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Newark Residents Miffed Over Bill from Whitney Houston's Funeral (5% of annual police budget)
Yahoo ^ | 4/07/12 | Connor Simpson

Posted on 04/08/2012 11:27:29 AM PDT by Libloather

Newark Residents Miffed Over Bill from Whitney Houston's Funeral
By Connor Simpson | The Atlantic Wire – 20 hrs ago

Newark residents are being left to pick up the bill for Whitney Houston's funeral, and, surprisingly, they aren't happy about it. The demands of the high-profile funeral attendees have left the city of Newark with a $187,000 bill for police overtime. Police acted as barriers between fans and the proceedings on the day of the funeral of the Newark native who drowned in February. Nearly 200 officers were posted to the New Batist Church on the day of the funeral.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bill; funeral; houston; newark
Being a celebrity is expensive.


1 posted on 04/08/2012 11:27:36 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I didn’t know she was a Batist?


2 posted on 04/08/2012 11:33:34 AM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: Libloather

Worth it.


3 posted on 04/08/2012 11:36:42 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Libloather

Why do taxpayers have to foot the bill??


4 posted on 04/08/2012 11:39:29 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Libloather
Reminds me of "Occupy Boston" vs the Tea Party.Any time the Tea Party has a rally here they're required to get a permit and post a bond.After their rallies the area is immaculate and no rapes or heroin ODs have occurred.Occupy,OTOH,got *no* permit,posted *no* bond and cost the taxpayers many hundreds of thousands in police/EMS overtime and cleanup costs.

Bill her estate,Newark...she was worth millions.And since her death her estate is raking in millions per week in CD and video sales.

5 posted on 04/08/2012 11:43:06 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: Libloather

Good grief. I am so tired of paying for people who think they are better.


6 posted on 04/08/2012 11:43:24 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Leep

I hear she was a really Batty Batist!


7 posted on 04/08/2012 11:43:36 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Libloather
surprisingly, they aren't happy about it.

Surprisingly??

8 posted on 04/08/2012 11:46:55 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Libloather
They should'a just let the animals rip her coffin apart and take a piece for a souveneir.

Or maybe the poor soul, ex gospel singer should'a been guarded by muslim new black panthers ... THAT'S Baptistic, alright.

9 posted on 04/08/2012 11:57:48 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: freekitty

“I am so tired of paying for people who think they are better...”

If I remember correctly, wasn’t there discussions about Whitney being buried in $300,000 worth of jewelry?! Why couldn’t that had been sold to pay for such a funeral?


10 posted on 04/08/2012 12:00:40 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree
If I remember correctly, wasn’t there discussions about Whitney being buried in $300,000 worth of jewelry?! Why couldn’t that had been sold to pay for such a funeral?

Not necessary.Let her be buried in $300K of jewelry.Just deduct the appropriate municipal fees from the million dollars a week her *estate* has earned since her death.Call it "the Micheal Jackson Effect".

11 posted on 04/08/2012 12:05:02 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Your idea of collecting from the estate is brilliant. I don’t think the town people should have to pay for this...


12 posted on 04/08/2012 12:09:01 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Libloather

Send the bill to Christie personally. He wanted the flag flown at half mast didn’t he? He shouldn’t mind paying the bill.


13 posted on 04/08/2012 12:21:04 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Libloather

Where’s the Simpsons’ HA-HA-HA! guy?


14 posted on 04/08/2012 12:28:32 PM PDT by carriage_hill (ual)
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To: Libloather
Police acted as barriers between fans and the proceedings on the day of the funeral of the Newark native who drowned...

Drowned? In drugs?

15 posted on 04/08/2012 12:34:23 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I read she was beyond broke. No estate to bill.


16 posted on 04/08/2012 12:37:50 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Another reason to be against Chris Christie. I don’t understand why anyone would think the flag should be lowered in honor of a drug addicted celebrity.


17 posted on 04/08/2012 12:44:37 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Reminds me of "Occupy Boston" vs the Tea Party.Any time the Tea Party has a rally here they're required to get a permit and post a bond.After their rallies the area is immaculate and no rapes or heroin ODs have occurred.Occupy,OTOH,got *no* permit,posted *no* bond and cost the taxpayers many hundreds of thousands in police/EMS overtime and cleanup costs.

Actually, it was closer to 1.7 MILLION dollars......

18 posted on 04/08/2012 12:46:26 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

>>>Send the bill to Christie personally. He wanted the flag flown at half mast didn’t he? He shouldn’t mind paying the bill.

I was about to post similar sentiments...


19 posted on 04/08/2012 12:47:07 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

That was my thought, too.


20 posted on 04/08/2012 12:50:11 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: momtothree

You would think so and I bet she wasn’t. The family would have grabbed that jewelry I would think.


21 posted on 04/08/2012 1:02:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Keith in Iowa

No, I think the estate should be billed rather than the taxpayers of New Jersey.

It was within the governor’s right to declare flags at half mast.


22 posted on 04/08/2012 1:03:55 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

The Newark taxpayers should just do their ‘patriotic duty’ and pay the funeral ‘tax’. Make old Joe Biden proud and remember-— its for Whitney and the chilrens too.


23 posted on 04/08/2012 1:22:44 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: raybbr

She was found face-down in a foot of hot water in the bathtub.


24 posted on 04/08/2012 1:48:09 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Libloather

No big deal. I bet the city made plenty of money from their hotel/motel/rental car/airport parking taxes from all the people that came for the funeral that wouldn’t have visited otherwise.


25 posted on 04/08/2012 1:51:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: freekitty

Can’t really blame Whitney or any other dead celebrity when funerals have to be policed like this.
Unfortunately, since about the 1950s or so, celebrity fans have behaved like hysterical, screaming animals in the presence of their idols, in need of physical restraint. It isn’t the celebrities’ fault that people are like this now, its just the way things are these days. Decorum and self-restraint are not prized virtues any more...


26 posted on 04/08/2012 2:05:52 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Libloather
The demands of the high-profile funeral attendees

If they want to "rent a cop", let them pay in advance or stay home.

27 posted on 04/08/2012 2:15:42 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

You start with the 1920’s and Valentino’s funeral and bet even before that.


28 posted on 04/08/2012 2:16:52 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

True, but I bet they didn’t leave 300,000 dollars worth of jewelry on her.


29 posted on 04/08/2012 2:26:42 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Is that true though or is it just one of those stupid myths that spring up around dead celebrities? Not that I’m saying it isn’t perfectly plausible...


30 posted on 04/08/2012 2:45:18 PM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: momtothree
If I remember correctly, wasn’t there discussions about Whitney being buried in $300,000 worth of jewelry?! Why couldn’t that had been sold to pay for such a funeral?

What a waste. Why weren't those jewels given to the estate? What did her family and friends think she was, an Egyptian pharoh?

We buried my father with absolutely no jewelry. The funeral home removed the jewelry and gave it to my mother after a private viewing. If my father had had his way, the gold in his molars from dental work would have been removed. All we buried with him was a pecan wood cofin, a suit, and a pair of shoes.

31 posted on 04/08/2012 4:27:00 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

The only jewelry that I have requested is my wedding band (it is thin and I figure the kids would eventually want their own). Any other jewelry will go to my girls (and hopefully granddaughters one day). I would rather it be passed on (and maybe they will think of me when they wear it) than to be trapped in a coffin. IMHO.


32 posted on 04/08/2012 5:04:43 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: GeronL

Send the bill to her record label & tell them to pay it.


33 posted on 04/08/2012 6:16:18 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: freekitty
True, but I bet they didn’t leave 300,000 dollars worth of jewelry on her.

Yup...If'n it's 'buried', no inheritance tax will have to be paid on it...
34 posted on 04/08/2012 11:21:39 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: GeronL

“Why do taxpayers have to foot the bill?”

Considering that this is Newark, the “residents” aren’t necessarily the “taxpayers”. Some sections have taxpayers with a stake in the city (and a tax bill to prove it); a much higher number haven’t paid taxes since they were born (even the sales tax they pay is borne by us taxpayers anyway).

“NJ residents miffed over bill for Newark” - that’s more like it.


35 posted on 04/12/2012 3:35:40 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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