It's interesting that these people are the so called " orthodox leaders " who can " deliver votes". The people in Lakewood with brains who can think for themselves voted for Christie for his first term even though the lakewood vaad said to vote for Corzine. Even though corzine was for gay marriage, the vaad was willing to compromose their morals becaue Corzine was best for more government subsidies and handouts. That's not leadership. While I do think that we should have leaders, I don't think we have a very good process in place for determining who should be or is our leader. It certainly isn't the Lakewood vaad or the self appointed heads of Mosdos. I think people should start thinking for themselves. They may find getting in touch with what they really beleive and their own inner truth interesting.
In an interview on WOBM last night, Deputy Mayor Steven Langert admitted to being a partner in a townhouse development in the Chestnut area of Lakewood.
At the end of a discussion about how much building is too much, Langert explained that he doesn't believe it is fair to tell people they can no longer build when others built in the past.
I called in and asked Langert whether he has interests in any large developments. He admitted that he is a partner in a large,yet to be built development. He also went on to say that he had made it public knowledge that he is a partner of this building project.
There is just one problem. Nobody can recall Langert ever publicly acknowledging his involvement in building, let alone his involvement in acquiring the needed approvals, or zoning changes.
We've seen it all before. That obnoxious kid that starts up with others, but when the teacher turns around a halo pops up above their head and the little devil looks like an angel. This scenario happens all the time. The bully is able to get away with hurting others by pretending to be good. In order for the bully to get away with this farce all the others around him must stay silent.
I heard a great story that explains this phenomenon all too well.
A lone black kid was sitting in a classroom of all white children. While the teacher had his back turned, the bully of the class punched him. The boy retalliated just as the teacher turned around. "Kevin go to the principal", the teacher demanded of the black child. One of the white boys stood up and said "but Steven hit him first!"
Many people say that school is a microcosm of the world at large. You have your popular kids that influence everyone. You have the bosses and the followers. The wallflowers and the brainiacs. And then you have your bullies. Ah the bullies. Those self centered selfish mean kids that had such low self esteem and so much anger, they could only feel good about themselves while hurting others.
One bully story that I will always remember has had a profound influence on me in my adult life. Perhaps it was a foreshadowing of what I would try to accomplish as an adult.
A 1936 Ocean County budget that was being shared on Twitter gives us a look back at a time when life was much more simple and honest. Or was it?
Of course the glaring difference between the one million dollar budget of yesteryear and our current 354 million dollar budget of today is obvious. But one item that seems to have been a constant is that pensions have always remained a large part of the budget in our state. The largest part of the budget was $86,945 for pensions. Today our pensions cost us upwards of 87 million. For too long the taxpayer has suffered the requirement to give bloated pensions to our retired civil servants. Many of these "retirees" obtain second jobs in government while collecting pensions. Our own assemblyman David Rible retired at age 31 as a wall police officer due to a supposed back injury. He has since competed in many marathons and seems to be in perfect health.
Our own police chief will retire soon and receive a fat pension as well for his dedicated and selfless commitment to our town.
The main difference between government service now and in 1936 is there were much less parlor meetings with Greenwald'a delicious finger foods to eat before you got that big fat pension in 1936.
I would like to warn other parents that they should double check when they go to a dental clinic that accepts their insurance to make sure all the fillings or procedures they do are really necessary. I was always happy with my dentist but he only accepted partial payment from our dental plan and we paid the rest.
We heard that a local clinic that is supposed to help defray costs for families would accept our insurance as full payment. I took my kids and noticed they were getting so much more fillings then before. I took my daughter for a checkup and was told she needs three fillings again.
"You know those ‘No Parking’ signs in front of many schools throughout Lakewood? Well they’re there for our children’s safety. No parking during school hours allows for safe drop-off and pickup of school children. It also permits buses to properly park rather than block traffic while loading and unloading at a school.
This week these ‘no parking’ signs in front of an elementary school on 6th street were removed, endangering school children and causing traffic issues. The Department of Public Works stated “we received orders from Committeeman Steven Langert to remove the signs”, sources say.