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Publisher's Voice: Don Foreman: a cop with incredible integrity

Posted 7/23/13

{jcomments on}It was a privilege for me to attend a Life Celebration for Don Foreman, a former detective for the Middletown Police Department who passed away on Tuesday, July 2.


Years ago, Don took me under his wing – back when the …

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Publisher's Voice: Don Foreman: a cop with incredible integrity


The tribute to Don, held at the Coble-Reber Funeral Home in town, also provided the occasion for a gathering of Who’s Who in the recent history of MPD. Mayor Bob Reid, former Chief George Miller, former sergeants Dick Brandt and Pete Ranck, former officers Ken Neidinger and Bob Schortemeyer, former detective Bill Layton and former police secretary Susie Burns all gathered to salute Don one last time. I was privileged to be involved in that informal assembly of ex-officers and staff.

It’s sad and unfortunate for the good people of Middletown that the relationship Don helped build between the Middletown police and the Press And Journal no longer exists.


We were happy to report the Middletown Area Historical Society is hard at work at realizing the possibility of securing a new and permanent home in the Downtown Plaza on Brown Street.

The society has a mountain of incredible historical artifacts that chronicle the rich and diverse history of the Middletown area. A dedicated and stable headquarters for a museum and storage of the irreplaceable treasures is a dream come true for the folks of the society. Their diligence and dedication to our area’s past deserves our support and admiration.

Remember the words of Bob Marley: “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.”


What Am I Missing? (Part 1): The boroughs of Highspire and Royalton have taken substantive action to share their codes enforcement services. Sharing services builds trust and camaraderie and – in this case, certainly – will save taxpayers a great deal of money.

Middletown Borough Council last week voted to “execute a memorandum of understanding with Highspire for sharing building codes enforcement upon the concurrence of Highspire.” But John McHale, Highspire’s borough manager, told our reporters he has not discussed the issue with Middletown because Highspire Borough Council already decided not to pursue an agreement with Middletown.

Wouldn’t it make sense for Middletown to have asked Highspire before they took a vote on it?


What Am I Missing? (Part 2): On one side of the fence, we have the leadership of Middletown Borough Council all but saying the borough will be pulling the plug on its involvement with the Olmsted Regional Recreation Board. Council President Chris McNamara said he’s frustrated with a lack of communication from the board and is “in favor of withdrawing totally.”

But on the other side, we have rec board President Barbara Layne, who went on record saying, “As of today, no phone call, no e-mail or letter has been received [from borough council] for the rec board to respond to ... ''

If council has concerns, why didn’t Councilor David Rhen, the borough’s serving appointee, bring those concerns before the rec board?

Apparently deciding three are more effective than one, council has appointed Rhen and fellow councilors Donald Brooks and Scott Sites to address its concerns to the rec board.