Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Over 80,000 expected at rock festivals in Lakewood

If traffic is not bad enough, Lakewood township this month will be host to two rock festivals that will take place at first energy park in Blue claws stadium. The foodandtruck festival is two weeks away erev Rosh Hashana. From Sept 30th to October 2nd a 3 day festival expected to draw 50,000 people over the 3 days. A week later on Columbus day weekend Lakewood will again host another rock festival adventureinthepark October 8-9 headlined by major rock bands and rap artists. The former Police chief refused to grant a liquor license for the event citing violence breakout in a similar venue last year. The township vowed to have it overturned by the LIC. Lakewood police will patrol the perimeter of the events and Lakewood EMS will provide first aid services. Over the last few year that area has been developed with residential housing. Organizers say there will be no off street parking and it will be strictly enforced.
How much will this cost taxpayers?

31 comments:

  1. I would assume that the Township stands to make a nice chunk of change from these events. We can use the money to fix roads, build new playgrounds. Maybe even clean up downtown a little. Let's bear with a little inconvenience if it helps better our town without costing the taxpayer. I am sure the attendees will be responsible upstanding citizens. I also assume the promoters will be paying for the police and ems to control the area. Also these concerts will put lakewood on the map as a place for high quality top notch entertainment, we could make millions a year renting out the stadium for more events, and perhaps make enough money to lower our taxes.

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    1. Harold,can we assume your being sarcastic here, this does not sound like you. All profits go to blue claws not to Lakewood township.

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    2. You mean to tell me That Menashe and Meir are going to inconvenience the whole town, causing insane traffic as 20 thousand cars drive into Lakewood during the busiest shopping days of the year, serve beer to a crowd of 50 thousand rowdy heavy metal fans, with pig races and wrestling outside the stadium, have off-site parking with shuttles, Alice Cooper blasting his music on the first night of rosh Hashana for all in the area to hear, a rap concert in which the headlining act has been canceling concerts lately and can cause a massive riot if he doesn't show up to the event, two concerts that no other town wanted to host, all for no money?

      If the town isn't getting millions hosting these concerts, then who is? Why did menashe and meir not only allow, but actually made sure the approvals went smoothly and alcohol be permitted?
      If you see any of our genius committee members, please ask them these questions.

      It is also important to point out that Lakewoods population will be doubled during these concerts. The one good thing about all this is that we will be able to see what our town will look like soon if we continue this level of growth.

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    3. Harold, you are a national treasure. Your shot, and the anonymous reply, followed by the chaser were absolutely brilliant.

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  2. Residents in nearby developments such as Hampshire heights, The Woods etc.. may want to get away for these weekends. Blasting music, rowdy drunk crowds, pig races, potty mouth booths all in the ihr hateireh Erev Rosh hashana and again shabbos shuva.

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    1. Well.. since Menashe & Meir are trying to abolish the rent control board then they quite obviously care less about the town's residents. This heavy metal rock band is just one more example of the same disregard.

      Can someone please remind me again why on earth we voted for the guys to "represent" us??

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  3. Umm. I don't understand the issue. Why can't people have a good time? Live and let live. Not everything has to bring in money for the township. There are tons of Purim parties, events and asifas, large chasunas, levayas, Hachnasas Sefer Torahs, etc. all over Lakewood all the time, the police are there to make sure everything goes smoothly, nobody pays for the extra police, the township doesn't make any money off these events, it costs the taxpayers money, and everyone is fine with it. Why do you suddenly get upset when non-Jews are having some fun? This attitude is why there is so much antisemitism. It's sickening.

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    1. Because they don't live in the township or county, and the township is losing money on the stadium to begin with. Now the stadium instead of bringing in money, will cost the township.

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    2. Very simple. This event was held last year in Clark, NJ and the were not invited back there was violence and other issues associated with it other towns did not want it held by them either. Back to Lakewood, The tax payers paid for this stadium which was supposed to bring in revenue. 15 years later not a dime has come in to the tax rolls. Not only did it cost 35 million but until this year the taxpayers were also paying for the maintenance of the facility. The revenue from these events goes to the blue claws and not to the township. Why should tax payers have an inconvenience of traffic and safety while getting nothing in return? all other things you mentioned such as purim,weddings ,levayas, etcc are for the beneficial of the Lakewood residents its something that most township residents living here gain from and its part of their needs. And by the way the Blue claws play all summer long in Lakewood too. But bringing large events that the township infrastructure cant handle or the Lakewood police chief was reluctant to grant a liquor license is a different story.

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    3. I agree with you - live and let live.

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    4. Not when the police chief is concerned about violence.

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  4. See kooloytoyra.blogspot.com

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  5. Seriously, why in the world would menashe & meir invite these rock festivals who come with a reputation for trouble - so much so that no one else wants then - into our town?? I can't see any upside or gain for the local taxpayers? Is there something we're not privy to??

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    1. How do you think courtesy busing was passed. Nothing is free in life.

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  6. This is payback for granting the Cedar bridge corporate park. Bob Singer and his budies pulled off the blue claws deal. The township committee will do whatever they are asked regardless of how it effects the quality of life to the Lakewood tax payers. The courtesy busing bill was probably passed as a kickback for letting them do what they want with the stadium. Its Jersey politics at its best. That explains why Meir Lichtenstein was so adamant to grant a alcohol license approval for the event.

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  7. There will be pig races, for the new minhag of using pigs for kaparos.

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  8. Not a word from Meir or Menashe about this. It will cause serious traffic on erev Rosh Hashana and then again during aseres yemei teshuva but they have to keep quiet following orders.

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  9. http://therockcarnival.com/carnival/all-ages/

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  10. twisted sister, alice cooper and ace frehey? wow!
    i wish it weren't on rosh hashanah.

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    1. Daven in cedar wood shul. You not miss much. Except maybe the alcohol.

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  11. It's crazy to host it in a town like Lakewood with such a large frum population, especially during the Yomim Noroim. There must be something we can learn from this. Think about it.

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    1. Perhaps this is the yetzer hora fighting the kedusha of Lakewood. The stronger the kedusha the more tumah fights you. This means we are doing well b"h.

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    2. Your logic does not work if you yourself bring in the tumah by making the stadium in the first place.

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    3. I guess (parts of) Westgate must have a lot of Kedusha. The tumah is really fighting there with a Bren!

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  12. Maybe its America, and its a free country, and there is no such thing as a "frum town". Anyone can drive through Lakewood on Yom Kippur afternoon and blare music with females in front of shul during Neila and there is nothing you can do about it.

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    1. You are correct that anyone can do what they want. But we voted in the township committee. They shouldn't be inviting people in that doesn't fit the "criteria" of their constituents. Especially if the constituents gain absolutely nothing. More likely we will all suffer heavily than even seeing one iota of benefit.

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    2. The LIC gave the stadium over to the blueclaws and they have rights to all off season bookings. What gave this unelected board the right to negotiate such a stinking deal on behalf of the lakewood taxpayers. There is obviously more than meets the eye here. oink oink.

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  13. "They shouldn't be inviting people in that doesn't fit the "criteria" of their constituents."
    If its a religious "criteria", it would be unconstitutional.
    There are other people in this town besides for us, and they have the right to enjoy life as they see it.
    Would you want the township to abolish Purim celebrations because a small but significant segment of this town finds that the traffic and noise infringes on their quality of life?
    Stop being so self-centered.

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    1. It has nothing to do with religion. The Lakewood police chief refused to grant a alcohol permit because he feared violence as happened in similar concerts last year in NJ. No one objected to the blue claws or other venues. This is bringing a venue that other NJ towns don't want in their own backyard.

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    2. My point has nothing to do with religion. The "criteria" I was referring to is the gain to the township, and the communities that reside here. There is no gain to most of the communities at all. There is no gain to the township at all. The event only brings trouble wherever it's hosted. When the police chief is against giving an alcohol permit to an event, there is obviously something off with it. But the "askanim" and "politicians" know better.

      Purim is a non-argument. Whatever goes on purim time, difficulties to others in the town, there is no comparison to the havoc a rock festival can bring. Let's hope no one suffers from this brilliant idea.

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  14. A few years back some people in the Township tried bringing a famous hot air balloon festival to the blue claws stadium. I was asked my opinion of hosting such an event. I agreed that it would be both pleasant and great for our image. Hosting A beautiful family oriented event could bring in great revenue to our town. Of course we were told that it was a bad idea because it would create a bad atmosphere in our community. When I proposed a farmers market on Sundays in the downtown area, and actually set one up,it was closed down by police and inspectors. But we are turning a blind eye to hosting two very intrusive, possibly dangerous events in our town. We pride ourselves on being known as a conservative minded town,but money obviously changes our mind. Not money for the people. Money for those in charge.

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