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Paul J. DiBartolo April 24, 2014 at 04:09 PM
Ahhh, coincident with the township council meeting. That's transparency for you. I guess,Read Moreconceivabl y, one could attempt to exit the BOE meeting, if it's over, just before 7:30 and make it to the council meeting down the street. Heck, one might even get a glimpse of our "translucent mayor," Mayor Mayer, if lucky.
Bea Coyle April 24, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Do you think reduced pupil enrollment has anything to do with the fact that our schools haveRead Moredropped in ranking so much in the last two years. How about all the foreclosed homes or how awful Blackwood and Blackwood Clementon Road look with empty stores and the dismal appearance. Even people who live here can't afford our high taxes that are based on what your home used to be worth , Many can not afford to do necessary repairs on their homes either. As a life long resident I have never seen it look this bad or have so much crime. I can't wait for the Betting Track on Blackwood Clementon Road to open so we can get a better element coming into town.
Stache's Minion April 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM
There is a school board election this year for three of Dave's closest machine cogs. They need toRead Mores olicit money from their friends, and in return they need to repay them through bond council fees which means --gasp-- they will have "free" money floating around to purchase a $250k armor plated anti-seat belt detector, a $50k high capacity low muzzle flash taxpayer ticket blaster, a $300k left handed smoke shifter, $1.2M in overtime for multiple snipe hunts, and $100k to update the "Gloucester Outlets -- coming just in time for the 2013 election" signs to read "2015 election".
Mike Russo April 24, 2014 at 06:14 PM
The seat belt checkpoints are done under the premise of making sure drivers are being safe, but the Read Morereality is it is to raise money for the town it is being done in by writing the tickets, so it is really a fund raiser probably to increase someone's salary but never for the benefit of the residents. Originally a driver couldn't get a ticket unless he was stopped for another offense but then came the realization that is could create revenues for the town. Maybe someday someone will be allowed to come into your home and see if you have a hole in your shorts in the name of public health and write you a ticket. So fascism has subtle forms in South New Jersey right now....
Paul J. DiBartolo April 24, 2014 at 10:03 PM
It's another way to fleece the residents to fund the mayor's pipe dreams. I'll tell you what, David Read MoreMayer, or whomever is responsible for this rip-off scam, let me worry about my own safety - I hereby absolve you of that responsibility - instead, why don't you go find the heroin dealers that are invading our town.
Diane Kozak March 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM
Mr Chatzinoff- Thank you for your response and the fact that my case was useful in addressingRead Moresimila r difficulties experienced by other family court litigants is hopeful but as I see with many other "single women-head of households" in Camden County presently the Court has not even begun to move in the direction of complete fairness. I presently see many women losing their marital homes because they were underwater and their spouse moves on with the next person and that family. The children suffer the results of their parents divorce, their Mother works full time/and or two jobs and cannot devote quality time to the children, they are forced to move from their home and if they attended a private school are no longer able to attend. In addition- now the parent has legal fees they have to make payments for each month/. Oh, and by the way- my ex got to claim the two older children and I was able to claim our youngest- Yet he never gave them anything but his support payments that had to be court ordered but for months before they were court ordered he gave a photo copy of a check he wrote and destroyed while I begged my utility companies not to turn our utilities off and our oil company to deliver oil. How should someone like this get a tax exemption for their children? Again I repeat- the Court system has a long way to go to begin to establish fairness.
Barry Chatzinoff, Esquire March 25, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Diane, the simple answer is that he should not have been able to get away with the tax exemption.Read MoreT he problem is that due to horrific, vexatious litigation tactics that many people face, it often becomes counter-productive to seek remedies from the Court and then have to deal with a barrage of absurd cross-claims, motions for reconsideration and appeals that are expensive and extremely disruptive. I believe that many Judges are becoming more sensitive to this problem and are sanctioning that behavior. Unfortunately, our system is not perfect. But, there are many Judges, court personnel and members of the Bar trying to make things better.
Diane Kozak March 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Mr. Chatzinoff- I agree our system is not perfect and quite frankly if it were not for some courtRead Morep ersonnel (not Judges/or attorneys) I do not know where I would be today. I realize that the Courts should not be the ones who have to make the decisions but in many cases (not just my divorce) the Courts are forced to make the decisions as the parties cannot agree. (If they could agree they would probably still be married to each other). From all of the individuals I have known who have been divorced it is very rare when both parties consider the children before their own needs/wants/etc. Now that being said- someone has to consider the children. But I never see a Judge, Psychologist or an Attorney give a discount on their services for the "best interest of the children". You see Sir- I was told by a very prominent Custody attorney in Camden County to give my children to their father because he had more money than me to fight in a custody battle. But I fought for my children and it was quite a financial burden on my children and myself. And I still see this happening today!
Bob Kola March 23, 2014 at 04:23 PM
The chance of anyone getting real news on Patch, since Hale Global took over, is slim to none. And, Read Moreas they say, Slim just got out of town on his horse.
Jessica Jackson March 24, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Thats why I'm using dailysnips.com now
Sue March 21, 2014 at 07:04 AM
How can a judge dictate how much a parent will pay? How can a judge order that college be paid for Read Moreby the parents? DO NOT put your children through the family court system. The family court system destroys children and their parents!
Diane Kozak March 25, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Sue- That is great if both parents acknowledge they brought these children into the world and areRead Morere ady to take responsibility for them however, many parents do not and the court system is forced to make parents pay for their children!
Bob Kola March 21, 2014 at 10:48 PM
As I understand it, the solar panels were supposed to go on the GEMS land site. However, that would Read Morehave required breaking the "dome" of the site which is not allowed since it would compromise the seal.
John Reynolds March 22, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Solar panels are supposed to be installed on "brown fields," parking lots, and on roofs,Read Moren ot on "green fields" that require cutting down perfectly good tress. But then it's not about the environment, or saving tax dollars in Gloucester Township. Politicians being politicians, Gloucester Township capitalized on the "Green" trend to funnel money to "energy consultants" like Blue Sky. Picture a couple of lawyers, sleeves rolled up, smoking cigars, with chainsaws ...
Stache's Minion March 22, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Why does the name "Blue Sky" sound familiar? Ah yes, aren't the folks that used to share Read Morea law office with Dave Mayer before he became Mayor and aren't they also the ones who did not meet the minimum requirements for an organization in the RFP that GT put out, but got selected anyway over more qualified firms? Oh and let's not get started on their fraudulent (I mean phantom) billing that we blindly approved.
John Waldorf March 05, 2014 at 10:30 AM
New Legislation (AJR-32) Clears the Assembly Judiciary Committee to Form a Commission to StudyRead MoreAlimo ny Reform. Dear Editor: On the outside this would seem like a victory for the Alimony Reform movement, however it rings hollow. Ladies and gentlemen the citizens of New Jersey have once again been taken advantage of by the NJ Legislature and the Madame was once again the NJ Bar Association. Assemblymen Troy Singleton and Sean Kean co-sponsored Bill AJR-32. On February 10, 2014 Bill AJR 32 was passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee. This bill purports to form a Commission to review and recommend alimony reform in NJ. The language in the bill indicates that the Commission will be stacked with Attorneys who have a clear and evident conflict of interest in matrimonial matters as Attorneys stand to gain financially from all matters matrimonial. This bill, in effect, will let the foxes watch over the hen house while it is being renovated. Any Family Law Attorney should recuse themselves to appointment to this commission because of a clear conflict of interest. On December 16, 2013 the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the reins of Chairmen Senator Scutari and from behind closed doors with other “Officers of the Court”, decided to shelve Bills S-2750/A-3909 which would have created an Equitable, Fair and Complete Solution to Alimony Reform. Senator Scutari pulled voting on at bill at the last minute, 3:00 PM and shelved the bill. Who got to whom we may never know, but one thing rings clear it appears that the Legislature is being run by the NJ Bar Association and not the people who were elected by the citizens of New Jersey. These two bills mirrored the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers guidelines issued in 2007. The State of Massachusetts recently passed new Alimony legislation which was the result of a Commission which studied the current alimony laws and recommended changes which needed to be made to reflect 21st century family norms. The state of Massachusetts has the same demographics as the state of New Jersey. It is a complete waste of the tax payer’s money to have another Committee study alimony laws, it has already been done. This is nothing more than the NJ Bar Association trying to control the democratic process. The NJ Bar Association is a private organization of Lawyers with the sole purpose of keeping the status quo so that their financial feeding at the matrimonial trough can continue.