Then it’s nap time
Daycare employees arrested for running a “fight club” for the 4-6-year-olds in their care.
CRANFORD — Two former employees of a Cranford daycare center are accused of instigating and encouraging fights among a group of children there last month, even going so far as to call what the children were doing on a playground as “Fight Club.”
Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said that Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle, are charged with fourth-degree child abuse, and Kenny additionally is charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child. White and Kenny were charged via summons last Friday and Monday, respectively, and are expected to appear in court for first appearances this Friday.
Kenny is accused of recording video of the fights with her cellphone and sharing the video clips with several friends on social media via the Snapchat app, Sheets said. In the video clips, Kenny can be heard referencing the activity as “Fight Club,” quoting from the book and movie of the same name in encouraging the children to engage each other physically.
Park said that approximately 12 boys and girls at the daycare center can be seen in the video clips shoving each other to the ground and attempting to strike each other. The children involved in the fights are not believed to have suffered any serious injuries.
1 Tinker Lane
Scamster Michael Metter’s house on the Merritt (the listing agent literally describes it as “a commuter’s dream” – I might add, “and a sleeper’s nightmare”), 1 Tinker Lane, has been on the market for some time now and today dropped its price from $3.550 to $3.350 million. Both seem like aggressive prices to me, but then, Metter, former head of Greenwich’s WGCH has always been an aggressive guy, running a very successful – until it wasn’t – pump-and-dump scam, involving a soap sponge company called “Spongetech”.
Metter pled guilty to securities fraud in January, 2013, but avoided prison after a judge ruled that the prosecution hadn’t followed proper procedure when seizing his computers. He did consent, however, to disgorge a large chunk of his victims’ money and to be barred forever from the securities industry in a separate deal with the SEC.
So where’s he off to now? Probably nowhere, in a hurry.
UPDATE: A reader says that Metter never pled guilty to charges. I’ve provided the link to the relevant Justice Department page on this matter (metter?) but for those who don’t like to follow links, here’s what the government says:
UNITED STATES v. MICHAEL METTER, STEVEN MOSKOWITZ, ANDREW TEPFER, SEYMOUR EISENBERG, GEORGE SPERANZA, THOMAS CAVANAGH, and FRANK NICOLOIS
– CRIMINAL DOCKET #CR-10-0600, USAO #2010R00609
Before the Honorable Dora L. Irizarry, United States District Judge, Eastern District of New York, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York
27 Baldwin Farms S.
27 Baldwin Farms South, asking $5.9 million, finally reports a pending contract after two full years on the market (it started off at $7.4). This is a Mark Mariani house, and it was priced at $8.450 million in March, 2005, so the buyer must have felt he’d scored a coup when, after just two months on the market, he was able to persuade Mr. Mariani to accept just $7 million.
I’m not a fan of Mariani or his houses , so I’d say that he got while the getting was good on this project, but others seem to like his style, so … whatever.
425 Round Hill Road
She originally priced 425 Round Hill Road, 3.75 acres in the R-4 zone, at $16.5 million back in May and today she’s cut it to $12.45 million. the town’s full appraisal is $5,000,000, so there may still be some room to shrink on here.
340 Valley Road, condominium #8, has a contract, finally – last asking price, $1.895. down quite a bit from the developer’s hoped-for price of $2.8 in 2008. I suggested that the asked prices were pretty skewed then, and commiserated with the poor schnook who listened to his agent and bought one:
340 Valley Road is a project of 10 units built in 2007. They’re nice enough, but they aren’t doing so well. One, unit 3, sold for $2.3 million back in July – the buyer must be feeling lonely by now because with the exception of Unit 8 which has been rented, he has no neighbors. I can only sympathise with that buyer – it is no doubt a crummy feeling to look around and realize that, probably unwittingly, you’ve become a pioneer. I hope his contract had a price protection clause because otherwise, unless this developer is remarkably well financed, I’d expect some dramatic price drops in the coming months. Nothing’s happened yet but then again, “nothing” is a broad term – these condos don’t seem to be going anywhere.
It’s not that I’m so smart – obviously, plenty of other agents must have advised their clients not to buy at the 2008 price, but it does serve as a caution not to rush in where no one else has dared to go (the purchaser of that unit resold it last year for $1.8 million). The Sound View condos over near Town Hall come to mind. Recent sales of these Valley Road units have been in the $1.7 range, and that’s probably where they should have been seven years ago.