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Middletown News Flash 7-22-11

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Heat Wave Driving High Water Demands in Monmouth County
NJ American Water requests that customers curtail water use

As a stretch of hot, dry weather makes its way to the East Coast, New Jersey American Water is reminding its Monmouth County customers to use water wisely, curtail water use, and limit lawn watering to an “odd/even” schedule at most as the company deals with significantly high water demands.

New Jersey American Water has – since the beginning of the summer season – requested that customers use a schedule of an odd/even outdoor watering and not water lawns daily.

“In the next several days, the temperatures and heat index are expected to reach extremely high levels and there appears to be little chance of sustained rainfall,” said Steve Tambini, New Jersey American Water’s vice president of operations. “During extended periods of hot and dry weather such as this, water use increases significantly, especially outdoors. In order to ensure that New Jersey American Water is able to continue to deliver reliable water service, we are requesting that customers use water wisely both inside and outside the home.”

The suggested odd/even outdoor water use schedule works as follows:

  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on odd days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on even days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)
  • It is also suggested that watering of lawns be done early or late to minimize evaporation, typically between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The above suggestions would NOT apply to:

  • Watering of sod or newly seeded lawns if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for lawn irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, and commercial car washes
  • Watering of athletic fields

While New Jersey American Water is encouraging efficient outdoor water use at this time, if water demands continue to significantly increase or supplies continue to significantly decrease, formal and more strict water restrictions may be needed to ensure continued water service.

For more information and more tips on how to conserve water, visit http://www.newjerseyamwater.com. Follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njamwater.

Grace Period To Be Extended for 3rd Quarter Tax Bills
Final 2011/Preliminary 2012 tax bills have not yet been mailed due to the delay by the State in certifying municipal state aid figures. We anticipate tax bills being mailed by the end of July with a due date of August 1, however, the ten (10) day grace period will be extended. The last day for payment without interest will be printed on the tax bills. You may also access this information on the website once a date has been set.

Middletown Police Offer Child Safety Seat Checkpoint July 30
The Middletown Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau will offer a Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 1 Kings Highway. Police officers trained as child passenger safety technicians will be available to assist motorists with proper child safety seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child. Free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. In the event of severe weather, rain dates will be announced. The program is funded through a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Call 732-615-2045 for more information.

Township Welcomes Newest Auxiliary Officers
The Middletown Township Committee welcomed the newest members of the Police Auxiliary to the ranks at the July meeting. The officers are are Philip Paone, John Mania, Matthew Rabinowitz, Kaitlyn Robertson, John Svenda, Catherine Simplot, Gregory Tiven, and Kevin Toomey.

The Auxiliary Officers are recent graduates of the 45th Middlesex County Basic Auxiliary Police Academy. They will also undergo local training in the Middletown Police Auxiliary Field Training Program.

“On behalf of all the residents of Middletown, we appreciate the effort and hard work you put in to help us. We couldn’t do what we do without great volunteers such as you,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore. He noted the Police Auxiliary Unit donated more than 8,000 hours to assist the community in 2010.

The Middletown Auxiliary Police is a 100% volunteer organization that falls under the direction of the Middletown Office of Emergency Management. An Auxiliary Police Officer performs general law enforcement functions, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions. They are utilized at special events such as parades, and street fairs, and during weather and other emergencies.

Middletown Soccer Club U17G Team Wins State Cup
The Middletown Soccer Club U17 Girls Soccer Team was recognized by the Township Committee at the July meeting for winning the NJ Youth Soccer U17G State Cup. They also won the prestigious JAGS Invitational, and were semi-finalists in the equally prestigious Needham College Showcase in Boston, Mass. The team has been together since 2003. They’ve competed in tournaments/leagues throughout the years in New Jersey New York, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. The team has been ranked in the NJ top 20 for 3 consecutive years 2009, 2010, and 2011. They won the NJ State Cup Semi-finalist in 2010. Go Team!

4th Annual Fun Scouting Skills Day at Poricy Park
Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Space Limited – Register Today!

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to explore Poricy Park and learn some scouting skills while having fun. Exciting activities include Tied Up in Knots, Compass Frisbee, Tracks of the Trade, Bandage A Buddy and more!

This is a popular program and registration closes at 120 scouts, so it’s recommended to reserve early. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Staggered start times are 1:30pm-3:45pm and will be assigned in late August. All activities will conclude by 5:00pm.

Paid registration prior to August 1 is $8 per scout, includes special patch and delivery of patch is guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between August 1 to September 1 is $12 per scout, includes special patch, but delivery of patch is not guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between September 1 to September 9 is $15 per scout, $2 additional charge per patch and no guarantee of delivery of patch at the event.

The Nature Center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. To make a reservation or for more information please call the Nature Center at 732-842-5966. For additional information about the program visit http://www.poricypark.org. Programs are held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

All summer camp and community programs are run by Poricy Park Conservancy, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, located at 345 Oak Hill Road in Middletown Township. With exceptional ecological resources, the 250 acre historical and nature site makes it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. The Park offers recreational activities such as magnificent wooded hiking trails, bird watching, pristine pond settings, fishing, and a one-of-a-kind 70 million year-old Cretaceous fossil bed. For more information please visit us at http://www.PoricyPark.org, or call us at 732-842-5966.

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Friday Funnies: Goodbye Mom

A young man shopping in a supermarket noticed a little old lady following him around. If he stopped, she stopped. Furthermore she kept staring at him.

She finally overtook him at the checkout, and she turned to him and said, “I hope I haven’t made you feel ill at ease; it’s just that you look so much like my late son.”

He answered, “That’s okay.”

“I know it’s silly, but if you’d call out ‘Good bye, Mom’ as I leave the store, it would make me feel so happy.”

She then went through the checkout, and as she was on her way out of the store, the man called out, “Goodbye, Mom.”

The little old lady waved and smiled back at him..

Pleased that he had brought a little sunshine into someone’s day, he went to pay for his groceries.

“That comes to $121.85,” said the clerk..

“How come so much? I only bought 5 items.”

The clerk replied, “Yeah, but your Mother said
you’d be paying for her things, too.”

Bet you thought this was going to be a tear jerker.
Don’t trust Little Old Ladies!!!

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This morning, a group of public servants showed up to work at a brand-new agency created to protect everyday Americans from the abuses of Wall Street.

They’re the folks of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and they’ll be the cops on the beat protecting consumers from predatory credit card and mortgage lenders, bait-and-switch creditors, and anyone trying to make a quick buck by deceiving or manipulating Americans who are just trying to secure their financial future.

Many Americans don’t know it, but this bureau is just one part of a sweeping Wall Street reform law — the most pro-consumer and pro-taxpayer reform of our financial system since the Great Depression — that President Obama signed a year ago today.

Watch this video to get a quick overview of the law, and a briefing on the special interests trying to undermine it:

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