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  1. We really need to have some sort of alternate side of the street parking. Even on a good dpw day, my street is unpassible as its treated like a parking lot on both sides.

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  2. There are never cars on most of my side of street and they just don’t do unless you ask them to. Don’t really get it? Just seems there are no directives it’s just go out and do whatever. It’s not even the regular DPW guys as they hired seasonal workers. That may be issue they may not be trained to to handle these storms. It’s really bad on streets downtown.

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  3. can someone explain to me why Billy ciazza an ex councilman is running around the Town operating a snow plow? is he a town employee now? Also it’s interesting that he does this with a cigar hanging out of his mouth when he supposed to be on disability for a heart problem.

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    • Earlier this season it was mentioned that the town was hiring seasonal workers to help during snow events. This job, as far as I could tell, was never posted or advertised. If it was posted/advertised, please let me know. At the last council meeting there was a resolution appointing 8 people, some of the names are the usual PT hires.

      Richard O’Neal
      Wayne O’Neal
      Brian Burton
      Michael Alvator
      Jason Zito
      Billy Caizza
      Tony Johnson
      Joseph Misita

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    • I think their doing a good job too, good not great. I’ve lived in Highlands for over thirty years and I have never seen a single street in this town that didn’t have several cars parked on them at all times of day & night which makes it impossible for the plows to get near the curb. It’s been one hell of a winter and everyone’s having a rough time clearing up all this snow. Thanks for all your hard work!

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  4. I only recently learned that they are supposed to plow curb to curb. There are areas of town where there are no cars parked on the street yet they are not plowing to the curb. As a result the storm drains get blocked and the street ends up flooded. At times the flooding is so bad that the sidewalks flood.

    How does this give our town a positive appearance to outsiders?

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    • Seriously… You obviously don’t get that there are people unhappy the way they are being served. If you don’t like it people related to those whose job it is to handle these situations don’t want to hear it. That exactly the

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    • That’s exactly the problem! Won’t change as long as constant denial. Never seen town in such a shameful state and been here a long,long time.

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    • I read both this blog and highlands nj Facebook page . When you read the Facebook page there are good and bad comments. But when I read the blog I read angry comments. Pictures of people’s home in disrepair . You don’t know that families situation . Personal attacks on people. Just kind of mean spirted. I read the newspaper daily. Union beach. Flooding problems. Keans burg flooding problems ,seaside flooding problems , most be poor management on the whole nj coast. And yes I do know people are unhappy. I’ve lived here 40 years i pay my taxes i live on a empty street .Expressing dissatisfaction is your right But maybe you should take the anger down a notch . I really hope you all run for office.

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    • wow, pot calling the kettle black..you and your ilk don’t make angry comments?? really? Why don’t you lead by example and offer constructive criticism and comments, instead of the blame/defend/criticize game…
      People are allowed to vent on my blog. I listen. I might not be able to fix things. But I’ll listen and empathize, because I get what they’ve gone through. And instead of bashing them for feeling frustrated, I let them vent, because we’re all going through a lot. Let me give you an example, when people complain about garbage or snow removal, instead of getting, ‘I’m sorry you are going through that, let me take care of that for you, my peeps get.. excuse, excuse, excuse.. why are you being negative…” why don’t you help be part of the solution? seriously..

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  5. We had a problem with blocked storm drains and floods on Water Witch Ave. ( I thing the streets are sinking here) Billy Caizza and another man did a great job clearing the drains and the flooded street.

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  6. John, I agree but after being outside and asking them to help. They should automatically unblock drains and clear out water. The street is issue for sure as the water cannot reach drains without pushing it.

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  7. As far as reading and posting here, if you don’t agree with the “majority” of posters, it’s like a sore tooth….you just keep probing.

    The conditions in this town, due to all the snow, are no different than that of any other small town. Lack of materials, funding and manpower. As far as alternate side of the street parking, most of the streets down town are too narrow. Just as in curb to curb plowing. Where would you put all that snow….can’t put it on the beach, illegal. Can’t dump it in the bay, can’t pollute the waterways. Can’t even use beach sand when you run out of salt.

    As of the 2010 census, there were 5,005 people living in this town. As of 2011, there were 3,118 registered voters. I’m sure now, that due to Sandy, there are less. As far as I can see, there are less than 2 dozen nay saying posters on this blog…..so, let’s hear it for the so called “silent majority”. I would be interested to know what contributions to their town and community the less than 2 dozen have made. Should any of you get elected to serve on the Council in May, it would be interesting to see how you react when on the other side of that table.

    Cathy is 100% correct in her assessment that if the only knowledge one had of Highlands was from reading this blog, it would be no inducement to locate here.

    Meanwhile, back to the bat cave where sanity reigns.

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    • If they are going to truck the snow, the vacant lot next to Valley National Bank seems to be a perfect spot.

      Who says there’s nothing positive on this blog? 🙂

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    • As for your population stats, you can’t compare 5,000 residents that include under age and non-registered voters to the voter rolls. It’s apples & oranges.

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  8. @Lucille, every resident is entitled to their own opinion, whether they run for council or not. They have a vote and the right to express themselves on this blog. I’m not part of any faction but I am a regular poster. I like this blog and I don’t see any “nay saying posters” here, only concerned citizens. You’re not doing yourself or your friends any favors by ragging the people on here. I think you absolutely have a valid point about the snow but the way you phrased your post is less likely to change anyone’s mind.

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  9. Seven Stars, you, too, are 100% correct in your statement: “every resident is entitled to their own opinion.” As we are well aware, opinions are never wrong.

    Also, thanks to the Bill of Rights, we have the inalienable right to put that opinion in writing. Ergo, “bat shit crazy” and old “biTTy”.

    My post merely stated facts, not opinions. But, we both know that facts, unlike opinions, are subject to perception; so, I’d appreciate it greatly if you would point out just exactly how I twisted “facts” to “phrase” my post. After all, one is, supposedly, never too old to learn

    Unfortunately, insight into one’s own psyche is in itself its own deterrent to changing ones opinion.

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    • Blah blah blah…. Excuses for everything. Actions speak louder than words. Let’s see some actions and less excuses. People pay a lot of taxes and deserve better. All thiese contributions will be for an empty town cause many people who have stuck it out for years have just had it and ready to walk. I hope the leadership is proud of themselves for making people feel their homes that they love are just not worth the aggravation and fear of avoidable flooding anymore. Just a sense of pure hopelessness!

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    • @ Lucille, I think you are reading things into my post that aren’t there. If you take the time to re-read my post, nowhere did I use the word “twisted” or the word “facts” and nowhere did I say you twisted anything. I said you have a valid point, but it’s stuck in between rants against this blog and many of the people on it. Aren’t you voicing the same negativity you claim to despise? I’m simply offering a helpful suggestion to you– I think what you have to say is absolutely worth considering, but more people would be open to listening to you if you phrase your thoughts in a less insulting way. You changed my mind about the plowing and I bet you have other good points to make too; I’d hate to see that get lost in off color comments that people automatically dismiss.

      I don’t generally try to help people out on here and maybe it was foolish of me to throw you a little friendly advice, but I liked that your snow remark challenged me to think a little more about the issue. However, I won’t try to help you again if it isn’t wanted. My feedback was meant with good intent.

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  10. Kat is right and there are possible solutions. How about Snow can be removed and put in municipal parking and municipal land that is sitting on shore drive at end of town. I haven’t seen a single salt truck btw. Maybe try alternate Street Parking? There are possible solutions if you choose to look for them and not just say make excuses. The question is are the powers that be open to listening?

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  11. Seven Stars
    February 18, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    @ Cathy, if that’s how you feel, then why do you waste your time reading and posting here?

    As cut and pasted from your earlier post.

    Seven Stars
    February 18, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    @Lucille, every resident is entitled to their own opinion, whether they run for council or not. They have a vote and the right to express themselves on this blog.

    Yet this posted on the same day only hours later.

    It will take more than the proverbial grain of salt to swallow that one. The semantics of your thinking, while leaving me completely baffled, also gives me pause to wonder at the veracity of your statements. The words “twisted” and “facts” were indeed mine. There usage quite understandable. As in many facet of life, debates too, are won on consistency of expression.

    You also made mention of my “insulting way”. What can be more insulting than being called a vile name? As you know, action begets reaction; and, nowhere is that more fitting than on this blog.

    Also mentioned was the fact that, while you agreed with me on the snow situation, you did not like my phrasing. As I have previously stated, one is never too old to learn, so perhaps you could show me the appropriate way. As to you statement on “ragging”, that too baffles me. I should think the ability to rag a ragger quite an asset.

    But, then again, I can use all the help I can get.

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    • @Lucille- You seem very interested in picking a fight with me and I cannot follow what it is you are on about. I asked a question to one blogger who replied to it; that’s what people generally do. I see it was my mistake for asking you to read my posts with as much consideration as I did yours, since you are obviously unwilling to do so. As someone once insulted you on this blog, you must of course stoop to their level with even more vitriol. Please go ahead and continue to handicap the excellent point you made about the snow. To return to my original point, some people on this blog will skip an entire post when it gets bogged down with off color remarks, even if there are some valid points contained within. I think I will start taking that course from here out too.

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  12. this is all very interesting. It appears that certain people and factions in this town are taking the ,”you can’t talk about Obama in a negative way” philosophy and applying it here in Highlands. they tell you if you complain and point out the town’s deficiencies that you are just whining and complaining and not contributing. they also engage in feigned anger when it comes to certain people and groups in town being criticized.

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  13. Well, Seven, I’m not interested in picking a fight with anyone, nor have I “stooped” to anyone’s level. I don’t swear at people, nor do I call them vile names It did come as a shock when I was cursed at. I thought that kind of lowered the level of this blog. I’d be interested to know just exactly where I went “off color”. I simply did not understand how, in essence, you could tell one poster: if you don’t like it, lump it, and in the next post tell me that everyone has the right to express their opinions here. Could be that the name Kane raises a red flag?

    I also do not understand your statement re trying to “help me”. Just under what capacity do I need this help?

    This town has a lot of problems and faces a rough future. The people running this town are a dedicated, intelligent and rational group of people. It stands to reason that not everyone agrees with decisions made; but, not everyone is in their shoes. Instead of picking a controversial subject and beating it and our town leaders to death, the critics here should get all the facts before before starting the beating process.. Constructive criticism is a great tool, but calling ;people names has absolutely nothing to do with the solution. Instead of name calling try offering some logical, workable alternatives.

    I don’t know who you are, therefor, I cannot judge you as you have judged me, but then again, you don’t really know me either….or do you.

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    • @Lucille–

      “I simply did not understand how, in essence, you could tell one poster: if you don’t like it, lump it, and in the next post tell me that everyone has the right to express their opinions here.”

      Where did I say that? Anyone can see that appears nowhere in my prior posts. Those remarks are a fabrication you yourself created, not me.

      As to your “help” inquiry– You’ve expressed displeasure about how some readers have treated you in the past. I’ve explained several times previously that maybe the readers here would take you more seriously if you changed the tone of your remarks. After your last post, you can’t possibly wonder why there is a faction on here that immediately writes you off, and it has nothing to do with your name. I voiced support for your point of view and tried to encourage you to write in a way that might change more minds here (so you could put any unpleasantness behind you and maybe have a real impact here), and you respond by making up lies about my posts. No, we clearly don’t know each other, as I don’t have friends who do things like that. They accept help in the spirit in which it’s offered.

      I can’t address your closing remarks as they do not make any sense to me.

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  14. Well then Seven Stars, I guess it’s a standoff. You still have not answered my question regarding the different advise given to Cathy and me. I guess it’s just a matter of whatever suits.

    I reread my original post on this thread and fail to see how it could be rephrased to better suit your sensibilities. Those sensibilities being selective as I did not see any comments or umbrage from you when one poster on this thread made a personal rant against another resident.

    The only thing on my original post here that I can see you objected to was reference to the “silent majority”. Which, by the way, is “fact”.

    As for my closing remarks, it was in reference to the fact that it is not at all productive to accept help from someone who freely offers that help while hiding behind a pseudonym.

    As I do not intentionally lie, I would appreciate your pointing out those “lies” you accuse me of.

    In the meantime, this horse is dead, so I’ll just say “Goodnight Gracie”.

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    • I cannot answer your question because you made up the different advice part. As I never said it, I can’t address it. As for my user name, I am not hiding behind anything. It’s common for people to have user names on websites (what is everyone on ebay hiding, for example?) If you really care that much what my name is, I don’t have a problem posting it.

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