise a who’s who of influential Jewish leaders in New York and New Jersey, including ... Menachem Genack, the CEO of the Orthodox Union Kosher Division; Lori Fein, the New Jersey Director of the Zionist Organization of America.. and Rabbi Aaron Kotler, who leads an important congregation in Lakewood, NJ.

Forest fire in Pine barrens spreads smoke to Lakewood

A forest fire has spread to more than 100 acres in New Jersey's Pine Barrens, according to a CBS2 report. As of Monday evening, firefighters were still battling the blaze in Woodland Township, near the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Burlington County, the report states. The report states that firefighters have requested an air tanker and an observation helicopter. But the fire is not threatening any homes or structures, the report states. There was no word on Monday evening about the cause of the blaze, the report states. According to a report on, authorities don't expect to close any roads, but if there are road closures, that could cause trouble for people coming back from Long Beach Island.

Reassessment schocker in Little Egg Harbor, could Lakewood have same results?

LITTLE EGG HARBOR  Residents are panicking over a township-wide reassessment of real estate values. In some cases, property owners are seeing thousands of dollars in sudden tax increases this year.

“In 2013, Little Egg Harbor was mandated by the (Ocean) county tax board to conduct a reassessment, a revaluation of the town,” said John Barrett, a Brick-based consultant who advises the township administration on its financial affairs. “And the reason why you have that mandate come down from the county Board of Taxation, the ratios are out of whack. Meaning the assessed values compared to market values were not at the ideal point of 100 percent.”

Moadim Lesimcha

The bi annual Moadim Lesimcha distribution will take place tomorrow Tuesday September 8th at the Stadium parking lot from 5:00 pm-9:30 pm. Yesterday, Chasdei Lev for rebbeim held their  pre yom tov distribution in Lakewood.

Report: Consultant blames leaders of orthodox schools for busing woes

As if the BOE has nothing to do with it  The district's bus consultant, Gus Kakavas, blamed the problem on the leaders of the township's Orthodox Jewish private religious schools, who he said dragged their feet about negotiating a courtesy busing deal. 
From the APP - The protracted negotiations, however, delayed the bidding process by several weeks, giving the district little turnaround time to accommodate children on routes that didn’t attract bids, the district's busing consultant, Kakavas said in a statement issued late Thursday night.

Not only a lakewood problem Howell also has bussing issues

Howell students attending private school in lakewood also were left without busing as companies did not bid on routes.
APP That was the message Friday from the Lakewood School District to parents upset over 11th hour route cancellations that have left hundreds of local schoolchildren without bus transportation.

A total of 57 planned routes were scratched right before the start of the school year because bus companies didn't bid on them. The cuts affect Lakewood students attending 36 area schools, including numerous Orthodox Jewish yeshivas and three public schools.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lakewood BOE opens Piner Elementary at former School site

APP - Township enrolls 700 pupils in former school on County Line Rd. leasing it for 500k a year.
It was a tearful day back in June when Holy Family School closed its doors for good, due to declining enrollment.  On Thursday, the sounds of laughter and friendly greetings reverberated in those same hallways, as Lakewood’s newest public school, Piner Elementary, opened its doors to pupils and parents attending kindergarten orientation. The school district is leasing the building on East County Line Road from the parish for $500,000 per year. The district desperately needs space. Total public school enrollment, which only a few years ago stood at 5,300 students, has now risen to about 6,300,

High schools open despite girls not in school yet

Not all girls entering high school have been placed. Previously, schools could not open until all girls were accepted and had where to go. Despite some last minute meetings and outside financial help the problems have not been solved. A solution to place all girls in a new school, as apposed to spread them around the existing schools does not seem feasible. Both sides are holding out waiting for someone to cave. Naturally blame goes around from parents to school officials and back and forth again. Hopefully this will all be settled by next year 5776.

Hachnosas sefer Torah

At Columbus shul  1:30

Hearthstone shul 2:15

Chestnut 1179 Coughlin 4:00 

Rain free schach

Friday, September 4, 2015

No parent, No drop off for primary age children

Jays Bus has notified schools that it is servicing, the bus drivers will not drop off any primary age kid if there is no parent (or adult) waiting at the official BOE bus stop. The company said many instances where parents were not waiting has caused delays to the bus routes. If the schools dont comply the routes will be given back to the BOE. 

במוצאי מנוחה Selichos this Motzei Shabbos times and schedules

Ohr Mattisyahu: 953 E County Line Rd Motzei Shabbos - shmuz at 12:15 followed by selichos at 12:45

KOl Aryeh Slichos:
Matzaei Shabbos-1:00am
Sun-Fri-5:30,6:25,7:20,8:15 in hall
Erev R"H-5:30 in B"M
Shacharis Erev R"H-Hodu 15 min after Slichos

Ohr Yechezkel: Slichos motzei shabbos at 1:00am and 5:30am 
307 Ridge Avenue

Fines imposed on bus drivers presents serious safety concerns

The pending fines of late drop offs will pressure drivers not to wait at all at stops if a kid is not there. It will also cause drivers to rush through the route, drive erratically in Lakewood traffic, or speed, so they make it in time to school. This can be a potential serious safety hazard as drivers are pressured with a serious fine or suspension. 
The busing agreement has a built in fine system if a bus drops off 10 minutes too early or ten minutes too late 
-For the boys-  Any drop-off after 8:40 AM will be considered late

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Booker coming to Lakewood next week to explain vote on Iran deal

After saying he will vote for and support the Iran deal,  there are unconfirmed reports that NJ Senator Cory Booker plans on coming to Lakewood and meet with constituents. Many in the Jewish community oppose the Iran deal and were hoping the senator would follow NY senator Charles Shumer in opposing it. While Senator Booker is a great friend of the Jewish community, his vote for the Iran deal has angered many and he hopes to explain his position.

Bid awarded for design of parking garage at former little league field

The Township committee passed a Resolution  awarding the Bid for the design of a parking facility to the Harman Group Located near Philadelphia. The former field on 9th and Clifton will have a parking lot and parking garage built on site. Part of the expense will come from  taxpayers, although the Twp received a grant from the NJDOT that will go toward the construction of the facility. The group was awarded $262, 200 for their contract in designing the project.

Stores relocating as capitol hotel gets ready to close

The Lakewood landmarked Capitol hotel was sold recently. It will be knocked down, in its place developers are building over 100 rental apartments. Stores are relocating to tother shopping centers. Capitol sefarim moved to rt 9 in Howell across the street from the wine on the nine shoping center.  Yismach Yisroel ice cream shop is moving to 402 Lexington Avenue.

Friday schedule, a non school day

Friday will basically be a non school day for the girls with school beginning at 9:15 at the earliest, and dismissal at 11:30 am. The bussing deal dictates the school start and dismissal times. The boys get out early on Friday the girls are dismissed a full hour before them. There is absolutely no reason school can not end an hour later on Friday. This schedule will inconvenience all working parents who will get to work late and than must leave work early to be home for the kids. How did the schools and askanim capitulate on this and not stand up for the parents and children? 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Standing in the rain and expect not to get wet

The following was posted on tls Face book page. Posting about the community to the masses will automatically elicit anti Semitic responses. You cant expect otherwise. About we Focus on Prayers, Not Skin Color.
About 24 hours ago, Lakewood was again hit with tragedy, when a mother and her two children were struck by a vehicle, leaving the children fighting for their lives.
Yet, just minutes after we broke the story, the haters came out in droves with their hatred - immediately taking out their anger against "those Jews." I won't even begin to post the despicable anti-human comments some posted on some social media platforms - which unfortunately does not give us the option to pre-screen the hatred-filled comments.
But in fact, those haters were partially right. It was the Jews again.

Video: Chazan Helfgot at Mir Dinner

Milller road reopened

Miller road between Adams and Gudz has reopened this week to traffic after construction had the road closed. It took crews around a months time to repair  a bridge in the roadway.

Early arrival time creates challenge for chadorim

The early bus pick up for boys schools will have the boys dropped off at school at 8:30 am. Schools still insist on  starting at 9:00 am. Not all of the Rebbeim will be there at 8:30 to watch and supervise. Will the schools be giving breakfast or a snack since many of the boys are getting up early rushing to make the bus. The other issue is with boys who are expected to daven before school specifically the 6th graders who are not old enough to go on the minyan bus they will have to get up very early, daven in shul,  eat breakfast and make the bus which could begin at 7:45 or earlier.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Continued Tefilos for the mashgiach shlita

The tzibbur is asked to continue davening for The Lakewood mashgiach Rav Mattisyahu Solomom shlita. Name for tehillim Mattisyahu Chaim ben Ettel for a refuah shlaima.

NJ tough new car seat laws begins today

Unclear if your driving from NY to NJ do u have to flip the car seat around at the state line?

The revised law adds additional regulations with specific age and weight limits. Among the new rules:

Birth to age 2: A child under age 2 and under 30 lbs. must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness. That means toddlers who are tall or have long legs must remain rear-facing even if their feet are pressed against the back seat of the car. Once a child reaches either age 2 or 30 lbs., the car seat can be turned around to face forward.

Blame the community

Kudos to TLS for removing offensive and anti semitic comments on its Facebook page. Without even knowing the facts of the accident on rt 9, the haters were out in force blaming the victims for wearing dark clothing, blaming the Orthodox community with all sorts of drivel and non sense. However these comments are expected when you have platforms reaching out to others beyond the community.