It's been quite the week in Bayshore/Monmouth news and politics, and I'm not quite sure whether to make heads or tails of it, so I'll just sit back and watch.
1) Middletown Superintendent David L. Witmer suspended
Middletown was a-buzz with the news that Witmer was suspended from his duties last week. The Board of Ed kept mum on the reasons until yesterday when charges were filed with the state Department of Education alleging that Witmer misappropriated his vacation and sick leave time.
2) Matawan Borough Council meeting
There was a bit of verbal sparring at the Matawan Borough Council meeting last. I'll refrain from talking about in depth since I plan on writing an article about it for next week. I will say that Councilman Paul Buccellato read a statement last night alleging that a family member of one of the new Democratic council members attempted to obtain confidential insurance information from municipal employees.
Mayor John Merla was indicted on new charges
earlier this week. At the council meeting, members of the governing body again asked Merla to resign. Merla has maintained his innocence.
There was also a big to-do during the public comments portion of the meeting by a Planning Board member about inaccuracies in news reports by an area newspaper (nope, not The Courier).
(An aside: As a reporter there are bound to be a group of people who like you and group of people who really hate you. It's kind of a bad idea to firebomb an entire town and have everyone aching for your spleen. ...but, hey, that's just my opinion.)
4) Monmouth County
TWO people have thrown their hats in the ring to challenge Fred Niemann. Out of personal curiosity, does anybody know how many municipal chairmen and county freeholders actually support Niemann these days?
...anywho, I will be up in the northern part of the state tomorrow, so the website
update may be slightly delayed. I'm keeping my lips zipped as to why, but wish me luck.
Labels: APP, Courier, Fred Niemann, Matawan, Middletown, Monmouth County