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ASBURY PARK PRESS APP.COM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21. 2011 HOMETOWN HERO MANASQUAN HONORS ARMY OFFICER PAGE B3 mm Belmar, Wall reach out to beating victim SECTION the attack on him in the woods of Wall Township on Dec. 11 and 12 was videotaped, then posted on YouTube.com, police said. Taylor C. Giresi, 20, of 15th Avenue, Belmar, and another young man, age 17, of 18th Avenue in Lake Como, were charged in the attack, police said.
The story of the attacks made national news. By Stephanie Loder and Charles Webster Staff Writers Two communities are rallying to give an abused homeless man a better life for Christmas. The homeless man, David Ivins, 51, was kicked, punched and bloodied and On Tuesday, residents, businessmen and officials in Belmar and Wall began collecting money for Ivins. The owners of the Belmar Inn on 12th Street donated a room for Ivins until Jan. 3.
"In the end of the video you hear one of the assailants yell, 'And have a Merry It was mocking," said Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty. "So we want to make it up to him. We want to give him a Merry Christmas." Doherty said he went to the Belmar Inn room to see Ivins and shake his hand. "I got a chance to meet him and apologize to him. Clearly, this was just a horrible incident that no one should be a See VICTIM, Page B2 -1 V.
I I I toil fv-Sizi: Vj-w- rV iV Vote on plan to redevelop site delayed Owner, Alcatel-Lucent, files letter protesting against township move By Kevin Penton Staff Writer HOLMDEL On Tuesday, township officials put off voting on a redevelopment plan for the former Bell Labs property after its owner, Alcatel-Lucent, filed a protest letter against the move. Holmdel officials acknowledged they sought to redevelop the site before the end of the year in part so that an upcoming map for a new state wastewater management plan would allow sewer service only on the 2.1- million-square-foot building's footprint, rather than the entire property. In October, state Department of Environmental Protection officials promised Holmdel concerned about the development potential and the impact on water quality that a broader sewer service designation could bring that they would revise the map if the township adjusted the property's zoning designation, Mayor Patrick Impreveduto said. Alcatel-Lucent officials, who are trying to sell the property, have previously said they believe the entire site should fall within the sewer zone. They have cited a 1992 agreement signed by their predecessor, which spent $5.7 million to build pump stations and run miles of sewer lines as a way to relieve groundwater contamination.
Mary Ward, a spokeswoman for Alcatel-Lucent, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. Alcatel-Lucent's protest filing a legal maneuver available to those whose properties are up for a rezoning meant that rather than a simple majority, at least four of the Holmdel Township Committee's five members needed to vote affirmatively on the redevelopment plan so it could be adopted, said Duane Davison, the municipality's attorney. On Tuesday, Township Committeeman Rocco Pascucci was absent and Township Committeeman Larry Fink said he felt more work needed to be done on the redevelopment plan before he could support it. "We were rushing too fast on this," Fink said. "Let's really think about the good elements of this plan.
We can come up with a way to respectfully redevelop that property." During the comments portion of Tuesday's township committee meeting, several residents noted various errors and See PLAN, Page B2 Steve Rogers of Red Bank is producer, director and writer of the short documentary series "Driving Jersey," which was nominated for an Emmy this year and recently picked up by WNET. He stands along the tracks near the train station in Red Bank, tanya breenstaff PHOTOGRAPHER i C-' By Larry Higgs Staff Writer RED BANK It took what Steve Rogers called "a 10-year exile" in New York for him to realize and rediscover what makes New Jersey and its people special. Now living in Red Bank for the past six years, Rogers and his partner Ryan Bott are trying to capture the soul of the state and its people in short films for the rest of the world to see. Their short film series, "Driving Jersey" debuts on New York PBS affiliate WNET's NJTV at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, with its first episode, "Holiday Drive," asking people about their Christmas wishes and traditions on the streets of big cities and small towns in the state.
"We do stories about people. We cover those who would not be covered," Rogers said. "I think public television is a natural fit. It's one of the last places that lets a story unfold and allows you to explore a reality without sensationalizing it." "Driving Jersey" has had a Cinderella story not unlike that of the state it strives to capture. The show was nominated for an Emmy award this year for documenting Garden Staters with a story to tell, from a towboat crew in Barnegat Light to the owner of a vegan dessert truck cooking and then driving from Red Bank to Ho-boken daily to sell his wares.
"It's not about money or fame. We don't put ourselves on camera. We enjoy New Jersey, the people and telling stories. I love talking to people," he said. "There are so many stories, so many complicated aspects to New Jersey." The Emmy nomination this summer for outstanding achievement in new approaches to entertainment was a "pinch yourself, am I dreaming" moment for them.
While they didn't win, the nomination was seen as something that could open doors for getting "Driving Jersey" to a wider audience. "It was an incredible surprise considering we were going up against big multimillion-dollar shows," Rogers said. "It's a very David and Goliath story, it's very Jersey." See JERSEY, Page B2 Steve Rogers of Red Bank is producer, director and writer of the short documentary series "Driving Jersey," which was nominated for an Emmy this year, tanya breenstaff photographer "It's a very David and Goliath story, it's very Jersey." STEVE ROGERS, about his short-film series, "Driving Jersey," which debuts on WNET's NJTV on Christmas Eve. Loch Arbour to change government; staying village for now Will switch from five-member board of trustees to three-member board of commissioners By Nancy Shields Staff Writer LOCH ARBOUR Village residents Tuesday voted 51-35 to change its form of government from a five-member board of trustees to a three-member board of commissioners. The vote in the special election means school-tax bill, which residents were forced to take on after the state in 2008 ended a special financial deal the village worked out with Ocean Township a decade ago to keep school taxes low.
Proponents of the change in government seemed to favor a merger with neighboring Allenhurst, which has agreed to talk with Loch Arbour but not yet absorb Loch Arbour's municipality to give the village different options to provide public schooling for about 25 students now going to Ocean Township. Paul Fernicola and Alfred Cheswick, who were elected to the board of trustees in November's election and who favored See CHANGE, Page B3 that Loch Arbour is still a village, at least for now, but the town will have three commissioners elected at the same time every four years. The five trustees had three-year terms, which were staggered. The special election to change the form of government under the Walsh Act is part of a number of steps being taken in search of an answer to a very high SpencerFex Home Equity Line of Credit We're Decking The Halls With LOW RATES! 9 75 0 With SpencerFex, you've got control. Easily convert a portion of your outstanding balance from a variable rate to a stable fixed rate whenever you want.
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