The Highlands Pancake is house is set to reopen, and as such, the Highlands Council is set to offer a new resolution about possible future communication taking place in the Highlands Pancake House. Their fear is, they may receive of 3 to 4 hours a day of phone calls to the Borough from residents overhearing conversations from other diners in the Highlands Pancake House about what is going on in Highlands and want clarification on what is official communications from the Borough of Highlands. Simply, they just want to mitigate the fact that residents might confuse the Highlands Pancake house with an Official Highlands Communications outlet. So if residents are in the Highlands Pancake House eating breakfast and overhear conversations from elected officials, employees or volunteers, that unless those folks specifically state otherwise, those conversations might be somehow interpreted as “official communications” from the Borough of Highlands.
The proposed resolution shall read:
BOROUGH OF HIGHLANDS
COUNTY OF MONMOUTH
A Resolution Concerning “The Highlands Pancake House”, And any conversations Therein, Or, In Any Breakfast Establishment within the Borough of Highlands, N.J., By Elected Officials Of The Borough Of Highlands As Well As, Other Officials, Employees, Agents, Representatives And Volunteers,
WHEREAS, the restaurant “Highlands Pancake House” has been established on Bay Avenue in Highlands, NJ, and, as of the date of preparing this Resolution, has had thousands of local Highlands patrons; and
WHEREAS, elected and other officials of the Borough could be approached by residents and employees concerning information overheard therein said restaurant which may not true nor accurate; and
WHEREAS, as a result, it is necessary to clarify that the “Highlands Pancake House” is not an official media outlet of the Borough of Highlands; and
WHEREAS, the governing body recognizes that individuals possess a First Amendment right to comment and converse in any restaurant; and
WHEREAS, the governing body further deems that it is necessary to adopt protocols for its elected officials, other officials, employees, representatives and volunteers, so that statements overheard in any restaurant by those individuals are not misinterpreted as official statements of the Borough of Highlands; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any elected Borough official, or other Borough official, employee, agent, representative or volunteer, including appointees to boards, commissions, committees and or subcommittees, who wishes to speak within the “Highlands Pancake House” over breakfast, lunch or any other meal, as well as, in any other similar breakfast establishments, which are currently established or may be in the future established, shall state out loud, before speaking that any comment, conversation or statement from that individual is a statement, comment or conversation of that individual only and does not represent an official statement, comment or communication on behalf of the Borough of Highlands.
When speaking to residents over the proposed new resolution, the reaction was mixed. One stated they felt it was “a violation of [their] right to free speech, and [they] should not have to preface breakfast conversation with a disclaimer, stating what [they are] about to say is not an official Borough statement.”
Another resident did not feel the resolution was infringing at all, stating, “I mean really, if they [the restaurant owners] just changed the name of the restaurant to something besides ‘Highlands’ pancake house this actually wouldn’t be an issue.”
The above post is an April Fool’s Day post. The Highlands Pancake House is not opening in the near future, the Highlands Council is not planning on introducing a resolution against speaking in breakfast establishments without disclaimers .. (yet). And no residents were interviewed for the comments about the fictitious resolution.
Again with the changes, if anyone shows up I’ll be amazed..
Saturday SUNDAY March 14, 2pm
Cost: Registration is $
20.00 $25.00 and includes a t-shirt, a pint of Guinness Beer and access to the Post-Race Party at Chubby Pickle.
The race will begin at Chubby Pickle, where contestants will fill their cup and race to Miller St., and back to the finish line at Chubby Pickle. The contestant with the most liquid in their cup at the finish line, wins
the 1st Place trophy and $100 in Bid Bucks. 2nd Place will receive a $50 Bid Buck. Something.
Anybody remember the Highlands Newsletter? We received what, 2-3 times? Then Nada. Apparently money was the issue in reproduction. I’m all for fiscal responsibility, especially after Sandy, however according to Carolyn Broullon potential alternatives were not going to be considered.
What other ways could they do the newsletter on the cheap?
Online – Pros: FREE Cons: not everyone has online access – IMO, some communication is better than none.
Print & Have Local Business Sponsor the newsletter Pros: Local Business Pays for Printing & Mailing Cons: Not All Costs may be Covered, requires reaching out to local business to get sponsorship
Print & Send out in Quarterly Tax Statements/Sewer Bills – Pros: Cost effective with mailing costs Cons: Leaves out Renters, not totally free.
What other ideas do you have?
A year ago I did a post with a poll on what you wanted to see for Highlands in the year 2014. The results were:
What did we accomplish?
We did NOT start any of the flood mitigation projects. And when I say start, I mean actually start, voting on starting does not count as actually starting the projects.
We did NOT stabilize taxes, Highlands incurred a 9% municipal tax increase.
We did NOT merge with another town in 2014.
We DID get more people in living in town in 2014, although many are still not back yet.
We DID alter zoning so that if people rebuilt in their footprint it wouldn’t be as onerous.
We did NOT start building down by the Oyster, unfortunately there were more hurdles, but the property has been cleaned up.
We DID streamline the process to open a business by changing just doing background checks instead of fingerprinting.
We did NOT revamp the Masterplan in 2014 however, it’s not off table for 2015.
We did NOT build a hi-rise in Shadow lawn.
We DID have more rides at Clamfest.
What do you want to see for 2015? (Top 3)
Saturday, November 29th 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Francesco’s Garden Terrace 279 Bay Avenue, Highlands
Celebrate the centuries old holiday tradition of treating yourself and others to unique handcrafted gifts. Pick from a range of artisan gifts … from silk scarfs, to felted wraps, to framed photography, to jewelry, furniture and more! Find the perfect gift for those special people in your life. Work with our artisans to craft a hand-written note to accompany the gift you select.
We are featuring local artisans from the Highlands/Atlantic Highlands area. These artisans reflect the diversity and core fabric of our community … these artisans include classically trained as well as self-taught individuals, they range in age from 17 to 70+, and their materials and inspirations include local and global influences. Please join us in celebrating their expression! Representative artists are listed below:
Arnie Fuog Natural Furniture & Furnishings Integration of native & reclaimed materials to create functional yet soulful furnishings
Barbara Lipton Hand Made Scarfs & Wraps Blending of traditional techniques and natural fibers to create one-of-a-kind wearable art
Cheryl Cummings Artisan Bread Various home-made crusted breads
CJ O’Farrell Poet, Illustrator & Storyteller Inspired by everyday life. Acrylics, hand inked zines, and original comics
Judith Heredia Painter & Sculptor Paintings and rock sculptures influenced by nature
Knut Molhman Sculpture Artist Mixed media artist combines wood and metal to create three-dimensional art
Laury Egan Author & Photographer Book signing for award-winning author and photographer
Lola Adolf Photographer & Painter Award winning artist featuring local scenery and historic sites and homes
Marty Rosen Bottle Cap Artist Use of bottle caps to create folk inspired mosaic art
Maureen McCrink Singer & Songwriter Christmas CD from the McCrink sisters
Mischele Diebold Textile Jewelry Hand sewn bracelets and earrings embellished with crystals
Paula Corris Driftwood Artist Masterful manipulation of driftwood to create unique three-dimensional art objects
Phoebe/Beth Allen Mother Nature’s Beauty Hand crafted soaps
Rene English Potter and Jewelry Maker Sea is the source of inspiration for distinctive pottery and jewelry
Stacey Pritchard Petals and Stone Jewelry as an extension of sculpture integrating silver, precious stones and natural objects
Virginia Pointon Sea Glass & PMC Jewelry Extraordinary sea glass and precious metal clay pendants
Wendy Cassaday Multi-Dimensional Artist An eclectic group of hand-made gifts from paintings to pens
Winfield Matthews Painter Diverse range of paintings from playful childhood characters to rich Biblical interpretations
Francesco’s has been in continuous operation in Highlands for over 30 years. Proprietor Giorgio Migliaccio offers high quality Italian food in a casual family-friendly atmosphere. This event will be held in the Garden Terrace … a heated space overlooking the herb and flower garden that helps to flavor the food and adorn the tables at Francesco’s.
ABOUT HBAC Highlands Borough Arts Council
HBAC mission: Improve the quality of life in Highlands Borough by helping the arts to flourish. For more information on HBAC including a listing of events and upcoming programs, please see our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/highlandsborough.artscouncil or email us at email@example.com.
Back in June of 2013, I wrote about CVS moving across the street from Eastpoint Plaza to the old Quick chek plaza. Well almost 18 months to the day, the new CVS superstore will open.
October 2013 we went to Henry Hudson and listened to the Highlands Prioritization Report at the FEMA recovery meeting. I wanted to give an update of where we are.
|Highlands Project Prioritization Oct 2013||V||I||D||Final Priority Ranking||Completed by Oct 2014|
|STORM WATER DRAINAGE & FLOOD MITIGATION||58||5||0||Vital||N|
|DIRECT PIPING OF STORM WATER FROM RT 36 TO RIVER||55||7||1||Vital||N|
|ASSESS, REPAIR, & UPGRADE SANITARY SYSTEM TO REDUCE I &I, LOWER RATES TO CUSTOMERS||49||9||2||Vital||N|
|US ARM CORP OF ENGINEERS IDEAS||41||3||1||Vital||N|
|BAY AVE RENAISSANCE||34||13||8||Vital||N|
|CAPITALIZING ON SANDY HOOK & HIGHLANDS WATERFRONT||24||16||10||Important||N|
|ENHANCE STEEP SLOPE STABILITY TOWN WIDE||21||22||4||Important||N|
|CODE COMPLIANCE & ENFORCEMENT||21||18||13||Important||N*|
|COMMUNITY CENTER REDEVELOPMENT||16||20||15||Important||N|
|WATERFRONT PROMOTION MARITIME HISTORY & THE ARTS||11||18||20||Important||N|
* October 22, 2014 an ordinance was passed to give the town more leverage to go after abandoned/foreclosed homes.
According to APP.com, State of NJ announced this week that 33 gas stations (one of which is Quick Chek on Route 36 on the western edge of Highlands)— using $1.8 million in government grants — have been approved to move forward with plans to retrofit their operations for a backup power supply, so they can continue to sell gas during a crisis with widespread power outages.
The approved stations, which were eligible for the grant because of their strategic location along shore evacuation routes, will be either installing connection points for mobile generators or buying and fitting permanent backup generators.
During Sandy I think most of us remember having to either drive down 36 to either Sunaco or Wawa and waiting on-line.
Hint #1: Home Made Sausage
Hint #2: Home Cured Bacon
Hint #3: Porchetta
THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014
RAIN DATE: SUN OCT 5th
Saturday, Oct 4th, 2– 9PM – RAIN DATE: OCT 5th
Where: Veterans Park
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 5th) Attendance – Free
An Authentic German Experience
German Food, Beers and Oompah Bands.
Asbury Park Zombie Walk
This year it’s Zombies vs. Brain Cancer! To help us fight the war against brain cancer we are calling on the most powerful army we know, the undead. The 2014 New Jersey Zombie Walk will kick off “GREY MATTERS,” a campaign that spreads awareness about brain cancer.
10:00am to 4:00pm:
– Undead Festival of vendors is open
to the public in the Casino
– GREY MATTERS area is open for info and fundraising
–Makeup Artists are available for professional
–Zombie Blood Drive will be accepting donations in front of the Stone Pony
–Zombie Food Drive, bring canned
11:00am – 3:00pm:
4:oopm – 4:30pm
THE ZOMBIE WALK BEGINS
6:00pm – 8:00pm:
MAIN STAGE EVENTS AND ZOMBIE STREET FAIR!
Live music and festivities continue Downtown and at local businesses throughout Asbury Park.
According to this weeks Business Insider, Fashion Trucks are popping all over America. In Highlands a few days a week, you’ve probably noticed Penelope’s Traveling Boutique either by Huddy Park or by Vets Park. American Mobile Retail Association (AMRA) told BI that there are about 500 fashion trucks spread across all 50 states. They began popping up four years ago, but the trend has exploded in the past year as new entrepreneurs learn from the successes and failures of the movement’s pioneers.
Part of the business idea’s appeal is the low-cost of entry, and not having to go through the traditional mercantile processes that a traditional store front would. So the risk is lower.
Attached is a pdf from 2010 that address some ideas on how to cut spending increase revenues.
Some of the ideas at a high level include:
- Code Enforcement
- Selling off some Boro vehicles
- Admin/Shared Services
- Hydro Alternative Energy
- Streamline Mercantile process
To review Down Load the .pdf –>FY2010 Budget committee recommendations (You will need adobe acrobat to view)
What other ideas can be included to either cut spending or create revenue?
Sasha announced on Facebook that she’s closing after 20 years.
End of Summer Party – Sandy Hook
The Sandy Hook Foundation presents its annual fond farewell to the season of summer concerts and activities on the Hook, with some of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers doing their thing they do so well, plus live music and auction items offered by a selection of local merchants. Proceeds support restoration, maintenance and education projects of the National Park Service. Party entrance is at the North Beach Pavilion near the Fort Hancock area; please call the Foundation office at 732-291-7733 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in going.
Asbury Park Oysterfest is one of Monmouth County’s flagship festivals; a 3-day event that promises to be the ultimate end-of-summer experience for oysters, fun festival foods, live music, children’s amusements, over 75 crafters and vendors, beer, wine and even signature sodas. The festival runs Friday, September 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6th from noon to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 7th, from noon to 6:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront.
Skimboarders of all ages, from beginners to professionals, gather for this annual action-packed 2-day event to show off their skills, and compete for prizes and cash. To register CLICK HERE
2014 Iron Girl – Sandy Hook
The Iron Girl event series is an opportunity for women of all ages to come together as a community. To be fit, to be healthy, and to celebrate the joy of living well – that is the Iron Girl lifestyle. We invite you to join us at one of our fun and inspirational events in 2014!
Atlantic Highlands Annual Flea Market
Shrewsbury Avenue has historically had issues with patrons of local bars leaving the establishments. Back on Aug 13, 2012 it was addressed in a town hall meeting
Chief Blewett disclosed that since July 20, 2012 there have been 38 calls from the Shrewsbury Avenue area, of which 19 can be directly attributed to Wind & Sea. He also stated that Wind & Sea owners have hired an additional officer to assist with incidents between the hours of 10 PM – 2 AM. He further summarized that with occupancy limit of 300 inside and an additional 100 outside at the Tiki bar, all of which leave approximately the same time, one additional officer is some what outnumbered.
For what ever reason, it seems as though this year things have gotten worse. Resident concerns included:
- Wind n Sea being over capacity and safety issues
- Unruly Patrons leaving the bar
- Public urination and vomiting on residents properties
- Loitering at Miller Beach after Wind n Sea closed
Some of the business responses included:
- You live in a shore town, expect loud people in the summer
- If they are making money, let them make money
- Picking up broken bottles isn’t a big deal
- Don’t complain if you chose to live near a bar
We’ve also seen many different attempts of addressing the residents concerns by trying to discourage the loitering aspect at Miller Beach.
Attempt 1) The big blinky sign “Beach Closes at Dusk”
Attempt 2) Beat cop
Attempt 3) Closing the beach parking and ticketing cars left there past dusk
Attempt 4) White luminescent cones and ticketing cars
To view the full meeting click here:
I. R – 14 – 145/146 Declarations of Clam Purification Appointments (All the terms ended May 31) Before assigning new appointees, the CP committee was supposed to provide a report. Which they to date have not. So technically there isn’t a full committee but they need a report from the full committee in order to re-appoint certain members of the committee. For those that didn’t realize, the Borough of Highlands actually “owns” the clam purification plant in town and receives rent from the business that is there. Although, the lease was written a long time ago and very inexpensive. It was up for renewal in 2015. Whether it auto-renews at the same rate or we renegotiated the rental receivables is still up in the air because “we don’t have a report from the clam purification committee.” And to be fair most of our committees don’t seem to meet regularly. – End all be all , council pushed this back until September meeting. I personally would rather see action than inaction here, there is potential increase in rental revenue at stake. Even more irritating, there were 2 members of the Clam Purification Committee at the council meeting. (Francy & Nolan) No excuses on why no meetings and why no report and what the heck is going on.
II. Finance Report (From CFO) An audit started last week & constant Reviewing of the Budget is occurring, preparing for delinquent 2013 taxes, CFO recommended considering online tax sale to save money. The 3/4 qtr sewer bills were mailed out and they were due on Aug 11 with a 30 day grace period.
III. Bonding capacity is limited to 3 1/2% of the net town evaluation (What the town is worth), Right now we’re at capacity and we have $ 2 1/2 million away from our cap. The real concern (according to the new CFO, you know one of the highest paid NJ employee) is any new projects, i.e. new municipal building, a new police station, repairing the current crappy sewer system, repairing the community center, add any other project here could put us over our cap. What is a bond, its kind of like a credit card and our limit is based on what the town is worth. So based on everything we’ve borrowed, we’re almost at our limit with only $2 1/2 million to spare. (If this doesn’t scare you, it should) Our CFO suggests that we need to re prioritize our projects. (You can listen to 35 min to 45 min mark)
IV. Two Minute Rule was discussed in executive session, the following points were brought up there-
a) There have been times were they go around the room more than once asking for public input. (Of course this was before they put the 2 min rule in play.)
b) Sometimes in the past it was just informal and people just spoke out.
c) Maybe if its less people, letting speaking longer is an option and if there is a ton of people the 2 minute rule will take effect.
Net/net – the lawyer needs to do some investigation and they pushed off until September to make any decisions. (Shocker) Oh and by the way *we* as in the town tax payers have to pay for him to do this research. This should be a no brainer and a decision made, then move on. If you ask why? Look at point #3.
V. Also in the public portion it was brought up about the APP.com article stipulating that under current policy that predates Sandy, FEMA will credit disaster-stricken communities for the free labor that volunteer firefighters, first aid squad members as well as private individuals and volunteer groups provided, and for other “donated resources,” such as free meals, bottled water and cleaning supplies. Highlands has yet to collect the hours or a donated resource list or started the paperwork.
According to the council, “we have not missed out on this yet”, however, it wasn’t explained when the drop dead date for the application actually is and why this information needed to be submitted was not collected yet.
Back in June 2014, I did a post on how a new restaurant was trying to open where the Clam Hut was.
Although they were trying to open in the summer season 2014, and now the season is almost over, they are making progress.
Take a walk down Atlantic Street or take a notice if you go by on a boat.