Top 15 Stories in January on Manchester Patch

Manchester residents enraged over 2013 reassessments; drug arrests; and a retrospective on Joe Portash topped the list of this Patch's most popular stories last month

1. Manchester Residents Enraged Over 2013 Reassessments

Most of the residents in Manchester Township who do not live in senior communities will see an increase in taxes later this year. (More)


A police report for late December and early January. (More)

3. Driver Critically Injured On Route 70

A driver was critically injured Friday after being involved in a serious accident on Route 70, according to the Lakewood Scoop. (More)

4. Car Overturns On Ridgeway Boulevard

A car reportedly overturned on Ridgeway Boulevard on Jan. 18. (More)

5. UPDATE: Manchester Woman Found

Deborah A. Kelley reportedly walked away from the Fresh Start Group Home in early January. (More)

6. Manchester Has One Of State's Lowest Tax Rates; Highest Bill Increases

Cost of rebuilding after Sandy could affect rates, according to Star-Ledger analysis. (More)


Deborah A. Kelley reportedly walked away from the Fresh Start Group Home in early January. (More)

8. Whiting Pharmacy Technician Arrested For Stealing Drugs

Michael Weygand had allegedly committed the thefts while working at the CVS in Whiting over the past several months. (More)

9. Shooting At Best Western On Route 70 In Lakewood

Victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. (More)

10. POLL: Should adult and senior communities be open to the public?

Are you bothered by the way senior and adult communities are protected? (More)

11. Manhunt For Lakehurst Suspect Involved In Robbery

Complaints signed for Brian E. Homolovich, 26, whose last known address is Union Avenue in Lakehurst. (More)


Joseph Stevens of Jackson was charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit to breath testing and driving while suspended. (More)

13. Guide to Making the Call on Elevating Your Manchester Area Property

A post-Sandy Q&A session helped answer some (but not all) questions about what will be required of shore property owners. (More)

14. UPDATE: Man Atop Seaside Heights Roller Coaster In Police Custody

A man who stood atop the wreckage of the water-drenched roller coaster near the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights Tuesday is now in police custody. (More)

15. PORTASH: How New Jersey's Most Crooked Politician Was Finally Caught

Journalist Thomas Peele recalls how he began his career, connecting the handling of Pine Lake Park's water problems to a corrupt Manchester government run by Joseph Portash. (More)

Dan February 07, 2013 at 03:24 PM
STATE OF NEW JERSEY LOCAL FINANCE BOARD NOTICE OF VIOLATION In Re: [Michael Fressola, Mayor, Township of Manchester, Complaint This matter having come before the Local Finance Board (Board) pursuant to the Local Government Ethics Law, N.J.S.A. et seq., upon complaint that Mayor Michael Fressola used the address and telephone number of the Township of Manchester City Hall in a political mail piece, using the resources of the Township for his personal gain and securing unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself and his campaign in violation of N.J.S.A. and, WHEREAS, the Board determined that the allegations were within its jurisdiction, were not frivolous and were based upon a reasonable factual basis, authorized an investigation of this complaint; and
Dan February 07, 2013 at 03:24 PM
WHEREAS, the Local Government Ethics Law states: N.J.S.A. 40A: No local government officers or employee shall use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself or others; and, WHEREAS, the Board, having considered the matter and the relevant statements and presented and all documentation with the written response to the allegations submitted by Mayor Fressola, concluded that the use of the Municipal Building address and telephone number in the letterhead of a political mailer distributed in connection with the May 11, 2010 election constitutes the use or attempted use of Mayor Fressola's official position to secure an unwarranted privilege or advantage for himself or others in violation of N.J.S.A. It is therefore, DETERMINED that Mayor Michael Fressola shall be assessed a fine in the amount of $100.00 for the violation as related to his engaging in activities prohibited by the statute. Said fine shall be payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey, and be submitted to: Thomas H. Neff, Chair, Local Finance Board, P.O. Box 803, Trenton, New Jersey, 08625 immediately. If payment of said fine is not received within 10 days receipt of this NOTICE, Mayor Fressola is subject to additional fines as determined by the Board in accordance with its powers in N.J.S.A.40A:9- 22.10, Violations and Penalties.


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