Middletown Begins Single Stream Recycling July 2

Middletown residents will be freed from sorting recyclables this Independence Day as the township transitions to single stream curbside recycling.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Starting Monday, July 2nd the practice of collecting glass, plastic and metal containers in one pick-up, then newspapers and cardboard in another pick-up several weeks apart will come to an end. All permitted recyclable materials can be put into the same containers. Recycling will still be collected twice a month, but residents can put all their recyclables out each time, Mayor Anthony Fiore announced.

The switch to single stream recycling is part of new garbage and recycling collection contracts with Republic Service/Marpal Disposal and Future Sanitation. The five-year contracts will save the township nearly $500,000 compared to the previous contracts, the mayor said.

“It’s a real win-win situation. Under the new contract the township will be able to reduce costs and increase services,” the mayor said. “In addition to the convenience and environmental factors, single stream recycling will make the collection process more efficient, cut costs and generate new revenues.”

With single stream recycling, ALL cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office papers & mixed papers (junk mail, magazines, coupon inserts) can be placed into the SAME containers. There is NO change to the collection schedule. All recyclables will be collected twice a month based on the existing schedule by zone, said Public Works and Engineering Director Ted Maloney. He noted the maximum weight per container is 50 pounds.  Read more

Middletown Begins Single Stream Recycling July 2

Middletown residents will be freed from sorting recyclables this Independence Day as the township transitions to single stream curbside recycling.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Starting Monday, July 2nd the practice of collecting glass, plastic and metal containers in one pick-up, then newspapers and cardboard in another pick-up several weeks apart will come to an end. All permitted recyclable materials can be put into the same containers. Recycling will still be collected twice a month, but residents can put all their recyclables out each time, Mayor Anthony Fiore announced.

The switch to single stream recycling is part of new garbage and recycling collection contracts with Republic Service/Marpal Disposal and Future Sanitation. The five-year contracts will save the township nearly $500,000 compared to the previous contracts, the mayor said.

“It’s a real win-win situation. Under the new contract the township will be able to reduce costs and increase services,” the mayor said. “In addition to the convenience and environmental factors, single stream recycling will make the collection process more efficient, cut costs and generate new revenues.”

With single stream recycling, ALL cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office papers & mixed papers (junk mail, magazines, coupon inserts) can be placed into the SAME containers. There is NO change to the collection schedule. All recyclables will be collected twice a month based on the existing schedule by zone, said Public Works and Engineering Director Ted Maloney. He noted the maximum weight per container is 50 pounds.  Read more

Joseph Azzolina, Jr. Appointed to Battleship New Jersey Board of Trustees

CAMDEN WATERFRONT, NJ  – The Home Port Alliance (HPA) for the USS New Jersey, America’s most decorated battleship, together with Phil Rowan, Executive Director of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, announced following their June 27th Board Meeting the appointment of Joseph Azzolina Jr. as a new member to the Board of Trustees. 

“Today is truly a historic day for the Home Port Alliance and the Battleship New Jersey,” said Rodney Sadler, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship.   “We have added an outstanding Trustee, who will carry on the legacy of his father, Captain Joseph Azzolina, former State Senator/Assemblyman who served on the New Jersey and was a key player in the effort to bring her back to her home state.  Joe wants to continue the preservation and maintenance of the Battleship New Jersey as a legacy to his father’s relentless efforts on her behalf.”  

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Joseph Azzolina, Jr. Appointed to Battleship New Jersey Board of Trustees

CAMDEN WATERFRONT, NJ  – The Home Port Alliance (HPA) for the USS New Jersey, America’s most decorated battleship, together with Phil Rowan, Executive Director of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, announced following their June 27th Board Meeting the appointment of Joseph Azzolina Jr. as a new member to the Board of Trustees. 

“Today is truly a historic day for the Home Port Alliance and the Battleship New Jersey,” said Rodney Sadler, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship.   “We have added an outstanding Trustee, who will carry on the legacy of his father, Captain Joseph Azzolina, former State Senator/Assemblyman who served on the New Jersey and was a key player in the effort to bring her back to her home state.  Joe wants to continue the preservation and maintenance of the Battleship New Jersey as a legacy to his father’s relentless efforts on her behalf.”  

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Atlantic Highlands Bracing for Big Bang

jack_archibald_120Atlantic Highlands is bracing for the big one that is due to come next week. Fortunately town officials have isolated the exact time and have been preparing for several weeks. This is not a summer storm heading to our town, but there will be fireworks.  And it is because of the fireworks that Atlantic Highlands is on the map in the coming days.

By now, most Monmouth County residents have heard that Red Bank is not holding a fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Because of that, Rumson has also cancelled their show which was coordinated along the Navesink River with Red Bank. Adding to the shortage is Sea Bright, which has ended their traditional show from the beach.  That means that Friday July 6, is going to be one busy evening in Atlantic Highlands.

As most people know, the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department hosts their annual fair during the week of the Fourth. The busiest night is usually Fireworks night, and for the past few years, Atlantic Highlands has been putting on quite a show. We are expecting larger crowds than usual next Friday, and Chief Gerry Vasto has spent many hours working through the logistics.  For starters, the Chief will be sending a reverse 911 message to our residents, asking them to walk to the harbor if possible, and to anticipate large crowds and strangers in our neighborhoods.

The Chief will also have his full complement of officers as well as extra policeman from Middletown.  According to the borough’s contract with the AH PBA, every member of the department is required to work on the Fireworks night, so significant overtime will not be an issue.   We will be paying for off duty Middletown police, but the anticipated crowds warrant the extra security.  The Chief has also rented light stanchions, so after the fireworks display is finished; the lights will come on at the fair, and hopefully, the crowd

will continue to behave.

Around town, certain streets will have no parking on one side of the road suspended. This is a precaution to allow fire trucks and emergency vehicles to pass, and the police will probably be directing traffic on streets that are ordinarily free flowing. There will be shuttle buses available, but walking around town is the best option next week.  Atlantic Highlands has always rallied when needed, and next Friday should be no different as the town becomes the focus of the Bayshore yet again.

Atlantic Highlands Bracing for Big Bang

jack_archibald_120Atlantic Highlands is bracing for the big one that is due to come next week. Fortunately town officials have isolated the exact time and have been preparing for several weeks. This is not a summer storm heading to our town, but there will be fireworks.  And it is because of the fireworks that Atlantic Highlands is on the map in the coming days.

By now, most Monmouth County residents have heard that Red Bank is not holding a fireworks display to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Because of that, Rumson has also cancelled their show which was coordinated along the Navesink River with Red Bank. Adding to the shortage is Sea Bright, which has ended their traditional show from the beach.  That means that Friday July 6, is going to be one busy evening in Atlantic Highlands.

As most people know, the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department hosts their annual fair during the week of the Fourth. The busiest night is usually Fireworks night, and for the past few years, Atlantic Highlands has been putting on quite a show. We are expecting larger crowds than usual next Friday, and Chief Gerry Vasto has spent many hours working through the logistics.  For starters, the Chief will be sending a reverse 911 message to our residents, asking them to walk to the harbor if possible, and to anticipate large crowds and strangers in our neighborhoods.

The Chief will also have his full complement of officers as well as extra policeman from Middletown.  According to the borough’s contract with the AH PBA, every member of the department is required to work on the Fireworks night, so significant overtime will not be an issue.   We will be paying for off duty Middletown police, but the anticipated crowds warrant the extra security.  The Chief has also rented light stanchions, so after the fireworks display is finished; the lights will come on at the fair, and hopefully, the crowd

will continue to behave.

Around town, certain streets will have no parking on one side of the road suspended. This is a precaution to allow fire trucks and emergency vehicles to pass, and the police will probably be directing traffic on streets that are ordinarily free flowing. There will be shuttle buses available, but walking around town is the best option next week.  Atlantic Highlands has always rallied when needed, and next Friday should be no different as the town becomes the focus of the Bayshore yet again.

Pastor, Do You Have a Favorite Sin?

george_hancockstefanWhen I was asked the question that formed the title of this article, I did not know how to answer!  Was this question asked so that I will confess the sin/s I have not confessed to anyone else?  In such instances, it is always good to ask for an explanation. I found out from my inquiring friend that he meant to ask if I had a favorite sin to criticize. His feeling was that most pastors get caught up with criticizing a particular sin. No matter what the topic we are speaking about, we end up with illustrations about that sin.

When I lived in the communist country of Yugoslavia and attended schools where atheism was expected as the lifestyle for anyone who would consider oneself smart or an intellectual, my communist friends would say, “How can you believe such stuff? You are so retrograde that you would fit very well on Noah’s ark?” I would thank them for asking me that question, congratulate them for talking about Noah’s ark, and remind them that all of the intellectuals who poked fun at Noah ended up on the outside of the ark when the flood came. 

If one reads the Old and New Testament carefully, they would agree that idolatry was the favorite sin of the pagan nations as well as of the chosen people of God, Israel. The prophets speak about idolatry often and John concludes his epistle with the words, “My children keep yourself from idols.” Idolatry was so comprehensive in Biblical times – it was the economical center and the worship center.  Nations had their own idols which gave them an ethnic identity. Artisan guilds had their patron idols and each market had their idol which hovered over the fruits, vegetables, and animals that the people brought to sell.

Probably the next favorite sin of many people was polygamy. Of the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, only Isaac is a monogamist. Sarah convinces Abraham to take Hagar, her servant, as his concubine and to have a child with her because God was late in answering his promise. Jacob married two sisters and each one of them came with their own servant girl. Was Jacob unable to see from his father Isaac and mother Rebecca that the monogamous relationship was what God intended for families?  When Jesus is confronted with the issue of multiple marriages and polygamy, he tells them that God allowed it because of the hardness of their hearts but from the beginning it was not so.

It is this concept of beginnings, or originality, that St Aquinas develops into the concept of natural law. God created and established certain laws in the universe. He has made these laws known to the sons and daughters of men so that they will follow them and be blessed.  Whenever these laws are broken, God has already set consequences. God intended for Adam and Eve to be in the Garden of Paradise, but their disobedience led God to cast them out. God intended one husband to have one wife. When this intention of God is broken, the family will encounter many problems.

Within the last 30-40 years, the homosexual/lesbian/transgendered revolution has taken place and I have been a witness of it. It is interesting that I could follow the argument from the perspective of liberty and economics. Even when President Obama’s position evolved, I was able to follow what he was doing. He talked like a politician who was figuring things out and this was a part of his political plan. What makes me very uneasy is for homosexual advocacy groups to tell the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association that they cannot allow a speaker who disagrees with their platform to speak. They want to impose an interpretation of the Scriptures on all churches, to marginalize churches that disagree with them and to use that disagreement like an ancient shibboleth – anyone who disagrees with us must hate us!

I do not have a favorite sin and some of the sins of the past are no longer as acute in our society.  Idolatrous behavior can be found, but not in the same way that it was in the days of Paul. He visited Ephesus and was almost stoned to death because he told them that the temple of goddess Diana did not fall from heaven.  John the Baptist lost his head over the fact that he stood up to Herod and told him that he could not marry his brother’s wife.  Herod was similar to Henry VIII, who wanted to marry whoever he wanted and removed anyone who opposed him.

About five years ago, Dr. Ron Sider (author of Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger and more than 20 other books) preached at a large church about divorce. At the end of the service, he was told that if he hopes to be invited back, he should soften his position on divorce because that church had many divorced members. What surprised Dr. Sider was that the congregation did not just ask guest preachers to avoid preaching on divorce. They did not want to hear about the subject at all, regardless of how many times it can be found in the Scriptures.

I am afraid that if not in my lifetime then in the lifetime of my grandson, the sin of homosexuality/lesbianism will become such a part of our society that anyone who thinks of it as a sin will be considered a hatemonger. It may become like my childhood under communism when we were not allowed to preach on the kingdom of God, and we will not be allowed to preach the whole Scripture.

Pastor, Do You Have a Favorite Sin?

george_hancockstefanWhen I was asked the question that formed the title of this article, I did not know how to answer!  Was this question asked so that I will confess the sin/s I have not confessed to anyone else?  In such instances, it is always good to ask for an explanation. I found out from my inquiring friend that he meant to ask if I had a favorite sin to criticize. His feeling was that most pastors get caught up with criticizing a particular sin. No matter what the topic we are speaking about, we end up with illustrations about that sin.

When I lived in the communist country of Yugoslavia and attended schools where atheism was expected as the lifestyle for anyone who would consider oneself smart or an intellectual, my communist friends would say, “How can you believe such stuff? You are so retrograde that you would fit very well on Noah’s ark?” I would thank them for asking me that question, congratulate them for talking about Noah’s ark, and remind them that all of the intellectuals who poked fun at Noah ended up on the outside of the ark when the flood came. 

If one reads the Old and New Testament carefully, they would agree that idolatry was the favorite sin of the pagan nations as well as of the chosen people of God, Israel. The prophets speak about idolatry often and John concludes his epistle with the words, “My children keep yourself from idols.” Idolatry was so comprehensive in Biblical times – it was the economical center and the worship center.  Nations had their own idols which gave them an ethnic identity. Artisan guilds had their patron idols and each market had their idol which hovered over the fruits, vegetables, and animals that the people brought to sell.

Probably the next favorite sin of many people was polygamy. Of the three patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, only Isaac is a monogamist. Sarah convinces Abraham to take Hagar, her servant, as his concubine and to have a child with her because God was late in answering his promise. Jacob married two sisters and each one of them came with their own servant girl. Was Jacob unable to see from his father Isaac and mother Rebecca that the monogamous relationship was what God intended for families?  When Jesus is confronted with the issue of multiple marriages and polygamy, he tells them that God allowed it because of the hardness of their hearts but from the beginning it was not so.

It is this concept of beginnings, or originality, that St Aquinas develops into the concept of natural law. God created and established certain laws in the universe. He has made these laws known to the sons and daughters of men so that they will follow them and be blessed.  Whenever these laws are broken, God has already set consequences. God intended for Adam and Eve to be in the Garden of Paradise, but their disobedience led God to cast them out. God intended one husband to have one wife. When this intention of God is broken, the family will encounter many problems.

Within the last 30-40 years, the homosexual/lesbian/transgendered revolution has taken place and I have been a witness of it. It is interesting that I could follow the argument from the perspective of liberty and economics. Even when President Obama’s position evolved, I was able to follow what he was doing. He talked like a politician who was figuring things out and this was a part of his political plan. What makes me very uneasy is for homosexual advocacy groups to tell the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association that they cannot allow a speaker who disagrees with their platform to speak. They want to impose an interpretation of the Scriptures on all churches, to marginalize churches that disagree with them and to use that disagreement like an ancient shibboleth – anyone who disagrees with us must hate us!

I do not have a favorite sin and some of the sins of the past are no longer as acute in our society.  Idolatrous behavior can be found, but not in the same way that it was in the days of Paul. He visited Ephesus and was almost stoned to death because he told them that the temple of goddess Diana did not fall from heaven.  John the Baptist lost his head over the fact that he stood up to Herod and told him that he could not marry his brother’s wife.  Herod was similar to Henry VIII, who wanted to marry whoever he wanted and removed anyone who opposed him.

About five years ago, Dr. Ron Sider (author of Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger and more than 20 other books) preached at a large church about divorce. At the end of the service, he was told that if he hopes to be invited back, he should soften his position on divorce because that church had many divorced members. What surprised Dr. Sider was that the congregation did not just ask guest preachers to avoid preaching on divorce. They did not want to hear about the subject at all, regardless of how many times it can be found in the Scriptures.

I am afraid that if not in my lifetime then in the lifetime of my grandson, the sin of homosexuality/lesbianism will become such a part of our society that anyone who thinks of it as a sin will be considered a hatemonger. It may become like my childhood under communism when we were not allowed to preach on the kingdom of God, and we will not be allowed to preach the whole Scripture.

Skewed View – 6/30/2012

tom_brennan_120Man beats world egg-cracking record: http://bit.ly/L3lOSt
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo: http://bit.ly/MXDeyl
How you make a “mathematically correct breakfast”: http://youtu.be/dN8AwGUaqDA
I understand they don’t serve beef at KFC, but putting cheese ON TOP of a bun…come on: http://bit.ly/LShqW5
All I ask is that you eat lunch before you read this story: http://bit.ly/LywgV2

NJ has more to be proud of: It’s home to one of America’s ugliest buildings: http://bit.ly/KrCbaa
I’m just glad I don’t live in Teaneck:  http://bit.ly/LfNwM7
“My Apple can’t get viruses”…yeah, about that: http://bit.ly/MhKaf0
Orbitz has no problem saying Apple users love paying more for their vacations than PC users: http://zd.net/LY6Gdt
Remember when Steve Ballmer laughed at the iPhone 5 years ago?  Here’s proof: http://bit.ly/MVpIz0
How Winamp Disappeared Into Obscurity: http://bit.ly/LuO4SI
Don’t bother playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with this robot.  It will win every time: http://bit.ly/OsFN2K
A new website tracks if people post on Facebook that they are hung over, doing drugs, or want to get fired: http://bit.ly/MKVGhR
How LinkedIn has turned your resume (and those annoying e-mails) into a cash machine: http://onforb.es/Ls0Xqg
It looks like Google has its sights on the Kindle Fire: http://bit.ly/LvSxye
The LA CBS affiliate reports that there will be a Big Lebowski sequel.  They fell for the ringer, dude: http://bit.ly/KGrssl
Some people are dumber than you think…they prefer their smart phones over sex: http://bit.ly/PZs4O8

And yes kids, there will soon be a Bill Murray coloring book: http://bit.ly/MSU3OT

Skewed View – 6/30/2012

tom_brennan_120Man beats world egg-cracking record: http://bit.ly/L3lOSt
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo: http://bit.ly/MXDeyl
How you make a “mathematically correct breakfast”: http://youtu.be/dN8AwGUaqDA
I understand they don’t serve beef at KFC, but putting cheese ON TOP of a bun…come on: http://bit.ly/LShqW5
All I ask is that you eat lunch before you read this story: http://bit.ly/LywgV2

NJ has more to be proud of: It’s home to one of America’s ugliest buildings: http://bit.ly/KrCbaa
I’m just glad I don’t live in Teaneck:  http://bit.ly/LfNwM7
“My Apple can’t get viruses”…yeah, about that: http://bit.ly/MhKaf0
Orbitz has no problem saying Apple users love paying more for their vacations than PC users: http://zd.net/LY6Gdt
Remember when Steve Ballmer laughed at the iPhone 5 years ago?  Here’s proof: http://bit.ly/MVpIz0
How Winamp Disappeared Into Obscurity: http://bit.ly/LuO4SI
Don’t bother playing Rock, Paper, Scissors with this robot.  It will win every time: http://bit.ly/OsFN2K
A new website tracks if people post on Facebook that they are hung over, doing drugs, or want to get fired: http://bit.ly/MKVGhR
How LinkedIn has turned your resume (and those annoying e-mails) into a cash machine: http://onforb.es/Ls0Xqg
It looks like Google has its sights on the Kindle Fire: http://bit.ly/LvSxye
The LA CBS affiliate reports that there will be a Big Lebowski sequel.  They fell for the ringer, dude: http://bit.ly/KGrssl
Some people are dumber than you think…they prefer their smart phones over sex: http://bit.ly/PZs4O8

And yes kids, there will soon be a Bill Murray coloring book: http://bit.ly/MSU3OT