Monday, August 31, 2015

Last minute negotiations for girls high school

After outsiders stepped in and offered financial help, a high school was prevented from closing up and will remain open for the coming years. Askanim, and school heads, held a meeting where they placed girls going into 9th grade that have not been accepted yet, into various schools. The hope is that within the next few days everyone would be placed although not everyone gets to go to the school of their choice.

Vehicle Strikes Baby in Stroller, Child, Adult in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD - A woman and her two children were injured after they were struck by a vehicle on U.S. Route 9 in Lakewood.
Police say a woman was pushing her children in a carriage across the intersection of U.S. Route 9 and Edgewood Court at around 10 p.m. when the collision occurred.
Authorities say the extent of the victims' injuries is unknown. The two children were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
A Lincoln Towncar was towed from the scene at about 12:30 a.m. A stretch of the roadway was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. The roadway has since reopened.
Police say no charges against the driver a 50-year-old Toms River man  have been filed as of Tuesday morning. News12.com.  Watch APP Video below

Presidential candidate Scott Walker visits Lakewood

Scott Walker  Republican presidential candidate was in Lakewood today at the home of Dr. Rich Roberts. The Wisconsin Gov, spoke about the field of candidates running for the GOP ticket. He said it is the best GOP field since the elections of 1980. He was asked on how he plans to become the front runner for the GOP he said, he will pray with the orthodox Jewish community. Regarding the Iran deal he called on all congressional leaders to immediately reject this bad deal. Photo Credit Simon Blum

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Conference for Lakewood Rabbonim

Conference for Lakewood Rabonim discussing end of life issues organized by Agudath Israel NJ 

Video: At the BOE meeting

Watch as teachers and parents make a case for Catapult services only to have an override by the state monitor Part 1 part 2

Video by Orville Fitzgerald

Hot week ahead 5 day forecast

Hot and humid temperatures all week long is ahead as temps will be in the 90s as we enter September

Senior citizen and Orthodox Jewish populations grow larger in Jackson

APP The other major change is cultural, religious, and sometimes strained. Increasingly, the changing face of Jackson is also Jewish Orthodox, families that have put down roots because of location, location, location — proximity to the robust Orthodox community in Lakewood.
The change is seen in the mundane, such as restaurants now offering Kosher menu items, and in new tensions — like a recent controversy over aggressive real estate agents pressuring homeowners to sell, ostensibly to make way for an ever-expanding Orthodox community.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Where do you buy your papers

No more can you go shopping and get all the weekly papers in one store. One store only has Yated and Hamodia, no Ami or Mishpacha or Bina. Another store does not carry the Zman or Ami. There is a recent campaign calling on store owners to stop selling certain frum Magazines and publications. Some owners capitulate to the pressure others beshita will not sell certain papers, some will sell all. For convinience either choose a store that has all or buy a subscription and get them delivered to your front door.

Lakewood Chesed photos

Misaskim volunteers from Lakewood helped bury a Mes mitzva in Neptune, NJ yesterday
Lakewood Chaveirim help repair a door that was burglarized through forced entry

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mir Yerushalayim Dinner will feature Chazzan Helfgot


Lo saamod al dam Raeicha

Submitted.
There is a lady in town Mrs...(Moderated)... who practices as a therapist counseling women, she is not licensed. She has no credentials and failed as a mechaneches. This woman is tearing families apart . She has convinced numerous women to leave their husbands. These woman were married for many years with large mishpachos and she brainwashes them to leave as she takes full control of their life. There are over 20 living yesomim as a direct result of her actions. She claims to have backing from Rabbonim and rabbonim told her to do this work. Many Rabbonim in town are trying  to bring an end to this. She is related to several very powerful figures in town who are protecting her. Any one who needs therapy should make sure to use LICENSED professionals.

Lakewood kids receive their bus pass

After all the back and forth with the courtesy busing, The BOE sent out bus passes to Lakewood students. The deal brokered is not a good one at all. The different start times for both boys and girls schools will keep Parents  busy all morning sending their kids off. It will also be very hard for parents to be at work at 9 o'clock since the girls are starting at 9:15. The boys who daven before school will have to get up extra early, rush home eat breakfast and make the bus.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Local residents give input on Rt 9

Route 9 in Lakewood
Highway length: 3 miles
Weekday volume: 21,000 to 38,000 vehicles
Annual crashes: 240, 3 times the state average for similar roadways

APP LAKEWOOD - It seems only fitting that a forum called to talk about how to ease congestion on Route 9 would result in a bottleneck getting into the  meeting room.

Hundreds jammed the conference room to talk about how to improve traffic flow on the busy roadway, bringing probing questions, detailed suggestions for easing congestion, and war stories from the front lines of the daily battle with Route 9 gridlock.

The heavy turnout is an indicator of just how critical an issue Route 9 has become for local residents like Jacob Leitman, who lives just off the highway in the southern end of town.

“I think since 2010 it’s gotten steadily worse,” said Leitman, 39. “People are just building more businesses (and) more housing and a lot of schools in that area.”

Its not about a meeting

Rt 9 has been a problem for a while, former NJ Governor John Corzine pledged to give $100,000,000 for a project to widen Route 9. It was an empty promise and he was not reelected. Despite the crazy traffic, no smart planning was ever done as evident with the increase of developments being built along Rt 9 south. No one expects that a meeting alone will take care of the congestion and widen rt 9. For the longest time, the issue has been put on the back burner or totally neglected. Officials posing for photo ops wont fool or change the attitude. Perhaps this time around the grassroots effort by others to widen Route 9 will take root.

Back to school

Lakewood  Chadorim have all begun the new school year. Some  yeshivos started the new year last week most of the schools started today. The girl schools will begin next week. Unlike in previous years, all kindelach are in school thanks to the menahalim for creating classroom space and to the new schools that opened to accommodate the growth. Its the girls high schools where some girls are not placed yet. Hatzlocha to all the kinderlach and the rebeim as they begin another year.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Letter: Schools can not refuse non vaccinated children


String of Home burglaries have police looking for suspects

LAKEWOOD (WABC) -- Police in Lakewood are investigating a string of home burglaries they believe are related that have netted hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen goods.

The first incident was reported on July 19, when the resident of a home on Adelaide Place called 911 to say the house was burglarized while he or she was out of town sometime over the previous three days.

The suspect or suspects are reported to have made entry though a window located in the back of the home. Once inside, various pieces of high-end jewelry valued at more than $200,000 were taken.

Route 9 Corridor Study

PROJECT PURPOSE:

The purpose and need for this study is to identify spot improvements, corridor-wide design treatments within a limited right-of-way, and access management regulations for Route 9 in Toms River and Lakewood that address existing operational deficiencies and a high crash rate, anticipate future development, and optimize safety, mobility and access for motorized vehicles, transit users, pedestrians and bicyclists.
PROJECT GOALS:

Establish a long-term conceptual design and vision for Route 9 and county and local roads as appropriate.  Establish a long-term vision for developable land in the study area. 

Frustrated by Rt 9?


This Tuesday August 25, 2015
 5 - 8:30 pm
Two Presentations - 5:30 & 7:15
Light Refreshments will be provided
Lakewood Municipal Building
231 Third Street Lakewood, NJ 08701

Brought to you by C.A.R.S.
A committee of citizens devoted to making Lakewood's roads better

Monday, August 24, 2015

Low gas prices

Singin Oil  $2.03 cash only
300 Hurley Ave Lakewood, NJ 08701 

Carmel Auto Service, Inc. $2.04. Cash only
103 River Ave Hurley Ave

76, Madison and 10th $2.11 cash and credit

Fire at Keansburg amusement park no one injured

The Gravitron ride at the Keansburg Amusement Park sustained damage in a fire Monday afternoon, police said. No one was on the ride at the time and no one was injured, police said.
The operator was testing the ride before the park opened for the day when he smelled an odor, said Police Chief James Pigott.

Secular court in Halacha

The issue of bringing a claim against a fellow Jew in secular court is of a serious nature. The lack of clarity in this important subject has led to numerous misunderstandings to the general public. The Badatz of Lakewood both elucidates and clarifies this serious issue in the document below.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The dog has been silenced

The watch dog website has been silenced its supposedly been hacked. Perhaps by others, perhaps done intentionally who knows. It may or may not be back. Not everyone agreed with the content and nature but unfortunately the public must be made aware of what goes on. When homeowners and residents cant afford to live in a town they call home, when there is no accountability to taxpayer money, when people have to decide between paying property taxes or putting bread on the table you can no longer remain silent.

Last minute effort to enroll girls into high school

With a week away, efforts are underway to make sure all girls will be enrolled in high school. A new high school that opened last year has fallen apart and askanim are working on placing the girls in the existing schools. Others entering 9th grade are on a waiting list hoping to have a school to go to.

Will they ever get it right?

A article by experts in the current issue of  TVOL about the reassessment of property values. One of the reasons that property taxes rise despite the reassessment is.. The tax appeals process. So this is a never ending cycle the town conducts a reassessment, thousands of homeowners feel they did not get a fair shot. They in turn appeal it and the process causes the taxes to rise again. This is very normal!!!
Not mentioned, the reassessment it happening at a time when property values are at a artificial high price. The current inflated home prices in Lakewood brought on by many factors such as outsiders moving in, who can afford to pay more than locals on available homes. All this will translate into hundreds of tax appeals and higher taxes as usual.

The circus is coming to town!

The circus is coming to town, no, not the BOE or the Township committee its actually the real circus. The Cole brothers circus is in Lakewood, Today Sunday August 23rd. Its a nationaly traveling circus. Ask your local rabbi regarding attending due to tznius and other issues. Location is in a tent at the corner of Cedarbridge and New Hampshire at first energy park. Sunday August 23rd 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 PM

Friday, August 21, 2015

Almost done

Demolition crew finishing up at the former  Lakewood Cheder school. The lot will be paved while future plans are worked on.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lakewood schools turn down non vaccinated applicants

As the debate with the anti vaxers rages on, many local chadorim and schools are taking a tough stance with non vaccinated children. Many schools will not accept and have turned down applicants who do not vaccinate their children. Prominent pediatricians have warned of the growing anti vaccine movement within the frum yeshivish communities. Anti vaxers argue that schools employ workers who their medical history is not known if they have been vaccinated which could be a danger to the children. There are rumors that the Vaad is backing schools not to accept unvaccinated children.

Shiurim at Ateres Yeshaya


Traffic light at westgate

The newly installed traffic light at entrance to Westgate corner of Central Avenue and Hillside will be operational this Monday, August 24th or on the 25th. Crews marked off turning lanes to help ease the traffic flow.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chaveirim members assisting drivers caught in the downpour


Priced out?

The Lakewood real estate market is sky rocketing, outside buyers are offering more money for houses and lots in specific areas. The average youngerman who moved here when he got married and saved up for 10 years on a down payment can not compete with those who are coming from other locations. People are being squeezed out of Brooklyn, and Lakewood is an ideal place for many of them, but for local young couples its getting harder and harder as home prices are now unaffordable. Rents are also climbing high, and what was once a place that was affordable is now not within reach anymore. Property taxes continue to rise with no relief in sight. No wonder people are calling Lakewood, Brooklyn south. On the flip side even locals make it hard for the average youngerman to buy a home.  A recent new development is only accepting buyers by invitation only. One has to fit their criteria to get in and approved by the committee. A few owners who were vetted and approved sub leased or rented out their homes to "outsiders". Just like it was in Sdom the committee was very upset about this major breach.

Monday, August 17, 2015

First of two public meetings on Rt 9 traffic

How can traffic flow and safety be improved on congested sections of Route 9 in Toms River and Lakewood?

A public meeting scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Toms River will discuss potential fixes that could help improve traffic issues in the area. 
-- The meeting will be held in the Mancini Room of the Ocean County Library, located at 101 Washington St. There will be two presentations at the meeting, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

No uniformity in School starting dates

Some boys schools will be starting at the end of this week others are not starting for another full week after that. Is it fair for the parents that are working/yeshiva  to find yet another in between day camp for the kids. But more so, the lack of a unified start date frustrates the children. How fair is it for those starting a week before their peers knowing many of their friends have another full week of summer vacation. On the other hand why cant all schools pick a unified start date that will be beneficial to all? 

Bein hazmanim learning and swim


Friday, August 14, 2015

Where your property tax dollars went for 2014

Lakewood Township raised $162,333,735 in taxes in 2014 app.com
49.6 percent went to school tax
32.7 went to Municipal tax
17.6 went to county tax 
Where is all this money going????????????????





Thursday, August 13, 2015

Almost all girls have a school for coming year

Despite the vaad and other askanim taking credit, this year there was no real problem with girls not getting into school for primary. What has usually been a issue towards the end of the year, has now seemed to be rectified. Many factors contributed to this. First,  many schools added classes to accommodate the growth, a few new girls schools are opening up for this coming school year. In addition, there may just not be that many girls entering primary as projected. Some kids may not be in school that is not a result of no room but parents simply holding out for the school of their choice. As for the boys many new chadorim have opened as well.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

At the Jog4center kumzitz with Yehuda Green

First Yartzheit of HaBachur Aaron Sofer Z'L


Jackson no-knock rules debated amid Lakewood boom

The comments on Facebook at the APP are just disgusting and anti Semitic esav sonei lyaakov.

APP JACKSON – It’s a rule to keep solicitors off a Jackson doorstep. But at what point could it become an edict to keep the Jewish community bottled up in Lakewood?

Already approved in Toms River and up for debate in Jackson are enhanced “no-knock” ordinances, rules designed to protect homeowners from solicitors and canvassers — particularly real estate buyers — who won’t take no for an answer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jackson council to curb real estate solicitors

Yeder yochid hut an achrayus far der tzibbur..
Jackson is seeking to add an ordinance based closely on a Toms River ordinance passed in June, but Jackson took extra steps to strengthen its ordinance after months of reported harassment by persistent real estate agents. Council President Barry Calogero said a majority of the cases brought up by residents involve members of the Jewish community in Lakewood. But he said the council was concerned about privacy, not who is doing the asking. more at APP

Monday, August 10, 2015

Bein hazmanim Pizza pie for $8

Fresh pies for only $8 At Pizza on Wheels behind stores corner Rt 9 and Chestnut 

Future BM of Sanz Klausenberg chasidus in Lakewood

The building will serve as a Bais Medrash, Mikva and Simcha hall for the Sanz Klausenberg chasidim who are establishing a kehila in Lakewood on instructions from their Rebbe.

Demolition moving along at former Cheder building



Sunday, August 9, 2015

APP article: Is Lakewood Growing too fast?

APP article on Lakewood growth HERE. Some interesting facts and observations :

-Lakewood just might be the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe capital of the world

-If current trends continue, by the end of this decade Lakewood will likely leapfrog Woodbridge, Edison and Elizabeth to become the fourth-largest municipality in the state.

-Behind the scenes, a group of Orthodox rabbis and merchants called the Vaad helps shape the blueprint for the town, though its authority isn't as supreme as many non-Orthodox assume.

-Georgian Court, BMG and Monmouth Medical Center are the largest private tax-exempt property owners in town. The tax-free properties include: 70 private schools, 77 synagogues, 23 churches, 18 dormitories, 52 rabbi residences and another 14 properties that double as synagogues and rabbi residences, county tax records show.Together, these tax-exempt properties total nearly $597 million in assessed value, the equivalent of $5.1 million in lost local tax revenue last year, an Asbury Park Press analysis found.

Staycation things to do around Lakewood

Allaire State Park (bike paths, hike paths, old village, park, picnic, train ride) 
Atlantic farms - you feed the animals either carrots or corn
 You can rent a boat on the lake. There's a nice small botanical gardens about a 1/2 hour away. 
Popcorn Park Zoo - nice small zoo, 1/2 hour away 
Turtle Back Zoo - 45 minutes away - very nice mid-sized zoo 
Cape May Zoo - a little over an hour away - even nicer, bigger zoo *free*
Storybook Land - great small amusement park for younger kids age 5-12 about an hour away 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bein hazmanim for the press

With many away for summer vacation the local papers all took a well deserved break and did not print the current issues for shabbos. Its a good break for readers too. 

A Big Thank You

A huge centerfold ad thanking Reb shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz  on behalf of the parents of the 30,000 students of Lakewood mosdos for his involvement in securing the transportation and busing. What was done we dont know, parents were not consulted for their input, the negotiated deal will inconvenience many and effect the learning of children. But we are to believe that the interests of parents and children were also taken into account.

Playgroups might be forced to end early on Fridays

The early Friday dismissal by the schools will leave the playgroup morahs with a tough choice. Those who have school age children will have to end early to be available to get their kids from the bus  stop. As it is Friday is almost a no school day with school starting at 9:15 and dismissal at 11:30. How can these askanim pat themselves on their back and take credit for a deal that will inconvenience parents and children. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chaveirim responds again

Chaveirim responds to MLK area where multiple tires slashed. Reports that the Suspect has been identified. No arrests were made yet.

Planing for the future ten years too late

“Now that the busing issue has been resolved for this year, we must work diligently to plan for the future of our vibrant, growing town.  I am happy to report that discussions have begun in this regard.” 
This was a quote from a committeeman. Did they just wake up now? where have they been for the last ten years. These politicians were in office back then, if they didn't plan then, can we trust them to do so now? The town has forever been growing, are they out of touch? Come election time show them the door.

Gourmet Glatt hiring

Gourmet Glatt of Lakewood is Hiring! We are looking for experienced dedicated and professional staff for many positions in our new Lakewood Superstore. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@gourmetglatt.com

All wired up at Seasons Lakewood


Ma, I missed the bus

The new agreement will  have many more parents drive their kids to school. The boys bus routes will be starting as early as 7:45 am, many kids will not be ready in time. The fines imposed on the buses if they arrive late will have drivers pressured to move fast thereby not waiting at all for kids to catch the bus. Some 6th & 7th grade boys that have no minyan in school and are expected to daven before will have to get up at 6:45 and be back in time to catch the early bus. Friday schedule means mothers can not go to work they will have to be home for the early dismissal. In NY many schools end at 1:30 pm on Fridays, even in the winter! This deal did not take the parents or children into consideration  the children are used as pawns in a game of power and control. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bussing agreement a disaster for parents and kids

As the details of the agreement to extend courtesy busing to non public schools were publicized the new schedule, will be disastrous for parents that are working. First issue, with girls schools starting at 9:15 and no option of early drop off before 9:05 many mothers will not get to work on time. How are they expected to be at the office by 9am. Keep in mind the babysitting drop offs and Lakewood traffic. A lot of pickups will be closer to 9 am giving parents no option to get to work on time. Second, Friday is basically a non school day for the girls with school beginning at 9:15 and dismissal at 11:30 am. The pending fines of late drop offs will pressure drivers not to wait at all at stops if a kid is not there. As far as the Boys schools are concerned the pick ups will start at 7:45 am in order to guarantee the 8:30 arrival, forget about Breakfast many kids will miss the bus.  Its not easy to change the fabric of a town on a whim and the stroke of a pen. Askanim will naturally say well what are the options its this or no busing at all. That is not an answer there is plenty of BOE money going to other non mandated programs that were not cut or compromised. The special ed budgets too is full of waste. let them cut that first before hitting the only courtesy that all tax payers can benefit from.

Details of the agreement for courtesy bussing

THE DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT ARE AS FOLLOWS, AS PROVIDED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:

The following is the 2015-16 Transportation Plan for Non-Public schools that has been revised to reflect the agreed to changes following the August 3rd meeting:

1. ALL regular Pupils Grades K-12 with mileage under “.60” of a mile (halfmile)
from their school will continue to be “NO BUS” (same as last year).

2. ALL Regular Pupils Grades K-12 with mileage equal to or over “.60” miles
(over half-mile) will be bussed.

BOYS SCHOOLS

3. Non-Public Boys Grades K-5 (or whatever the Minyan cut-off is) will arrive at school at 8:30 AM

Understanding NJ school funding law SFRA

Two things are certain about New Jersey's politics in 2018. One, New Jersey will have a new governor. Two, the Pension Crisis means that the new governor will be just as unable to fully fund New Jersey's school funding law as Chris Christie was.

Askanim who can not advocate for the Tzibbur should step aside.

Askanim, spokesmen many who are self appointed have used and abused their position for personal gain. They can no longer advocate or fight for the needs of the tzibbur since they have no leverage. When they themselves have taken or benefited through their position they are ineffective. How can they make demands from politicians or other agencies when they already used their power and took care of themselves? They have no right to continue representing the tzibbur when in truth they are only out for themselves. Its time for askanim to be appointed by the tzibbur and they must disclose all conflicts of interests and business dealings they have with the Govt or other agencies they lobby. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Outsiders intervened on behalf of busing deal

Prominent out-of-town askanim and baalei chessed got involved to avert what would have been a traffic nightmare according to a exclusive report on Matzav.com The schools are giving in a tremendous amount,” an insider says “but overall, the atmosphere has been very positive and both sides are working together very well. Hopefully, this turns a new page between the private schools and districts read more HERE.

Bikes delivered ahead of ride

Leaving from Connecticut

Jim Keady visits Lakewood

Jim Keady Democratic Candidate for the NJ Assembly in the 30th District was in Lakewood at the national night out against crime, talking and listening to voters

APP to report on Lakewood development

APP to report on Lakewood is there enough room? watch Video below

Staggering start & dismissal times key in buding deal

Talks aimed at resolving the budget gap have focused on staggering, or tiering, the start and dismissal times of the scores of private Orthodox Jewish schools. The change would allow fewer buses to transport the same number of students, resulting in millions of dollars in savings.
Private school leaders agreed in April to shift their schedules by 15 minutes, then reconsidered, saying it would unduly disrupt their operations and create a hardship for parents. The reversal would have cost the district $2 million in extra aid from the New Jersey Department of Education and another $500,000 or more from the Township Committee. That aid was contingent on the tiering plan remaining in place. 
One of the participants in the talks, Rabbi Aaron Kotler, president and chief executive officer of the Beth Medrash Govoha yeshiva, credited the breakthrough to a more fully developed tiering plan that went into greater detail with each of the affected schools.

Gourmet Glatt coming soon

                    Sign goes up at Gourmet Glatt of Lakewood

Two neighboring communities are among the oldest and the youngest in the state

TownMedian AgeMenWomen
New Brunswick City23.122.822.8
Lakewood Township23.2022.623.6
Glassboro Borough26.9024.629.6
North Hanover Township28.4027.330.40
Woodlynne Borough28.625.530.70
Passaic City28.827.7030.1
Camden City29.127.130.6
Victory Gardens Borough29.7032.228.70
Bridgeton City30.2030.9028.8
Princeton30.830.332.1
The drive from Manchester to Lakewood in Ocean County is about 15 miles, but according to data from the U.S. Census, it's also akin to turning back the clock more than 40 years. The median age of the population in Manchester is 65 years old, but in Lakewood, it is just 23. 

Age data from the Census shows the two neighboring communities are among the oldest and the youngest in the state, sitting anomalously close in a state where different age groups are spread fairly distinctly throughout New Jersey. 

Courtesy busing deal reached in Lakewood

APP- Leaders of the township’s private religious schools have agreed to a cost-savings plan that would preserve courtesy busing for thousands of schoolchildren in the coming school year, according to participants in the talks. Details of the plan have not been released....

LPD Annual Night Out Against Crime

 Annual Night Out Against Crime event will take place Today Tuesday August 4, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Pine park

Monday, August 3, 2015

Township added $124.6 million in ratables through new construction last year

Note this is only the municipal portion of the tax bill this does not cover the BOE budget or the County and state tax. Spending is up, just wait for the reassessment.  
 Total salaries and wages are up about $1.9 million, or 7 percent, to almost $28.8 million for township employees. Employee Health insurance, up $561,000, or 5 percent to $11.7 millionPolice salaries and wages come to $17.1 million, up more than 7 percent. Twsp will  spend $100,000 to construct a new police firing range and $132,000 for police body cameras.
APP - Lakewood – Some good news for Lakewood taxpayers: Municipal taxes aren’t going up this year.

The nearly $76.7 million budget the Township Committee adopted last week trims spending by $1.7 million, or about 2 percent.

Here’s some key facts about this year’s spending plan:

Hundreds at Levaya of H'avreich Rav Yisrael Meir Yagen Zt"l

Hundreds were at the Levaya of Rav Yisrael Meir Yagen Z"L. the Levaya took place at the Lakewood yeshiva Beren hall. The maspidim were his Father Rav Yosef Yagen, his father in law Rav Gershon Ribner, Rav Don Segal, and Rav Malkiel Kotler. His Father in Law, Rav Gershon Ribner said it was kdai the 8 years that he was a son in law with all the yisurim in such a short time. He said how the niftar covered up much of his yesurim for the last 4 years he never complained. He was a baki in kol chelkei haTorah by his chasunah. His father remarked it was once following brain surgery on zos Chanukah that he was only able to daven shachris, when he awoke for a few seconds he saw his mother and told her, remind me to say Hallel. HE was a tremendous masmid. It was once following Yom Kippur he was engrossed in his learning and he forgot to eat the family had to bring him food. Following the Levaya the crowds walked to 7th and Forest. Kevurah will be in Eretz Yisrael.

Lakewood leads the way

When local retailers covered their magazine racks to accommodate the sensitivities of the Orthodox community many mocked and ridiculed it. To their credit the stores stuck to their guns (ShopRite and now BJ's in Howell) ABC news  reports that two large retailers- Rite aid and food Lion will soon place issues of a popular magazine behind “blinders” to shield minors from the magazine’s content. Organizers are hoping other retailers  will agree to put the magazine behind protective shields. This concept was already in place in Lakewood not only to protect minors but adults too.

Camp Ruach Chaim virtual Visiting Day video tour

Camp Ruach Chaim in the Catskills with a large contingent of Lakewood children has cancelled the visiting day tradition for those who wished to see they produced a virtual visiting day tour.

BDH Reb Yisrael Meir Yagen Z"L

                          שבר על שבר רחמיך תעורר כי לקינו בכפליים
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Yisroel Meir Yagen z”l of Lakewood, NJReb Yisroel battled illness for years, displaying great strength and fortitude during the difficult period.

Reb Yisroel was a truly choshuve yungerman, who grew in Torah and avodah his father is Rav Yosef Yagen a Rosh yeshiva in Monsey and very active in kiruv across the world. He had the support of his devoted wife, Malka Rochel, a daughter of Rav and Rebbetzin Gershon Ribner. Rav Gershon is the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Nesivos Hatorah and a noted marbitz Torah. Rebbetzin Ribner is a daughter of Rav Shneur Kotler zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, and a granddaughter of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l, founder of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WIC implements new income guidelines

Participants in New Jersey’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) supplemental nutrition program have revised income guidelines to observe. Income for a family of four has a limit of $44,863, which Ocean County Health Department’s Public Health Cooridnator Dan Regenye said is $740 higher than in the previous listing.  WIC is open to pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under age 5. It gives low-income families access to nutrition coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and food vendors.

Car broke down Transportation for 8 to Lakewood

Interstate Chaverim ‏  Woodbridge NJ 07095 @ 322 US Rt-9. G.S.P Exit 129 or I-95 Exit 11. Transportation for 8 to Lakewood, Car broke down. Call 845-425-HELP 

Today: BI-Annual Bein hazmanim Kollel Dvar HaShem

 SPECIAL BI-ANNUAL BEIN HAZMANIM KOLLEL DVAR HASHEM 
"WORKPLACE HALACHOS"  EVENT: 2 PART SERIES

At Bais Hamedrash Ner Yisroel, Ridge Avenue & East 7th Street.

 PART 1 This Sunday, August 2nd 11am - 1pm
Focusing on the Topic of "Dina D'Malchsa Dina"

Store closing sale

The Center of Town will now be a The former Shop Rite plaza

Major traffic expected over weekend due to American Pharoah racing at Monmouth park

 Traffic alert -Triple Crown winner American Pharoah the Horse owned by a frum Jew from Teaneck will be racing this Sunday in nearby Monmouth park exit 105 off  the GSP. Those traveling from Lakewood to NY on Sunday August 2nd  should leave extra early as thousands are expected to watch the Haskell race which will take place at 5 pm on Sunday. Taking rt 9 is probably the better option.