TBW: How to successfully do a coup d’état in Highlands

Back in the spring of 2013,  I blogged about how to structure a Coup in Highlands,pitchforks and torches

Then I blogged about “Now its time to put this in ACTION, below are some steps to do to pull this off:”

a) Make sure your Spell Check is On  (CHECK)

b) Get people to sign a petition to change from a Partisan to Non-Partisan Government in Highlands  (CHECK) –

d) When it passes the ballot process in November, a new election for council will happen in May, which can allow for “new” people to run for office regardless of political affiliation. (CHECK)

This is a Pitchfork & Torches moment where in the wise words of Twisted Sister “We’re not going to take it, no we’re not going to take it, we’re not going to take it, any more…”  (CHECK)

I think it was very telling that in the Highlands Survey that went out in 2013, most Highlanders felt they were most satisfied with their neighbors that helped them & most dissatisfied with the current council’s leadership. That stuck with residents 3 years later.

Dear Highlands, Thank you For Structuring a successful coup d’état!  ~ You matter.. :)

Election Time 2015, Vote Tomorrow

Last year, I did a blog post on the 2014 elections.  At the time I listed the accomplishments from the incumbents, and thought I would do the same this year, for those in office and running for re-election.

a) Flood mitigation – No then and no now

b) Cut Spending  – No then and no now

c) Brought back business on Bay Ave? – I’ll give them a few businesses opening, Porcini, the T-shirt shop, the Tailor.

d) Limit the time constituents have to speak at council meetings, so they don’t have to hear about not accomplishing important things, – Yes and still in effect.

e) Vote in a Resolution that all volunteers(regardless of when/how they volunteered) must add a disclosure on Facebook as an intimidation tactic so that they don’t have to read about their short comings on Facebook? – Yes, Ms Ryan was suppose to work on rewording the ordinance as to not to include volunteers, but that has not transpired.


f) Web Site Committee – Stalled

g) Newsletter – Stalled

h) Clam Plant Lease, spent money on consultants but no New lease has been signed to date.

i) Borough Hall/PD out of trailers – Nope

j)  Tilt-up Memorial on Snug Harbor Beach – Yup, and without proper notifications to surrounding residents.

k) Community Center – complete as of Sunday, however the end cost of the repairs was at approximately $800,000 and FEMA covered 90%.

I also blogged about what had been accomplished 2 years after Sandy, take a look now we’re 3 years in..

So Tomorrow remember this when you Vote..

Do You Know Who Is Running For Highlands Council?

Want to Find Out And Ask Them Questions?


Candidate Forum Monday 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Henry Hudson High School


– Each candidate will give a 2 minute bio;
– There will be 4 questions that will be asked of each candidate to start the forum, which they will have prior to Monday night.
-the 4 most popular question requested by the public will be provided to them hopefully on Friday.
– They will have one minute to answer each question. (10 seconds will be the most overtime they will have, Rosemary Ryan the moderator will have someone timing this)


– the Moderator will then start asking the questions from the box and ask until 8:25.
– The candidates will have a 1 minute closing statement.

How to Ask Questions:
– There will be index cards at the check in table at the high school. Each person (audience) will be able to write down one question and drop it into the clear box that will be at the door.

****If you cannot make it and would still like to send a question, PM Rosemary Ryan on Facebook or email her at roryan720@gmail.com

You can also post questions on the Borough of Highlands Facebook Page (Please note you will have to join that page to post a question)

Any questions PM’d, emailed or Posted will be added to the box at the Forum for the running Candidates to answer.

There should be a video tape made available after, for those who can not attend.

What’s Going On This Weekend In/Around Highlands


Clean Ocean Action: 9 – 12;00 Beach Sweeps & Bunker Tours, Recreation Beach, Snug Harbor Blvd Highlands

Seastreak Oktoberfest at the Beach 12:30 – 4:30pm Seastreak Parking Lot, Shore Drive This authentic festival will include live musicians, dancers, and performers and promises to bring some of Germany’s best beers, wines, and foods to a giant Bavarian-style tented beer garden on the beach each weekend in October!

Highlands Zombie Walk Parade Saturday at 2:00pm

Make-up artists will be available at 10AM in Huddy Park to complete your transformation! (Optional purchase)

The parade begins promptly at 2PM. Immediately following the parade, there will be a costume contest at Veterans Park with CASH prizes You must be registered to be judged in the following categories:
Overall Best Zombie Costume
Best Zombie Male
Best Zombie Female
Best Zombie Child

The Zombie Pub Crawl will be held from 3:00-700PM


Sandy Foot Society, Pumpkins in the Park (RSVP a must) Sunday at 9:30am – 11:00am Huddy Park

This is a great way to meet new Highlands’ mommy and daddy friends and have some fun! Please dress warm, bring a picnic blanket and your little ghost or goblin. They will provide pumpkins and crafting supplies. If it gets too chilly we can visit our friends at Waterwitch Coffee or et al :)
The target age range is elementary school and younger. Please RSVP

Seastreak Oktoberfest at the Beach 12:30 – 4:30pm  Seastreak Parking Lot, Shore Drive This authentic festival will include live musicians, dancers, and performers and promises to bring some of Germany’s best beers, wines, and foods to a giant Bavarian-style tented beer garden on the beach each weekend in October!

Sandy Hook, Fort Hancock Day 12:00pm – 4:30pm 26 Hudson Road Highlands, New Jersey

On Fort Hancock Day, volunteers from the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA) in World War II uniform will bring Battery Gunnison and its 6-inch guns to life as they were in 1943. Visitors can watch or help AGFA members conduct gun drills at Battery Gunnison, track ships, see how an original Model 1900 six-inch gun (over 25 feet long and weighing 10 tons) was aimed and loaded, learn about Fort Hancock Army medical support, see machinists making parts for the historic M1900 6-inch rifles, and more.

5 Things from Last Night’s Council Meeting (10/21)

5   1. Street Scape is progressing on Bay Ave & Shore Drive. However, the ripper uppers are working quicker than the concrete pourer’s and stampers. Weather is going to play a factor in the completion date. To see the plans click here

2. Pulte is requesting that street names within their project, they are considering, Harborside Way or View Point Drive, The Marina owner was requesting Willow St be renamed Harbor Way. The residents in the surrounding areas were sent out a letter Oct 7 that explained the request and were looking for feedback. Residents can either call the Borough or email the Borough.

3. Vacant Planning Board Member seats were filled.  Greg Wells & Christian Lee were moved up from Alternate Members to regular members, and Rosemary Ryan was appointed to Alternate #1 and Katie Reed was appointed to Alternate #2.

4. Sandy Memorial, a motion was offered up to amend the June minutes to reflect that Tim Hill did not actually mention the Tilt Up Project, and the council agreed to strike that portion of the minutes from the record. Further, Mayor Nolan asked to explore the possibility of requesting the Tilt Up to move the structure to a different location.

5.  Clam Plant Lease, It may or may not be put out to Bid. The Lease ended in August of 2015. We hired an independent consultant, Fisheries Technology Associates, Inc in May for $32,000 to determine what the going rent rate for that building would be.

Does The ‘Sandy Memorial’ Block views?

You Decide,,

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The Structure On Snug Harbor, How Did This Happen??

Art is subjective, and very emotional. Some people look at “art’ and find solace, others find angst. It’s not something to be argued. Art is meant to be that, controversial, and to start discussion. You can’t expect people to change their opinion.

How it got to be “art” can be discussed. January 2015, it was stipulated that the resolution at hand was to be temporary, not binding. So it was misleading and purposefully stated in order to get a unanimous vote.  So it could be argued , deception occurred

Would Council person’s Card, Ryan and Redmond  vote “yes” if they knew that the resolution in question “was binding” and an “absolute” ?

Add to this the  June 17th meeting minutes Tim Hill had reported in his administrative report that the Tilt Up staff was to begin construction Oct 1. But here’s the problem when you review the video, Tim Hill never talked about that at all. So apparently a fraud transpired. (doh).

The whole situation’s very “Highlands, a-typical”, let’s lie and worry about it after the fact.

Regardless, where you like the structure or not, you may not like how it came into being.  Please let the council know, you do not like the underhandedness.

Either show up at the 10/7 council meeting OR email them and let them know that non-communication will not be tolerated  Here are their email addresses:

Frank Nolan fnolan@highlandsborough.org
Council President
Rebecca Kane councilwoman.kane@highlandsnj.us
Kevin Redmond councilman.redmond@highlandsnj.us
Doug Card dcard@highlandsborough.org
Tara Ryan councilwoman.ryan@highlandsnj.us

You matter in Highlands!

APP Does Article On Highlands Sandy Memorial

Seastreak hosting Okoberfest – ALL October Long

As a way to promote and get people into Highlands, Seastreak is celebrating Oktoberfest in Highlands.

Starting Sept 26/27th & every weekend in October between 12:30 and 4:30 pm in the Seastreak parking lot, an authentic German festival will include live musicians, dancers, and performers as well as Germany’s best beers, wines, and foods to a giant Bavarian-style tented beer garden.

Watch or take part in contests, fun games and entertainment.

octoberfest 2Or at least know what’s going on when you see people in Bavarian garb walking through Highlands.  Seastreak is offering $10 off adult tickets from NYC by dressing-up in traditional Oktoberfest outfits.

And this is totally different from the OTHER Oktoberfest held October 3rd from 2 – 9 p.m.  in Veterans Park.
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We’re Number 5!

Roadsnacks, a N.C. firm that  uses data, analytics, and a sense of humor to determine the dirt on places across the country, put together the “The 10 Drunkest Cities In New Jersey” and Highlands made the # 5 place on the list.

Having the 31st most liquor stores in a small town doesn’t sound that impressive. But keep in mind, we looked at more than 250 cities in New Jersey.

Highlands is close enough to Red Bank that the drunk people can most likely walk back and forth between the cities. Some probably do.

Highlands is home to director Kevin Smith, who undoubtedly based his drunken and stoned comedy style on growing up in this part of the state.”

The criteria they used to determine this:

  • Number of bars and pubs per capita
  • Number of wineries per capita
  • Number of liquor stores per capita
  • Each city’s drunk related tweets within the last week
  • Each city’s divorce rate

For geo-located tweets, they measured the following raw number of tweets that came from within a city’s general area with the following hashtags:  “#Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails” within a one week time frame.

To see the complete list click here

It could be worse, we could be on their 10 worst places to live in N.J.

Sept 27 = Super Blood Moon

Flickr: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

What is it?

A rare phenomenon where the moon will be closer to us than ever — 222,000 miles away instead of the typical 240,000 and appear to have a reddish hue. The supermoon this year will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter in the sky than the average 2015.

When to see it?

Peak eclipse will be at 10:47 pm ET on Sunday, September 27th. The moon will start darkening at 8:11 pm ET, and it will start to pass through the Earth’s dark umbral shadow at 9:07 pm. It’ll be completely shaded for about an hour starting around 10 pm.

Why you may want to see it?

It’s a combination of curiosities that hasn’t happened since 1982, and won’t happen again until 2033.

Also, High Tide is 8:16 pm in Highlands, so you might want to move your cars..

And The Flooding Has Started – Oh My

Well, it’s not as bad as Manasquan.. so I’m ww2sure we should not worry, or at least say anything out loud.. almost time for the full blood moon.

But  I’m sure the town has done everything possible to stop the tidal flooding.

But you know what, don’t move your cars, because certain people say this is over rated and you should have no worries.

BTW – I am being totally sarcastic and if you think there might be an issue, totally move your car.

Bikes to Over Take Highlands Sunday – Plan Accordingly

It’s that time of year again, Every September, the Bike of New York does their annual Twin Lights regional bikenyc2015rides that start and end at Huddy Park.

Start times for longer rides will be about 7:30 AM

Mileage Options100, 75, 55, 30 or 15

At the end of the ride there will be a ‘Finish Festival.’ Local restaurants will be in Huddy Park to serve up the riders and their friends and family.

AUGUST 22 – Concert at Vets Park in Highlands

sounds of recoverySt. Bernard Project, a nationally recognized disaster recovery nonprofit organization, is hosting a benefit concert on SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Veterans Park, located on Bay Avenue in Highlands. The Sounds of Recovery concert is an effort to raise awareness and funds for long-term recovery needs in the Borough of Highlands. There will be live music, local food vendors (including: Dive, Et Al, Chilangos, Bahrs, Bay Ave Bakery and Water Witch), a beer garden with $5 drinks, gift auction prizes, a 50/50, face painting and more!

Cover charge is a $15 recommended donation. There will be a 50/50 drawing every 2 hours, and all gift auction items will be drawn at the end of the event – attendance not required to win auctioned gifts.

SBP is collaborating with local business Water Witch Coffee and the Highlands Business Partnership on the event in an effort to raise $50,000 to be used in its residential rebuilding program which will serve residents still waiting to return home after Hurricane Sandy in Highlands, NJ.

The lineup is composed of upcoming local artists:

12:00 p.m. Subject to Change, improvisational/blues funk band from Long Branch, NJ

1:00 p.m. The Lakehouse Music Academy, youth music students from Asbury Park, NJ

2:15 p.m. Dark City Strings, blue grass/Americana band from Asbury Park, NJ

3:30 p.m. The Shady Street Show Band, rhythm and blues band from Red Bank, NJ

4:45 p.m. The Cranston Dean Band, rock/blues/folk/funk band from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

6:00 p.m. Karmic Juggernaut, psychedelic progressive funk band from Asbury Park, NJ

7:15 p.m. The Underwater Sounds, reggae fusion band from Philadelphia, PA

*All concert proceeds will go directly towards St. Bernard Project’s recovery efforts in the Borough of Highlands. Donations are a vital resource to enable SBP’s clients – who would not otherwise be able to afford the cost of rebuilding – to move back home. Specifically, proceeds from Sounds of Recovery will be utilized on projects where there is an unmet funding need to complete construction and the homeowner meets SBP’s client eligibility standards.

For more information please Contact: Julie Giebler at julie.giebler@stbernardproject.org / 908-601-5332 or Kelly Riordan at kelly.riordan@stbernardproject.org / 347.815.4085

You can donate online


Why Is There A Double Standard in Highlands?

Ever notice that your neighbor cracks a joke, and you crack the same joke and people look at you funny? It happens. Apparently, if you haven’t lived here long enough or don’t have the ‘right’ last name you are not allowed to touch on certain subjects.


The school system
Dentistry Issues of Highlands Residents
Highlands Stereotypes
The difference between Atlantic Highlands & Highlands
Political Stuff
Liking or Not Liking certain restaurants
Other Stupid Issue Insert Here

But I’m allowed to be called a Bennie, an Ahole seastreaker, an outsider, a newcomer, a not a real clammie, not a real Highlander, unhappy, hole in my heart or should I say whole in my heart, malcontent, peanut gallery etc etc.. But I’m not allowed to say anything about anyone else.

What I do like about Highlands, I’ve lived in some really bad places, with really bad people, Highlands is still Mayberry to me. There are some really good people that are just awesome. And then there are some totally jerks. But when you’ve lived in places with really bad, bad people, HIghlands still pales in comparison. So the awesome people outweigh the douches.  It irritates me that the some of the douches think they outweigh everybody else. You don’t.

I personally am just some move in person that writes a blog with the name “Highlands” in it. I’m not a true local nor do I claim to be. I don’t have Clammer in my blood (but my one brother did clam one summer in LBI) Although I can legit claim Captain of a boat and fire chief to my blood (not in Highlands but….) Certain people should be more worried about what happens off line than social media. Worry more about what I’m saying about you door to door and in person.  Or don’t – that works more in my favor.

Blue Moon & Clam Fest Collide

moon over hartshorne woods‘Once in a blue moon’ to describe the rare occurrence of an event or appearance of a person. The ‘Blue Moon’ refers to a fact when we have 13 full moon in a year in place of 12. When the blue moon appears, we have two full moons in a month.

This year it’s July 31st, which is a Friday and also coincides with Clam Fest.

I predict crazy behavior, possible arrests and street flooding.

Is Pallone an Idiot?

You’re in Highlands dude.. Why do you think you are not? Because everyone around you has teeth? Because you are in a big house? Because you have a nice view?? Pallone, YOU ARE IN HIGHLANDS.. maybe the council person next to you could be a little more informative..