MIDDLETOWN: FULLY REPUBLICAN AGAIN

mtown-elexAt Democratic headquarters tonight, the mood went from hopeful to somber as the Republicans won the township committee election. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Middletown Township Committee will be all-Republican come January 1, as incumbent mayor Gerard Scharfenberger and running mate Kevin Settembrino beat out Sean Byrnes, who was the committee’s only Democrat, and his running mate, Mary Mahoney, in Tuesday’s election.

By 9p, Scharfenberger was confident he and Settembrino had a safe enough lead to declare victory. That was about the same time Byrnes, who had gathered with fellow Dems at the American Legion post in Leonardo, said “it’s over.”

“Naturally I’m very pleased. I thought we ran a really strong campaign,” Scharfenberger said. “We worked very hard and we were rewarded for it.”

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M’TOWN SWIM CLUB MAY GET OVERHAUL

mtown-pool-080310Township officials are considering options for the aging Middletown Swim & Tennis Club. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Dropping revenues and increasing maintenance needs, combined with local budget woes, have Middletown officials seriously considering making a splash with its swim club.

The question is this: will it be a cannonball or a doggy paddle that the township committee decides upon?

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