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Become a Volunteer Docent in 2015 with MC Park System
Sunday, 21 December 2014
TINTON FALLS— The Monmouth County Park System is looking for volunteers to become docents at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Are you 21 years of age or older and enjoy interacting with people? You may have what it takes to step... Read More...
Freeholders Approve 2014 Open Space Grants to Towns
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Program celebrates 12 years of support for municipal projects FREEHOLD, NJ – Last night, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved grants totaling $2.5 million from the 2014 Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund to improve and... Read More...
Monmouth County Library Branch Closures
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Temporary closures in West Long Branch and Howell MANALAPAN, NJ – Two Monmouth County Library branches will have temporary closure over the next few weeks: West Long Branch Library, 95 Poplar Ave., is already closed and will remain closed until... Read More...
Holly Jolly Fuel Prices
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Drivers land on Santa’s ‘nice’ list as gas prices fall to five-year low The Week Holiday cheer has come early for the motoring public, with the average for retail gasoline at its lowest level in more than five years. Friday’s national... Read More...
Middletown Receives $204,632 State Grant for Recycling Successes
Saturday, 20 December 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Township will receive one of the highest grant awards from the state to implement and further enhance local recycling efforts. The township made the top 10 in this latest round of funding from the state Department of... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Business Executive Fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 20 December 2014
About five years ago, Todd Neva, now of Hancock, Michigan, began having trouble lifting his daughter from her carseat. Over time, this muscle... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 19, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 19 December 2014
It breaks my heart to see yet another article on how my dear #GuyFieri has made Food Network nearly unwatchable: http://bit.ly/1DA59Fm Want to see... Read More...
IMAGE Our Forefathers Knew Better
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
When one does a comparison between the 17th and 20th centuries in regards to the goodness of humanity, one comes with two different views.  The... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Top Five
by David Prown
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The other day I was scanning moviefone.com to get a sense of new releases for this weekend. Never heard of Chris Rock's "Top Five" and tried to get a... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Got 60 grand?  Well, you can use it to pay down your debt or buy Burt Reynold's Smokey & The Bandit TransAm: http://usat.ly/1G9j9n6 Parenting... Read More...

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Middletown Reorganization Meeting
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Holmdel Tax Assessor Speaks

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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