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IMAGE Senator Robert Menendez and Dr. Salomon Melgen Indicted
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez Charged with Conspiracy, Bribery, and Honest Services Fraud WASHINGTON—Robert Menendez, a U.S. senator, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in... Read More...
IMAGE Statement from Senator Menendez in Response to Federal Corruption Charges
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez made the following statement tonight:  “For nearly three years I’ve lived under a Justice Department cloud and today I am outraged that this cloud has not been lifted. “I’m outraged that... Read More...
Menendez Will Temporarily Step Down as Ranking Member of Foreign Relations Committee
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Newark, NJ -   U.S. Senator Bob Menendez earlier today spoke with Democratic Leader Reid and informed him that he would temporarily step down as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He also sent Leader Reid a letter... Read More...
AAA: Don’t Drive Distracted
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Hamilton, NJ – Drunk driving has been a leading cause of fatalities on the road, but another deadly behavior behind the wheel that is sadly gaining in statistics: distracted driving. ... Read More...
IMAGE Gateway Closes Sandy Hook Observation Deck for Repairs; Will Reopen by Memorial Day Weekend
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Photo: The Observation Deck at Sandy Hook is a great place to see the forest for the trees and the wildlife living there. NPS PHOTO SANDY HOOK, NJ - With the donation of materials from the Sandy Hook Foundation, Gateway National Recreation Area... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Hey, Indiana!
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
The average American doesn't know much about Indiana other than what we learned in grade school: Indianapolis is your capital, and you grow a lot of... Read More...
IMAGE Another Triumphal Procession
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
As a change of pace for the Lenten Season, here’s a reprint of an earlier column-entry. Palm Sunday – occurring on March 29 this year – always... Read More...
IMAGE Making Homes for Fish Hawks
by Joe Reynolds
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Like an old fashioned barn raising, about 15 volunteers  with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council came together on a clear but chilly Sunday... Read More...
IMAGE Of Food Trucks, Boardwalks, and New Development
by Dennis
Monday, 30 March 2015
Summer is just around the corner, and for those who live at the Jersey Shore, that means two things are guaranteed: the mass influx of tourists is... Read More...
IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...

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HIGHLANDS, NJ - In a unanimous decision issued March 14, 2011, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a controversial Highlands ordinance, which rezoned a small area of land to permit high-rise development, is invalid.  In December of 2007, despite staunch opposition from neighboring property owners, the Highlands Borough Council enacted Ordinance O-07-07 which authorized a high-rise, high-density residential development at the current site of the Shadow Lawn Mobile Home Park, which adjoins the Eastpointe condominium complex.  The invalidation of the ordinance has dealt a serious blow to Highlander Development Group, LLC, whose  17-month long application before the Highland Planning Board to build three ambitious 16-story complexes in the zone had been approved.   R. Armen McOmber, an attorney who practices with the firm of McOmber & McOmber, P.C. in Red Bank, successfully argued the appeal on behalf of a neighboring property owner.

The Appellate Division ruled the rezoning ordinance was invalid because the Borough Council “largely ignored” the findings and recommendations of the Planning Board when making its decision and that this “willful disregard” is contrary to New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law.  The Appellate Division refused to allow the Borough Council to remedy its misstep stating:  “Moreover, we believe that a remand to the governing body would be futile - a vain effort to backfill the missing acknowledgment, and we decline to order a do-over.”

“Thankfully, there are public minded citizens who when they believe that a municipality has done something wrong, are willing to step forward and challenge the actions of the municipality,” McOmber said.  “In this case, Mrs. Jennings was successful.  We were delighted to represent her throughout the entire proceedings and believe that ultimately the decision of the Appellate Division was right on point.”

Pauline Jennings, the Plaintiff in the matter, stated that “I am very happy that justice prevailed and that my position that the Borough Council erred in rushing through the adoption of the Ordinance was fully vindicated by the Appellate Division.”

 

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