A MESSAGE FROM OUR RESIDENT AND NEW BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER – STEVE RIBACK
Dear Regency Friends and Neighbors,
I had to take a moment today to thank you for your continued support and trust allowing me, Jill DeMaio and Kathy Kolupanowich to continue our work on the Bd. of Education. In speaking with you in the clubhouse, at the pool and events, I get an opportunity to listen to your concerns. Clearly, one of the most prominent is the increase in student enrollment and its impact on the district and taxes. For years, I have been advocating for impact fees for developers. While they are currently not legal in N.J., I will continue to fight for this as it would have saved millions of dollars. I am a member of the Bd. of Ed’s Ad Hoc Committee for Fair Funding. We will continue our efforts to make sure our new governor and state representatives make good on their promise to fully fund the state aid formula. Monroe must and deserves to get its fair share of state aid for education.
We have a bond referendum for a new middle school set for March 13th. 2018. Please go to monroe.k12.nj.us (the district’s web site) for more information on the bond and the proposed new school. Yes, we still need an elementary and expansion to the high school but, after consultation with central administration and school principals, the Board decided to wait a while for those projects. Hopefully, our state aid will be increased which would positively impact the amount of any future monies needed.for additional schools.
I am humbled by your votes and know that I will be there for the students, staff and citizens of Monroe. Balancing fiscal efficiency and educational excellence is a difficult task, but one that I am ready to take on.
(MY PERSONAL CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT STEVE WILL HAVE OUR BEST INTERESTS ON THE TOP OF HIS LIST ALONG WITH PROVIDING THE MONROE CHILDREN WITH AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION)
WOW! Getting all your email addresses in one list has taken me forever. I did a lot of combining of my various lists and I think I finally have everyone (about 1380 email addresses).
While the HOA is pondering what to do with my HOA EMAILER, I couldn’t sit around thinking that they might not want to do with what I was asking. So as you know, I had purchased my website from GoDaddy and was extremely happy with how easy it is to work with GoDaddy. So I purchased their emailing program and I finished uploading my latest list.
This weekend you will only receive one email from GoDaddy.
I will then work on uploading my latest list to Mailchimp, which will have the same email addresses as I have with GoDaddy. With Mailchimp I am limited in the number of emails I can send out in a 24 hour period (it’s a FREE program) but with GoDaddy, my purchased plan will give me a lot more email addresses that I can add and I will be able to send out about 10 emails a month (which should be enough).
The HOA EMAILER will be used ONLY when I am close to exceeding my limits on either Mailchimp or GoDaddy. However, the HOA will be meeting to discuss what I have requested. As you know the HOA EMAILER has lost many email addresses and each week more and more addresses are dropped from the list. My address was dropped and even though I wrote the HOA that I am not even receiving my own email, the problem still exists. I just don’t understand why this problem cannot be fixed.
Now this is very important:
Put my email address in your address book
Don’t press UNSUBSCRIBE unless you want to stop receiving my emails
If you don’t receive my weekend emails (2) look at your JUNK and SPAM mailboxes. If it is not there, then let me know. Remember this week only 1 email will be sent out
VOTING BY MAIL BALLOT
Voting by a mail ballot is so EASY. You fill out the form once and you will receive a ballot for all future November Elections.
Now for the February 17th FIRE ELECTIONS, if you want to vote by mail, you must send it the Application to Vote By Mail. If you are going to be “snowbirding” on 2/17/18 fill out question 4 by giving the address where you want the ballot sent too.
We definitely want our FIRE COMMISSIONERS re-elected. They were instrumental in getting our batteries changed in our smoke and fire detectors once a year. Information about that is in this email.
If you have any question regarding your voting, you can call the COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE at 732-745-4463
WOMEN’S GROUP MESSAGES
Come celebrate the season with our Holiday Party, Monday, December 11th at 6:30! We will enjoy dinner catered by Food Architects and laugh with the hilarious ventriloquist/comedian Sylvia Fletcher. $25.
In the holiday spirit, we will be collecting unwrapped toys, $10 value, no stuffed animals please, for Jamesburg Families in Need and/or gift cards for Target, Walmart, ShopRite or Dunkin’ Donuts for The ARC, an organization and group homes for intellectual and developmentally challenged adults, as well as a donation to St.Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital from our 50/50 raffle.
RSVP to Elaine Robin with your completed table of 10/12 beginning
November 14th and no later than December 2nd.
PROBLEMS WITH OUR HOME WATER PRESSURE
My wife has mentioned to me over the last few weeks that our water pressure is decreasing. I told her maybe I forgot to pay the bill (just kidding).
Today I received an email from a resident who said the same thing.
So, I think this falls out under the HOA BOARD responsibilities. Therefore, I will pass it along to Stu Goldstein and his Board to check it out and notify the community as to what is happening.
MEN’S BOOK CLUB MESSAGE
The book for the Dec.6, 2017 Men’s Book Club is A Small Death In Lisbon by Robert Wilson. The book for the January 3, 2017 meeting is The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.
Results in the 14th Legislative District Just Monroe Twp. 2017
Guadagno (R) 6,889
Murphy (D) 6,627
Ileana Schirmer (R) 6,249
Linda Greenstein (D) 6,967
Kristian Stout (R) 6,109
Steven Uccio (R) 5,758
Wayne DeAngelo (D) 6,816
Dan Benson (D) 6,733
Karim Nicola (R) 5,814
Kevin Hoagland (D) 6,860
Middlesex County Freeholders (3 yr term);
Mina Kolta (R) 5,853
Priti Pandya- Patel (R) 5,275
Charles Tomaro (D) 5,978
Leslie Koppel (D) 6,949
Town Council at Large: (2yr expired term)
Martin Hermann (R) 7,063
Miriam Cohen (D) 8,052
Town Council Ward 3:
Charles DiPerro (R) 2,209
Micheal Liebowitz (D) 1,867
MT Board of Education (3 SEATS):
Jill DeMaio 6,426
Steve Ribeck 6,015
Kathy Kolupanowich 4,348
Michael Elgawly 3,916
State Public Question #1
State Public Question #2
The Monroe Twp. had 35,205 Registered Voters
Total votes cast in Monroe Twp. 13,991
Percentage who voted; 39.7% for a very important election. Very poor turnout.
These figures do not reflect the mail in ballots. Not counted as per this report.
P.S. I am sorry to announce that State Senator Greenstein’s Husband passed away a few days before the election. We sent our condolences to her and her family.
JOIN REGENCY HADASSAH
ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 AT 7PM
IN THE BALLROOM FOR LATKES, DONUTS AND TO SEE
Based on a true story, this is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing nor fear anyone. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home to France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrived in Italy, the girls’ caretakers desperately organized the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they were suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.
THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO ALL, SPOUSES AND FRIENDS BUT PLEASE RSVP SO WE CAN PREPARE APPROPRIATELY
REGENCY SINGLES MINGLES
COME JOIN US – ALL REGENCY SINGLES ARE WELCOME
DO ACTIVITIES WITH OTHER SINGLES. MEMBERSHIP $30 WE MEET THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT THE TENNIS PAVILION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTIFIED.
Contact Tanya Ashuck or Georgia Doyle 732 641-2662.
Upcoming Events –
November 11 – “A Day at the Races,” Freehold Raceway, 11am
November 15 – Programming meeting, 7:00
December 4 – Book club, “The Trust” by Ronald H. Balson,
at Sondra Ravin’s house, 7:30
December 6 – Holiday Party, Nonna’s, Rt. 9, Marlboro, 6:30, $44.00. Bring a $20.00 wrapped gift to exchange
January 3 – Monthly meeting, Tennis Pavilion, 7:30
THE HERB ZUKERBERG “YIDDISH CLUB OF REGENCY”
Breakfast Program Serving Bagels and Lox
Featuring the comedy team of
MYRNA & LOU
“JEWS IN THE NEWS”
Myrna & Lou are former writers for
Johnny Carson, Jay Leno & others
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 10AM
Entertainment & Breakfast — $18 per Person
Program in English, of course
No Admission at the Door
No Reservations Accepted After November 10th
If you have a complete table, please submit with all checks. If not, we will gladly arrange one for you.
Checks Payable to: Regency Yiddish Club
Number of People: ____________
Richard Lans 87 Beth Page Drive
Renea Zukerberg 21 Country Club Drive 732-521-0999
Attention Snow Birds
Regency Car Club members are looking for garages to store their special interest vehicle. If you are interested email Lou Principe – LouPrincipe@comcast.net
CLICK ON LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION
Regency Men’s Club Presents an Afternoon at the Races
Friday, November 17, 2017 12 Noon
Meet at Freehold Raceway
Cost $40.00 per person, includes
Parking, Admission, Program and Buffett Lunch
Lunch includes: Salad, Entrée, Desert, Unlimited non alcoholic beverage.
Contact: Jeff Strauss 112 Kings Mill road 732-521-4729
Chris Murphy 47 Kings mill Road 609-235-9179
NJ Devils vs Columbus Blue Jackets
NOTE: Deadline is November 15th to purchase tickets.
Friday Night December 8th at Prudential Center. Bus departs clubhouse at 5pm.
Cost of ticket and bus is $65 payable to the Regency Men’s Club and you must be a paid up member. Limited number of tickets so get your checks in early
Drop the checks off at Steve Strauss 54 Beth Page Drive or Steve Rich 156 Tournament Drive.
The deadline is Wednesday November 15th to purchase tickets
REGENCY BOWLING CLUB
Regency bowling teams meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm at the Knob Hill Country Lanes, 363 Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726,
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. All Regency men and women residents are invited -no matter what your skill level- to participate as guest bowlers. Call Russ Porges, 732-561-2301, email@example.com, or Ping Eng, 732-521-5508, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
LETS TALK TURKEY 2017
While still enjoying the last days of summer, the Regency Culture Club is looking ahead to fall. We are gearing up for our annual Ten for Turkey Drive. As the holidays draw near, turkeys will be absent from many households.
The Regency Culture Club supports our community by assisting the Monroe Township Office on Aging Holiday Food Basket Drive. We are once again turning to our friends and neighbors and requesting each household makes a minimum donation of $10.00 so that we can put a turkey on the table to complete the holiday picture for many township families.
One turkey goes a long way in providing a number of meals. And the bones, oh those bones make a great soup.
Your generosity over the past 13 years that we have been collecting Ten for Turkeys is much appreciated. Your support is urgently needed once again. Help make a difference in the lives of our township neighbors in need.
Please make your checks payable to the Regency Culture Club and leave them in the mailbox of Milt & Sue Paris at 25 Crenshaw Ct, Ken & Joan Kastin 10 Harbor Town Way, Sue Miller 19 Torrey Pines, Barry & Laura Shandler 10 Hogan , Marsha Krane 16 Country Club Drive, Jim & Sue Graham 13 Ballybunion, Marge Weinberg 17 Tamarack Road, Sandy and Larry Cains 94 Kings Mill Road
CHANGING BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS
MONROE TOWNSHIP FIRE DISTRICT 3 IS OFFERING TO REPLACE YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES AT NO CHARGE.
PLEASE HAVE THE 9 VOLT BATTERIES AVAILABLE. WE WILL COME TO YOUR HOME TO INSTALL THEM FOR YOU NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 31st.
732-521-3498 EXT. 4
FIRE COMMISSIONERS JOEL KAPLAN, GERALD KAPLAN, JIM FISHER
HARMONY IN MOTION – MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
Future members who want to join “Harmony in Motion” Club must fill out a “membership” application form and submit it along with your membership dues. See application attached.
John W. Chin, Treasurer
CLICK ON LINK FOR APPLICATION
We need your help in keeping the Community Vendor List growing. Please submit the name and contact information, via email, for your favorite vendor to:
Every Friday at 1:00 in the multimedia room ACBL masters are available to help you with your bidding and play. Many of you have been taking bridge classes on Tuesday evening and many of you have been playing for a while. Now come down to the Open Bridge sessions and practice what you learned under the guidance of masters. This is not a bridge class. This is playing and learning proper bidding and more importantly the play of the hands.
2017 ROMEOS SCHEDULE NOVEMBER THRU DECEMBER REVISED
14 HUNAN HOUSE
21 THE CABIN
28 CITY STREETS
12 THE CABIN
26 BERNSTEIN’S ON ESSEX
We play every Tuesday at 5:00pm and every Saturday & Sunday at 9:30am. We are looking for more players! All residents are welcome to attend. Contact George Steinberg for more information 732.605.9526
The Regency Chorus, under the direction of Sharon Scheckner, is looking for residents who enjoy singing, and love the camaraderie that our chorus can provide. Rehearsals would begin sometime in the spring. If you are interested in joining please contact Carol Kortmansky at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Regency at Monroe Bridge Organization (RAMBO)
We play duplicate bridge at the clubhouse every Tuesday evening. These games are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and we award internationally recognized Master points to many of the players each week.
We play a social game and welcome players of all skill levels who wish to expand their bridge capabilities.
Our games begin at 7:00 PM sharp – but if you want to come, please be at the back ballroom by about 6:45 to allow for checking in. We have the most reasonably priced game around and we include snacks and soft drinks too.
Regency Scrabble Club
Meets on Thursdays evenings at seven o’clock in the multi-purpose room. Learn how you can improve your Scrabble and Words with Friends games. Everyone is invited to play. Please bring your set if you have one. Call or email Linda Litsky at 732-605-0320, LLitsky@aol.com for more information.
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR FIRE COMMISSIONERS JOEL KAPLAN AND GERALD KAPLAN ,
WE ARE RUNNING FOR REELECTION AS YOUR FIRE COMMISSIONERS IN FIRE DISTRICT 3. THE ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018, AT THE CLUBHOUSE FROM 2 TO 9 PM. YOU CAN ALSO VOTE FOR US BY MAIL, USING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST TO RECEIVE A RETURN BALLOT EITHER AT YOUR HOME OR YOUR WINTER ADDRESS. ONLY FILL IN QUESTIONS 1 THROUGH 9. THERE IS NO POSTAGE NECESSARY. YOU CAN PICK UP A REQUEST BY MAIL APPLICATION AT THE CLUBHOUSE NEAR THE CONCIERGE DESK. ALL REGISTERED VOTERS HERE AT REGENCY CAN VOTE IN THIS ELECTION.
THANK YOU. JOEL AND GERALD
CLICK ON LINK TO VIEW THE PICTURES OF OUR FIRE COMMISSIONERS AND SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
MEN’S CLUB MOVIE NIGHT
The movie night for Nov is Monday the 13th. We will meet at the clubhouse at 4:30 to carpool to City Streets located on Rte 130 in East Windsor for dinner.
Afterwards we will proceed to the Starplex Movie Complex to see Thor. The movie starts at 7. Those of you that go to City Streets directly, please call Jerry at 732-656-1938 to let me know so I can give the restaurant the exact number for setting up. Thank you
NEED A CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT?
If anyone is in need of hiring an excellent, highly recommended Certified Nursing Assistant for a few hours in the afternoon please contact Allen at (732) 656-1718. A Certified Nursing Assistant is more highly qualified than a Home Health Aide but she provides similar services.
REMEMBER THE FIFTIES (1950’S)?
Well, click on this link to bring back some of the memories of the 1950’s
KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS AND SMOKE DETECTORS MADE BY KIDDE. (WE HAVE THEM INSTALLED IN OUR HOMES)
Last week I wrote about the Kidde smoke and fire detectors (email below). Yes Regency some of you have these detectors in your homes. Here is an email from a resident:
“Thank you Ron ( and Jeff). Since reading your note about the recall of our combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors last Saturday, I realized that one of my detectors was acting exactly as described. I contacted Kidde and they sent 3 replacement units to replace the 3 that were involved in the recall (at 50% discount). I received the 3 units today and they matched perfectly. No need to change the mounting plate or electrical harness. In less than a week, problem corrected. Thanks for the warning.”
HERE’S THE ORIGINAL EMAIL:
UPON RESEARCHING THE KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUSHER RECALL THAT WAS ANNOUNCE YESTERDAY.
IT WILL EFFECT EVERYONE WITH A KIDDE HOME FIRE EXTINGUSHERS, CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS AND SMOKE DETECTORS MADE BY KIDDE. (WE HAVE THEM INSTALLED IN OUR HOMES)
ON THEIR HOME PAGE IS A SAFETY RECALL NOTICE THAT WILL EFFECT EVERY HOME HERE AT REGENCY.
THE CABON MONOXIDE/ SMOKE DETECTORS: KN COSM 1B WHICH I HAVE (installed by Toll) HAS A SAFETY NOTICE FOR THEM. (SEE BELOW)
INFORMATION FOR BOTH CAN BE FOUND AT KIDDE.COM
THE DETECTORS HAVE A LIFE SPAN OF ONLY 10 YEARS, MANY HOMES ARE IMMEDIATELY EFFECTED OR WILL BE VERY SHORTLY. KIDDE IS REPLACING THESE DETECTORS AT HALF PRICE. INFOMATION ON REPLACING BOTH THE DETECTORS AND FIRE EXTINGUSHERS (at no cost) IS ON THIER WEB SITE.
Name of Product: KN-COSM-IB Hardwired Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Concern: When the alarm reaches the end of its useful life, it issues an end of life chirp every thirty seconds. If the battery is replaced when the unit is at its end of life, and the test button is pressed within 10 seconds thereafter, the unit will no longer issue an end of life chirp and will no longer detect smoke or carbon monoxide
(THANKS JEFF FOR THE INFORMATION)
LOOK WHO’S HAVING LUNCH WITH ME AT MY TABLE
CLICK ON LINK
OUR ELECTRIC SUPPLIER
As you know Monroe Township has contracted with Tri Eagle Energy for our Electric. Your bill, even though it comes from JCP&L will show Tri Eagle as the supplier of your electric if you are part of the Township program, which most of us are.
Currently, the Township has a contract with TriEagle Energy, a company that provides electricity at a fixed price of $.08992 kilowatt hours
We all received recently a letter from North American Power which says that they would charge $.0899/kwh, which is basically the same price we have with the township. The only difference is this is a one year contract and you wi receive a $150 gift card if you sign up.
Honestly, it is tempting but I am going to stick with the township price. If you want to know more here is the info that the township provided residents regarding the Aggregation Program.
However, I sent an email to the person in the Township who handles the Electric and asked, the following question:
“The township is currently using Tri Eagle for electric. North American Power has sent out a letter to all residents indicating that they would basically charge the same fixed price for one year but they will also provide new customers with a $150 visa gift card. Would Tri Eagle provide it’s customers with the same $150 gift card”
Monroe’s Energy Aggregation Program Heads for Third Cycle 05/08/2017
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2017
Monroe’s Energy Aggregation Program Heads for Third Cycle
MONROE – A third round of Monroe’s energy aggregation program is ready to begin.
Since 2013, the program has reduced participating residents’ energy bills by locking in lower electric rates through the power of bulk purchasing.
At the May 1 Township Council meeting, the Township took the first step by reauthorizing the program, as required by State law.
“Monroe was one of the first municipalities in the State to establish an energy aggregation program,” said Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro. “In its first four years of operation, Monroe residents have saved approximately $9 million.”
Currently, the Township has a contract with TriEagle Energy, a company that provides electricity at a fixed price of $.08992 kilowatt hours. That rate represents a 12-percent savings when compared to the tariff price of the local competitor, CP&L. Their contract expires December 1, 2017.
“During my time on the Council, residents have saved hundreds of dollars through this program,” said Councilman Michael Leibowitz. “In a world where costs seem to exponentially rise, it’s a rare case when you can tell a constituent that their expenses are decreasing.”
In fact, Monroe’s average residential customer saved approximately $600 since the program’s inception.
“Nearly half of Monroe’s population is seniors, many of whom are living on fixed incomes,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider. “The savings are even greater for individuals living in all-electric houses, a setup that’s incredibly common in some of our active adult communities – Clearbrook, Concordia and Rossmoor.”
The Township will seek bids from qualified firms this summer and share more information with residents in early fall.
For more information on this cost-saving program, contact Harold Klein at 732-521-4400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details, contact Monroe Township’s Public Information Officer Myria Prato at 732-521-4400 or email@example.com.
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