Monday, November 30, 2015

Oif Simchas

The A team band at a chasunah in Lkwd last night

From the comment section

On the tls Facebookpage ...there's a different set of rules...

"Lakewood in general has the worst drivers not just school bus drivers but people in general and you want to talk about the most accidents and the worst town when it comes to leaving dogs and children in their vehicles on hot and cold days. Everyone should drive careful in Lakewood no matter what"

 "People drive like they have no sense in Lakewood! Kids stand on those buses in Lakewood because the parents think they can do no wrong".

"Courtesy bussing on a Sunday? No wonder this town is broke"

 "Some Jew driving crazy like they all do in lake wood .they don't even know how to stop at stop signs".

Store updates

At Gourmet Glatt
Yiddies grill- temporarily closed 
Chicky's- set to reopen this Tuesday
Quick check- any day
Butchers steakhouse: Opening in target plaza in Howell under kcl
Seasons TBA (to be announced)
Gourmet Glatt  TBA
Evergreen TBA

Riverside Abstract chanukah givaway

This year, its not donuts, or a menorah or CD its... 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Updated: Shiva info for Rebbetzin Sarah Schustal a''h

The family will be sitting shiva in Lakewood at mishpachas Halpern 705 Valley drive Lakewood, NJ.  Davening Times Maariv 10:00 shachris 7:30 Getting up tomorrow morning (Monday)
The Matersdorfer Rov Rav Simcha Bunim Ehrnfeld Brother,will be sitting at his home in Brooklyn  until Monday morning  1655 46th Street. in Boro Park shiva hours are from 1:30-4:30 and 7:45-10:30
Shacharis: 9:00
Mincha: 4:15
Maariv: 7:45
Rebbetzin Gitty Cohen,  Rebbetzin Esther Paler, Rebbetzin Leah Kagan, sisters, will be sitting at 614 Princeton Ave in Lakewood

Accidents happen stop the blame game

The  Associated press reported, Children escape unharmed after school bus, car collide in Lakewood. B''H no children or others were harmed in the accident. The accident occurred shortly before 8:20 a.m. Sunday on West County Line Road in Lakewood. The crash sparked a fire that severely damaged the car, but it was soon extinguished. It didn't take long for the comment section on The lakewood FB page to come alive and blame the bus drivers, Lakewood drivers, courtesy busing, school on Sunday etc.. its unfortunate that we have such a reputation but constantly posting pictures of every fender bender is of no help at all.

The Rishus continues, when will it end.

submitted.
Its an unfortunate scene, a youngerman sitting in his home is tossed out into the streets thrown out of his house by police officers who serve him a restraining order. Not only from his house and spouse but from his children as well. Its not a rare scene, its happening at an alarming rate in the heiliger ihr haTorah. Shalom bayis is no longer an option or is it controlled and dealt with by Rabbonim and halacha, it has been hijacked by feminist rabbonim, armature, immature and incompetent therapists and askanim. Many of these cases could have easily been avoidable. There will always be two sides, divorce is ugly but the approach taken in lakewood is that of the Modern orthodox or perhaps secular. Halacha and Torah goes out the window. Rabbonim listening only to one side of a story is not new, but the involvement of authorities removing a husband from the home and away from his children just to get an upper hand and start proceedings is out right rishus and a chilul hashem.  Frum Therapists and referral agencies taking sides without proper procedures is the norm. The number of living yesomim in Lakewood is well over a hundred and counting. Goyishe treife hashkafos have infiltrated out society. Therapists treating children not to respect a parent is common, the focus is not shalom bayis anymore instead its churban bayis.

Blue claws charities hands out grants

 After getting a sweet heart deal from Lakewood taxpayers, BC charities handed out grants to 34 Community Partner organizations in Monmouth & Ocean Counties.  Here is a list.. are any from Lakewood??

Township Menorah lighting

The Township of  Lakewood will be lighting it's Chanukah Menorah on Sunday, December 6th first night of Chanuka at 4:15 pm in Town Square. Notice, scheduled at the same time the twsp will light the holiday tree  and a holiday parade will take place prior to that. For more information, please call the Township's Department of Public Works at 732/905-3405.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Video: A Chabad shliach learned Tanya in Lakewood


When the Rebbe sent Rabbi Nissan Mangel to Lakewood, New Jersey to spread the teachings of Chassidus, he didn’t fully know what to expect. After spending a full week around the Yeshiva and assuming his job was more or less complete without incident, he was in for a most moving surprise. Upon his return to Crown Heights, he was greeted with a welcome from the Rebbe and a cryptic, yet touching, acknowledgement of his work.

Kosher village kids collection

Kosher Village kicks off its kids collection! this Sunday November 29th from 11 am-6 pm Free refreshments and entertainment.Amazing raffles every half hour, cotton candy balloons and pop corn all day. Balloon twisting and Face painting from 2:30- 6:00 pm. Kids collect stickers with every purchase and receive amazing prizes when board is complete.

Melava Malka

Motzei Shabbos parshas Vayishlach November 28, 2015:

Keren Even Habochen Dinner Ateres Chana hall 7:30 reception 8:30 Dinner

Khal Shemen Lemincha 2 Milano drive annual Melava malka 8:30 pm

Modzitz Yartzheit Melava Malka 15 Whispering Pines lane Famed Niggun Ezkara will be sung 8:30 pm

Friday, November 27, 2015

Nur simches shabbos Parshas vayishlach




A shmooze with the Shabbos patrol guys


Keren Even Habochen Dinner


Without warnings LPD in heavy ticketing blitz

No courtesy, or verbal warnings, the LPD is out in force throughout town ticketing for minor infractions. Burglaries are still up and no arrests have been made in the recent string of home invasions. Usually some common courtesy would be nice letting people know in advance. 

Going nuts at Aisle 9

New hot nut station @Aisle9Market today!! Go nuts this Shabbos

Crazy 8 pre Chanuka sale at Kosher west


ערב שבת פרשת וישלח

Licht tzinden 4:15 pm

Shkia 4:33
weather- cloudy 59f/42f precip: 62% have a Gut Shabbos. 

smoke from Jackson fire

 A fire in Jackson,  has resulted in  strong smell of smoke throughout Lakewood.  

Thursday, November 26, 2015

High school saga not done yet

It was only a month ago when 9 girls were sitting at home waiting to get into high school. Although most girls were  accepted bringing the saga to an end there was still a couple of girls who were still not in school as of this past week.  A few individuals who take this matter to heart called a meeting to put pressure on whom ever is holding things up in hopes of  getting it done, making sure everyone is placed.

Let the Games begin


Oif Simchas


 Simchas mishpachas Jerimias Shalom Zocher this Friday night at the home of R' Burich Jerimias at 8 Primrose Dr in Lakewood. There will be davening in the large tent behind the house. Shira choir, Zevi fried will be there all

Stores avdertising Motzei shabbos sales and promotions

Local Lakewood stores are advertising  black Friday and Motzei shabbos promotions and sales. The Small Business Saturday campaign is still here even without the Amex credit. Check local weeklies and flyers for sales and events, or post in comments below.

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Apology accepted


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

They waited until after the elections

The announcement and threat to courtesy busing did not come too long after the ink was still wet on the contracts that was signed with the bus companies. The monitor claimed a lack of  funding and projected savings did not materialize since bids came in at higher costs than expected. All this information was readily available as soon as the contracts were signed. However the referendum threat only came after the elections. Who are they protecting? obviously the ones that have the power in Trenton to get things done and cut out this nonsense.  The vaad, endorsed candidates who have done absolutely nothing regarding the issues with the state monitor and  the Department of education. Did they even discuss it with the voters before hand? Those in the Assembly have the power to fix and take care of business. Lakewood voted for them its time they do something about it.

The Rebbetzin

By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz  Yated.com
Were someone to ask me what Sarah Imeinu looked like, I’d say, “Look at Rebbetzin Sarah Schustal and you’ll know.”
Were someone to ask me what a bas Yisroel should look like, I’d say, “Like Rebbetzin Schustal.”
What is tznius? What is tzidkus? How should we act? How should we speak? How should we live our lives? How should we raise our children?
I’d say, “Look at Rebbetzin Schustal and you’ll know.”

A holy woman walked among us. We had an image of what was demanded of us.

Always thoughtful and caring, loving and smart, calm and careful, she was the perfect combination.

No busing from school on Thanksgiving

Check with your school, due to the legal holiday there will be no transportation on the way home
from school. Most schools will have bus transportation in the morning on the way to school. Check for early dismissal times.

Pittsburgher Rebbe in Lakewood

Tha Admor of Pittsburgh who lives in Eretz Yisrael is currently in Lakewood at the home of Dr. Moshe Todres 369 Ridge Avenue. The Rebbe will be in town through Thursday.


An easy registration year, halevai

Parents of girls entering primary can breath a sigh of relief. According to report in The Voice, from an anonymous source there are more available slots, than primary age students for the upcoming school year. This does not mean one will get in at the school of their choosing. Neither can one be lax in the tznius area since getting in is a guarantee. One may think perhaps there is no need to worry about the length of a sheitel or skirt, fathers can proudly wear a colored shirt, and take it easy as they have an upper hand. A word of caution dont expect it to be any different, not everyone will get accepted so fast, the schools will still adhere to the same standards it expects and rightfully so. More so you can not trust these anonymous sources.    

Pittsburgh Kollel parlor meeting

This evening a parlor meeting to benefit the Jewish Learning center of Pittsburgh, PA at the home
 of Reb Yisrael Meir Shapiro, 315 Caranetta. Maariv at 8:45 followed by greetings.

WIC class available online

  You can now take  the WIC class online no need to go down and sit through the class. You can complete your WIC nutrition education requirement online. Once done you print out a certificate and bring it in to pick up your checks.  However, You still have to go to the WIC office to pick up the checks but you can do that anytime on the day you were given to come for a class. Even if your class is scheduled for  8:30 am,  you can come all day just present your certificate and you will receive your checks.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Holiday garbage schedule

 Garbage pickup in some neighborhoods is today on Wednesday.If the holiday falls on Thursday: Garbage and recycling will be picked up on the preceding Wednesday. The Lakewood Township observes the following holidays Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving.

$100,000 for 3 BR + tuition voucher

Cant afford to buy a home? High Tuition,high taxes? try South bend, IN

At the Levaya of Rebbetzin Sarah Schustal A'H

For more photos click HERE

Oif simchas


Be alert

Submitted via comment. Not verified, but alertness can prevent the next theft or home invasion. 

 It seems that police were called to the 14th street neighborhood when a black male in a black Mercedes was seen driving slowly around that neighborhood. when questioned it became known that this man is the same man that was convicted five years ago for a forced entry robbery in the same area. He was released a few months ago. The police did not have any criminal evidence to detain him and he was free to go, but be very aware if you see a black male in a black Mercedes driving around. as of now there is a strong suspicion that he and perhaps others with him, are finding out when people are not home and breaking in. Before his arrest he had broken into homes while people were in the house. Be aware, and call police if you see anything or anyone suspicious.

TR Police: Reports on North Dover Open House Incident Innaccurate

There is always two sides to a story.

“We did respond to Donna Dee Court on Sunday at 2:20 pm, but what is printed by some media outlets seems to contain inaccuracies,” the department said today.  “We were called to a different home and not the home of the residents holding an open house.  The person holding the open house did not contact the police, did not file any complaints, and did not make a police report.”

A taste of Yerushalayim in Lakewood





Petira of Rebbetzin Sarah Schustal a”h.

The Rebbetzin was the wife of Rav Simcha Schustal zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Binyomin of Stamford, and a daughter of the Mattersdorfer Rov zt”l. The levayah will be held at 9 a.m. at Yeshiva Nachlas Yisroel, located at 1483 East Spruce Street in Lakewood, NJ, between New Hampshire and Albert followed by a levayah at at Yeshiva Bais Binyomin of Stamford (132 Prospect St, Stamford, CT 06902) at noon. The aron will be flown from JFK International Airport at 6:45 p.m. to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah there.

She is survived by a family of leading gedolei Torah, including her sons, Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal, rosh yeshiva of Yeshova Naos Yaakov, Rav Dovid Schustal, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, and Rav Tovia Schustal, rosh yeshiva at Yeshivat Ateret Torah, as well as her daughters,  Rebbetzin Miriam Ungarischer, wife of Rav Yerachmiel Ungarischer, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Nachlas Yisroel of Lakewood; Rebbetzin Reva Halpern, wife of  Rav Binyomin Zev Halpern, rov of Khal Bais Halevi of Lakewood; Rebbetzin Zeilberger, wife of  Rav Yeruchem Zeilberger, rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Bais Hatalmud; and Rebbetzin Bender, wife of Rav Michoel Bender, R”M at Yeshiva Bais Binyomin of Stamford. Matzav.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fun for kids This Sunday


OIf simchas- Vivaser



New Cheder hall 

Public school teachers get salary increase

Teachers, professionals secretaries working for the Lakewood public school will receive a pay raise from 2 to 2.8 percent for the next three years read more HERE at APP.com Shaw described the agreement as "a new beginning for the LEA." Compared to previous negotiations, she said, contract talks with the school board were “much more amicable.” One key difference she pointed to was the fact that the district is now under the oversight of a state-appointed monitor, Michael Azzara.
Shaw said the board "understood that they needed to acknowledge the worth of their employees.”

No knock now a click away

A report in Patch.com  Toms River residents who want solicitors to stay away can now register for the township’s No Knock listing without having to leave home. 
Township officials put a link to the registration form on the township’s website in recent days, a move that comes in the wake of the Township Council’s adoption of an ordinance amendment that tightens restrictions on real estate soliciting in town.

Responding to months of complaints residents about what they say have been aggressive solicitations from real estate agents looking for homes for sale, particularly in the North Dover section of the township, the council adopted an ordinance two weeks ago that limits real estate canvassing to Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and bans it on New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day (Fourth of July), Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

New cheder opening


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Simchas in town

Uri Davidi sings at a local wedding b'h all wedding halls were full last night.

Bikur Cholim pays tribute

submitted as comment.(For list of Chinese auction winners click HERE)

Thank you so much for the tributes to Rebbetzin Kotler a'h and Mrs. Shami Reinman a'h. Rebbetzin Kotler really was the mother of this community and a staunch supporter of the beginning Lakewood Bikur Cholim - Everybody called her for advice, if your kid needed stitches, if you were upset because of town problems, if you just needed help adjusting to Lakewood Life - and Mrs. Shami Reinman who was talented in so many ways, and all her talents were overshadowed by her good heart and her commitment to always see the good in everybody, was always ready to help anybody and really dedicated a lot to many Lakewood organizations, including Bikur Cholim. We miss you so much and may you be meilitzei yosher for all of us.

Kosher market coming to Newark airport

Looking for kosher food at Newark airport? Yeahthatskosher reports ‘The Kosher Market’ was announced today by CIBO Express Gourmet Markets as the first-of-its-kind kosher market in Newark Airport (EWR) located in Terminal C3 near Gate 139. It is currently open.
The market will feature over 60 freshly prepared Grab & Go items, made by Fresko, CIBO’s Kosher foods partner. The freshly prepared items, including sandwiches, salads, wraps, dips, snacks and more, will be delivered daily to Terminal C.

The Kosher Market will also include unique kosher snacks and candies, including red velvet cookies, chocolate and cinnamon rugelach, as well as non-dairy brownies and blondies. The Kosher Market will also provide kosher products from Coca-Cola and KIND Snacks as well as other national brands.

Freezing temps next few nights

Not yet winter but the next few nights will have below freezing temps. Today will see clouds with developing sunshine and windy with a high in the low 50's. Tonight will clear out and it will be cold with a low in the 30's and a real feel of  17° to Tomorrow night will be in the low 20's. Warmer weather is expected over Thanksgiving weekend. 

Vivaser lanu Besoros Tovos


Drasha for Mohalim

A Drasha and shiur for Mohalim given by Rav Eliyohu Ferzichiter from Yerushalayim and Rav Dovid Biton Author of sefer Brisoi shel Avraham will take place this evening at 121 Arbutus DRive. 7:30 pm all Mohalim welcome.

No Amex credit for small business

It was a boost for the Lakewood economy,perhaps stores can offer other promotions. As announced back in September this year Amex will not give any statement credit for shopping at small business Saturday, Nov 28. Previously many local stores and organizations participated, and it was a win win for both consumers and retailers. People took care of all the chanuka presents and than some. Amex cardholders who shopped with independent small businesses in 2012 received a $25 statement credit for spending $25 at a small business. In 2013, it offered a $10 credit. Last year Amex offered a $10 statement credit that could be redeemed up to three times. Although Amex has abandoned the statement credit

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Get your free game at LRBC auction

Tonight get your free limited edition let's do bikur cholim game at the annual Chinese auction for lev Rochel bikur cholim. Lake terrace hall at 8:00 pm

Why bussing?

Once again the monitor or district threaten us with cutting courtesy bussing scaring the tzibbur to vote for a tax increase. Courtesy busing is not the ONLY non mandated item in the budget. There are many other programs, after school programs, sports programs that are not state mandated but for some reason these programs never get put on the chopping block. Those who administer these programs are well protected keeping it off any referendum. These programs cost millions of dollars more than what it costs for the non mandated courtesy busing which  is only for kids who live within 2.5 miles of their school. The township must provide busing by law to students who live more than 2.5 miles from their school makes no difference if its private or public school. The tax payers who send to private school all they get in return is bussing, it should never be put on the chopping block.

Chanuka season starts


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Once a year sale 30% off playmobil

At Toys for thought

Could have had more for taxes

Submitted in comment section.
It was known that a certain committee member was going to demand millions from the Claws when they asked to renegotiate their contract. Steven Secare wrongly insisted that the committee has a conflict because they receive free tickets. An absolutely ridiculous assumption. All municipalities receive an amount of free tickets. It is in the contract. And besides they were demanding more money. So where was the conflict? The LIC did as they were told. It consists of a group of yes men placed there to do as the bidding of those that receive benefits from the Blue Claws.

A nice review from the guru

After seeing so many posts about South Side Sandwich Shop & Smokehouse and following Joseph S. Mutterperl on this group I finally had the privilege of going down to Lakewood, NJ and checking it out. First off I must say, he is an extremely nice guy, a real mentch and was so nice to talk to about food and smoking meat. We had so much food and tried so many things. Everything was very good. I really enjoyed the long bone smoked rib the most, the second cut smoked brisket was melt in your mouth delicious and his fried chicken was delicious. Kosherguru.

Shabbos sheva brachos challenge

The chasunah was somehow taken care of and paid for. Great strides were made over the years to bring down wedding costs. Halls have takana packages for flowers and music bands there are cheaper affordable options.  Gemachs for Wedding gowns are plentiful (if your lucky to reserve for the wedding date). The challenge today is the Shabbos 7 brachos. Both financially and logistical.  With growing mishachos ka"h the costs go up this is not factoring in extended family but immediate families from both the choson and Kallah sides. Putting up 100 people is no easy task. Those who can afford it go to a hotel with catered meals. For the less fortunate there is no cheap hotel option. A local hall in a shul or school is usually where it is done. Food is either catered or the siblings split the chores amongst

A good outcome

It was a sad situation that b'h eventually worked itself out no need to delve into the details of the case. After the intervention of a Admor, as of last week the children are all learning in a local yeshiva and no longer in the local public school.

Where are the elected officials

Forget the vaad for a moment What have the elected officials on the county and state level done to put an end to these outrageous tax referendums for the boe. We elect them again and again bring them to speak and take photo ops, yet we find ourselves in the same predicament again. Pay more taxes or loose busing. This is obviously coming from the top  at the department of education. Where is the beloved senator Booker?

Hachnosas Sefer Torah for the Monmouth medical center Updated change in program

Lev Rochel Bikur Cholim Hachnosas sefer Torah will take place at the far end of the Kimball parking lot to the Bikur cholim house on prospect street. Thursday night 7:30 pm. The sefer will go to the Bais Medrash of Monmouth Medical center.

BOE members shoot down Referendum threat to courtesy busing

BOE member Issac Zlatkin said acording to an article in the APP.com "the referendum is dead its not going to be approved, member Joel Schwartz vice president was quoted "I don't feel comfortable asking taxpayers for another dollar. The question is will the state appointed monitor use his veto power and order the referendum.
LAKEWOOD - The school district is facing a $6 million deficit due to the failure of a courtesy busing plan to produce the cost savings the district anticipated.

In a surprise announcement at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting, Schools Superintendent Laura A. Winters said the bids for bus routes serving some 11,000 schoolchildren came in between 40 and 50 percent higher than expected.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Surprise anouncement at BOE meeting school District faces $6M deficit

APP  LAKEWOOD - The school district is facing a $6 million deficit due to the failure of a courtesy busing plan to produce the cost savings the district anticipated. The surprise announcement at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting comes less than three months after community leaders and school officials struck a deal to stagger the start and dismissal times at more than 100 private Orthodox Jewish yeshivas that was expected to close a multi-million dollar shortfall. For hundreds of families in Lakewood, the school year got off to an aggravating start, with no busing. However, the bids for the routes came in 40 to 50 percent higher than was estimated, Schools Superintendent Laura Winters said.

Admor Sanz Klausenberg visits Rav mattisyahu Solomon


LPD out ticketing

Submitted via comment
The LPD have set up speed traps and are also giving out tickets in many developments for parking and other minor infractions. They were in the Miller Gudz Westgate area past few days.

Report New tenants at former Bell Labs

The APP.com reports on the new tenants moving into the former Bell labs building in NJ. Read the story HERE

Countdown begins for new supermarkets grand opening

Gourmet Glatt at the former shoprite and Seasons kosher on Cedarbridge are moving along fast and  counting down to the grand openings. No projected dates given yet. 
Wide aisles at Gourmet Glatt

Rain all day Thursday

 Rain is expected to be the heaviest in the northern part of the state, but the entire state will feel the effects of the rain. Showers, mainly after 7am. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 64. Southeast wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Thursday should see rain for most of the day. Thunderstorms are possible in certain areas of New Jersey. Temperatures are expected to reach the low-60s.

DB moving to New location


A new definition

A local website notified not to visit their site if your intention is to look for shmutz, gossip or lashon hora. In a self praising article it explained why it wont report on certain news items and issues pertaining to the community. calling itself the heartbeat of the community it wasnt long ago that the name BMG was never mentioned. Here are some recent issues and events that had no mention at all or any reporting about maybe the sponsor did not pay for an ad or perhaps there's a new definition and it falls under the category of either Lashon Hora or shmutz c''v.
Atzeres Tefilah for Eretz Yisrael two Roshei Yeshiva on hand but no report or mention is that LH?
Eifo Hershele- Hundreds gathered and raised close to 100k no mention at all, shmutz?
Lakewood chaveirim- anything bad about that? why no mention of any news item or fundraiser why are they never mentioned. The members of chaveirim give up their time any hour of the day they are the heartbeat of the community. what category do they fall under?
Shabbos march- no reporting about it at all the Roshei yeshiva signed, Rabbi Jacobs gave interviews and took charge but it must be gossip.
Girls not in school- not a word. High taxes Nada Toldos Avrom Yitzchok Rebbe in Lakewood- zilch. Please no Lashon Hora in the comments.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Store coming to Lakewood's historic post office

 APP.com reports on the new tenants moving into the former Lakewood post office. Read more HERE 

Township committee did not handle blue claws contract

 At the recent Township committee meeting,  a resident asked about the renegotiation of the blue claws stadium deal  if it have to be signed by the township committee for final approval As to the Blueclaws Stadium agreement . The response from Committeeman Lichtenstein was, (per the minutes of the meeting) "As to the Blueclaws Stadium agreement, the Township did not handle the new contract,
as the stadium has been conveyed to the Industrial Commission." The question is why? why would the stadium deal be transferred to the LIC why cant the committee sign or negotiate a better deal.

The anonymous askan

At the recent Aguda convention one of the speakers bemoaned the fact that in all the frum publications all letters to the editor are signed by anonymous. The point made was how can we expect the teenagers to ask honest questions and not be ashamed when we can't be open and sign our names. There are many askanim who make statements to the tzibbur through websites and other outlets anonymously.  They sometimes demand from the tzibbur sometimes it's other things why are they hiding.  What gives them the right to represent or demand by hiding behind the phrase of a big ask an who does not want to say who he is.

השבת אבידה

My Ecelctus parrot is bright green with a candy cane orange color beak. He went missing in Lakewood nj yesterday. He answers to the name Rocky and he is banded. He loves people so we know he will try to end up at someone's home. We miss him a lot and hope you can help bring our baby back home!!! He doesn't bite so please don't be scared to bring him inside and help return him home. Thank you! reply by email: starrteens@aol.com

Store updates

A&P in Brick: closing on November 19th sales store wide 30-70% off.
Avenue Cafe and Buffet: Just opened 916 River avenue
Quick check: Opening expected this week
Butchers steakhouse: opening in target plaza in Howell under kcl
Seasons: Construction TBA
Gourmet Glatt: Construction TBA
Evergreen: Construction TBA

Christie: No Syrian refugees, not even 'orphans under age 5'

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said the United States should not admit any refugees from the Syrian civil war — not even "orphans under age 5."

"I do not trust this administration to effectively vet the people who are supposed to be coming in in order to protect the safety and security of the American people, so I would not permit them in," the Republican presidential candidate said on conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt's syndicated radio show. 

Christie's comments came after French authorities disclosed that one of the attackers who killed 129 people and seriously wounded another 80 in Paris on Friday evening had entered Europe through Greece on a forged Syrian passport last month, posing as a migrant. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mazel Tov Oif simchos


Bikur Cholim Raffle


Outrageous home prices

A flip through the real estate section in the local papers shows a very sad reality. Lakewood is no longer affordable to purchase a home for a young couple.  Overpriced homes are advertised for potential out of town or wealthy buyers. Realtors don't shop homes to locals anymore but lure brooklynites who are willing to pay more and can afford to put down more. A home was priced at $1,500,000 or best offer. Another ad had homes asking for $799,000 with taxes at 18k a year! Insurance costs is more than the advertised sum of only $1,000. To be fair prices in Brooklyn have priced out young couples too.  For the average youngerman looking to buy after saving up for 10 years for a down payment it is still not enough. Besides the fact that even what is within reach is a duplex or town house. Jackson and other local towns are not that cheaper but it's more affordable with a stable tax rate and one can still find a single home with a nice yard.

Howell mayor scolds residents over anti-Semitism

Thank you to Howell mayor William Gotto for saying it like it is regarding the opposition on social media to the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva housing project.
Mayor Gotto
 APP-Howell Mayor William Gotto has publicly expressed his "disgust" for the anti-Semitic and classist comments that have been made on some of Howell’s Facebook pages over the past month.

An open letter to the community from Gotto and the Township Council posted on Howell’s website on Tuesday morning — as a followup to the remarks he made at Monday's Township Council meeting — expressed concerns about social media perpetuating “misinformation and half-truths” about the issues and projects going on in town. Town officials trying to give correct information, in many cases, have been blocked from posting on those pages, Gotto said.
Social media activity on two Facebook groups, Howell Happenings NJ and West Farms R9 Housing Project, has intensified since a controversial affordable housing project became the hot issue in town. Citizens have been using Facebook to share information, voice opposition and mobilize to try and stop the development. But included in some of those discussions have been harsh comments about low-income families and people who practice Orthodox Judaism.
“What I don’t get is, as a community, the level of discourse that’s arisen is a very short period of time with some of the absolutely disgusting, anti-Semitic, racial, class-separating comments that I’ve seen by so many residents in this town, predominately on social media,” Gotto said at the council meeting.

More school registration info



A second chance

 Go to Pizzaonwheelslakewood.com between 10-11 for a chance to win click order online add free pie. 

Blueclaws, a raw deal or steal of a deal?

A few months ago the Blueclaws stadium deal was renegotiated by the LIC not even the elected officials of the township committee. The new lease is locked in for 40 years at the rental price of $175,000 per year with the township having no obligations to pay for utilities or maintenance to the facility. Other events it seems the money goes to blueclaws here is the minutes of the meeting from the Lakewood industrial commission. Read the full minutes HERE Its interesting that no effort was made to negotiate a better deal for the tax payers. Why is such an important asset not negotiated through the township committee why the need for the LIC.

 Mr. Kean introduced the “Blue Claws Lease” (American Baseball Company) and reviewed  points with the commissioners explain that there were some minor changes that needed to be  made. Major League Baseball has to review every lease of every minor league, major league  team.
• The start date of the lease will be July 1, 2015.
 • First Term is a 6-year initial with many options op to 50 years
 • The Township attorney, over the past few days recorded a deed with the County saying  that the Township can’t condemn the property for 50 years. This was required as an  assurance that the Town would keep the property as a ballpark for the next 50 years.
 • $175,000 rent per year to be paid to LIC

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Vasikin zman getting later

The Netz hachama, sunrise this week will be from 6:43am -6:48 am the upward trend will continue until Rosh chodesh shvat January 1o when the latest zman for the Netz is 7:19 am. Many early minyanim for shachris will now daven k'vasikin for the time being.

Not even a thank you!

Its two weeks after the elections the vaad could not even take out an ad thanking everyone for coming out and voting for their candidates. Not even a phone call, where is the hakoras hatov? People shlepped to the polls took time out of their day are they not worth a thank you? What about the politicians did they thank the people for electing them again? To get the vote they know what to do, how about thanking all those who keep them in power. 

A tribute to Reb Velvel Salel z"l

Printed in TVOL

Lakewood has the most sophisticated political machine in the state and perhaps the nation.

Does the vaad still control the vote?? not always read below from nj.com

"They  get the vote out," Singer said. "Unions can tell you they produce votes for you.  Lakewood can show you they produce votes for you."

Jim Keady first came to fame as the Democratic activist who managed to infiltrate a Chris Christie political event in Belmar last year  and sucker the governor into yelling  "Sit down and shut up"  at him. That led to a YouTube clip that will live in infamy. I interviewed Keady not long afterward and found  that he is a self-promoter with ambitions on a par with the politician he baited.  A good example came when he won election to the city council in Asbury Park by knocking on the door of  every African-American in that heavily minority city. That was no easy task. So when Keady told me he was going to run for the state Assembly as a Democrat in the 30th District, I was curious how that would work out. Not well, I expected. The district, which  includes lower Monmouth County and two towns in Ocean County,  has been solidly Republican for as long as I can remember. Nonetheless when I ran into Keady on the campaign trail, he promised me he had excellent prospects.  

That turned out to be true for a couple of other Democrats running in Monmouth County.   Two traditionally Republican Assembly seats were taken by Democrats as part of an anti-Christie wave that looks like it will cost the state GOP four total seats in the lower house.

But Keady got creamed. And when I went to examine the results a few days after his defeat, I came across this rather startling statistic from one election district in the Ocean County town of Lakewood: 157-0.

Zero? Most politicians would be ecstatic to win a suburban election district by a 2-1 margin.

Do we really have a choice?

School registration season for elementary is in full swing. There are lots of schools to choose from, parents are confused as where to send or even where they have a chance to get in. Its even more challenging to new parents as it is hard to get information and navigate the maze of applying  for schools. Previously Mrs. Krieger a''h would be the go to address helping parents make a decision as to where to apply, today there is no system in place guiding or helping parents in making a decision. Perhaps  schools can set up a seminar with school principals where parents can come and get information on the chinuch curriculum and other factors so parents can get a feel and make an informed decision. Even so do they even have a chance of getting in once they decide on which school is best for them? those without pull or protektia  may not have a choice they just have to hope they get in. 

Photos Lakewood Motzei shabbos

TAY Rebbe at sholesh seudos
Melava Malka at BMG atzeres zikaron


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Motzei Shabbos Live at Agudah convention


Melava Malka

1. BMG- siyum hashas Yartzheit melava malka at the dining room 9 p.m
2. Linas hachesed- 34 White dove ct. 8:30 - 12:00 am 
3. Veretzky -14 Bartenura rd 9:00 pm

No credible threat, but NJ on alert after Paris attacks

Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday night that the United States needs strong leadership, especially after Friday's deadly attacks in Paris. APP

Christie, who is running for president, spoke Saturday at the Republican Party’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Florida, where he delivered a 20-minute speech that opened with his reflections on Sept. 11, 2001, and his time as U.S. attorney.

Christie said he initially planned talk about the economy and deliver some jokes but the Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people changed his mind. The governor said he sees the world as it really is but that President Barack Obama sees it as a “fantasy.” He also said his experience best qualifies him to be president.

New Jersey State Police said Saturday "there is no credible threat to New Jersey'' in wake of Friday's terror attacks in Paris that left at least 127 people dead, although Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police are operating under heightened alert.