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By: takebacklakewood | June 19, 2017

There will be a planning board public hearing on Tuesday June 20th at 6:00.

The meeting will be streamed live on the First Amendment Activist Channel here.


See the official agenda here.

Here is an official Planning Board link with all of the documents for each application.


PUBLIC HEARING 


1. SD 2252 Aharon Mansour Chestnut Street Block 1095, Lots 14-16 

Minor Subdivision to create two lots 

Approved


2. SD 2253 Karen Mandel Netherwood Drive Block 436, Lot 1 

Preliminary and Final Major Subdivision to create 5 lots 

Approved


3. SD 2109 292 Sampson Ave, LLC Sampson Ave Block 246, Lot 24 

Minor Subdivision to create two lots 

Denied


4. SD 2208 Prospect St. Holdings, LLC Blanche Street Block 445, Lots 9 & ...

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By: takebacklakewood | June 11, 2017

There will be a Zoning Board public hearing on Monday June 12th at 7:00.


The variances requested here are outlandish! Does the VAAD really condone this type of irresponsible building? Do they really think that the below applications are appropriate? Assuming not, we ask them to please publicly and vocally speak up to defend the homeowners of Lakewood whose lifestyle is being attacked by over-development.


The meeting will be streamed live on the First Amendment Activist Channel here. See the official agenda here.


1. OLD BUSINESS

Appeal # 4020 – Chani Halpert – 240 Hudson Street, Block 108 Lot 1, R-10 zone. To construct a single family dwelling with bulk variances requested.

 Approved


2.  NEW BUSINESS

Appeal # 4024 – Zissel Morris...

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By: takebacklakewood | June 09, 2017

When will the madness end?


http://www.app.com/story/news/local/redevelopment/2017/06/09/lakewood-developer-planning-20-apartments-former-auto-shop/381814001/


http://firstamendmentactivist.blogspot.com/2017/06/appeal-4021-930-park-ave-4-story.html



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By: takebacklakewood | June 05, 2017

TODAY!!!

Vote for change in Lakewood!!


Polls are open from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

Click here to find out where your polling station is
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Today, we finally have a chance to bring real change and restore power to the people! Make sure to vote!

TBL Primary Election Endorsements



Democrat Endorsement

If you are a Democrat or Independent:
1) David Gruman
2) Frederick (Rob) Robison (write in)

Do not use your second vote for the 'establishment' candidates. 

Republican Endorsement (pick 2)
Aaron Hirsch
Avraham Sharaby
Yosef Travis

There are 3 new candidates running for the two spots in the primary. Over the past 2 months, they have all had the opportunity to present their platform to the voters of Lakewood. ...

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By: takebacklakewood | June 04, 2017

Unfortunately, during this election season, those with a nefarious agenda have not refrained from spreading lies and misrepresentations. They have also conveniently lumped together all the local candidates running independently, thus attempting to apply guilt by association. By doing so, they didn’t need to do more than condemn one particular candidate for mesirah and the like, because that label was then easily applied to the other candidates.

 

This is shameful. By doing this, those who claim to be standing up for Torah and bnei Torah besmirched the good names of fine people who never hurt anyone.

 

Let’s take a look at one candidate named Dovid Gruman. Dovid has lived in Lakewood all his life. His zaide was a ta...

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By: takebacklakewood | June 04, 2017

Reflections by David Gruman

 Ever since I signed up to run for office, people have been asking me: “why?” or “what do you need this for?” These are questions that are not easy to tackle with a few simple words. The easiest way for me to answer these questions is by taking a few steps back.

I grew up in a very different Lakewood than what we see today. I remember when the thinking in town was that young couples get married, learn in kolel and then move out of Lakewood-either for a shteller or for work. Back then, the community was small, and we all knew and cared for each other. As the town grew, the mindset changed and more and more families started settling in Lakewood.


What happened to Lakewood is amazing for frum families. While we...

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By: takebacklakewood | June 02, 2017

BREAKING NEWS!!


See here for background on the 2013 County Line ordinance where the Township passed an ordinance allowing commercial buildings on County Line without telling the people in the neighborhood as required by law. . Our incompetent township committee not only passed a faulty ordinance in 2013, but in 2017 when they were made aware, they were incapable in putting forth a motion to repeal the faulty ordinance.  See here for the lawsuit filed by residents of County Line against Lakewood Township. 


In a pretrial hearing this morning in Ocean County Superior Court, the Plantiff's were represented by Arbus, Maybruch & Goode and the defendants were represented by Lakewood Township Attorney Steve Secare and Planning...

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By: takebacklakewood | June 02, 2017

In the June 6th primary, it's clear who the good guys are and it's similarly clear who is pro development.


Ray Coles and Mike Delia although they're now trying to distance themselves from connection to development, are directly responsible for the high density that occurred in Lakewood for the last 15 years under their watch.


A deep dive was done by Township Committee Candidate Aaron Hirsch into where the candidates get their funding and the results were very revealing. 


The primary donors to the campaigns were the township and planning board attorneys and engineers. I've always wonders how the professionals that are hired don't put a stop to the madness at the Township and Planning Board. Shouldn't their professional training and educa...

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By: takebacklakewood | May 30, 2017

Hello to all my loyal supporters,


Due to the overwhelming amount of correspondence I have received since the VAAD endorsement was released, I apologize for the delay in responding to all of your messages personally but rest assured I will be responding to all of you personally within the next few days. For efficiency I decided to share my thoughts here  in the interim.


I too find it very disturbing that the Lakewood Vaad would write specifically about me that I am an unqualified candidate. They put out separate flyers for the republican and democrat election. I am running on the democratic ticket and I am the only candidate on that ticket that they are not endorsing.


They wrote “Regrettably, there is a vocal effort by several unqualifi...

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By: takebacklakewood | May 30, 2017

As we documented earlier this week, TLS has refused to allow candidates for Lakewood Township Committee to advertise if they were not on the VAAD's wishlist. Today, TLS backed it up with a spin article form the VAAD on the need for community unity, a block vote, everyone coalescing behind the same poor candidates who got us into this mess etc. 


They used lots of name dropping to pretend that voting for Delia and Coles is what is good for the world and that everyone else is bad. They made a case that the state elections look to Lakewood as a bastion of unity and we can't break that image or we'll lose it all. 


Which makes this picture even more confusing. 

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By: takebacklakewood | May 29, 2017

All italics below are from the VAAD's endorsement.


Unsurprisingly, the VAAD has dug in their heels and endorsed Coles/Raitzik and Delia/Berman. For most people in Lakewood, that's an automatic sign that they should vote for the other candidates!! In their endorsement they write: Primary elections tend to have low turnout, which can lead to unqualified candidates pulling off upset wins. It is crucial that every eligible voter shows up to the polls and votes for the qualified candidates.


It seems like they define unqualified as someone who will not blindly follow their directives. The VAAD has not even made an attempt to sit down with the candidates and hear their ideas. Further, they have instructed TLS not to allow the new candidates to adve...

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By: takebacklakewood | May 29, 2017

Amid much misinformation, it is critical that a few points are clarified:

See the misinformation article #1 here.


For the first time ever, the VAAD has felt is necessary to publish a full list of their members. It should be noted, that while they extoled the virtues of most of the members, the main member only received a 1 liner. It should be noted, that the majority of those listed are not active members, and the primary 4 members that meet are Shenky, AK, Benny and Weissberg.

 

Why is the VAAD scared that frum candidates will be less attuned to the needs of the community? That argument really doesn't fly here. Are they saying that if the VAAD candidate isn't elected suddenly the askanim will stop helping the kehilla? How will ...

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By: takebacklakewood | May 27, 2017

Mike Delia was on the Township Committee many years ago. At the time, he ran for re-election and the Lakewood VAAD listed 7 reasons NOT to support Delia!!


We agree! Both TBL and the VAAD are unified in recommending NOT to vote for Delia!!


The VAAD's letter reads: 

We have spoken to a broad spectrum of our community and feel that we cannot recommend Mike D'elia for the following reasons:


Broken promises to individuals and Mosdos

1) Broken promises that taxes and spending would be reduced. The tax  rate in Lakewood today is higher than in surrounding towns, despite the fact that far more Lakewood children are educated privately.


2) Over 100 Yeshivaleit in the Monmouth area were promised 3 years ago that the curb-sidewalk assessment...

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By: takebacklakewood | May 27, 2017

Earlier this year, Lakewood Township created a new position - Director Of Human Resources. It was a new position - created solely to give the position to a specific person - Trish Komsa - Mike Delia's daughter. A look through old township documents shows that when the idea was initially presented to the Township Committee in a closed session back in April 2016, Delia recused himself.

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By: takebacklakewood | May 27, 2017

Make sure to vote on Tuesday June 6th.


Polls are open from 6:00 AM until 8:00 PM. 


Important info: Poll workers will insist that only Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary and only Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary. 

Where does that leave independents??

Poll workers will turn them away saying that they can't vote. In reality, you are allowed to right then and there declare your affiliation to a specific party and then vote right then. Do not let poll workers turn you away!!


Click here to find out where your polling station is
Click here to check if you are registered to vote



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By: takebacklakewood | May 26, 2017

After the township committee has made clear that they are opposed to vacating streets, Republican candidate Mike Berman pledges to... vacate more paper streets!!

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By: takebacklakewood | May 24, 2017

Did the Russians hack the Presidential Election??


TLS (which propagates fake news) is trying valiantly to hack the Lakewood Township Committee elections!


With just 2 weeks to go to the Lakewood Primaries which will end Mike Delia and Ray Coles reign, TLS - the Pravda propaganda arm of the establishment is out in full force.


See here where they permanently disabled a feature on their site to avoid letting people realize that the Lakewood Shopping Village was a fiasco. They consistently ban IP's of comments that they don't agree with and block anyone who presents an opposing view on Twitter.


There was also the clear pay for play when Mayor Coles inexplicably revived an old dead billboard ordinance in order to curry favor with TLS - in exc...

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By: takebacklakewood | May 21, 2017

Vote for change on Tues. June 6th!! 

Just 16 days left!

Democratic Candidates

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By: takebacklakewood | May 21, 2017

In a powerful speech given by Republican Candidate Aaron Hirsch at the Township Committee meeting last week, the township committee heard all of the critical errors that they made in attempting to get a master plan committee that would be sympathetic to their cause of increasing density in Lakewood. Excellent research was done revealing the significant flaws in the Master Plan Committee formation. See the video here.

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