"Closing the barn door......."!

"Closing the barn door......."!

Posted in the Middletown Forum


Atlantic Highlands, NJ

#1 Dec 31, 2012
Talk about wasteful energy, check this out (below). This poster is complaining about the new Middletown ice rink , the one that is nearly fully completed. Now the sale of this property was highly publicized and the Straw said the property was worth more money before it was sold. However this poster, ridiculed da Straw for his position at the time but now doesn't like the outcome. Where was he during the sale process and the entire review of the project by the Planning Board. "Nowhere to be found", that is where he was!

Re: Speak out Middletown
« Reply #1 on: 12/26/12 12:28:03 PM »


The new ice rink is a monstrosity. It is right next to the road and it is encroaching on the existing pool club. It looks like a warehouse. It makes Harmony Road look like Industrial Way in Eatontown.

I really don't understand why more people were not up in arms about this. Since when is it a good idea to sell a piece of property, public or private, without listing it and seeing who is interested and how much they are willing to pay?

Does anyone know the details of this sale? I thought it was going to be sold to a non-profit organization and they were going to keep the pool club open. If it is a non-profit do they pay property taxes or are they exempt?


Atlantic Highlands, NJ

#2 Dec 31, 2012
Here is one response to the poster bitching and moaning about the new ice rink in town. Ironically, his forum name is "angus" and it looks like he recognizes a whole lot of "bull" when he sees it!

His response "Re: Speak out Middletown
« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 02:29:29 PM »


You guys have fun problems.... who really cares about that building... its a pos looking area anyway right behind a highway.
Be happy the kids can go play hockey and figure skate.....

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

#3 Dec 31, 2012
And here is another response...

Re: Speak out Middletown
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 09:36:43 AM »


Anyway....Like I said, the ice rink is a monstrosity. If you look at the link below it illustrates the proposed building, a rather attractive building with high windows and a main entrance. It is corporate looking but inoffensive. The problem is that the illustration that was presented is of the front of the building which now faces the parking lot, not the road. This building was built with its side facing the road. There is not a single window facing the road. Try building a house with the front not facing the road, it would never happen. It looks like one of those 30' high concrete sound barrier walls that you see near Rt 18 or Rt 78. The township said that they didn't want a Home Depot on the site. Why not? It would have looked better and more people in town would have used it. Would the town have let a Home Depot build a store with the side facing the road? I don't think so.




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Re: Speak out Middletown
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 02:06:23 PM »


Speak to the Planning Board who gave it the OK:

“With this facility tied into the swim club my opinion is that it will make maximum benefit of that space,” explained Planning Board Vice Chairman Thomas G. Hall.

After asking all necessary questions to Mercantante and Maloney the Planning Board’s members all voted to approve the presented project plans as is.

I would go right to the top of the planning board, but it looks like his term expires tomorrow. Maybe he will get reappointed.

Member Name Class Term Expires
Member I Tim Sodon Class I 2012
Member II Kevin Settembrino Twp Committeeman Class III 2012
Member III Pamela M. Brightbill Class II 2012
Member IV Carl Rathjen Class IV 2013
Member V Raquel Granahan Alt. II 2011
Member VI Gail Carroll Class IV 2013
Member VII Thomas G. Hall Vice Chairman Class IV 2013
Member VII Catherine Aveta Class IV 2014
Member IX Frank Wilton Alt. I 2012
Member X Greta Siewic Class IV 2015
Member XI John Deus Chairperson Class IV 2012


Atlantic Highlands, NJ

#4 Dec 31, 2012
One observation before I close out discussions on this moot subject!

Did anyone ever consider that the solid wall facing the roadway was purposefully designed that way to minimize crowd noise, PA system noise and puck,stick and board noise for the benefit of the single family homes accross the street from this complex?

Since: Sep 12

Long Branch, NJ

#5 Dec 31, 2012
Impeach Deus!

Neptune, NJ

#6 Dec 31, 2012
And the victory is now complete.

Straw can't post on the Atlantic Highlands Middletown forum and it is absolutely bothering the hell out of him that I am there.

I got a late Christmas present.

So he is reduced to copying my posts to this forum and responding to them here.

I must have been nice not naughty this year.

Although my only intention in going to The Atlantic Highlands Herald Middletown forum was to avoid straw, the added benefit of watching him make a fool of himself by copying my post to here and talking to himself is most satisfying.

Now with regard to the suggestion that the ice rink was purposely built with the side facing the road to reduce the noise for the neighbors…………………..Nothing!!!! Yep, nothing!!!!!!!

I left NJO and this forum so that I didn't have to deal with straw's version of logic and now I don't have to deal with it.

Besides I'm having a little trouble typing. I just got a severe case of Happy Feet.

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

#7 Dec 31, 2012
In addition to avoiding daStraw on the AHHerald you've avoided all of Middletown as well. The AHH is the forum version of a Cloister Monestary! LMAO!

Great job, laddie!

Neptune, NJ

#8 Dec 31, 2012
Well straw, you seem to be going there to read aren't you?

It's kinda like window shopping when the stores are closed isn't it, since you can't post there?

Contrary to your claims, I did not go there to "throw stones from afar at you and dive". I simply went there to get away from you and dive, nothing more nothing less.

Now enjoy your New Year.

I think that my resolution will be to decrease the negativity in my life.

If you get my meaning, if you catch my drift.

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

#9 Jan 2, 2013
Great idea! To decrease the "negativity in your life" stop posting in NJO and Topix. Your doing so will have a positive influence on those that frequent both places!

Give Allan your all laddie, and he too shall do the same for you! LOL!

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