Woodbridge Spends More than $30K to Market Community Center

All together, the town has spent $37,800 this year on hiring a marketing company to hype the community center.

For the second time in a year, the township council approved funding to hire a local marketing firm to promote the .

20 Lemons, a Woodbridge-based marketing company, will receive $30,000 to implement a marketing plan to bolster the fortunes of the community center. The resolution was approved at the August 7 council meeting.

In January, the council had voted on an agreement for a marketing plan with 20 Lemons, whose website motto is "Think it, build it, squeeze it." The cost of the January agreement was $7,800.

The promotion includes the community center itself as well as , built on the rear of the capped landfill site upon which the community center rests. The 18-hole golf course, named Skyline because on a clear day you can make out skyscrapers in New York City in the distance, opened in April and cost $428,000.

The monies for the marketing agreement are being charged to the township's recreation budget. The contract was not awarded through public bidding.

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Tom Maras August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM
There is an old adage, that being: You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear. That said, how does Mac and company (his council) think 20 Lemons will fix the lemon on the mountain (garbage dump) he created. As for the marketing expenses (what’s $30 or $40K between friends), no doubt all the profits from the solar panels and the new putt-putt revenue generator will more than cover such incidental costs. With our booming economy and all the new business coming to the township (please, ignore all those empty stores), Mac has lots of green (yours) to spread around. Just look at how all the stuff he has spread around his donkey corral has profited so many; well, a few anyway. Can’t wait to see his new budget, but apparently his town council can. As one councilman (Hi Jimmy) put it at a recent town council meeting, we have a 50 year history of being late with the budget. One might find that comment analogous to another old axiom: A day late and a dollar short!
So Much to Say August 14, 2012 at 01:18 PM
"built on the rear of the capped landfill site" Here's a GREAT marketing blitz......Cancer and Mini-golf....Perfect together.... That's your mayor for you!!!! Look at your tax bill and YOU decide if Woodbridge and Mac is perfect for YOU.
Brian August 14, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Township employees receive reduced membership fees for the YMCA. Almost all township employees are supposed to live within the township but many do not. Some of those who don't live in the township have received a waiver. Others are "flying under the radar."
Deborah Bell (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Brian, I don't recall there was ever a mandate that township employees had to live in the township. Are you sure of that?
Joe Murray August 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
What’s the Bottom line? Do these raise dollars and cover the operation, or are they money pits to the tax payer. I think this is what needs to be reported too. $40,000 sounds like a lot of money in these times, but if they truly cover the expense that’s a different story.
Tom Maras August 14, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hi Joe, Well, as they said in the Jerry Maguire movie: "Show me the money..."
Brian August 14, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Positive. This has been mandated for as long as I've had family members employed by the township. So, for at least 20 years. As I said, not all township employees. Police officers do not have to live in the township. Better union?
Brian August 14, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Are you asserting that landfills *cause* cancer?
Deborah Bell (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
lol, yeah, 'better union.' Usually if anyone is mandated to live in a town, it's cops because the pols figure you get 24/7 protection because they're around town even when they aren't working. I didn't know township employees had to live here. Thanks for the head's up.
So Much to Say August 14, 2012 at 03:26 PM
@Brian....I'm not willing to take a chance wth my health....Are you?
Deborah Bell (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Joe, all good questions. I'll report more when I find out.
Brian August 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Yes. Every single day. The "chance" is a calculated risk. The difference between correlation and causation is enormous.
slyfox1961 August 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
As usual, Mr. Maras is spewing his usual hate Mac nonsense. So what if it was built on a landfill? Does that make it unusable? Money spent to promote the CC and golf course is well spent. Advertising is never a waste. People that come to the CC and golf course will most likely spend money at other local businesses also. Mr. Maras, do you not think people see you for the MAc hater that you are?
Tom Maras August 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Mention Big Mac and out of its fox whole jumps the slyfox! What a loyal soldier! Stop with all the hate mongering already foxxy. When in comes to the Big One, I do not hate him. Saying I show a "disdain" for him is so much more appropriate. A sentiment many others seem to share as well.
Lynn K. Loyd August 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM
It looks like the cofounder of 20 Lemons is Eric Duchin who you can see on the following website: http://www.launchpad-creatives.com/photogalleryImages/large/Eric.jpg. He is pictured wearing a Superman costume with a comment about how he enjoys poker and the New York Giants. The other cofounder is Noelle Stary and under her picture is a comment about how she likes "Eggos with JIF peanut butter."
So Much to Say August 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
PRICELESS= looking like a total fool on the www for the world to see.....LOL
Rosie L. August 15, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Move already if you don't like it in OUR town or the good people here. Is there anyone you like.. Every time you open you mouth it's like someone scratching their nails long and hard on a blackboard. Please take my advice tone it down and maybe people won't run the other way when they hear you coming.
Rosie L. August 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
YOU R NOT A NICE PERSON!!! Stop this baby crap already. May if you do something good for someone else people would know you were real. But no all you do is cry and taunt the people that are doing the good and right thing. Who left you in charge the last time I saw God was still on the thone. Go do something nice for someone that is down on their luck. Feed a family or give a donation. Oh by the way you don't know me and no needs to put me up to standing for what's right.
Rosie L. August 15, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Correction: Oh by the way no one Needs to put me up to anything i stand up for what's right. See even I'm not perfect Maras!
So Much to Say August 15, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Well said Tom, as for the people who don't like what you say....Too freaken bad. Obviously it's people who's profited some how by kissing the ring of King Mac.
slyfox1961 August 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Mr. Maras, I am neither a loyal soldier for MAC nor am I an employee of the town, or any other public entity for that matter. I did not even vote for him. But unlike you, who neither works nor owns property, I actually do pay taxes in the form of real estate and income taxes. From what I hear, you do not put into the system, you take from it. So why the interest in govt. spending? Are you actually interested in :protecting" us, or is it purely self serving?
Deborah Bell (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Slyfox, we've had this discussion before. People who live in apartments pay property taxes in the form of their rent - unless you think there are property owners who don't pay property tax on apartment buildings. Do you have this kind of animosity towards everyone who lives in an apartment in Woodbridge?
Tom Maras August 15, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Rosie, who said anyone put you up to anything? As to being "perfect", glad to read you realize you are not; nor am I. Perhaps, like me, you find it is our imperfections that drive us to do better. Besides, isn't perfection a subjective term! As for moving, where would all of us in this great Republic be if our founding fathers just "moved" away, rather than standing up to the British monarchy? So, Rosie, like Charlie (Bogart) said to Rose (Hepburn) in the African Queen classic, I say to you: "What an absurd idea! What an absurd idea! Lady, I may be a born fool, but you got ten absurd ideas to my one, an' don't you forget it!
Tom Maras August 15, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Hi Sly, In response to your questions about me, I believe Ms. Bell has covered one of those questions in her response to you. That said, I will add I certainly paid "property taxes" on my former houses in Basking Ridge and Flemington. And, before I retired and started taking "from the system", through my SS benefits (which I paid into for many years), I paid a lot of income taxes, both here and aboard. Are you opposed to seniors collecting on their SS benefits? Anyway, now that I have responded to you, hopefully in a way that reassures you that I am just getting back what the government promised and owes, you can go back to your fox whole, secure in the knowledge I am not one who is abusing the system and that my interests are far from self-serving.
7 out August 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Not interested in playing on a former dump. Bad enough the kids in Matthew Jago school get to breath polluted air from the Hess refinery.
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Car jackings, burglaries, robberies, violent street gangs, assaults, out of control cost of living...and Woodbridge builds a 18 hole golf course. Just genius! We have a Mayor and Town Council who missed their calling at NASA as rocket scientists. It speaks volumes to the mindless sheep who keep voting for them. Don't worry, hope and change is coming!
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The monies for the marketing agreement are being charged to the township's recreation budget. The contract was not awarded through public bidding. Do you see a problem here? This isn't corrupt at all.
Tom Maras August 19, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Bucky, Obviously, you have seen a shell game or two in your life time. That said, when do you think the public will realize it is the elected officials in this town that are playing it on the taxpayers?
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Very sadly, never. How can one see the blatant corruption, high taxes, crime, cronyism, and still vote for the same recycled Democrats? The sheep can't think for themselves and always blame someone or something else other than the obvious. George Bush, space aliens, UFOs, evil spirits, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if the lemmings would clamor for a dream team of McGreevy and Corazine.
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Tom, you really expect accountability out of these types? Why would they drop that amount of money on a no-bid contract (great transparency!) for a golf course? Wouldn't that be part of the business plan before going forward with the project? It's called marketing costs. In Woodbridge, it's called padding the pockets of your cronies.


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