Monday, February 29, 2016

Bachurim buy new clothing

After losing their clothes to a fire that burned down their dormitory the Bachurim of Yeshiva Neos Yaakov went shopping today for new clothing. The yeshiva boys went to The Hat Box store in Lakewood were they purchased new hats, suits, jackets and other men's wear. It was like a bein hazmanimn shopping experience. 

LIC minutes- Blue claws make payment

LIC public meeting packet , minutes of Jan 13 meeting missing from Township website



 Land Lease Payment - A T & T Cell Tower $ 529.00 1/12/2016
 BlueClaws Lease Payment for 1/1/16 $ 43,750.00 1/12/2016
 Approved Bill List of 1/13/16 $ (8,758.97) 1/13/2016

Home Fire B''H everyone safe

Matzav.com report -Lakewood, NJ – A dormitory housing talmidim of Yeshiva Naos Yaakov was destroyed in a blaze this morning.

The dormitory is located in a house at 825 East End Avenue, off of East Ninth Street, in Lakewood. The fire started at about 6 a.m. and was extinguished a short while later, but the damage was done, rendering the structure uninhabitable. All the bochurim sleeping in the house at the time emerged unscathed, boruch Hashem, and were able to remove their tefillin in time. The bochurim’s yeshiva, Naos Yaakov, is located a few minutes away on Somerset Avenue, off of County Line Road. The rosh yeshiva is Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal local residents of the East End neighborhood graciously offered the bochurim warm drinks, as well as clothes and whatever else they would need in the interim.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Message from Lakewood school district regarding busing as of March 1st

This was posted on the district website:
All students will be transported as normal on Monday, 2/29. As of Tuesday, March 1, the following Durham routes will be discontinued:  
AT11, AT6,  BDGS1,  BDGS10,  BDGS11, BDGS12,  BRR19,  DOR3​, 

EYBH4,  EYBH5,  EYK4,  EYK2,  OWUTA5,  OWUTA2,  OWBRR2

OWBRR1,  OWYTM,  OWBRR3,  YTA6,  YTA13,  YTA15

We are making every effort to award Durham's discontinued routes to other bus companies and will be sending out the results as they become available.

Smell of smoke prescribed burns NJ Forest fire service

Either this - A massive building fire in Newark, NJ now a 4 alarm is causing a smell of fire and smoke across NJ and some areas in NY, according to FDNY
Or This-
Weather permitting, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service will conduct pr
escribed burns in the following areas  Sunday, February 28:OCEAN COUNTY
Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area, Jackson Township
Greenwood Wildlife Management Area,

Modzitz Rebbe visits Rav Malkiel Kotler in Lakewood


וויכטיגע אסיפה



Gorgeous weather today, rest of week, cold, says local weatherman

Lakewood weather- Hi good evening to all. Today was a stunning day!  A small cold front will move in Monday with a chance of showers. Wednesday we will have a chance for a big rain storm. Behind that storm will bring in cold air and then probably our final snow threat will come Friday. Still to early to know anything but the threat is there. Stay tuned! Thanx for reading. Share with family and friends and follow me on Twitter @lakewood732

Yeshiva Ketana Dinner tonight

This evening, Annual Dinner for Yeshiva Ketana of Lakewood at Ateres Riva hall program 7:45 pm.

Seasons Lakewood opening this Tuesday

                                             https://www.instagram.com/p/BCVwqy1P74z/ 
                                             Morris antebi photos

NJ links

After blizzard, federal disaster loans offered in 7 NJ counties including Ocean county

Cory Booker on short list of candidates for Dem Vice President pick

Betting Markets Weigh the Odds of Vice President Christie

Lakewood boy meets Belzer Rebbe in EY

Photo and article HERE bhol.com

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Video:TR ban on real estate solicitation

Melava Malka Motzei shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa

Annual Dinner Yeshiva Bais Reuvain Kamenitz at Ateres Riva hall 8:30 pm

Melava Malka Rav Nechemia Kaplan Shlita at 9 Evian Court  9-11 pm milchig buffet

Bais Medrash Letorah vohoraah Southeast Rav Elimelech Bluth at the home of Rav Eli Lewinstein 105 Van Buren

Yeshiva Emek Halacha annual Melava Malka at KZY hall 175 Sunset 8:30 pm GUest speaker Harav Yossel Mermelstein Shlita

Mesivta Ohr Chaim Meir annual Dinner at River Terrace 1014 River avenue 8:30 pm


Friday, February 26, 2016

Shabbos Ki Sisa Zman Krias shema getting earlier

                                              ערב שבת פרשת כי תשא
Shabbos Parshas Ki Sisa,Licht bentchin 5:26 Shkia-5:44 
Sof Zeman Krias Shema Gra 9:21

Weather- M Sunny 43°/31° Precip:2%. Have A Wonderful Shabbos!

TR Mayor response

 In response to TR police arrest of a man who was checking out a house "The arrest is further proof of the type of conduct taking place in Toms River by unscrupulous individuals and realtors," Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher said. "This type of behavior will not be tolerated and is added justification for the cease and desist ordinance unanimously approved by the Township Council on Tuesday."

Do you know there were fire elections?

 Talk about insulting its readership. You wouldn't know there were elections for fire commissioner if you get your news from the Lakewood scoop or the voice of Lakewood or the Lakewood shopper. None of them reported much on the elections both prior and even this week what the results were and who one. The Yated Neeman did cover it in the Lakewood section. While you may say who cares about fire elections? well it was only last few years that both the the scoop and the shopper went to town with full coverage of the elections pushing for their candidate. If it was not of that importance why did the Lakewood vaad go all out with robo calls and placards asking the residents to come and vote on Motzei shabbos? Dont call yourself the voice or heartbeat of the community when you withhold news items for other reasons.

Free Chulent today at Shmulis Grill


Agudah NJ at Washington mission

Moving past the Iran deal

Lakewood paramedic saves elderly woman's life on EL AL flight

Mitzva goreres mitzva, Israeli website kikar shabbat reports, Veteran Lakewood Hatzolah member Simcha Shain, and Mrs. Jenine Shwekey of the special childrens center were returning from the Israel  trip that brought a Lakewood boy with special needs to Israel. Mrs. shwekey noticed an elderly woman sitting next to her was experiencing shortness of breath and heart problems. She immediately called on Simcha who administered first aid and stabilized  the woman with oxygen until help arrived when the flight landed in NY. The pilot announced to the passengers they literally saved the woman's life. 

Lakewood chaveirim: over 50 flat tire calls

Chaveirim responded to over 50 flat tires calls yesterday. Many caused by potholes. Driving slow reduces chances of damage if u hit a pothole. Township not plugging the holes fast enough, county state and private roads are not fixed by the township either.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Yeshiva capital of the world

TOMS RIVER —NJ.com The township adopted an ordinance Tuesday night barring real estate solicitors from two areas in the North Dover section of town. The ordinance passed with a 5-0 vote from the Township Council, and will remain in effect for five years."You know what's going on in Lakewood, they want to make it the Yeshiva capital of the world and God bless them if they do, but they're using up all the space in Lakewood and they're spilling over," Kelaher said.  At issue is what residents in the area, which shares a border with Lakewood, describe as "intense, incessant and intimidating direct solicitations" of real estate, according to the ordinance. Though many of the real estate agents hail from Lakewood, a town with a booming Orthodox Jewish population, Toms River Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher stressed that this ordinance is not anti-Semitic in nature. "It's strictly based on the type of conduct (the realtors) rely on," Kelaher said in a phone interview with NJ Advance Media. Read more at NJ.com

Shiurim tonight in Lakewood

Harav Nechemia Kaplan shlita from Yerushalyim is in Lakewood and will say a shiur tonight at Bais Medrash zichron Yoel 1014 Lawrence Avenue at 9:45 pm.

Harav Elimelech  Bluth shlita will say a shiur on shovavim at the Bais Havaad Linyanei Mishpot 105 River Avenue at 9:00 pm.

Tonight: Hespedim for Rav Belsky ZT"L at BMG

There will be Hespedim for Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt'l this evening in Lakewood at BMG starting at 6:30. Divrei zikaron will be delivered by the Lakewood Rosh yeshiva Harav Dovid Schustal shlita and Harav Elya Brudny shlita.

A solution for our expanding growth

By Avrohom Birnbaum- This article first appeared in Yated Ne’eman USA. and on Matzav.com
Frum people are amazing at many things, but appreciating the importance of quality of life does not seem to be one of them...Existing Lakewood residents don’t want the wool pulled over their eyes with fancy language of “growth” and “smart growth.” They don’t want any growth until the issues are resolved.
-This is not a local Lakewood publication, but most readers have a close connection to Lakewood, NJ. In addition, this publication has been at the forefront of tackling difficult issues facing Klal Yisroel, and if the issue of how to properly channel Lakewood’s growth is not dealt with responsibly, it can, and sadly will, have a deleterious effect far beyond the borders of Lakewood.

The IRV back in the day


Go back to...

A community meeting in Point Breeze turned ugly Monday evening when attendees began hurling what some witnesses perceived to be racist or anti-Semitic epithets to oppose Jewish developers. Real estate developers told to 'go back to Israel' and 'go to Lakewood' by angry members of a local community group in South Philadelphia Monday night.
 One attendee, who asked not to be identified, said he heard someone shout, "Go back to Lakewood," a town in New Jersey with a large concentration of Orthodox Jews. Some of the presenters were Jewish. At least one was wearing a yarmulke, a brimless cap worn by some Jews. "I've experienced plenty of anti-Semitism in that neighborhood, but last night was by far the most vitriolic I've ever seen," Feibush said. "It wasn't one person. It was not even remotely veiled. It was completely and utterly focused on those that were presenting. It was abhorrent." Read more at  thejewishpress.com  or philly.com 

Lakewooddirectory.com

Lakewood Directory
The 2016 Lakewood Directory is out, you can also look up and search for residential or business listings online at http://lakewooddirectory.com/ click HERE for the new 2016 Lakewood directory. You can also list your event free of charge on the website. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

AP clarifies Lakewood is a Litvish town

The Chasidim did not take over, yet. The Associated press clarified its story about Lakewood Hasidic residents buying homes in neighboring towns. In a statement this is what the AP said.

 LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — In a story Feb. 23, The Associated Press reported that a conflict over housing in Lakewood, New Jersey, was caused by an influx of Hasidic Jews. While the town has a large population of Hasidic Jews, according to Avi Schnall, the state director of Agudath Israel of America, an organization representing Orthodox Jews, the story should have noted that the majority of the Jews in Lakewood are of Lithuanian Ashkenazi descent and that Orthodox Jews overall are driving the housing crunch.

2 Power outages around Lakewood

JCP&L: We are experiencing power outages due to severe weather and are assessing damage. We will provide estimated restoration times when they are available. Miller rd area near Adams, 14th street & Kimberly.

Oif simches

R' Michoel Rottenberg making a Chasuna in Lake Terrace tonight
Oppenheimer- Zoberman at Neimaas haChaim
Jonas- Shechet Lakewood cheder
Checkanow- Schwartz at Ateres Chana

An appeal to support the Lakewood yeshiva


Shiva info for מאשא בת נתן מאיר Wachtfogel z"l

 Shiva info for Ms. Masha Wachtfogel z"l   415  6th street between Forest Ave & Madison Avenue in Lakewood. Getting up Erev shabbos at noon
 Harav Elya Ber Wachtfogel,  brother
sisters,
Mrs. Miriam Rubnitz, 
Mrs. Shaina Burstyn
  

Masa U'matan list



The Rental List is a very popular feature in Masa U'Matan Click HERE for the current list.

Funding for courtesy busing added as expense to district's budget deficit

By Mordechai Wincorn Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Hamodia.com

LAKEWOOD - Neither hopes of a deal that would secure funds for Lakewood’s courtesy busing for years to come nor fears of its imminent cancellation have been realized. Instead, the state has allowed for the service to continue for the remainder of the school year by adding funds to the district’s deficit.

The anti-climactic announcement that busing would continue uninterrupted led to several reports pondering where financing had been found, but school board member Isaac Zlatkine told Hamodia that no extra funds had been committed. Rather, state authorities have decided to allow for the expense, estimated at $2.5 million, to be added to the district’s budget deficit, currently at $12 million.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Seasons Lakewood March 1st


Join Zichron Binyamin/ Kollel Ohel Rachel in raising $600,000!


Donate HERE half way there!
ZICHRON BINYAMIN/ KOLLEL OHEL RACHEL , led by Rabbi Yosef Bitton, has elevated the standard of Torah learning in the Sephardic Community. 33 young scholars toil with great intensity in an environment conducive to reaching their full potential, enabling them to become true talmidei

Video: Kumzitz for Lakewood boy at the Waldorf in EY



Posted by ‎דוד הלר‎ on Tuesday, February 23, 2016




Power outage at New Central Carasaljo area

Customers Affected: 21-100
Cause: Equipment Damage
Crew Status: Arrived
Estimated Restoration: Feb 23, 3:30 PM

Toms River among towns restricting door-to-door solicitation amid Hasidic influx

Are they confusing chasidim from NY with litvaks from Lakewood?

ASSOCIATED PRESS BY BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI
LAKEWOOD  — James Jackson didn't want to sell his home but thanked the black-suited man for his interest anyway.

That's when the man put his hand on Jackson's shoulder and told him he might want to reconsider. Many of his neighbors in the New Jersey shore town of Toms River, the man said, already planned to sell to Jewish buyers like those he represented.

"He asked me why I would want to live in a Hasidic neighborhood if I wasn't Hasidic," Jackson recalled. "He asked if I would really be happy, if it would be in my family's best interests."

A purimdig BM


Not much in state aid

While officials reach out to the state in hopes of a long term solution to solve the districts financial woes, APP reports Lakewood will not receive much. "A boost in state education aid announced last week won't make much of a dent. Lakewood stands to receive a total of $24.6 million in state aid, an increase of just $238,000." state Sen. Robert Singer, R-Ocean, is committed to working with stakeholders to come up with a long-term solution to Lakewood's fiscal problems, reports APP.com

Monday, February 22, 2016

Marbin b'simcha


For Purim koton seuda



Haven't made one of these videos In awhile. Here at SSSS & S
Posted by South Side Sandwich Shop on Sunday, February 21, 2016

$1.35 a Gallon has it bottomed out?


Purim koton Kumzitz and Tish

Get into the purim spirit at heimish Chinese tonight Monday 9 PM at 105 Clifton avenue 

Taking Chesed To New Heights

World renowned philanthropist R' Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz is taking Chesed to new heights tonight. A few days ago, a SCHI student, (The School for Children with Hidden Intelligence) mentioned to his teachers, family and friends his dream of flying to Eretz Yisroel.

Making that dream a reality was no simple matter as there were numerous logistical obstacles in the way. However, a teacher at SCHI - R'Chaim Birnhack- was determined to make it happen. Chaim began working on a budget and the logistics of such a complicated trip. Despite all the obstacles, Chaim knew he had to give his student the trip of a lifetime.

Shiva info

Motti Rybansky (Motis auto) will be sitting shiva for his mother a''h at 132  Sunflower Dr apt c (A country place) until Thursday morning. Shachris 8AM, Mincha/Maariv 5:20. and at home from 7:30-10 pm at 133 Lancewood.  Besuros Tovos.


Lakeland Bancorp to Acquire Harmony Bank

 Feb. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Boards of Directors of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) (“Lakeland Bancorp”), the parent company of Lakeland Bank, Lakeland Bank and Harmony Bank (OTCPK:HRMB) (“Harmony Bank”), announced today that they have entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which Harmony Bank will be merged with and into Lakeland Bank, with Lakeland Bank as the surviving bank.

Lakewood school district official statement

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

The Lakewood School District is happy to announce that the courtesy busing crisis has been resolved for the 2015-2016 school year. All students will continue to maintain their current busing status until the end of this school year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your building principal.

Respectfully, 

Laura A. Winters
Superintendent of Schools

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Simcha!

From Israel the Yoni Eliav Band will be performing their first US gig at a event in Lake terrace with Beri Weber

Bais Tova dinner tonight with Meshorerim Choir

This evening, Bais Tova Elementary School of Lakewood, NJ, will hold its 16th Anniversary Dinner at N’eemas Hachaim Hall, located at 555 Oak Street in Lakewood, NJ.

The reception will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7:30 p.m. The dinner will feature zemiros from the Meshorerim Choir accompanied by yeled hapeleh Avrom Chaim Green.

Bais Tova will pay tribute to exemplary individuals who reflect the ideals and values the school holds dear.

Lkwd links

Video: 49ers football team surprise Lakewood, NJ homeless fan!

TR BOE asks Gov Christie for more funding will they cut courtesy busing?

Lakewood man dies on motorcycle accident on GSP

Where can you knock in Jackson?



Video: Lakewood Committee meeting 2/18/16


First Amendment Activist  Busing crisis resolved 5:00 minute mark

Ms. Masha Wachtfogel a"h


Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fire elections results Its a NO vote on the budget

Lakewood Fire Commissioner ELECTION RESULTS: For 2 yr. term:
Antonas- 658
Follman- 484
Loigman- 166
Raitzik- 122
Cohen, for 3 yr. term- 1235
Budget voted down.
John Antonas the seniors candidate won a term for fire commissioner. He won by a 200 vote margin and including 482 absentee ballots. The seniors came out strong all day while the frum voters were split among 3 candidates and only had 3 hours to vote.
A look at the data shows the senior candidate got 482 absentee ballots!!!

Melava Malka Parshas Tezaveh

- Yeshiva Tiferes Torah Chanukas habayis Dinner 8:30 pm at new YTT building 873 Vine street.
- Yeshiva Chemdas haTorah annual Dinner at the Yeshiva 950 Massachusetts reception 8:00 pm 
-Yeshiva Zichron Shmaryahu Toronto Annual alumni Melava Malka with the RY Rav Brodsky shlita at KZY hall 175 Sunset, 8:30 pm


Fire elections what you should know- Vote NO on the budget

Local fire elections for Lakewood will takes place Saturday from 2- 10 the frum community will have 3 hours to vote after the zman. Voting is only at one location at the town hall building on 3rd street between Clifton and Lexington avenues. The vote is for two fire commissioners and for the budget.  APP reports The budget would increase the fire tax rate by 1.2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. For the owner of an average home assessed at $230,000, that works out to an extra $27.60 this year. The overall increase raised by taxes would be $4,515,410. That’s up $914,000, or 25 percent reports the APP article. The Vaad said to vote no on the budget and issued an endorsement for candidates. There are 3 frum candidates running for  the two year term seat. Read 5 things to know about this election at APP.com 

Smell of fire from controlled burning

The smell of smoke in the air is from a controlled burn conducted by the NJ Forest Fire Service in Ocean County. The sheriff’s office said the burning is being conducted in the area of Wranglebrook Road and Schoolhouse Road in Manchester. Controlled burns, also known as prescribed burns, are conducted by the state Forest Fire Service to reduce underbrush in areas that are susceptible to fire.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Admor m' Spinka


A slap in the face to tzibbur

The Vaad was no where to be found when there was a referendum for upgrading HVAC systems at the public schools. It cost the tax payers plenty, yet the vaad ignored the referendum leaving the tzibur out of what went on. That vote passed and taxes went shooting up. Why now with fire elections did the vaad decide to get involved?? if they truly care about taxes why were they silent during the HVAC referendum? Are there personal interests at stake here? why were they silent by other previous elections that effect the tzibbur? even the busing issue they were seemingly on the fence until they saw the winds blowing against them.  Do they not care about the non stop hikes in property taxes? If they cared for the tzibur they would not have members on the vaad who get BOE money for their agency thereby tying their hands from negotiating and advocating on behalf of the tzibbur. Do they think they will have the trust of the tzibbur come next election when they showed their true colors by ignoring the needs of the tzibbur? They might have gotten away till now, but that game is up. 

טועמיה חיים זכו

Shabbos Parshas Tetzaveh Lakewood, NJ Hadlokas Neiros 5:18 Shkia-5:36 
 Weather- Warmer with Clouds & Sun 60°/41


Shiva info

Harav Yisroel Reisman Rav of Chateau park is sitting shiva for his father R' Dov Berel Reisman z"l in Boro park at 1426 56th street Brooklyn between 14th avenue and 15th avenue until Wednesday morning Shacharis: 7:45
Mincha: 2:30
Maariv: 9:30

LPD issues warnings instead of tickets

In a nice gesture the LPD has been issuing a printed warning letter on illegally parked cars. Instead of ticketing right away in cases of minor infractions, the cops give a courtesy warning first. Neighboring Howell cops who have a bad rap for issuing tickets also gave out warnings recently.

Bais Medrash of Lutzk expansion campaign

Click to Donate sukkos in EY raffle.
Bais Medrash Lutzk services hundreds of mispallelim on a weekly basis. We currently have Multiple Minyanim and Shiurim daily, a Night Kollel and various children's programs. Our Shul has had a tremendous impact on our community. Over the past few years we have had significant growth and are long overdue for an addition. We wish to ensure that all of our fellow misspallelim will have a comfortable place to daven. With the proposed plans we will be adding an additional 120 Seats!!

Store updates

-Garden State cafe opened located at 1091 River Avenue at Todd Plaza
-Kosher Taco closed down. A Shnitzel store moving in at same location
-McDonald's on RT 9 North near Howell closed down  (presumably a kosher store will open there) near Kava
-Seasons kosher supermarket opening within a week or so
French Press closing rt 88 location Feb 29th grand opening at  112 Clifton Avenue free coffee all day March 1
-Vanilla Cafe said to be closing
-THE ORGANIZING SHOPPE GRAND OPENING
 This Monday, February 22, 2016 at The Grebow Shopping Center 6760 Rt. 9 South Lakewood, NJ

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Matzav - Busing crisis averted, for now

Matzav.com Lakewood, NJ  – The courtesy busing crisis has been resolved, but for the moment, no one will say how, reports Shannon Mullen for the Asbury Park Press.

The resolution of the crisis was made clear at a Township Committee meeting earlier tonight, as Mayor Menashe Miller told attendees at the auditorium in Town Hall on Third Street that there would be courtesy busing until the end of the 2016 school year and that it will not cost the township more than the one million dollars the municipality already promised the school district this past summer, even though it was previously said that $2.5 million would be needed – just weeks after voters were asked to vote on a $6.2 million tax levy to keep the courtesy busing.

Sounds confusing? It is, but parents are breathing a sigh of relief, the lack of clarity notwithstanding.

Video: BOARD OF EDUCATION LAKEWOOD 02 17 16 EDITED


First Amendment Activist

Selective reporting

TVOL omits any mention of the Lakewood fire elections this motzei shabbos. No ads or any mention in the news section. In another omission while covering on the Rechnitz speech, TVOL reported on the Dovid Lichtensteins  headlines radio show hosting a round table discussion about the Lakewood school acceptance issues but does not mention a word about Reb Shlomo Yehuda.

Cory Booker Scrubs Mentor Shmuley From His Memoir

Observer.com - Sen. Cory Booker retaliates against close friend Shmuley Boteach over Iran deal criticism. The Garden State Democrat released his first book, United, recounting personal stories of his “political and personal awakening.” Mr. Booker’s message is one of cooperation—working together for the common good. With more than six pages acknowledging people to whom the senator is “indebted,” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach stands out as a glaring omission. He’s entirely unmentioned in the book. The well-known rabbi (who writes frequently for the Observer) is known to have enjoyed an unusually close friendship with the senator for more than 20 years, since they met at Oxford University, where Mr. Booker was a Rhodes Scholar and Mr. Boteach headed the prestigious school’s L’chaim Society. When a reporter brought the omission to Mr. Boteach’s attention, the rabbi wasn’t surprised the senator did not acknowledge his impact on Booker’s life, explaining, “It’s no secret that our relationship has become very strained, as I was shocked that Cory voted for the Iran deal.” Since

purim is near get your costumes

Costume closeouts 120 Kenyon drive, Lakewood off Swarthmore between Herrs & The post office

Reports- Courtesy busing to continue only for next 4 months

Pending lawsuits has forced the NJ  dept of education to back off their threat and keep to their deal regarding courtesy busing. The referendum was exposed as nothing more than good old extortion. The monitor attempted to get more tax money for the districts spending woes by threatening to cut courtesy busing.  Busing will continue only for the next 4 months. After that the games begin again.

The Rechnitz Debate: School Acceptance Policies


External audio link HERE
Audio on Lakewood starts at minute mark 7:15
R' Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz 9:28- 17:20 (recording of speech)

Rabbi Gedalya Weinberger   18:00 - 22:49 (No real problem) 
Rabbi Meir Hertz   23:00 - 26:10   Founder & Dean Tashbar of Lakewood
Rabbi Moshe Sternbach 31:25
Rabbi Nachum Eisenstein  36:40    Rav In Maalot Dafna, Talmid of Rav Elyashiv
Rabbi Dovid Yosef  Rav, Har Nof, Member Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah
Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg      Noted Mechanech, Author & Lecturer

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Video: State of NJ Planning commission approved Lakewood SMART GROWTH PLAN 02/17/16


Lakewood Smart growth 6:30              First Amendment activist      
Committeeman Lichtenstein 31:40

At BOE Meeting Monitor may overide board on courtesy busing, focus now on Twsp committee

Matthew Boxer
Shannon Mullen from APP.com reports -BOE votes to continue courtesy busing for remainder of the school year State monitor overrides it. Over one thousand residents packed the auditorium again hoping for a deal. The Board passed a resolution to hire attorney and former State comptroller Mathew Boxer (who graduated from Lakewood High School in 1988),to sue the NJ Dept of Education should Azzara cancel courtesy busing. On Thursday, the attention shifts to the Township Committee, which plans to discuss at its 7:30 p.m. regular meeting a request from the school district for $2.5 million in township surplus funds  read more at
APP.com

Oif Simchas Ateres Chasunah


Why would the VAAD get involved in fire elections

An unusual and rare move the Lakewood Vaad makes an endorsement in the local fire elections which has little impact on the overall budget compared to all other expenses. No explanation why to vote for the chosen candidates or why they expect   people to schlep out motzei shabbos for such an important vote when the Vaad has been silent previously in more important elections. Politics as usual.

Deal Might Save Lakewood’s Courtesy Busing

LAKEWOOD -( Hamodia.com) Talk of a potential deal that could save Lakewood’s embattled courtesy busing program is providing a glimmer of hope for the roughly 10,000 children who , at present, stand to lose transportation at the end of next week. However, as township and state authorities haggle over who should foot the $6.2 million bill, the long-discussed prospect of its cancellation still seemed like a very real possibility.

On Sunday, amid growing public turmoil over the cancellation, which many feel will throw the town into chaos and create a safety hazard for students, the Asbury Park Press reported that the state is considering supplementing the needed funds if Lakewood’s Township Committee is willing to contribute $2.5 million.

Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein told Hamodia on Monday that such a deal is “possible,” but said that the choice to commit additional township funds was a “difficult decision to make.”

“On the one hand, we feel we’re getting squeezed, but what are we going to do with these 10,000 kids? They’re going to be the ones who lose,” he said.

An additional fear expressed by Mr. Lichtenstein was that even if funds were committed, “Will they lose [busing] anyway in a few months?”

Rumors: NPGS to open instead of Evergreen

Updated: Its all rumors who started it and how is not clear but it was going around on social media.

Kosher Taco closes

Reports on social media that The Kosher Taco  closed its doors for the final time last night. No word on why or what led to the closing. With the growth of Lakewood many restaurants and eateries have opened but competition is very strong its not easy to make it. Another restaurant is set to open in that location stay tuned.

BOE meeting tonight relocated

The Lakewood BOE Meeting for Wednesday, 2/17, at 7:30 p.m., has been relocated to the high school auditorium.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Seniors oppose, Igud offers tentative support for busing deal

 The Seniors oppose the current busing deal being considered, APP.com reports SAG members are "outraged that taxpayer money would be used for courtesy busing after nearly 99 percent of voters rejected a referendum Jan. 26 asking for an additional tax levy of $6.2 million for that purpose. Meanwhile, in an email,  to the APP  "Rabbi Moshe Weisberg, the leader of the Igud Hamosdos, an organization that represents the Orthodox Jewish private schools, offered "tentative" support for the township aid plan, "if it will lead to multi-year framework for a partnership agreement between the Township, the District, the schools and the State.". Township willl discuss the deal this Thursday.

Getting closer at Seasons


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Chabad of TR hearing canceled

The Hearing for an application to have a Chabad Jewish Center on a residential lot on Church Road in Toms River will be rescheduled at the next zoning meeting scheduled for February 25th. Originally scheduled for Thursday evening, February 18, the center seeks a variance to create a Jewish education and community center on its property in a residential section of the township’s North Dover section. The applicant’s attorneys requested a postponement, citing personal reasons. Wobm.com


Lakewood weather blog

http://lakewood732weather.blogspot.com/ Twitter HERE

Hi there! Its been a while since last posting. Today we had one heck of a storm, the winds, flooding... The weather for the next week is pretty boring. Its going to warm up for this weekend and be pretty nice. Don't get fooled just because were well into February. Next week can get pretty fun if you like to track storms.

Photos by JDN: Harav Mattisyahu Deutsch Rav'd Ramat Shlomo visits Lakewood

Severe thunderstorm warning until 2:45 pm

The NWS has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of NJ. OCEAN COUNTY included, watch in effect until 2:45 pm. Thunderstorms in February !

Gas at 1.41


Fire elections

Feb. 20, 2016 : Annual fire elections the olam will have 3 hours to vote on motzei shabbos. 

Hours:  Lakewood Only: 2pm to 10pm
Registration Deadline: February 18, 2016 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Lose 4 Autism event



What I Took Away from the Speech

What I Took Away from the Speech  JMR
by Jonathan Rosenblum
Mishpacha Magazine

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz's speech in Lakewood last week was probably the most talked about speech in the Torah world since Rav Schach's famous address at Yad Eliyahu stadium in 1990.

I have no independent knowledge of the magnitude of the problem in Lakewood of those without schools, either at the elementary or high school level. I doubt that it is worse than in Jerusalem where I live, though here the problem is almost exclusively confined to Bais Yaakov high schools. One close friend in Lakewood did tell me: Even for those whose children fit the Lakewood norms in every respect, but who have no yichus, no grandfather capable of writing a check to an institution, and no one to advocate for them, the process of finding a place in school can still be a nightmare.

Similarly, I do not know the causes. Is the problem stubborn parents who set their hearts on one particular institution and refuse to think about others? As Rav Elyashiv, zt'l, once said apropos of Jerusalem: Every girl has a right to a place in a Bais Yaakov; she doesn't have the right to the Bais Yaakov of her choice.

Is it parents who move to Lakewood because housing is cheaper, but who do not wish to abide by the standards of a community of kolleleit and former kolleleit?

Mazel Tov! Freezer has opened

Mazel tov! Aryeh Pinter is engaged to Malka Perlow from Lakewood!

Mazel tov! Moishy Schondorf is engaged to Fishoff from Lakewood!

Shimshy Respler is engaged to Esti Alter (Lakewood). Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov! Yaakov Yitzchok Birnbaum is engaged to Heineman from Lakewood 
Mazel Tov! Shimshon Kaufman is engaged to Miriam Zentman of Lakewood!

Meyer benedict engaged to Shevy Miller from Lakewood  Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov  Kaila Eisenbach to Yossi Penzer of Lakewood

Sunday, February 14, 2016

At Camp Schi event


Lakewood Chaveirim responds to over 190 calls

 As of 1:00 am Chaveirim members have responded to over 100 calls, including many frozen pipe calls, Remember keep heat on & water trickling during the freeze. A very warm THANK YOU! to the amazing team of Volunteers & Dispatchers for their outstanding work on such a cold day!

Camp SCHI event


The numbers don't add up

Flashback this was posted 6 weeks ago! Surprising only now politicians acknowledge numbers were skewed.
The 6.2 million referendum on courtesy busing is in 3 weeks so far not a word from the Vaad, Igud or any of the politicians who asked for OUR vote. They dangled the busing threat in front of our eyes scaring the tzibbur into voting for their candidates. Now when it's actually happening we do not hear a word. Getting back to the numbers one wonders why it's 6.2 million. The r referendum is only for the last 5 months of the year. The boe pays up to $900 a year per student for busing. Cut that in half it's $450 per student on the referendum. According to the district calculations the referendum is for 8000 kids who will lose courtesy busing. Do the math at most it's 3.6 million. It may even be cheaper since children who get courtesy busing live in closer proximity to each other and the school which should be a cheaper bus route. Why is there such a high deficit?  Is it the raise given to teachers after the budget was passed?

APP- Breaking Lakewood bussing deal in the works

APP.com reports a potential deal is on the table to avoid the courtesy busing cancellation. According to the report "No agreement has been reached yet. It would require the Township Committee to provide the school district with $2.5 million in surplus funds - $1.5 million above its previous commitment. 
“It’s something we are considering,” Township Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein confirmed Sunday. The proposed terms raise a host of questions about why taxpayers were asked to pay $6.2 million to accomplish the same end. In public presentations and in the wording of the referendum itself, the figure was cited as the amount needed to cover courtesy busing costs for the balance of the school year. Read more HERE at APP.com

Frozen Lake

A frozen Lake Carasaljo photo: @cooljoe613

Spending on non mandated services

While we wait for the state to kick in some aid lets take a look at the  district spending on other non mandated after school programs and busing. First question why is there a cafeteria bill for August when schools are closed for the summer? What about the close to 3 million dollars a year contract at Piner elementary for custodial services to Sodexo HERE.

From the BOE budget for 2015-2016 school year

Magazine, features Lakewood Toy store

Edplay- Fifteen years ago, Harold Herskowitz came up with a plan “to open the coolest toy store anyone had ever seen.” Why toys? The father of five, including a set of quadruplets, was going broke buying his kids playthings that, to him, had little play or skill-building value. What he needed were “toys for thought.”

“I also wanted to give a gift to my community,” adds Harold, a former real estate executive.

“I wanted my store to be the FAO Schwarz of New Jersey.”

His community – Lakewood, in central New Jersey – is a hub of Orthodox Judaism; home to one of the largest yeshivas in the world. About an hour away from Atlantic City, Lakewood was once known for its fine hotels. Today, its downtown is quaint but rundown, he laments, and “steps toward local development are just abandoned. People aren’t interested in coming to the area.”

Harold, however, is doing his part to revitalize Lakewood, beginning with transforming the worst eyesore in the neighborhood into a colorful, toy-filled funhouse.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Master plan will bring positive change

This weeks Voice of Lakewood, feature story reviews Lakewood's development plans. Township plans to appoint a master plan committee that will determine what is in the best interests of the town in regards to zoning and planning. Regarding rt 9 traffic Township officials claim we did our part... now its up to the state to come up with a way to widen it. Committee plans to create a fund where developers will have to put money for every unit they build to pay for public needs such as parks and infrastructure. 

Melava Malka Motzei Shabbos Terumah

1. Mirrer yeshiva Alumni Melava Malka at Estreia  978 River Avenue 8:15 pm
2. The Bais Yaakov H.S. of Lkwd Alumni Melava Malka will be this Motzei Shabbos Feb 13 @ 8 in BY. 
3. Mekor Hatorah annual Dinner Ateres Riva hall 9:00 pm

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bitter cold temperatures ahead for New Jersey

Shabbos should be mostly sunny with a few scattered snow flurries. Temperatures are expected to be very cold, with highs of only about 20 degrees. Lows could reach the single digits. Sunday should also see mostly sunny skies but temperatures are expected to be even colder. Highs may only reach the upper-teens. Wind chills could make it feel as if the temperature is below zero.


Matzav report- 2,000 Turn Out for Crisis Meeting 15 Days Before Courtesy Busing Ends

MATZAV Lakewood, NJ – The Lakewood Board of Education held a special meeting last night at the Lakewood High School Auditorium. The purpose of this specially convened meeting – which was attended by about 2,000 people – was to discuss the recently failed referendum on courtesy bussing and the next steps toward a solution to the current transportation crisis.

Guest speakers included the district auditor, the board counsel and the district’s transportation consultant.

As previously reported on Matzav, Lakewood Township officials conceded that they aren’t prepared for the chaos looming later this month when some 10,000 schoolchildren lose their busing.

Video: BOARD OF EDUCATION LAKEWOOD 02 11 16


First Amendment activist

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Apology for delivering controversial material


At BOE meeting, LPD not ready for busing cancelation

Close to 2000 packed the special BOE meeting to protest against the busing cuts. The BOE asked parents to sign a petition asking the state for more aid to the district. Former board attorney and Lakewood grad Michael Inzelbuch threatened to sue the state and BOE. A large crowd from the Latino community showed up to voice their frustration.  The Lakewood Police are not ready for the eventuality when courtesy busing will end on February 26th. The seniors however want a state takeover of the BOE and started a petition too.

Large crowd at BOE meeting

The parking lot is full at the BOE meeting taking place at the Lakewood high school auditorium. The special meeting was called in response to the referendum asking for an additional 6 million that was shot down by voters. The district claimed it can not continue to provide courtesy busing due to a budget shortfall, yet no other non mandatory programs were cut.

Peach moms strike again with anti vaxer propoganda

The anti vaxer movement in Lakewood once again distributed its propaganda against vaccinations. As previously reported HERE A prominent Brooklyn pediatrician said Lakewood is a disaster with non vaccinated children and this movement is growing like a weed. In the latest PR newsletter the peach moms have a cartoon showing a child has been paralyzed r'l from getting vaccinated. An extreme case to further their agenda and endangering the welfare of everyone else around them.

Ami Magazine covers Lakewood

        Discussing the Challenges of Americas leading Yeshiva town

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOE special meeting to discuss transportation crisis

BOE Special Meeting Notice - Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Lakewood High School Auditorium.  The purpose is to discuss the failed Referendum and the next steps toward a solution to the Transportation Crisis. The Board may take action. 
Guest speakers will include the District Auditor, Board Counsel and the District’s Transportation Consultant.  If you have any questions in regard to this notice, please contact the Business Office during regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (732) 905-3641. 

The speech reaches over 100k views

The Rechnitz speech has hit the 100k views mark on YouTube. The speech continues to make waves and is not going away, sparking debate about the issue of school acceptance. Some felt it gave a voice to those who have none while many were upset at the content and what was said specifically about  yeshivaleit. This article appeared in the left wing Israeli Haaretz newspaper, What I learnt from a speech in Lakewood NJ. The speech was followed up by clarifications, apologies,  Roshei yeshiva spoke out publicly against the degrading of  kolell youngeleit and the bad portrayal of Lakewood as a result. Experts involved with school placements said its really is a numbers issue due to Lakewood's growth. Now that parents are waiting to hear back from schools who they applied for, lets see if the speech has had a impact in a good way. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3 inches of snow expected overnight

Although it showed up later than expected, Monmouth and Ocean counties will see up to 3 inches of snow overnight and into early morning hours Wednesday. Snow started coming down steadily late in the afternoon, according to reports. APP.com

Hashovas Aveidah

A Lakewood, NJ resident claimed this hat that was left at the TSA checkpoint in Newark airport a few weeks ago. TSA rep posted this update.

Renewal Kidney transplants taking place now

Donor: wishes to remain anonymous 
Recipient: Aron Yirmiyahu ben Hinda 
The donor is a man from Lakewood, NJ who never met the recipient yet and wished to do this mitzvah without any recognition. B"H, kidney transplants have a great success rate. However, there needs to be Siyata Dishmaya that they be successful. Please take a moment to say tehillim for the success of the transplants. Sincerely,
Renewal

Winter storm downgraded across NJ

Very little snow, if any, has fallen across New Jersey and the National Weather Service has downgraded a winter storm warning.The snow expected to fall in southern and central New Jersey today and Wednesday won't be as significant as forecasted. A winter weather advisory is in effect until Wednesday morning for portions of northern, central and southern Jersey. Forecasters say 2 to 4 inches of snow are possible. Forecasters say accumulating snow will affect Tuesday's evening commute and the ride to work on Wednesday. Tidal flooding remains a problem along the Jersey shore. AP

Team Rubio for president to hold event in Lakewood today

Tue Feb 09, 2016 South Jersey Volunteer Meetup 7:00 PM 
The Pizano's

1715 Clifton Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701

The Marco Rubio New Jersey Team will be having an event to bring local volunteers up to speed on what they can do for Marco here in their home state.  We will be covering items such as:  Petitions, Local Volunteer Chairs, Communications, and future events. This event will also give you time to ask questions questions of the state Co-Chairs and our petition coordinator. Pizza, sushi, and soft drinks will be served. Please RSVP so that we have enough food and space for everyone. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Rosh Chodesh Adar 1

משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה
ראש חודש אדר א שני בערב שלישי ורבעי,

שנזכה לשמוח ולשמח בימים אלו הבאים עלינו לטובה, ולמשוך מהם שמחה לכל השנה כולה.

Report: Lakewood special ed official fired for satisfying orthodox parents

App.com reports The Lakewood school district alleged she ordered placements to satisfy Orthodox Jewish parents and rabbis. The report claims the state-appointed arbitrator has fired suspended school administrator Helen Tobia for what he called her "outrageous disregard" for state and federal laws governing special-education placements.  In his Feb. 4 decision, which was circulated Monday, Pecklers pointedly states that keeping Tobia in her post would “continue to place the special needs community in jeopardy.” read more at APP.com

Lawyer to plead courtesy busing case

 A Lawyer was retained to plead the case to continue courtesy busing at least to the end of the year. First,  the state committed to provide busing so long as the district committed to staggering times and other parts of the deal. The BOE did their part and the contracts signed, were to be for the rest of the year. In addition, a state monitor may not have a right to override a democratically elected school board under the clause of  no taxation without representation. Safety concerns may also play a roll as a judge may issue an injunction. Courtesy busing cuts expected in 2 weeks hold on for the ride.

Help a Lakewood family with a special needs child

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Seventeen years ago, Rabbi YZK and his wife, then a young kollel couple, welcomed their firstborn son into the world. The joy they felt was indescribable. But very shortly after they learned that young K had develemental disabilities. Instead of dwelling on this apparent misfortune, Rabbi YZK and his wife rededicated themselves to the new nisayon they were presented with.
When it came time to send their son to yeshiva, a new challenge arose. Due to the complex combination of his social, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities, no Lakewood school could accommodate him. Sending him to New York every day was not an option. Seeing no other alternative, in 2006 rabbi YZK founded Yeshiva Oros Yisroel to serve the special needs of his son and any other children with similar challenges.

Lakewood Chaveirim place cones in potholes across town

Lakewood, NJ – After Lakewood was hit with snow, and the weather changing from cold to warm, and the plowing affected the roads as well, this weekend Chaveirim received a huge influx of calls of flat tires.

Dedicated members decided to take preventative action until the Department of Public Works repairs all the potholes. Drivers should be extra cautious while driving, as very expensive damage can be done to vehicles possibly costing thousands of dollars. Hitting a pothole while driving slowly significantly reduces the damage.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Oif Simches


The super ads

Some of the Lakewood  newspapers have published advertisements of specials catering for Superbowl parties this Sunday. Its not the first time, as these ads were already running previous years. Some stores were meramez while others are more open and blunt about it. A sign of the changing times. 

Photos

Tomchei shabbos event