POLITICAL “SOUNDBITES” FROM MIDDLETOWN

fiore-byrnesDeputy Mayor Anthony Fiore, left, and Committeeman Sean Byrnes talk before Monday night’s meeting. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The finale to each Middletown committee meeting the last couple months has, by Deputy Mayor Anthony Fiore’s account, become a forum for politicking and an opportunity to make for great soundbites.

Terms like “consolidation,” “planning” and “committees” tend to top the list of buzzwords, he said.

Monday night didn’t disappoint, when discussion related to a resolution to remove school spending from property tax bills widened a political divide among the committee, particularly between Fiore and his Democrat counterpart Sean Byrnes.

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EDUCATION FORUM TACKLES CHRISTIE CUTS

hot-topic rightIt’s official: Chris Christie is the governor of New Jersey and, more than likely, education funding changes are afoot. You want an idea of what to expect? The Shrewsbury Parent-Teacher Group has you covered.

The group will host a presentation on changes that are expected under the Christie regime at 7p, January 27, at the Shrewsbury Boro School. Lynne Strickland, the executive director of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, will be the speaker. The public is invited to the forum, said Meg Gerth, a parent.

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