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“(Last) Wednesday night, they finally got into it.” The proposed Navesink Highlands community, a devel opment of 375 units of afford able housing for senior citizens and 92 assisted living units, would be built on 25 acres of land in the Lenape Woods, a hilly 250-acre tract primarily in Middletown near the Atlantic Highlands border. The coalition is not against the affordable housing or the senior citizen community but is concerned about environmental problems the proposed com munity they refer to as “Sudden City” would cause, Boyd said. The nearly 75 local resi dents who attended the meeting disrupted the testimony of Ocino Vice President John English with jeers and shout ing. Many thought the proceed ing was one-sided and that it leaned in the developer’s favor, they said. The board finally issued a Continued on page 12
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The Holmdel Hornets defeated Mendham Sunday to become repeat State Group II champions. For the story, see page 55. Here Hornet Jeff Baccash is sandwiched during a win over Asbury Park last week.
New rail trail in the works NJ Transit agrees to preserve Lake Matawan, other trestles of Route 36. One of the trestles traverses the S taff Writer upper end of Lake Matawan. nonprofit group that has Young people use the 425-footbeen promoting a recre long, 50-foot-high trestle to cross ational path along an inac from Matawan-Aberdeen Regional tive rail line between MatawanHigh and School to Matawan Borough. According to J. Wandres, presi Freehold has received news that six wooden trestles along the rail dent of the Marlboro-based road right of way will not be Monmouth Heritage Trail Inc. (MHT), Stanley Rosenblum, acting demolished. Also, NJ Transit, which owns executive director of NJ Transit, the right of way, and the has directed his staff not to demol Monmouth County freeholders are ish the trestles along the 12-mile working on an agreement to let the rail line. The group learned in January county turn the 12-mile right of J A C K IE P O L L A C K that the agency planned to tear way into a trail which would link Middletown Village School first-graders Michael Gallagher and Jeffrey Chapman examine a starfish during a special up with the 9-mile county-owned down the wooden structures, pur Henry Hudson Trail, located north portedly to alleviate the threat of exhibit at the school last week. BY UNDA D eNICOLA
liability if anyone fell off one of the structures, and went to work immediately to try to halt the plans. As it turned out they were suc cessful. In a letter to Rosenblum, the Monmouth County freeholders urged the agency to begin the process of discussing how the abandoned railroad right of way could be conveyed to the county for future public pedestrian and bicycle trail use. “We are in the process of work ing out an agreement now,” NJ Transit spokesman Ken Miller said Continued on page 14
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Holmdel boardproposes 5.9-cent school tax hike Rising enrollment, ratables slowdown, state aid decline blamed BY BEVERLY McCEE________________ Correspondent
HOLMDEL — The tentative 1999-2000 school budget includes a 5.9-cent tax in crease. Introduced March 3, the $28,706,439 spending plan includes a net increase of $1,081,378, or 3.9 percent, over this year’s budget. If adopted following a March 24 public hearing and approved by voters April 20, the tax rate will be $1,615 per $100 of as sessed valuation, which translates into an increase of $118 for a home assessed at $200,000. A public hearing followed by a vote to adopt the proposed 1999-2000-school bud get is set for March 24 at 8 p.m. in the cafetorium of Indian Hill School, Holmdel Road. Board officials attribute the proposed increase, the lowest school tax hike in the past three years, to continued enrollment growth, a major decline in state aid, slow ratables growth in the township and the dis trict’s already lean spending practices. With enrollment expected to increase by more than 5 percent next year, the already below average cost per pupil, now $7,526 per year, would further decline in 1999 2000. In addition, state aid will drop to $1,776,400 next year, an 8.9 percent de crease over this year. And while enrollment continues to in
crease, growth of ratables in the township remains slow at just 1.4 percent this year. As for spending in the district, officials say there are no easy cuts. Of the 20 New Jersey high schools with the highest SAT scores, a list that includes Holmdel High School, only one school spent less per pupil in 1998-99, and just 1.1 percent less. The average cost per pupil of the other 19 high schools on the list is 23.6 percent higher than Holmdel’s. Board officials say the proposed budget focuses on educational goals by adding staff to meet increased enrollment, and enhances bus safety with features that include adding new buses and one additional driver. The budget also advances instruction by adding books and materials to the schools’ libraries, new textbooks and classroom resources, and provides expanded opportu nities for students in the fine and perform ing arts. The budget also funds building en hancements, including new parking lot lights at Satz Intermediate School on Crawfords Comer Road and new ceiling tiles in the gym at Village School on McCampbell Road. The proposed budget also makes progress on the district’s five-year plan to infuse technology in subject area instruction by providing computers, software, library automation, and Internet and distance learn ing access at all grade levels, officials say. Three budget presentations are sched uled for April 13: 10 a.m. at Indian Hill School, 2:45 p.m. at Holmdel High School, and 7:30 p.m. at Village School. A fourth budget presentation is planned for 9:45 a.m. April 17 to the Jersey Shore Chinese School in the Satz School library.
MIDDLETOWN — With the swear ing in of three new police officers on Monday, the township police force is back up to its authorized strength of 99 officers. The three new policemen are replacing officers who have retired. The starting annual salary for new officers who have completed training at the police academy is $30,000. Felipe Benedit, Robert Shannon and Lawrence Seymour follow three new hires who took the oath of office last month, bringing the total up to six new officers. All three are veterans of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Benedit, 31, lives in Monmouth Beach with his wife, Kelly Ann, and their three children. He comes to the township from the Monmouth County Sheriffs Office Law Enforcement Division. Benedit received his original police training from the Monmouth County Police Academy, where he graduated in November 1998. He was born and raised in Georgia, leaving there after his enlistment in the U.S. Army where he served for eight years as an air intercept controller. Benedit, who has completed one year of college toward a business degree, is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Shannon, 24, is single. A veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Desert Strike, he was bom in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Middletown with his parents when he was 14 years old. Immediately after graduating from Middletown High School South in 1992, Shannon entered the U.S. Air Force. Prior to his deployment overseas, he was assigned to the Air Force security police. Shannon is scheduled to attend the upcoming 199th basic course for police officers at the N.J. State Police Academy along with probationary officers Andrew Micalizzi and Carl Roth, two of the men appointed last month. Seymour, 29, lives in Eatontown with his wife, Judith, and their son. He comes to Middletown from the East Orange Police Department and is a graduate of the Essex County Police Academy. Seymour is a U.S. Army veteran of the Gulf War, where he served as an infantry man. He is presently a staff sergeant in the U.S. National Guard and plans to con tinue serving his country as a member of C/Company, 2-113 Infantry. New officers who have not undergone training will attend the N.J. State Police Academy class which starts March 30. Those who have previous police experi ence will begin a 3-month field officer training program during which they will ride with another officer, Police Chief John Pollinger explained. “These officers are the cream of the crop,” Pollinger added. “They began the arduous process over one year ago. They rose to the top of the list and then had to pass a large number of background checks and a complete medical and psy chological evaluation.”
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Board hires firm to fix H.S. South sink holes BY MARY DEMPSEY S taff Writer
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MIDDLETOWN — At a special meet ing Monday morning, the school board appointed a contractor to fix the sink hole problem at High School South’s football field and running track. The Board of Education voted unani mously to award a contract to Jomac Builders Inc., Belford. Schools were closed because of the Sunday snowstorm, and no members of the public were pre sent. Board members Sherry Gevarter and Jeanne Osborne were absent from the 8 a.m. emergency meeting at New Monmouth Elementary School’s all-pur pose room. The field repairs are expected to cost at least $52,000. Jomac’s bid of $129,000 as a cost to fix the field was the lowest of
three the board received. The board anticipates the cost of re pairing the field to be less than half of Jomac’s bid. School Superintendent Dennis Jackson said at the Monday meet ing that some existing projects the district had scheduled would have to be re-evalu ated in order to cover the costs of fixing High School South’s field. The sink holes were caused by a bro ken drainage pipe 17 feet below the foot ball field, according to district officials. The pipes carry a small underground stream that runs down the middle of the football field. A preliminary investigation revealed that a small portion of the underground pipe has collapsed under the football field. The repairs will include excavation above the area where the broken piping was found.
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Holmdel permits bigger buildings in Rt. 35 zone Environmentalists oppose changes; town hopes to attract ratables BY BEVERLY McGEE
HOLMDEL — The Township Com mittee has approved zoning changes that will allow the development of larger, “big box” retail buildings along Route 35. The unanimous vote from the four committee members present at the March 8 meeting followed close to three hours of public comment both for and against the changes. Committeeman Gary Aumiller was absent. According to the changes adopted by the committee, the allowable size of a building in the RO-3 Retail Office Dis trict zone will increase from 40,000 to
165,000 square feet. The change also increases permitted building heights by five feet, from 30 to 35 feet. With additional footage permitted for ornamental architecture, the increase totals about nine feet. Committee members took the oppor tunity to address what they called misin formation being circulated through the township about the ordinance changes. Committee members said that while the ordinance changes will allow the con struction of larger buildings, the maxi mum amount of square footage that can be developed will not change. The increase in allowable height will add to the aesthetic value of buildings to be constructed, they said. The floor area ratio permitted by the ordinance will remain at 15 percent and impervious coverage allowed will remain at 50 percent, Mayor David Chai said.
“Both have not changed,” he said. Committeeman Terence Wall com mented about misinformation that the committee would approve zoning changes permitting the construction of towers of unlimited height. “That issue is in the existing ordi nance,” Wall, said “It is not an addition” he said, adding that he believes the com mittee should revisit the subject of towers at a later date. Committeewoman Mollie Giamanco also spoke in favor of the changes, saying the township has a responsibility to bring in increased ratables that the changes will promote. “The traffic is already (along Route 35),” she said. “The surrounding towns are getting the ratables and we’re getting the burdens.” While many in the audience agreed, others worried that the area is being de veloped too intensively and too quickly. “We recommend not adopting the
ordinance in its present form,” said Sam Shramko, representing the grassroots Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) organization, noting that the changes are not consistent with the township’s 1993 master plan. But committee members criticized CILU for circulating a flier about the or dinance and proposed changes. “The master plan called for something very limiting,” said Wall. The Environmental Commission, rep resented at the meeting by Chairman Larry Fink, also opposed the zoning changes. ' Before adopting the amended ordi nance, the committee unanimously ap proved a resolution, noting that certain aspects of the ordinance are inconsistent with the township’s 1993 master plan. “I believe it is a reasonable change,” Deputy Mayor loseph Speranza said. “It will also help with our taxes. Route 35 is the place to put this,” he said.
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ABERDEEN — A corrections officer at the Monmouth County jail has been charged with selling crack cocaine to undercover officers from the Bayshore Narcotics Task Force and the township police. According to police, LaShawn Mealing, 27, of Juniper Lane, Jackson, was arrested on March 10 at 10:30 p.m. at the Cliffwood A&P supermarket on Route 35. At the time of her arrest, she was al
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Track condition worries winning South coach Board looking for way to fund improvements at both tracks BY MARY DEMPSEY Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN — The surface of High School South’s track is wearing thin and may be causing injuries to stu dent athletes, according to the coach of the girls’ track team. “The track is way overdue to be resurfaced,” coach Karl Torchia said at a recent school board meeting. “There’s supposed to be a quarter to half inch of rubberized surface on the track, which is worn down and in some parts of the track, it is just blacktop.” The school that boasts the No. 1 ranked girls’ high school distance med ley team in the country also has a track that is eroded down to the asphalt in some spots. On Sunday, High School South run ners Cate Guiney, her sister Maggie, • Joanne Bradley and Tara Frohjlich placed first in the distance medley relay race at the National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Cham pionships in Boston. In addition, Cate Guiney broke the New Jersey high school two-mile run record by more than eight seconds. Guiney’s second-place finish in a time of 10:27.20 for the two-m ile race
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smashed the 13-year-old record of 10:35.66 set in 1986. “The kids in the last four years have won six state championships. They’ve put a lot into this, blood, sweat and tears, and they don’t ask for anything back,” Torchia stated. Torchia, an exercise physiologist, said the High School South track has the potential to cause injury. “I’m concerned about the kids. A lot of them are getting shin splints; some are turning into stress fractures and this is costing a lot of them their running ca reers, and in some cases, it may cost them scholarships,” Torchia told the Board of Education two weeks ago. Board Vice President N. Britt Raynor Continued on next page
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School has a rough, uneven surface with missing cinders. asked Torchia if the track should be Torchia added that the straight-aways closed down for safety reasons, but he are uneven and the track’s width varies said, “No, I’m saying that the tracks from 10 to 20 feet in spots. need to be redone very shortly.” “If you find you have a need for the The track was last refurbished ap Thompson track, if this becomes a safe proximately 10 years ago, according to ty issue, and the board can’t respond, Torchia. The district is currently looking into certainly let us know what we can do as raising the money for track repairs at an alternative,” Johnson added. Last year, the board approved a rec ommendation to refur bish the running tracks at both high schools. B u t to avoid g o in g over its budget limit, or state cap, the fund ing question was placed on the ballot as a separate question and included repara tions to the High School South football field and the High School North football bleachers. The cost of the projects totaled $700,000 and would have added 1.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to the tax rate. Voters approved the budget but defeat ed the question by fewer than 500 votes. Because the measure was defeated as a sep arate question, the dis trict could not allocate any funds to repairing the field this year. M A R Y DEMPSEY CINDERLAND — The Thompson Middle School track in The district now faces Middletown has an uneven surface and varies in width emergency “sink hole” throughout the length of the track. repairs at the High School South football both high schools in this year’s budget, field and eroding tracks at both high district Communications Director Karen schools. Kondek said Friday. Throughout the school year, the High Board President John Johnson sug School South track team has anywhere gested South’s runners use the cinder from 80 to 180 participants. track at nearby Thompson M iddle Approximately 180 students run in School on Middletown-Lincroft Road the spring, 120 in the winter, and 80 to until a decision is made regarding re pairing the high school track. But 90 participate in the fall. Torchia said, “That track is not really “There are more participants in runnable, and we cannot have meets up cross-country, indoor track and outdoor there.” track than any other sport in any other The track at Thompson M iddle school,” Torchia said.
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Hearing onopen space plan set for March 24 Middletown will use list to determine future land acquisitions BY LINDA DeNICOLA_______ __________ Staff W riter
MIDDLETOWN — The township’s Open Space Preservation Plan is ready for public view. The ad hoc Open Space Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the draft plan for 8 p.m. March 24 at town hall. Copies of the proposed plan are available for review at the Township Clerk’s Office and the Planning Department in the munici pal complex and at the library on New Monmouth Road.
Voters approved an open space tax of 1 cent per $100 of assessed valuation in November which will enable the township to raise about $454,000 annually starting this year. The fund, officials have said, will enable the township to bond for up to $7 million to acquire open space. Having a plan in place also helps the township qualify for special funding under the state Green Acres program. The new open space plan contains a list of more than 40 properties identified as having potential value to the township for preservation or recreation purposes. Committeewoman Rosemarie D. Peters, who chairs the special committee, said that this does not mean that the township will be interested in acquiring all of the properties, nor be able to do so with the limited binding
available. “What the plan will do is provide the present and future governing bodies with a new menu of options from which they can select parcels which will serve various needs within the township,” Peters said. Deputy Mayor Joan A. Smith, who also serves on the committee, added that a major factor in determining which parcels are pur chased will be their availability and the abil ity of the township and the owners to reach agreeable terms. “We are not interested in condemning properties or forcing unwilling owners to sell,” Smith said. The properties included in the plan range from large tracts of hundreds of acres to small parcels of just one acre and are located throughout the 40-square-mile township. A further list of 100 small properties is being
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reviewed by the standing Open Space Preservation Committee for use as pocket parks. These are primarily in the older, more densely populated areas of the town. The plan also includes a rating system which will help the governing body to eval uate the environmental and aesthetic charac teristics as well as the potential uses of each parcel. Members of the ad hoc committee include representatives of the Township Committee, Planning Board, Environmental Commission, Recreation Advisory Board, ad hoc, Open Space Preservation Committee, Monmouth County Park System and Monmouth Conservation Foundation. The township’s Planning and Parks and Recreation directors have assisted the committee in working on the plan.
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Register children lor kindergarten in Keyport The Keyport Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration on April 21 from 1-3 p.m.; on April 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and on April 23 from 1-2:30 p.m. Registration will be held in the Central School Cafeteria. In order for parents to reg ister their child, they must be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1. The following items will be needed at the time of registration: • child’s birth certificate (with raised seal); • child’s Social Security number; • proof of updated immunizations - four doses of diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT); three doses of polio - oral polio vaccine (OPV); measles-mumps-rubella (MMR); and a tuberculin test (TB) is requested; • proof of residency must be notarized (deed, mortgage, lease, utility bill, etc.) • in cases of divorce or separation, sub mit property settlement agreement or final judgment Children must be enrolled on or before Oct. 1. For information, call (732) 264-0561 or (732) 264-0647.
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Hazlet residents to get free computer training BY RUTH CALIA Correspondent
HAZLET — By the 2001-2002 school year there will be a computer in every classroom in the Hazlet school system, promised Schools Superintendent Timothy Nogueira at last week’s Board of Education meeting. In an effort to promote computer litera cy throughout the community, the town ship and school board have formed a part nership with Comcast Online Internet and a series of Community Computer Nights is planned. Together they are offering the use of 25 computers in the Raritan High School library with free Internet service for stu dents’ use during the day and for other res idents of the town on designated Thursdays, from 7-9 p.m. Student and adult volunteers will serve as “web guides” for anyone needing assis tance. The March 25 Community Computer Night will be designed for senior citizens. April 22 is set aside for parents of K-3 children, while grades 4-5 and middle school parents are invited to attend April 29. Police, fire and first aid personnel will have access on May 13, Raritan High School parents will attend May 27, and an open night for everyone is scheduled for June 3. The board has provided the funds to upgrade the electrical service in the library in order to accommodate this project. In other action last week, the board voted to add one day to the end of the school year to compensate for a snow day used earlier in the year. This will alter scheduled final exams and graduation cerE a t a ll t h e p a n c a k e s y o u c a n a t b r e a k f a s t S a tu rd a y The Matawan United Methodist Church will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The meal will include all the pancakes all you can eat, plus servings of sausage, juice, tea and coffee. Cost will be $3 each: children under age 5, free of charge. The event is being sponsored by The United Methodist Men at the church location, 478 Atlantic Ave., Aberdeen. For information, call (732) 566-2996.
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Temple Shalom sets ’Tribute to Rabbi' Temple Shalom has scheduled a series of six events paying tribute to Rabbi Henry M. Weiner, who is retiring in June following 32 years of service to the con gregation and the Monmouth County community. The events in the “A Tribute to Our Rabbi” series will be held as fol lows: • March 19-21: Scholar-in-Residence program with Rabbi Alexander Schindler, past president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations; • April 24: Lee Gura Concert of Remembrance featuring Debbie Friedman; • May 7: Shabbat evening service with three young rabbis who attended Temple Shalom returning to honor their teacher and mentor; • May 14: Community Shabbat evening service and special Oneg Shabbat in honor of Rabbi Weiner; • May 15: Gala Formal Dinner/Dance at Temple Shalom; and • May 23: Community open house re ception and presentation by religious school students. The temple is also creating an ad jour nal honoring Rabbi Weiner that will be distributed at the dinner/dance. For advertising information or details, contact (732) 566-2621. Temple Shalom is locat ed at Ayrmont Lane and Church Street in Aberdeen.
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Keyport getting $75,000 for special edtraining Grant money promotes inclusion of disabled students BY MARY DEMPSEY
KEYPORT — The school district’s special education program is about to get a financial boost. The district is set to receive a $75,000 grant from the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission to sup port training for special education teachers, child study team members, administrators, parents and students to promote the inclu sion of disabled students in regular educa tion. The additional training for parents, staff and students is intended to increase the school and outside communities’ under standing of the moderate and severely dis abled population, according to district Director of Pupil Personnel Karen Frumen.
Fourteen school districts in Monmouth and Ocean counties, including Middletown, are collaborating in the effort to heighten awareness of inclusive educa tion for disabled students. School staff is scheduled to be trained at Georgian Court College, Lakewood. It is anticipated the partnership with Georgian Court College will lead to changes in train ing for teachers working with the disabled population. Increasing the number of disabled stu dents participating in standardized testing, raising the number of regular education teachers participating in inclusion class rooms, and increasing planning periods between special education teachers and regular education teachers will be support ed by the $75,000 grant, according to Frumen. The goal of the initiative is to develop a regional professional development acade my for school administrators, teachers, staff and parents in the two counties. Recent changes to the federal Indi viduals with Disabilities Education Act
Youths & Teddy bears to attend nature event The Monmouth County Park System will offer youngsters, ages 5-7, a nature program called “Teddy in the Woods” on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. The session will take place at the Holmdel Park Activity Center on Longstreet Road in Holmdel. Youngsters are encouraged to bring their favorite Teddy bears with them to enjoy stories of real bears, make a craft, hike through the woods and enjoy a snack. The cost will be $5 per child. Pre registra tion is required. For information or regis tration, call (732) 842-4000 or (732) 219 9484 for the hearing impaired.
(IDEA) of 1975 promises to offer children with disabilities more opportunities for an inclusive education with their peers in reg ular classes. The new legislation, signed into law June 4, 1997, by President Clinton is in tended to strengthen academic expecta tions and accountability for disabled chil dren, as well as offer increased parental involvement in the educational process of children with disabilities. More children with disabilities will be moved into the regular classroom setting under the new law. By removing financial incentives to districts which separate dis abled children from the regular classroom setting, the 1997 IDEA is designed to place children with disabilities with their peers in the regular classroom rather than keep ing them separate. Inclusive education requires educating all students with disabilities in their neigh borhood schools, in general education classes equivalent to the students’ chrono logical ages. In addition, students with disabilities
may not be excluded from a class or school community based on the type or degree of the disability. This is achieved through the use of cooperative learning, peer tutoring and peer support. Inclusion is the education of children with disabilities in a regular classroom set ting with additional teaching support with primary placement in the regular class room. Although the primary placement is in the regular classroom, the student may also receive instruction in other areas based on the students’ needs. Often referred to as the “regular edu cation initiative,” the education of students with disabilities in an inclusive setting means placing the students in a general classroom with a regular teacher and a spe cial education teacher. Both teachers share the responsibility of instruction in the class. In addition, the educational programs implemented in the inclusive classroom setting are labeled, rather than labeling the children with the disabilities.
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