Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Association

Keeping Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Informed!

HCTA Membership Renewal Notice!

Dear Neighbor,

We are sure it was just an oversight, but we have not received your 2014 membership donation for this year. I am sure you do not need to be reminded of all the good the HarveyCedars Tax Association does for our township. At your earliest convenience. please visit our website and submit your donation through our Secure Paypal Form or if you prefer the old fashion way, you can also print out a copy of our 2014 membership form and mail it to us using the address located on the top of the form so we can continue to inform you of all the important events and initiatives that the Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Association executes on for you. Please remember to give us your current email address so we can update our records. Unfortunately, if we do not receive your dues by May 15th you will be dropped from the membership list.

The board of trustees wishes all of our neighbors a happy and safe 2014 summer.

Thank you,

Harvey Cedars Taxpayers Association

NOTICE: You are receiving this notice because our records indicate that you have not submitted your membership donation for 2014. If you believe you have paid already please notify us by replying to this email, with pertinent information, so that we can correct our records.

President’s Blvd Plea and Update

Hello Fellow HCTA members –

It is not only the temperature that is heating up lately; activity regarding the Boulevard is heating up as well – and again I am asking for your help.

It was with great irony that I read in the attached Asbury Park Press article that Mayor Mancini of Long Beach Township is considering closing Ocean Boulevard because it is becoming unsafe. The article opens with “Joggers and bikers run and ride along Ocean Boulevard for their early morning workouts, while traffic flies by, motoring to the destination, creating a dangerous mix, township officials said.”

I would say that is the exact same argument we are making, yet Mancini won’t allow us to make our roads safe. I guess he feels the owners, renters and day-trippers to his town are more worthy of safety than those in Harvey Cedars. If you find Mancini’s position as ironic (and selfish) as I do, please let him know and write a letter to the Asbury Park Press and the Beach Haven Times. Linda Reddington is responsible for both publications and her email address is yourviews@app.com

We have started a “3inHC” campaign and have secured funds from the town to assist us with some of the cost associated for these educational initiatives.

The first was an open letter (attached) to Mancini and Larson asking for an open dialog. Even though we have been spurned every time we have tried to open a dialog, we thought we would give it one more try. No word from either mayor yet.

We registered the domain name www.3inHC.com, which we will be referencing in a series of educational “infomercials” that we will run each week in the SandPaper.  We are also creating flyers with the pertinent facts of the study, how the data was collected, how it does not impede emergency vehicles or evacuations, etc. We hope to get these flyers at the checkout counter of island businesses. We believe that when people see the facts, and not the hype, they will understand the expert’s proposal makes perfect sense.

So, now for the plea for help. You may have seen the SandPaper letter-to-the-editor in which a writer suggests we don’t care anymore and have gone away. I know that is not the case, so please, let’s continue to be heard. Write to the papers. (for the SandPaper: letters@thesandpaper.net ) Call Jack Kelly. Call the mayors and ask why they won’t have a real discussion. Mancini thinks this is a dead issue. We do not. If you’ve helped us previously by writing a letter, please do it again. If you haven’t, please throw a quick letter together and be heard. Boulevard safety is far from dead.

On a lighter note, please mark your calendars – our Annual HCTA meeting will be held on Saturday, August 27 at the firehouse. Doors open at 9:20 am and the meeting starts at 10:00 am. Email ‘tickets’ will be sent to those members who have already “re-upped” their membership for the 2011-2012 year. All others are asked to bring a check(made out to HCTA)  for $25 so we can speed you through the line. If you want to avoid the renewal line, you can now join the HCTA thru Paypal. Visit our website at www.harveycedarstax.org and click on the “membership/donations” tab.  Then click ‘join us’ on the drop down menu and the rest is explained on the site.

Thanks for stepping up to assist us in making the Boulevard safer for all.

Regards,

Bryan Lewis, President

This Weekend….the 24th Annual Harvey Cedars Art Festival!

The weekend is almost here and we look forward to the 24th Annual Harvey Cedars Art Festival- another fine event brought to you by the Harvey Cedars Activities Committee and chaired by resident Susan Kramer. The Festival is held at Sunset Park (under the watertower) and will take place on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Sue tells us: ” There will be approximately  70  special handpicked artists coming from many different states at our 24th annual Art Festival on Sunday.  There will be paintings, jewelry, glass,pottery, etchings, quilts, mosaics, photography, digital art and more.  There at least 15 exciting artists new to the show this year.”

“I believe some very important artists that we are able to get in our show would not be available but for the fact that the big 2 day show at the Foundation (LBIF)  is next week so they can do both shows.  We get them first!” Please come out and enjoy another fine event in Harvey Cedars!

A good time was had by all that attended the ‘No Discipline’ concert last Wednesday night at the park. The rain did it’s thing, then moved on so the show could proceed. This next week’s concert will feature  the rock group ‘The Following’.  The show starts at 7pm on Wednesday night,  so bring your blanket, pack a picnic dinner and come have fun!

Harvey Cedars Needs You NOW

HCTA member:

Harvey Cedars needs you. At every HCTA Annual Meeting I have been a board member of (and that is every one since the re-formation of the Association) Boulevard safety was the number one issue brought up from the floor. Almost 74 % of the residents responding to the survey wanted a change to the Boulevard. Clearly we all know it is a safety issue.

I am going to be blunt. We need you to step up. Complaining at the Annual Meeting won’t help. Politics are in play and we are being out-played.

Our Commissioners have written a letter to the editor of the SandPaper, which is attached. Please read it. They eloquently state the reasons for the change. They have also sent a resolution to the Ocean County Freeholders stating their displeasure with the refusal to make the change – a change endorsed by the Freeholders own engineers and hired consultants. Why the refusal? Because Mayors Mancini and Larson don’t want it.

If this change to make our town safer is to happen, we need your help. We need you to write, write, write – and send it to everyone on the attached list. This is a political old-boy network making decisions that will get someone in Harvey Cedars seriously hurt. Every professional, whether it is the police or engineers, has said the road diet – that Mayor Mancini put into his own town – makes absolute sense for ours. Why should Freeholder Kelly allow Mancini and Larson to allow our town to remain unsafe?

So please write. Pertinent facts are:

–       Less than 30 seconds increase in transit time through town

–       It is stated in the report that it increases safety for walkers and bikers AND turning cars

–       Police professionals disagree with the “emergency response can’t get through” argument

–       Evacuation is a red herring – the road is just as wide. The bridge is and always will be the issue

–       The vast majority of those against – including Freeholder Gerry Little – never saw the computer simulation

To get in this week’s SandPaper we need you to email a letter tomorrow (4/11 by 4pm). Sorry for the late notice, but even if it is a short letter in support, we will take it. I also ask that you send it to each of the people/newspapers in the attached list. Even if you can’t make tomorrow, still do it. This is not going to happen without YOU.

Thanks for your support – Bryan Lewis, President, HCTA

Township of Long Beach Mayor Joseph Mancini tsgro@longbeachtownship.com 609-361-6689
Barnegat Light Mayor Kirk Larson Nancy.Manookian@barnegatlight.org 609-494-9196
Harvey Cedars Mayor Jon Oldham clerk@harveycedars.org
Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly dconnors@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2003
Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari cbove@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2002
Ocean County Freeholder John Bartlett jbartlett@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2116
Ocean County Freeholder James Lacey sbruno@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2004
Ocean County Freeholder Gerry Little cjinotti@co.ocean.nj.us 732-929-2001
NJ State Senator Chris Connors SenConnors@njleg.org 609-693-6700
NJ Assemblyman Brian Rumpf AsmRumpf@njleg.org
NJ Assemblywoman Diane Gove AswGove@njleg.org
Newspapers The SandPaper Gail Travers letters@thesandpaper.net
Newspapers Press Of Atlantic City letters@pressofac.com
Newspapers Asbury Park Press Linda Reddington yourviews@app.com
Newspapers Beach Haven Times Linda Reddington yourviews@app.com
HCTA President Bryan Lewis HCTAPres@gmail.com,
president@harveycedarstax.org

Newsletter sent by HCTA

Update, Thanks & Keep Those Letters Coming!

Dear HCTA Members-

I can’t thank you enough for the fine letters that are being sent in support of a safer BLVD. Please, keep them coming! We all need to pitch in.  If this change to make our town safer is to happen we need everyone to help. Again, we need you to write, write, write and send your email/letter to everyone on the attached list.

One of our members sent me corrected emails and the list has been updated to reflect those corrections.

Again, the pertinent facts are:

Less than 30 seconds increase in transit time through town

It is stated in the report that it increases safety for walkers and bikers AND turning cars

Police professionals disagree with the “emergency response can’t get through” argument

Evacuation is a red herring – the road is just as wide. The bridge is and always will be the issue

The vast majority of those against – including Freeholder Gerry Little – never saw the computer simulation

Next week, please spare a few minutes and write another letter. Now is the time to make our voices heard and support our Commissioners and our town.

My sincere thanks,

Bryan Lewis, President HCTA

Township of Long Beach Mayor Joseph Mancini tsgro@longbeachtownship.com
Barnegat Light Mayor Kirk Larson Nancy.Manookian@barnegatlight.org
Harvey Cedars Mayor Jon Oldham clerk@harveycedars.org
Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly dconnors@co.ocean.nj.us
Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari cbove@co.ocean.nj.us
Ocean County Freeholder John Bartlett jbartlett@co.ocean.nj.us
Ocean County Freeholder James Lacey sbruno@co.ocean.nj.us
Ocean County Freeholder Gerry Little cjinotti@co.ocean.nj.us
NJ State Senator Chris Connors SenConnors@njleg.org
NJ Assemblyman Brian Rumpf AsmRumpf@njleg.org
NJ Assemblywoman Diane Gove AswGove@njleg.org
Newspapers The SandPaper Gail Travers letters@thesandpaper.net
Newspapers Press Of Atlantic City letters@pressofac.com
Newspapers Asbury Park Press Linda Reddington yourviews@app.com
Newspapers Beach Haven Times Linda Reddington yourviews@app.com
HCTA President Bryan Lewis HCTAPres@gmail.com

Newsletter sent by HCTA

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