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No candy here: Pam Brightbill gave out devil horns during the Memorial Day parade

It’s really a shame Middletown has to suffer through elected officials such as Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill.

I was covering the Memorial Day parade today – probably the township’s 50th or so – when I noticed I was actually being waved to Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger.

Side note: Thanks Ger, I really appreciated that. You didn’t make me feel as much like an outcasted, syphilitic leper as you normally do. Then again, maybe I was dreaming and you were waving to someone behind me.

Back to my wonderful experience with Pam . . .

So all of a sudden there they were, Middletown’s finest, right in front of me. The parade procession had stopped and depositied two smiling faces directly within the scope of my lens.

I said hello and asked if they would pose for a picture.

Scharfenberger didn’t answer, being that Brightbill usually takes the liberty. She looked at me and said something along the lines of, “No.” She had that attractive scowl on her face that only Pamela Brightbill can contort through facial expression.

I snapped a few pictures anyway, as she quickly turned away.

As they began walking down the road, a man following them in the procession said, “Pam, why don’t you two pose for a picture?”

Keep in mind these events took place over the course of a few seconds.

She looked over her shoulder at him and gave another one of those prolonged scowls and said some sarcastic remark I didn’t quite pick up. I can only imagine it had something to do with me.

The man said, “What, is she a democrat?” [Gee, I didn’t know Middletown Republicans were known for their dislike of Democrats.]

At that point, Brightbill – still with scowl, now hinted with a sarcastic smile I’m sure she thought was clever and cunning – looked at him, said something along the lines of, “No, she’s with The Courier,” and proceeded to put her finger to her head and make the gesture commonly associated with devil horns.

Pamela Brightbill referred to me as the

Now I’m pretty sure Pam didn’t think I was still watching. Guess what? I was.

Middletown should be exceptionally embarrassed

An elected official should never, ever make gestures like that of any kind, even if actions were to merit it. Mine did not. I have never deserved to be referred to as “the devil” in my dealings with Middletown elected officials.

I am always respectful and mindful of the difficult plight they face in the township. I have never been anything but pleasant and polite in my passings with Deputy Mayor Brightbill, in particular. In fact, if I recall, it was me who took the liberty to introduce myself to her at a meeting (not a township meeting). She was kind of busy though, being overtly polite to James Hogan, even taking a flyer from him that demonizes Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.

For her to assume all reporters from The Courier to be Satan-like is quite a statement. I’m also pretty sure she didn’t always think that of J.J. Sullivan III, former Courier Staff Writer.

I would venture to say Pam thinks all Middletown Democrats – maybe even all Democrats on the face of the earth – to be the devil’s bedfellow.

Pam, here’s the thing: With elections coming up soon, perhaps you should take a course in public relations. You’re the one up for reelection, not me. I’m sure the taxpayers wouldn’t appreciate such a gesture, and neither did I.

Let it be duly noted that I have reported the event as it happened. Some might see my description of Brightbill’s actions to be a bit elaborate. Republican or not, it was uncalled for and entirely rude and disrespectful in its intent.

Unless you were there – and you probably weren’t – take my word for it. Pamela Brightbill just made her bed for the next couple of months, and it doesn’t look pretty.

PHOTO: I caught Pam with the finger en-route to make the devil-horn gesture at Middletown’s Memorial Day Parade today. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Motorcycles in M’town Memorial Day Parade

I covered Memorial Day parade number three today, in Middletown Township. Today pretty much concluded the week of Memorial Day parades in the Bayshore.

While one might think I grow sick of parades, there are always different things to look forward to in each town.

One of my favorite parts of Middletown’s parade this year was the motorcycle procession.

Click here to watch a YouTube video of the bikes as they rode by.

Warning: Portions of this video contain loud noises.

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The Keysteppers

The Keysteppers performed at Keyport’s Third Annual Memorial Day Parade.

These seniors are quite spry, and the crowd loved them.

My particular favorite – see if you can spot her – is the woman with the cane.

Some man ran in front of my camera as I was filming, so I apologize.


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Snapshots from Keyport’s Memorial Day Parade

The borough’s third annual Memorial Day Parade was quite a success, as many residents turned out to see the floats, marchers and firetrucks.

Below are a few of the moments I captured in a click.

To read about the parade and see more pictures, pick up a copy of this week’s Courier.

Waiting in line, Keyport Fire Department
The Keysteppers

The American Celts Pipes and Drums

ALL PHOTOS: (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Keyport Memorial Day Parade today

The borough of Keyport will host its Centennial Memorial Day Parade today at 2 p.m.

The procession will begin at the high school and follow Broad Street to Front Street, where it will turn left and end at Fireman’s Park.

There will be a float contest, as well as a special guest appearance of President Theodore Roosevelt of Today.

I’m expecting to see many residents turn out to celebrate the town’s 100th year and to honor those who have served our country.

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K’burg Parade Cermony: Kyrillos honors Woods

Senator Joe Kyrillos, R-District 13, presented Grand Marshal Frank Woods an award at the Memorial Day Parade Cermony on Sunday, May 18.

The following is a video of the senator, Councilman George Hoff and Woods.

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K’burg Parade Cermony: Thompson honors Lewis

Assemblyman Sam Thompson, R-District 13, presented Deputy Grand Marshal John Lewis an award at the Memorial Day Parade Cermony on Sunday, May 18.

The following is a video of the assemblyman, Councilman George Hoff and Lewis.

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