OUR MONROE SCHOOLS – HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Yes, our Board of Ed is in need of one Middle school now, another school after this one is built and refurbishing of existing school(s).
As we all know, the approved Federal Tax Law might not have a positive impact on residents living in about 5 States. Of course, NJ is included.
The new school referendum will be discussed at various places and residents will be told that a new Middle school is needed for Monroe Twp. Once this school is built, then expect another referendum since another school is needed and let’s not forget that money is needed to pay for the refurbishing of other schools.
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out who is going to pay for all the schools and refurbishing. YES WE ARE!!
For those residents who are new to Monroe Township let me tell you what happened when we asked for a New High School. We were told that this new High School (which we called the Taj Mahal of HS) would cost $120 million. The voters, voted it down. The following year, only $80 million was asked for and it got approved. But guess what, since we waited one year, the price of building the HS went up $40 million so we paid the $120 million that voters said NO too at the beginning.
Of course the Board of Ed is going to say that since we are overcrowded we would have to rent trailers like we did in the past and this would cost us a lot of money. Honestly, I really don’t care how much trailers would cost us vs building a new school. I care more about what we will be doing to offset the cost of building new schools. Let the Board of Ed, the Mayor, the Governor, our Senator, our Congressman tell us what they are going to do to offset our costs.
Now let me tell you what needs to be done before we spend a nickel on building new schools:
- The Mayor must change our Master Plan and in doing so, increase the lot sizes of homes. It would be better to have lots sizes 5 acres (which had been discussed) and only one home to be built on this acreage vs. 20 homes that would occupy the 5 acres. We would reduce the number of kids going to our schools
- We (Senator Greenstein) and others, including myself, met in Mayor Pucci’s office many years ago and we discussed that other states charge builders for education based upon the averages of the number of kids that would be added to the community by their building of homes.
- Senator Greenstein and Congressman DeAngelo and Benson, won there election based upon promises that they would deal with the inadequate and unfair practices of how much the State reimburses Monroe Twp for each kid going to our schools.
- The State should provide the same type of funding they did for Freehold Twp when Freehold Twp wanted to build a new school. I’m not sure if it was Freehold Twp or Freehold that got MULTI MILLIONS of dollars for a new school.
- Our new Governor should be contacted and asked to look into the unfairness of how Monroe Townhip is being treated with regard to State Aid for education.
- I am not sure if Jamesburg is now providing us with the proper reimbursement of their students. If they aren’t then let Jamesburg build their own schools or ask another Township to educate their kids.
- There are townships that provide seniors, 65 and older, with property tax reimbursement for not sending kids to schools. I believe Manalapan gives seniors $500 off their tax bills (not 100% sure). Seniors do want kids to be educated but to pay the full share, this must be looked at. Seniors are mostly on fixed incomes. Our increase in Social Security is almost 0%. Whereas, most of those residents who are still working do receive increases annually in their salaries.
- What programs can be eliminated to save money? What kind of downsizing can be done to save money? When I was asked by the President of my hospital to cut 10% off my budget, I couldn’t tell him that this was impossible. Naturally anything dealing with the care of patients couldn’t be cut, but non essential things were cut to give him the 10% he wanted.
Am I being unreasonable? Am I asking for things that make no sense? It is so easy just to ask for millions of dollars vs trying to do things that would possibly lower our costs.
Linda Greenstein for 10 years has promised us that she will deal with the State regarding our State Aid for Education. We are getting a new Governor so it is time to hold her accountable. It is time for our relatively new Mayor to tell us what he is doing to lower the cost to seniors with regard to our paying more money for education.
Maybe he should include a referendum in our next election offering seniors a $500 refund for education. Hello, Regency and other adult communities. It was Mayor Pucci who decided to make Monroe Twp the nesting place for seniors. Why? Isn’t it obvious? We send nobody to schools but we pay the way for it anyway. By the way, this backfired on Pucci because the State’s formula takes into consideration that we are paying and we don’t send kids to schools.
So how do I stand on the Referendum. VOTE IT DOWN until we get positive news that some of the things I wrote about will be done. If we vote for it, then watch more of your friends and neighbors having to move to another State that doesn’t tax residents like NJ. I am asking those of you who receive my emails who live in other adult communities to ask your HOA or Emailer, to copy my email and send it out to your community. As I have always stated, UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.
A THANK YOU MESSAGE FROM MARIO LENCI
Thank You all for your comforting expression of sympathy for the passing of my beloved wife Trudy. We shall always remember with deep gratitude the many phone calls, emails and cards and the kind words expressed. It helped us greatly through this trying time. The Regency community is truly a wonderful and caring community.
With profound gratitude,
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION ON PRESCRIPTIONS
I had discussed in one of my prior emails something called PRIOR AUTHORIZATION. This deals with medications that your insurance company might have changed the status of one of your medications whereby you are now paying the full cost.
I was notified that one of my medications that for a 3 month supply was going from $60 to $400. First I asked my doctor to contact the company to ask for Prior Authorization for this drug. He did so but it was denied.
Once you receive the denial, you can appeal the decision. The appeal is simple. All you do is write the reasons why you MUST be on this drug. The key points you need to include in your appeal letter are:
- You used the other drugs that they are recommending and it didn’t work
- You have been using the new drug that is being denied and the results were fantastic. It has controlled the medical problem without any negative side effects
- I am very sensitive to medications. Substituting a drug therapeutically vs generically can lead into serious sensitivity problems which can be a major problem.
- My physician was extremely happy with the results I am achieving with this drug so why should I chance taking something else. Isn’t it the goal of your company to make sure your patients are given the right drugs that have been proven to do well vs taking a chance on some other drugs which can lead to problems
NEVER GIVE UP
A THANK YOU MESSAGE FROM LESLIE SCHOEN
No matter where you are, the Regency community will always find you with kind words and prayers.
Thank you for your cards and emails during this sad time in my life.
Regency is a very special community filled with wonderful, caring people
Thank you all- much love
A THANK YOU MESSAGE FROM KATHY SOFFER
I was so overwhelmed by the loving kindness, encouragement and support I received after my heart surgery in December; those who offered to shop for me and new friends who sent me an edible arrangement.
There is much love here if we open up to it. That is my experience. As with any complex surgery it takes time to heal and begin the momentum of life once again. Thus I am in the healing mode, taking naps when necessary and creating peaceful and calming days for myself.
I am hoping that come February I can start teaching canasta again so if you want to learn call me. Thanks again and I wish wellness and well being to all.
19 Discounts Seniors Didn’t Know They Could Get
Greta and I are on the same “wavelengths”. She forwarded me an article about how seniors can save money. We are always looking for ways. Click on the link and maybe you would find something that might help you save money.
TWO TICKETS TO MODI AT KINGS POINT THEATER IN DELRAY BEACH
2 tickets to MODI at Kings Point Theater, Delray Beach –March 11, 2018 at 8 pm Great seats – Front left section on aisle Section D Row F $21 each ticket Modi was voted as one of the top 10 comedians in New York City and is one of the comedy circuits most sought after performers.
Modi has a young Sid Caesar-esque talent for creating accents and Characters, making him appeal to a diverse market. He can read an audience in a beat and improvise so numbly that he keeps any audience, regardless of age, race or gender, laughing. Modi is in high demand for performances at corporate, charity and private events.
Come and enjoy an evening of laughter! Call Mary Ann 908 963 2620
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR FIRE COMMISSIONERS JOEL KAPLAN AND GERALD KAPLAN:
WE ARE RUNNING FOR REELECTION. THE VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH AND WILL BE HELD AT OUR CLUBHOUSE FROM 2 PM UNTIL 9PM. YOU CAN ALSO VOTE BY MAIL.
A REQUEST FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT CAN BE OBTAINED AT OUR CLUBHOUSE CONCIERGE AREA AND CAN BE MAILED IN. THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS WILL SEND YOU A BALLOT AT THE END OF JANUARY OR THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY, EITHER AT YOUR HOME HERE OR YOUR WINTER RESIDENCE. ALL REGISTERED VOTERS AT REGENCY CAN VOTE, NO POSTAGE REQUIRED.
BOTH OF US HAVE BEEN LIVING HERE SINCE 2002. OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN LIVE IN MONROE TOWNSHIP. OUR MAIN GOAL IS TO PROTECT YOUR LIVES AND PROPERTY, WHILE MAINTAINING A BALANCED BUDGET UNDER THE 2% CAP AND HAVING A 4 TO 6 MINUTE RESPONSE TO OUR HOMES.
WE HOPE YOU COME OUT AND SUPPORT US WITH YOUR VOTES. THANK YOU. JOEL AND GERALD
26 USEFUL THINGS THAT SIRI CAN DO
Many of us use Siri (talk to Siri and she gives you answers). Gee, I thought my wife’s name was Greta. She always gives me answers.
Anyway, Arthur Ehrlich provides Siri users with 26 useful things that Siri can do. Here is the link
MEN’S BOOK CLUB
The books for our upcoming meetings will be :
2-7-18 “The Steel Wave” by Jeff Shaara
3-7-18 “Sharpe’s Tiger:The Siege of Seringapatam,1799 by Bernard Cornwell
4/4/18 “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham
Contact Lou Flumen for any questions
REGENCY WOMEN’S GROUP
FOREIGN FILM FESTIVAL
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16TH, AT 1 PM IN THE BALLROOM
Greenfingers is a British feel good 2001 movie. It is the story of hard core prisoners who were transferred to a minimum security prison where they made an extreme change in their lives. It is a heartwarming comedy drama. Great for a cold winter day. Clive Owens and Helen Mirron give wonderful performances. 91mts.
A discussion will follow the presentation
Paid up members may bring a spouse or guest.
PLEASE RSVP TO JOAN BLITZ 656-4540 or email@example.com
JULIE WILNER GOLF OUTING
CRANBURY GOLF CLUB
Monday, June 11, 2018
Due to space limitations, outing will be open to men only. Cost for lite lunch, 18 holes with cart, dinner, donation and prizes is $125.
After May 1, if space permits, a dinner and
donation only option for ladies and non-golfers will be offered for $60.
Please watch for additional details and sign-upin March.
Net Proceeds to Benefit Autism
Men’s Night Out –
Dinner and a Movie will take place on Monday evening, January 15th. Meet at the Clubhouse at 4:45 pm We will dine at City Streets on Rt 130
If you are going directly to the restaurant please contact Allen Glassman and let him know 917-282-0998. There are 5 films all starting close in time to each other and finishing minutes from each other.
Your choice: The Commuter The Post Molly’s Game Darkest Hour The Greatest Showman
(THEY FINALLY MADE A MOVIE ABOUT THE POST’S. OF COURSE HIS CLAIM TO FAME IS BEING THE EMAILER FOR REGENCY)
MEN’S CLUB CALENDAR JANUARY TO JUNE 2018
CLICK ON LINK
MEN’S CLUB JANUARY MEETING
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A RESIDENT’S EMAIL
A resident sent me an email which shows that there are definitely nice people living in this world.
He lost his wallet somewhere within Monroe Twp. It had his credit cards and about $85 in cash. Naturally he was very upset because identity theft was rampant and he didn’t want to become a victim.
One day he received in the mail his wallet with all the credit cards. The cash was missing but we agreed that it wasn’t taken by the person who mailed him his wallet. He wants to thank the person who sent it to him because there was no return address.
PICTURES OF RESIDENTS
I am trying to get your picture so that we can associate a face with a picture. If you go to
you will find some great pictures of our residents. Send me your picture(s) and I will add it just like I am now adding
MARILYN AND KEN KARTEN
MICHAEL & GRACE CARACCIO
SEND ME A PICTURE AND YOU WILL BE IN NEXT WEEKS EMAIL
NY Yankee Philadelphia Phillies Game June 25th 2018 Men’s Club Trip
For the first time ever in regular season play, the NY Yankees will play the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia on Monday, June 25, 2018.
We have 2 luxury buses traveling to the game. One bus is already filled and the second bus is half full. The price is $65 pp.
You must be a Men’s Club member. Wives, significant others, children and grandchildren are welcome.
Checks are to be made out to Regency Men’s Club and should be placed in the lower mailbox of Allen Glassman, 83 Riviera Drive.
2018 ROMEOS SCHEDULE JANUARY THRU JUNE
16 HUNAN HOUSE
6 HUNAN HOUSE
20 BERNSTEINS ON ESSEX (I THOUGHT THE BERNSTEINS LIVED ON TURNBERRY, LONG COVE AND COUNTRY CLUB. IS ESSEX IN REGENCY?)
27 THE CABIN
20 HUNAN HOUSE
27 CITY STREETS
3 PRESTIGE DINER
10 THE CABIN
Men’s Club trip to the Silver Ball Museum in Asbury Park
The Silver Ball Museum is a penny arcade with 125 reconditioned pinball machines from the 1950’s and 1960’s We are carpooling to this facility on January 19th, 2018 located at 1000 Ocean Avenue The price is $15pp Please arrive by 11:00 am
Place checks, made out to Regency Men’s Club in the lower mailbox of Allen Glassman at 83 Riviera Drive.
A number of members are going to lunch at the All Seasons Diner in Eatontown Please indicate if you would like to join this group. If you need further information phone Allen at 917-282-0998
HARMONY IN MOTION
LAST DAY TO RSVP IS JANUARY 12TH for “Harmony In Motion’s” 1/20/18 Winter Wonderland event featuring DJ-Gary Morton (Admission fee is:$10 per person by January 12th only).
You must be a member of Harmony In Motion to attend. Applications for membership and flyers for event are in the clubhouse.
Make checks payable to Harmony In Motion and place in the lower mailbox of either John Chin, 8 Riviera Drive or Monique Mainville, 132 Masters Drive.
Hope to see you there.
DJ GARY MORTON – JANUARY 20TH
CLICK ON LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION
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,mailto: email@example.com, or Ping Eng, 732-521-5508, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 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.
REGENCY HADASSAH FASHION SHOW
This year Regency Hadassah will be extending our Fashion Show fundraising to raise funds specifically tagged for Hadassah Hospital research into Pediatric Oncology.
Here is the message from the Hadassah
Dear Members and Friends of Regency Hadassah:
Get ready for another wonderful evening as Regency Hadassah hosts our 11th Annual Fashion Show on June 18, 2018.
We are creating an Ad Journal to be distributed that evening. 100% of the proceeds from advertising will be given to Hadassah Hospital for Pediatric Oncology Research.
We are soliciting either full page ad $100, half page ad $50, quarter page ad $25 OR you can have your name listed as a booster supporter for $10.
Please join us in this effort to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
With Sincere Thanks – The Fashion Show Committee
Phone # _________________
Donated Amount _____________________
Check # _____________________________
If donating quarter, half or full page ad – what would you like it to say?______________________________________________________________________________________
RETURN “CHECKS MADE OUT TO “REGENCY HADASSAH” TO EITHER:
Karen Calder 183 Tournament Drive
Micki Indursky 8 Memorial Court
Nina Wolff 10 Monterey Drive
Note: Hadassah’s IRS number for donations – EIN 55-1187738
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 PAVILLION UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTIFIED. Contact Tanya Ashuck or Georgia Doyle 732 641-2662.
Upcoming Events –
January 15 – Book Club, “The Girl With Seven Names” by Hyeonseo Lee and David John
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
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:
THAT’S IT FOR NOW
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LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC – ELVIS PRESLEY