Thursday, April 30, 2009
Joe Derella has shown a businessman's acumen as Commissioner of revenue and finance. This position has got to be the toughest with all the scrutiny on city spending. He has a vast grip on the complexities of city finance. Under his guidance, the current Commission is not dependent on a distressed cities grant. In other words, the city is on sounder financial footing.
They have all shown a can-do attitude as opposed to the can't-do anything that some of their strongest opponents have. This can do spirit told us that Millville is a city with a future and why we moved here almost six years ago. In closing the three gentlemen have EARNED re-election.
Oh I know my "fans" are gonna fill up my comments. That is cool but please state positions if you agree or disagree. No personal comments Ok??
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I think with the Motorsports Park, there needs to be a spirit of can-do and I think Graphicus has good ideas on the marketing of the Arts District
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
He will be one of the conservative Democrats that Pres Obama will have to compromise with to get his agenda though and since he is a "Democrat" now Sen Spector can not be ignored. Man this man is good aint he.
He is gonna have his way with anything now.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We were wearing "What would Don Do" buttons since it was last April 15th he brought a sledgehammer to urge the demolition of the Millville Gardens.
Millville's Democratic Chairmen peppered me about my problem with Lou while at the Oar House. I started the conversation asking his wife if she still wanted to play tennis with me. I knew I was gonna hear it and I sure did. It was interesting. They said I should have spoken to him after the Commission meeting and in general questioned me why I did not go out of my way to talk to him. It was "interesting" They made it seem like I could just call Lou and just talk. Now I just have get his cell number. Also I was told the Lou badmouthed me in the paper last August cause some people said I was "CARL'S BEST FRIEND! Sorry, but I almost cracked up. Well that is all for now. Video will be uploaded at my YouTube site www.youtube.com/mkrul1 in 24 hours. Have a great day
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This is my pup Jesus he is driving in our Honda Element, a very nice car.
Anyway spring is here
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tom Shephard of Ole Shep's Honey held the first Fithian House Front Porch chat.Shephard spoke about the importance of honeybees and how they are properly cultivated. He will bring an observation hive so Third Friday visitors can see the bees at work.Tom Shephard is a member of the New Jersey Beekeepers' Association as well as the South Jersey branch.
We had a good turnout on a very mild and sunny 3rd Friday in Millville.
After the talk a nice gathering of people came out to enjoy the art, our backyard and each other
The gallery is located at 112 E. Pine St., near High Street in Millville.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
"Tea Parties" I saw signs comparing Obama to Hitler and questioning his citizenship. Boy Hannity and his dating service and Limbaugh got them OUTRAGED at the damage that Obama has done in 3 MONTHS. What about 6 outta the 8 years the GOP held sway against the wimpy Dems??
When it comes to Bi-Partisonship its just a one way street! Democrats are also too willing to wimp out when a Republican is in office.
Here, then, are 10 Republican Tax lies:
1. President Obama will raise taxes on small businesses.
CNN concluded "fewer than 2% of small business owners would pay more under Obama's plan." But in case there was any doubt about the Republicans' deception on the point, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center quickly put it to rest:
Out of 34.7 million filers with business income on Schedules C, E or F, 479,000 filers fall into the top two brackets, according to an analysis of projected 2009 filings by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
The other 34.3 million - or 98.6% - would be unaffected by Obama's proposed rate hike.
2.The estate tax devastates small businesses and family farms.
3. 40% of Americans pay no taxes.
4. Tax cuts always increase revenue.
5. The GOP is the party of fiscal discipline.
6. Ronald Reagan was the greatest tax cutter of all time.
7. FDR caused the Great Depression, or at least made it worse.
8. Obama's cap-and-trade plan will cost each American family $3,100 a year.
9. Obama's tax proposals will undermine charitable giving.
10. The rich pay too much in taxes already.
For the details behind each of the GOP's Tax Day deceits, go Here:
Off to get ready for 3rd Friday and our 2nd 3rd Friday for our Gallery The Fithian House Gallery Its 5pm and time to fight the traffic
Well there was a protest about the 55/49 Project. I went to see what it was about and now Lou Magazzu has replied on the BEN column of today April 16 2009. He will be at the next City Commission meeting Tues April 21st. Here is just part of what the Freeholder Director said
"Further, it may be that the improvements at Route 55 and 49 may give the state incentive to move quicker on the other projects which require attention."I intend to be at the next city commission meeting on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., to ask the Millville City commissioners their thoughts on the Route 49 and 55 project."I have also asked DOT Commissioner Dilts to set up a meeting with DOT representatives and neighbors to determine if their concerns can be alleviated.
"When I am given a date and time, I will ask the city commission to make city hall available for the meeting.
"I have also asked the DOT to determine if there are other shovel-ready projects that could move forward in place of this one, if there is a desire to move away from this project."
This sounds ok to me but will it really happen? What about public transit like buses and trains???
Since this is not federal stimulus money being shovel-ready is NOT a requirement. How does a state that is BROKE just "find" $27 million?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
All15 candidates in the May 12 City Commission election spoke a “Meet the Candidates” night. All of and were allotted three minutes to speak. at the American Legion building on Buck Street on Tuesday evening. They then met individually with the residents for about an hour. More than 100 residents, many of them members of Millville First, packed the Buck Street American Legion hall to hear each of the candidates give short presentations and then discuss the issues over coffee and cakes. As you can see in my photos, folks got to talk each other. This made up for the fact that each candidate had only 3 minutes to talk about what they would do or change about the direction of the city of Millville
The newcomers were Joe Sooy, Mike Wydra, Richard Marshall and Dave Ennis. They had never run before and I knew little about each. Mike Wydra and Richard Marshall were generic, though Mr. Marshall did express enthusiastic support for the UEZ. Joe Sooy complemented Millville First and questioned the RAD. He seems pretty smart but his opposition to the RAD bothers me. Pastor Dave Ennis spoke about the gang problems. Charles Flickinger is a current Board of Education member. He is a 4th generation Millvillian. He states that we all have opinions and he will listen to all opinon and understand the issues. Ian Roberts and Robert McQuade are running for a 2nd time for the City Commission. Mr. Roberts came off as a nice guy and Mr. McQuade listed his accomplishments. Bob Tesoroni and Emil Van Hook are the well-known Millville First candidates. Mr. Tesoroni gave his litney of grievances about the current Commission. He has some pretty patriotic cards(I am looking at one now)
and lawn signs. He opposes the RAD , UEZ, and the pedestrian bridge over the Maurice River.
Emil Van Hook did not look well. I hope he gets some rest.Mayor Quinn gave a rousing review of the accomplishments over the last 12 years. He remembers when the 100 block of High Street had one store open (Howell's Hardware) Commissioner Joe Derella spoke about stabilizing the tax base as head of revenue and finance. Tim Shannon spoke about the renovation of the riverfront and the creation of the NJ Motorsports Park. He spoke about the RAD and how it was awarded a "best practice" award by National Council of Development and Finance Agency. Commissioner Dave Vanaman states that there were not so many boarded up buildings on High Street. He states he opposed the idea of the racetrack and questioned the financing of the Union Lake Crossing. Dale Finch spent his wedding anniversary listing his past govt experience in Millville such as school board, 12 years in City Commission, and the Millville Housing Authority. Jim Hertig explained that he is a hard worker and noted his leadership in the Center City Neighborhood group.
You can listen for yourself on YouTube. I made every effort to include all candidates whether I support them or not. You can hear them but excuse the poor lighting.
I notice that no representative of TrackRacket was present. Ms. Post was not there to ask questions one-one with the candidates even though several brought up the racetrack noise as a viable political issue. Don Farabach was there last night at the forum. I met R. Owens who writes a blog called eCache that is quite good. He also lives in Millville and reads this blog as well.
I am going to respond on the DJ Forums where as of 8:15 am this morning April 15th, insults and nasty comments have started. My motto " I read the DJ Forums so you don't have to!" I feel like I am spelunking in a deep dark cave or cesspool.
Well got to file my taxes, See the new eye Dr and other errands. Lots of news that I have not even covered yet such as the school board election and the highway protest.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tonite we went on Dottie's Walk. We had a pretty large group which included the Mayor and two candidates for City Commission Dale Finch and Charlie Flickenger. As the photos show there are some structures in disrepair and the property Friends of Millville cleaned up was littered. Some of the problems seen were the same as March 16th when the media showed up to the walk. There were no reporters today. Well its now late and stating to rain. Will go to a scheduled protest against the 27 Million RT 49 &55 off ramp project tomorrow at 7:30. Its at Rt 49 and Wade Avenue. Then off to the Cadidates Forum at 7pm at the American Legion.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Here it is in its entirety with no commentary.
officers and members of Millville First
"Please remind your readers of "Meet the Candidates Night," on Tuesday, at the American Legion, on Buck Street, in Millville."It's sponsored by Millville First."As with every meeting of Millville First, the public is welcome."We meet the second Tuesday of every month, same time and place."Come and bring a friend. Learning about your government can be fun!"Millville First is committed to informing taxpayers."We are concerned about Millville's financial health ($55 billion in debt)."We want to keep Millville affordable and a great place to live, work and raise a family."We want people to have a voice in city government."Many of us have become concerned about the drastic increase in local taxes during the tenure of the present commissioners."We have endured unchecked development (eminent domain) and community-changing projects (the motorsports park) without having the opportunity to vote on them."Part of the mission of Millville First is to present "the rest of the story" on each issue so voters can hold the commissioners accountable."The purpose of Millville First is to inform and educate voters and encourage citizen participation in city government."Our effort to encourage taxpayers to participate in their government has made some people uncomfortable."In an effort to discredit us, our critics have called us negative obstructionists."Nothing could be further from the truth."We believe it is positive to encourage public debate."We believe it is positive to hold elected officials accountable."We believe it is positive to disclose information officials do not divulge. We believe it is positive to point out the pros and cons of government action."We believe it is positive to require taxpayer protections in contracts, instead of protections for the developer only?"We believe it is positive to insist that tax abatements illegally granted be revoked."We believe it is positive to seek repayment of illegal payments to Sun Bank."Is it negative to expect all citizens and businesses to be treated fairly, equally and with respect?"Is it negative to expect a commissioner to read and understand an ordinance or resolution before he votes on it?"Is it negative to demand that a commissioner exercise his independent judgement instead of doing what a staff member tells him to do?"Is it negative to demand that our elected officials obey the law?"Are we obstructionists to object to spending $2 million for a bridge from nowhere, to nowhere, for no reason?"Are we obstructionists to suggest that inspection and review fees mandated by ordinance be collected from developers?"Are we obstructionists to expect the commissioners to put the interests of the citizens ahead of the developer when negotiating a project?"And I could go on."Join us and learn, so you will be an informed voter on May 12.
The only problem we see, Paul, is that the watchdog group spends a lot of time on what not to do, but doesn't offer a lot of suggestions on what to do. Are you watching over the city, or are you watching over city commission? There's a difference. If you're watching over the city, then your ideas should be to move the city forward. If you're just watching over city commission, you're trying to keep the city as it was. And what was so great about what it was? The tax rate? Was it going to remain stable in the face of increasing costs? How can you spend one-third of your budget on public safety, and we're up to what - 80 police officers? - whose health insurance costs alone have skyrocketed, and maintain a stable tax rate doing nothing? How do you pay energy costs that are out of sight by doing nothing? How do you stay in the same four-year period that Emil Van Hook was mayor and pay for all these rising costs? By becoming a distressed city, that's how, and praying Trenton will come through every year with a handout. And what about education costs? How do you keep them stable without all teaching being done by lecture in an auditorium? You can't stop the clock, Paul, or you'll just fall further behind.What is your plan for increasing ratables? Or do you want to just spend less?Can you get the ratables here without abatements? How many came here in the Emil Van Hook era? How many have come here in the last 12 years? Do you think Bridgeton's tax rate has remained stable by not attracting ratables? Maybe your candidates will tell us what they want to do on Tuesday. Not what to not do. But what to do. No reflection on you Paul, but we need some answers here more than opposition. Tell you what! Bridgeton is willing to buy the land that holds the motorsports park from Millville at a fair price, if you're interested. T hey understand that it has been a spot with a lot of non-forward thinking citizens. They'll take the chance that tax revenue from it will pay bigger dividends than its own Cohansey Hotel down the road.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
See the email below that inspired me to write this and feel free to comment. Thanks
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Well-healed resident
Date: Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 11:37 PM
Subject: [Ucneighbors] REVIEW Re: Opening of "Desi Village" Indian Restaurant
To: firstname.lastname@example.org (This is the Listserv address)
We got a big take out order tonight and ate our food at home, on our Blue Willow plates, flatware and cloth napkins.
My eldest daughter and I were cheerfully offered a seat to wait a few more minutes for our order when we went to pick it up. Not a problem and not a lengthy wait. While soaking up the atmosphere we thought the resto itself is going to have to up their game if they want to compete with Dahlak and Vientienne where you get cloth table clothes and napkins and don't have to eat off of styrofoam for about the same price and equally, if not more, delicious.
Pakora and Samosa: fair. We prefer the ibes from the International Store on Walnut Street. The Pakora were strangely small and round and very salty. The Samosa were $2 each and bland.
Garlic Naan: good
Tandoori chicken and Tikka chicken: good
Chicken Sagwala: tasty but the "creamy chopped spinach" was over processed and had the appearance and texture of baby food
Lamb Rogan Josh: good.
Overall, credible and edible but truly nothing special. Honestly the styrofoam and plastic cutlery freaked me out. I still think the slew of Indian restos up on 40th street are much better.
In the end, we'll probably order from there again but we'll try to get our appetizers at the International Store.
I'd be interested in hearing what Roger and Vince thought.
Anne B. Wealthy
--- On Fri, 4/10/09, Mark Krull <email@example.com> wrote:
"The Governor says he is 'giving us until the end of March' to tell him how he should cut the budget or he will start layoffs," said Jellison. "The truth is that we have repeatedly given him suggestions on ways to cut the budget, and he has ignored all of our ideas. Instead, he wants to focus on the most extreme option - laying off workers."
According to Jellison, Governor Rendell has given out over $1 billion in outside contracts since he became Governor and that many of those contracts cover work that had been done by state employees.
"The first thing the Governor can do to stop wasteful spending in the state budget," Jellison said, "is to cut out some of the private contracts he has given to outside companies to do work that our members can do better and at a lower cost."
In addition, Jellison pointed out that Pennsylvania is 50th out of 50 states in the number of state employees per capita so that cutting employees' hours means cuts in services. "You can't cut any more fat in the state payroll," she said, "because we are already at the bone."
There is a agreement between SEIU and the Governor. There would be NO fourloghs BUT
A TEMPORARY 20% reduction in the Commonwealth contribution to the PEBTF effective April 2009 up to and including June 2010,
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Since I last posted some news came out that was very interesting. On Wednesday Governor Jon Corzine paid a visit to poor Cumberland County to announce $27 million in road improvements. Most of the $$ is marked for reconstructing the interchange between routes 55 and 49. During the summer season, the interchange quickly backs up with shore-bound traffic.The other project site is the Route 49 and Wade Boulevard intersection. That intersection is west of the highway interchange, but traffic also backs up there. I noticed alone with others that standing with the Governor was Lou Maggazzu and Albert Kelly. I did not see or read that our Assemblymen Albano, Milliam, nor Senator Jeff Van Drew were present. I did just now find where they were as of yesterday, they were in Oklahoma with Corzine. Are they not the folks who complained that Cumberland County received NO federal stimulus monies (the only county in NJ in fact)
I now read that there is to be a protest rally Tuesday April 14 at 7:30AM at the Wawa located at Wade Blvd and Rt. 49, Millville
A group calling itself "Concerned Citizens of Millville" is organizing this event ought to be interesting. Its a concern to many that the quality of life in Millville is being attacked. This concern goes back several years when the housing boom was in full throttle. I plan to stop by and record the proceedings so stop back to this site next week.
I paid a visit to Millville Gardens to see the situation. During the City Commission meeting Dr. Kim Ayers stated that 36 homes are to be built and there was only now one tenant left. I decided to check it out myself and found it empty. You see what I found here and here. I asked a neighbor across the street and she said there was no one living there and she was pleased that the place was closed and that when told the city was building owner occupied homes she expressed approval. They thanked the city and thought I was a representative of the City of Millville. I assured them that I was not but a Board of Education Member till May of this year since I ran for a one year term last year
Today I read that the Millville Development Corporation voted to approve a contract with the arts district's new advertising firm Thursday for a maximum amount of $375,675, marking the end of a process dating back to late last year. Members of the MDC in February, chose Graphicus Communications, a local marketing firm, to handle public relations for the downtown area. The decision was not announced until March 12th The MDC after a drawn out process dropped eight-year mainstay Wyble Advertising. A meeting will be held at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, on High Street, at 6 p.m. April 28 to unveil their new marketing campaign for the city.
In other news the Millville Arts District is now on Facebook. Umm.. what took them so long according to the article it appears that they just discovered Facebook. Well its better late then never. Last but not least the minutes from Dec 8 Freeholder meeting will be put up later this week. Today is Friday folks!!!
Well have a happy and safe Easter.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
the city got a grant to improve signage. Here is a response on the Daily Journal Fourm
Read it for yourself here:
"Correct me if I'm wrong. But $3,590.02 per sign. This is exactly what is wrong with this city. This grant money should be used for something useful like cleaning our parks, hiring more Police officers, cleaning our streets, or opening that rediculas pedestrian bridge so the gangs can "tag" it. Maybe if you cleaned our streets people would want to come here. What would the signs say " Welcome to Millville, dont forget your glock."
"Welcome to Millville, Not responsible for lost or stolen items"
"Welcome to Millville, Our Mayor is a Retard"
"Welcome to Millville, Our crack whores are the best in the county"
"Welcome to Millville, the rectum of N.J.."
I could go on forever. Let see what the rest of you folks can come up with. We can have some fun with this one." catfishguy
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
City Commission met last night. It started at 6:30 and there was some good news. First off, the city is nearing a deal to replace Millville Gardens. The city purchased the property for $2.7 million and took ownership last October. The proposed "Foundry Park" will have 36 market-rate homes, priced at $150,000, and six affordable housing units. Planning Director Kim Ayres said the plan would include a half-acre park for the neighborhood. This proposal had the smallest number of homes and there were no rental properties This is down from 120 Rental Units.
Next, Heather Santaro give a RAD report. 43 Home Rehab Projects have been completed and 13 folks have been helped in buying their first home. A total of 123 homes have been affected positively. 123,000 in investments. This is just after a year. The RAD was opposed by a few folks running to unseat the current Commission. I will be at the candidates forum being sponsored by Millville First. It is NEXT Tuesday April 14th 6:30 PM at the American Legion building on Buck Street. 9 of the candidates have confirmed that they will be there. I congratulate Millville First for holding this event. We can not hear what folks propose and get a public hearing.
The public hearing portion lasted as long if not longer then the meeting itself. A candidate for City Commission spoke and was informed by a sitting Commissioner.
Questions were raised about the Motorsports Park Financing. This went on till 8:25 as you can see the clock behind the speaker.
On the way to work yesterday morning, a State Police car was on the median near the Rt. 56 Vineland exit going northbound. I was in the right lane when this car passed me right in front of the cop. The photos tell the story. Speeding fines are STEEP in this state!!