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Mtown News Flash 1-19-12

Free Rabies Clinic for Dogs
Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Middletown Health Department will hold a free rabies clinic for dogs on Saturday, January 21st at the Belford Engine Fire Company located at 739 Main St., Belford, NJ 07718. The clinic will run from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. All dog licenses must be renewed by January 31, 2012 as late fees start as of February 1st. Residents can obtain a license during the clinic if they have not done so yet. For more information, please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097.
A Reminder from Middletown Emergency Management
Be Prepared. Stay Informed.

It may be warm, windy and rainy, but you should make time to get ready for any storms or emergencies that may occur this cold weather season. No matter what the storm event, there are several steps residents can take to prepare themselves:
Prepare – Assemble a Kit of Emergency Supplies – Batteries, flashlight, radio, first-aid kit, medications, food and water to last three or more days, can opener, cooking tools, toiletries.
Plan – Create an Emergency Plan – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan a way to contact one another, such as enlisting the help of a third party in another state as a contact, and review what you will do in different situations. Also, in the event that you are separated from family members, plan a meeting place outside of your neighborhood or town.
Stay Informed Listen to local radio and television for the latest information on storms and other emergencies.
Visit Middletown Emergency Management on the web and www.ready.gov for more information.
Seasonal Job Expo Coming Feb 4
Middletown’s 2012 Seasonal Job Expo will be held on Saturday, Feb 4th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo, NJ 07737. The township is seeking summer recreation supervisors, counselors and leaders, lifeguards, camp counselors, sports camp instructors and park maintenance workers. Seasonal employees must be 16 years old for recreation programs and 18 years old for Public Works and Park Maintenance positions. Employment runs from May through September and varies depending on the seasonal program. The salary range is $7.25 to $15 per hour depending on the position and experience. Call 732-615-2260 for more information.
Middletown Fire Academy Offers, Boating Safety, CPR & AED Classes
The Middletown Fire Department Training Academy is offering classes to civilians on CPR, automatic electronic defibrillators and boating safety. A course on CPR and use of Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) will be held on Sunday, March 4 at 9 a.m. Registrants must be 16 years old or older. Tuition is $25. Course Number is 12-1601-28.
New Jersey Boating Safety courses will be offered Sunday, February 19 and Sunday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All persons who wish to operate a power vessel must possess a Boating Safety Certificate. Successful completion of this 1-day course will result in a Boating Safety Certificate issued by the New Jersey State Police. Tuition is $50 per session. Feb session course number is 12-1701-05. May session course number is 12-1701-20
For more information visit www.middletownfireacademy.com, send e-mail to info@middletownfireacademy.com or call 732-615-3280, fax: 732-957-9369.

Winter Recreation
Poricy Park January & February Camps and Programs
www.poricypark.org
Middletown Arts Center Winter Classes and Programs
www.middletownarts.org
Middletown Senior Center
Special Events

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Mtown News Flash 1-13-12

Municipal Offices Closed Mon, January 16
Municipal offices are closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Traffic Advisory – Middletown Lincroft Road Closure Jan 18-19
Middletown-Lincroft Rd will be closed between Sunnyside Rd. and West Front St. on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Follow posted detour or plan alternate route.
Free Rabies Clinic for Dogs
Saturday, January 21

The Middletown Health Department will hold a free rabies clinic for dogs on Saturday, January 21st at the Belford Engine Fire Company located at 739 Main St., Belford, NJ 07718. The clinic will run from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. All dog licenses must be renewed by January 31, 2012 as late fees start as of February 1st. Residents can obtain a license during the clinic if they have not done so yet. For more information, please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097.
Police Report Armed Robbery at Quick Stop Convenience Store
On January 12, 2012 at approximately 10:00pm police responded to an armed robbery at the Quick Stop Convenience Store located at #58 Leonard Avenue in the Leonardo section of Middletown. Police say a male subject approximately 6’00 tall, 175 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, a black mask and blue surgical gloves entered the store and approached the cashier. The suspect pulled a knife out of his clothing and demanded money. The suspect then fled the store and was last seen running towards Kunkel Park and the Henry Hudson Trail. Police request anyone with information contact the Middletown Police Department at (732) 615-2100 or Detective Laurence Schachtel at (732) 615-2062.
Christmas Tree Collection Continues
Residents with private garbage collection: Click here for schedule.
Residents within the garbage district: Put trees curbside the second day of any collection week.
Residents can also bring trees to the Recycling Center, 52 Kanes Lane, free of charge. Call Recycling at 732-615-2008 for more information.
Seasonal Job Expo Coming Feb 4
Middletown’s 2012 Seasonal Job Expo will be held on Saturday, Feb 4th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo, NJ 07737. The township is seeking summer recreation supervisors, counselors and leaders, lifeguards, camp counselors, sports camp instructors and park maintenance workers. Seasonal employees must be 16 years old for recreation programs and 18 years old for Public Works and Park Maintenance positions. Employment runs from May through September and varies depending on the seasonal program. The salary range is $7.25 to $15 per hour depending on the position and experience. Call 732-615-2260 for more information. Download application
Winter Recreation
Poricy Park January & February Camps and Programs
www.poricypark.org
Middletown Arts Center Winter Classes and Programs
www.middletownarts.org
Middletown Senior Center
Special Events

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Mtown News Flash 1-6-12


Christmas Tree Collection Underway

Residents with private garbage collection:

Residents within the garbage district: Put trees curbside the second day of any collection week. Click here for schedule

Residents can also bring trees to the Recycling Center at 52 Kanes Lane free of charge. Call Recycling at 732-615-2008 for more information.

Free Rabies Clinic for Dogs
Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Middletown Health Department will hold a free rabies clinic for dogs on Saturday, January 21st at the Belford Engine Fire Company located at 739 Main St., Belford, NJ 07718. The clinic will run from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. All dog licenses must be renewed by January 31, 2012 as late fees start as of February 1st. Residents can obtain a license during the clinic if they have not done so yet. For more information, please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097.

Winter Recreation
Poricy Park January & February Camps and Programs
www.poricypark.org

Middletown Arts Center Winter Programs and Classes
www.middletownarts.org

Middletown Senior Center
Special Events

Middletown Organizes for the New Year
As part of Middletown’s annual Organization Day, Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore was selected to serve as Mayor and Committeeman Stephen G. Massell as Deputy Mayor for 2012.

Mayor Fiore noted during his Organization Day comments that priorities and goals this year include: full compliance with the Governor’s property tax cap, enhancing the township’s ability to communicate with residents during emergencies, and establishing an all-volunteer Middletown Day Committee that can bring back the community festival.

The selection of the 2012 Mayor and Deputy Mayor came after Fiore accepted the oath of office to serve his second consecutive 3-year term on the Township Committee. Committeewoman Stephanie Murray accepted the oath to serve her first 3-year term. Murray and Fiore were elected in November 2011. Oaths of office were issued by state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos.

The members of the 2012 Township Committee are:

Middletown’s Fire Chiefs also accepted oaths of office as part of the day’s agenda. They are: Fire Chief Andrew Spears, Deputy Chief Chief John D’Atilio, Sr, First Assistant Chief Peter Laimann, Second Assistant Chief Rick W. Hibell and Third Assistant John Gorsenger, Jr.

Many volunteers turned out to accept oaths of office to serve on the Township’s boards, committees and commissions. There are more nearly 20 township boards, committees and commissions. Each group focuses on different aspects of the community and works to enhance Middletown’s quality of life. Residents are appointed to these positions by the Township Committee.

Police Seeking Witnesses of Fatal Pedestrian Crash
The Middletown Twp. Police Department is investigating a Fatal Pedestrian crash which occurred on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 p.m. The crash occurred on State Highway 36 west at the intersection of Thompson Ave in the Leonardo section of the Township. The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian, William L. Segebush 66 years old from Middletown, was crossing the highway and was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by a resident of Leonardo. The victim sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Leonardo First-Aid & Rescue Squad, MONOC Medics, Middletown Fire Police and the Middletown Emergency Services Field-Com unit responded to the scene. The crash is being investigated by Cpl. Cliff O’Hara and Ptl. Darrin Simon from the Departments Traffic Bureau assisted by Ptl. Nick Caprio and DFC. Peter White. Anyone that witnessed the crash or can provide any additional information on the investigation are asked to contact the Traffic & Safety Bureau at 732-615-2045.

Fire Department Receive Federal Grant for Radios
The Middletown Township Fire Department has received a $465,320 federal matching grant for the purchase of needed radio equipment. New Federal Communications Commission standards slated to go into effect on January 1, 2013 will make older radio equipment obsolete. Without this investment, many of their radios would be unusable. Fire Department members Peter Lucyk and Vern Peterson were instrumental in crafting the grant proposal. Pete and Vern’s dedication and hard work over the past decade have resulted in the department receiving a half dozen Assistance to Firefighter grants totaling more than $2,000,000.

Main Train Station Lot Has Available Parking
The Township Parking Lot on Church Street next to the train station no longer has a wait list! We are at the half year mark and Parking Permits for the Main Lot are now on sale for $200 resident rate and $225 nonresident rate and are good through June 30, 2012. Please take advantage of this special offer and ride the NJ Transit train instead of fighting the traffic! Contact the Office of the Township Clerk 732-615-2015 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday for more information on how to obtain a Parking Permit.

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Mtown News Flash 12-30-11

Main Train Station Lot Has Available Parking
The Township Parking Lot on Church Street next to the train station no longer has a wait list! We are at the half year mark and Parking Permits for the Main Lot are now on sale for $200 resident rate and $225 nonresident rate and are good through June 30, 2012. Please take advantage of this special offer and ride the NJ Transit train instead of fighting the traffic! Contact the Office of the Township Clerk 732-615-2015 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday for more information on how to obtain a Parking Permit.

Organization Day Set for Jan 1, 2012 at noon
The Township Committee will hold Middletown’s annual Organization Day meeting at noon on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway. On the agenda will be the swearing in of the 2012 Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Under the township’s form of government, the Township Committee designates two members to serve as mayor and deputy mayor for a one-year term. Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore will accept the oath of office to serve his second consecutive term. Committeewoman Elect Stephanie C. Murray will be sworn in as the newest member of the Township Committee. The term for each Committee member is three years. Scores of volunteers traditionally attend to accept oaths of office to serve on more than a dozen township boards, committees and commissions. Each group focuses on different aspects of the community and works to enhance Middletown’s quality of life. Residents are appointed to these positions by the Township Committee. For more information call the Township Clerk at (732) 615-2014.

New Year’s Municipal Facility Schedules

  • Municipal offices will be closed Monday, January 2, 2012.
  • Main Library – Saturday, Dec 31st – closing at 12:30pm
  • Main Library – Jan 1, 2 – closed
  • Middletown Arts Center – closed Dec 30 – Jan 2.

New Year’s Garbage and Recycling Collection Schedule
There will be no garbage collection on Monday January 2, 2012. The next collection for residences with a Monday garbage collection will be Thursday January 5, 2012. There will be no recycling collection on Monday January 2, 2012. Recycling will be scheduled to be collected on the following day.

Recycling Center Open Jan 3,4
The Kanes Lane Recycling Center will be OPEN on Tuesday & Wednesday January 3, 4 to accommodate residents who need to recycle cardboard, mixed paper and other items after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Recycling Center is closed New Year’s Day. Regular operation hours will resume after January 4th. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Tree Collection 2012
Christmas Tree Collection begins January 5, 2012. Click here for schedule. Trees can also be brought to the Kanes Lane Recycling Center, 52, Kanes Lane by Middletown residents only free of charge.

Leaf Collection
Leaf collection is underway. Get status reports at www.middletownnj.org/collection

Vote for the MAC in the 2012 NJ Monthly Best of NJ Poll
Please vote for the Middletown Arts Center under the category of “Recreation & Attractions: Live Theater / Arts Venue”. This is the link to cast your vote: http://njmonthly.com/articles/best-of-Jersey/2012-jersey-choice-the-best-of-new-jersey.html. Deadline for voting is January 15, 2012. By winning the poll, the Middletown Arts Center would continue to spread the word statewide about its talented instructors, affordable classes, and free events and programs. It’s a true pleasure to represent an organization that educates and entertains thousands of families year-round.

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Mtown News Flash 12-16-11

Rabies Alert
The Middletown Township Animal Control Division has received laboratory confirmation of 2 wild animals testing positive for Rabies.

The first animal, a skunk was in a fight with a dog in the Leonardo section of the Township. In another incident, a Good Samaritan picked up a sick raccoon and brought it to a veterinarian on their own. This raccoon was found on Kings Hwy near Church St.

Luckily, the dog was up to date on its rabies vaccination and only needed a rabies booster and 45-day quarantine. The person who handled the raccoon was not exposed to the animal in the way they transported it.

In light of finding 2 rabid animals in one week, we would like to remind residents about the possibility of wildlife being infected with Rabies. Everyone should make sure that all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a Rabies shot. In addition, residents should be aware that they should not be interacting with wildlife. If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2094 immediately.

Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling wildlife.

Leaf Collection
Fall leaf collection is underway. Get status reports at www.middletownnj.org/collection

Municipal Offices Holiday Schedule
Municipal offices will be closed Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, 2012.

Holiday Garbage and Recycling Collection Schedule

There will be no garbage collection Monday December 26, 2011. The next collection for residences with a Monday garbage collection will be Thursday December 29, 2011.

There will be no garbage collection on Monday January 2, 2012. The next collection for residences with a Monday garbage collection will be Thursday January 5, 2012.

There will be no recycling collection on Monday December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012. Recycling will be scheduled to be collected on the following day.

Recycling Center Open Dec 27, 28 & Jan 3,4
The Kanes Lane Recycling Center will be OPEN on Tuesday & Wednesday December 27, 28 and January 3, 4 to accommodate residents who need to recycle cardboard, mixed paper and other items after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The Recycling Center is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular operation hours will resume after January 4th. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Organization Day 2012
The Township Committee will hold Middletown’s annual Organization Day meeting at noon on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway.

On the agenda will be the swearing in of the 2012 Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Under the township’s form of government, the Township Committee designates two members to serve as mayor and deputy mayor for a one-year term. Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore will accept the oath of office to serve his second consecutive term. Committeewoman Elect Stephanie C. Murray will be sworn in as the newest member of the Township Committee. The term for each Committee member is three years.

Scores of volunteers traditionally attend to accept oaths of office to serve on more than a dozen township boards, committees and commissions. Each group focuses on different aspects of the community and works to enhance Middletown’s quality of life. Residents are appointed to these positions by the Township Committee.

For more information call the Township Clerk at (732) 615-2014 or visit www.middletownnj.org

Christmas Tree Collection 2012
Christmas Tree Collection begins January 5, 2012. Click here for schedule. Trees can also be brought to the Kanes Lane Recycling Center, 52, Kanes Lane by Middletown residents only free of charge.

Homestead Rebate Update
The Middletown Tax Collection Office advises property owners that the state Homestead Benefit, for property tax year 2010, is being credited to the February 2012 tax quarter for applicable property owners. Adjusted February 2012 tax bills will be mailed on or before December 30, 2011. Please pay the adjusted amount shown on the bill by 4:00 pm February 10, 2012 to avoid interest charges. All questions regarding the homestead credit should be directed to the state Division of Taxation at 1-888-238-1233.

Vote for the MAC in the 2012 NJ Monthly Best of NJ Poll
Please vote for the Middletown Arts Center under the category of “Recreation & Attractions: Live Theater / Arts Venue”. This is the link to cast your vote: http://njmonthly.com/articles/best-of-Jersey/2012-jersey-choice-the-best-of-new-jersey.html. Deadline for voting is January 15, 2012. By winning the poll, the Middletown Arts Center would continue to spread the word statewide about its talented instructors, affordable classes, and free events and programs. It’s a true pleasure to represent an organization that educates and entertains thousands of families year-round.

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Mtown News Flash 11-9-11

Touch a Truck to be held Nov 10
Middletown Township and the Middletown Public Library will present Touch a Truck: Your Community At Work on Thursday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in the Middletown High School North parking lot, 63 Tindall Road. This interactive event allows children to explore their favorite trucks and vehicles and learn about them from the public employees who operate them. In addition, the library will have a book mobile, crafts, books and other giveaways. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. No registration is required.

Get a Taste of Middletown November 13
Dining enthusiasts are invited to a get a Taste of Middletown on Sunday November 13th during the Township’s first food festival. Diners can purchase Taste of Middletown tickets at any one of 20 restaurants and eateries located throughout the township.

The $30 admission cost provides foodies with a wristband, map and food and/or drinks at participating restaurants. Diners can visit as many of the participating establishments as they wish between noon and 6:00 pm on November 13. Each restaurant will provide visitors with a sample of some of some their most popular fare. Tastings will include pasta dishes and pizza; Mexican and Asian specialties; chocolate and cupcakes; wine and draft beer.

Participating eateries are Maria’s Pizza, Slater’s Deli, Romeo’s Restaurant, Middletown Pizza, Carvel, Nature’s Harvest Farm Market, Jersey Mikes, Pasquale Pizza III, Vitner’s Circle, Anna’s Italian Kitchen, Toscanella Village Café, Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe, Pronto Pizza, Outback Steakhouse, Centrex Sports Club, CIBO Coal Fired Pizza, Oriental Gourmet, Luigi’s Famous Pizza, Aleo’s Pizza & Pasta, and Queso Mexican Grill. Visit http://www.tasteofmiddletown.com/ for restaurants locations and additional information.

Taste of Middletown is held in partnership with the Recreation Advisory Committee and Jersey Media Network. The event is designed to encourage the community to support local businesses and explore the many delicious dining opportunities in Middletown.
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Mtown News Flash 9-19-11


Equipment Permit Fees Waived to Ease Storm Recovery
To ease the burden of storm clean-up, the Township Committee is waiving permit fees for residents who need to repair or replace equipment damaged as a result of Hurricane Irene.

Fees will be waived for permits requested from August 29 through the close of business September 30 to repair and/or replace of service-related equipment such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, pumps, and service panels. Under normal circumstances, if a resident removes and replaces any of those items, there’s a permit fee to cover the cost of a township inspector who determines if the replacement was installed to code. For more information contact the Building Department at 732-615-2104.

Meanwhile, the township’s emergency brush collection has been underway since September 7. The Township scheduled the collection due the volume of brush generated as a result of the storm. All brush should have been placed curbside by September 6. Residents are reminded not mix leaves with brush. Regularly scheduled leaf collection will occur in November, said Public Works Director Ted Maloney.Register for FEMA Disaster Assistance

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has been established in the Leonardo section of Middletown at the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Route 36. The office will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Before visiting the DRC, residents and business owners who sustained losses should register by calling between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily to 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), or for the speech or hearing impaired TTY 1-800-462-7585, online anytime at www.disasterassistance.gov or www.fema.gov or via mobile phone application m.fema.gov.FEMA assistance can include grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Thank you 9-11 Flag Sponsors
Thanks to an outpouring of support from the community, Middletown has hung approximately 80 flag banners to honor the 37 residents who died in the World Trade Center Tragedy. Click here for Sponsor list. The list also viewable on Comcast Channel 20 and Verizon Channel 26.

Oceanic Bridge Information Sessions
Monmouth County Bridge S-31(Oceanic Bridge)
County Route 8A, Bingham Avenue , Locust Point Rd over Navesink River

Monmouth County Division of Engineering, in cooperation with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration, will be holding Public Information Centers to discuss the replacement alternatives of Oceanic Bridge (CR 8A, Bingham Avenue – Locust Point Road Bridge S-31) over Navesink River located between the Borough of Rumson and the Township of Middletown. The purpose of the Public Information Center is to inform the public of the alternatives and to solicit public input and comment. These meetings are being conducted in conformance with Federal and State regulations including the Section 106 consultation process. The public is invited and encouraged to comment on the project.

The Public Information Centers will be held on and at the following locations:

RUMSON
Monday, September 19, 2011, 7:30pm to 9 p.m.
Rumson Borough Hall
80 East River Road, Rumson, NJ 07760

MIDDLETOWN
Monday September 26, 2011, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Middletown Town Hall Conference Room
1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748

Written comments will be accepted through Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Comments may be mailed or faxed to: Inkyung Englehart
Monmouth County Engineering
Hall of Records Annex, 3rd floor, One East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
Fax: 732-431-7765

Volunteers Needed for Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team
Middletown Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, Middletown Township Police Department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence. Applications are available now and interviews will begin shortly.

The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT program are civilian memberof the community who work in collaboration with the police to provide crisis intervention and safety planning to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. The specially-trained advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. The volunteer advocates help to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous.

The 40-hour intensive, mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants at no cost. 180 will be conducting the next four-week training October 24th – November 16th, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 6:00p-9:30p, in the courtroom at Tinton Falls Borough Hall, 556 Tinton Avenue. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The services of the Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team are available to victims, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at Middletown Township Police Department headquarters, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training. Middletown Township Police Department and 180 Turning Lives Around are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. Please contact Sgt. Bill Colangelo, Middletown Police DVRT DVLO, at 732 615-2041 or email wcolange@middletownnj.org to obtain an application or for additional information. In an emergency, dial 911.


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Alert: Mtown Hurricane Recovery Update 9-2-11

JCP&L Update

JCP&L reports that 1,500 homes in Middletown are still without power. They expect that number to be reduced to 250 homes by the end of Friday. Additional updates are available through the JCP&L webpage below.
Emergency Brush Collection

Due to the volume of brush generated as a result of Hurricane Irene, an EMERGENCY BRUSH COLLECTION will occur town-wide. All brush must be placed curbside no later than Tuesday, September 6, 2011. Collection begins September 7, 2011. Do not mix leaves with brush. Regularly Scheduled Leaf Collection will occur in November.
The Middletown Recycling Center is open everyday until further notice to accept brush and recyclables from residents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is located at 52 Kanes Lane, off Route 35.
Road Closure Update

Several high volume roadways within Middletown remain closed due to storm related damage.
Hubbard Avenue- CR 12 is closed between Alexander Drive and Park Place. Local traffic only can access neighborhood streets. River Plaza School is accessible from Navesink River Road side of the road closure.
Holland Road is closed between Red Hill Road and Laurel Avenue. There is access to AT&T entrance and Tatum Park from Red Hill Road side of closure. Residences located on Laurel Avenue side of Holland Road up to MT-34 bridge can be accessed from that end of Holland Road.
There is currently no timeline available for re-opening of these roadways.
Roads in the township that were flooded or impassable only because of tree parts are open. The township is working round the clock with JCP&L regarding locations that involved down wires. Other roadway closures related to Hurricane Irene include :
  • Amhurst Avenue in Navesink
  • Bamm Hollow Road at Bunker Hill
Middletown-Lincroft Road Is Open

Middletown-Lincroft Road has been reopened and water main construction temporarily suspended. This is due to other emergent roadway closures resulting from Hurricane Irene. Construction will resume when other roadways become available for travel. Further updates will be provided.
FEMA Disaster Assistance Update

At this time FEMA has not received a Presidential disaster declaration for Monmouth County. The Township has been advised by Monmouth County Emergency Management that federal and state assessment teams are continuing their work. Monmouth County had FEMA representatives in the county beginning Friday and will continue with the process tomorrow.
As a result, FEMA will not accept applications for disaster assistance from Monmouth County residents at this time. Currently, the designated New Jersey Counties are Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, and Salem County. At this time no counties have been denied Disaster Assistance.
In the event that FEMA will accept applications for individual assistance, you will need the following information to apply.
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Current and pre-disaster address.
  • A telephone number where you can be contacted.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income
  • A routing and account number from your bank (only necessary if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account)
  • A description of your losses that were caused by the disaster. (Middletown Emergency Management recommends that you document all your damages. Documentation can include photos and receipts.)
Monmouth County is Waiting for FEMA Assessment – Press Release

http://co.monmouth.nj.us/PressDetail.aspx?ID=918
Additional Disaster Assistance Information

http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm
Applicants Guide to Households & Individuals Program

http://www.fema.gov/pdf/assistance/process/help_after_disaster_english.pdf
Disaster Summary For FEMA-DR-4021, New Jersey

http://www.fema.gov/news/eventcounties.fema?id=15536
Be Alert For Gasoline Price Gouging, Home Repair Scams, Fraudulent Charities
As New Jersey prepares for Hurricane Irene, it is unfortunately necessary to remind consumers of the ugly truth that disasters often attract con artists and frauds.
The Division of Consumer Affairs advises consumers to be alert for potential abuses including gasoline price gouging, home repair scams, and fraudulent charity solicitations.
Gasoline price gouging: The Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency activates New Jersey’s price gouging law. This law protects consumers who are preparing to evacuate or taking other action to protect themselves before an emergency, or preparing to recover after an emergency. The law prohibits the sale of merchandise, including fuel, at an “excessive price increase” during the State of Emergency or within 30 days of the termination of the State of Emergency. An excessive price increase is defined as an increase of 10 or more percent above the price at which the good or service was sold immediately prior to the State of Emergency; or, if there are costs imposed by the seller’s supplier or additional costs of providing the goods, a price of 10 percent in the markup from cost, compared to the markup ordinarily applied by the seller. New Jersey law also prohibits gas stations from changing the retail price of motor fuel more than once in a 24 hour period. To report violations or complaints, consumers should contact the Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846 or www.NJConsumerAffairs.com
Home repair scams: In the wake of severe flooding incidents, fly-by-night home improvement contractors have been known to prey on individuals seeking to repair the damage to their homes. Often offering low prices and speedy work, they may leave consumers with shoddy or unfinished projects and homes that remain unsafe.
Follow these guidelines to protect yourself:
Before hiring a Home Improvement Contractor: Be sure to obtain the contractor’s state registration number. Call the Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-242-5846 to learn whether the registration is still valid, and to learn if consumer complaints have been filed against the contractor. Demand a copy of the contractor’s liability insurance policy, and call the insurer to learn whether the policy is still valid. Be sure to obtain a written estimate. Do not sign a contract or make a down payment until you are sure the contractor is trustworthy, and you fully understand the terms of the contract.
Fraudulent charity solicitations: After the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster that affected Japan, at least one apparently fraudulent charity began sending out emails, misusing the name of a respected charitable organization and asking consumers to send donations via Western Union to a location in the Philippines. “Investigate before you donate,” and follow these guidelines to learn about charities that solicit funds:
Before donating to a charity: Find out whether the charity is registered to solicit funds in New Jersey, or is exempt from registration (certain religious and educational organizations, and charities who raise less than $10,000 annually in contributions, are exempt). Find out how, exactly the charity plans to use your money. Learn how much the charity spent during recent fiscal years on program costs, management costs, and fundraising. Learn about the charity’s stated mission. The charity should provide this information to you; you can also obtain it by calling the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Charities Registration Hotline at 973-504-6215, or the Charities Registration page at www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov

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Middletown News Flash 8-5-11

Middletown Swim Club Half-Season Memberships On Sale Aug 1-15
There’s still time to get in on the fun at the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club. Half-season bathhouse memberships will be available for sale August 1-15.

Half-season passes are valid from August 1st through September 5. The cost is $150 for adults, $120 for children ages 4-17, $60 for children ages 2-3 and $120 for seniors. Those without a 2011 membership are eligible to purchase a half-season pass. No adjustments will be made to any 2011 memberships.

The Middletown Swim and Tennis Club is located at 214 Harmony Road. The club has over 10 acres of picnic and play areas. Amenities include 4 swimming pools, 5 tennis courts, bathhouses, a snack bar, volley ball, horseshoe and shuffleboard. Activities include family and teen fun nights, competitive swim teams, and sports tournaments. Call 732-671-5757.  Applications available at www.middletownnj.org.

 

Middletown Remembers 9-11-01
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of September 11th, Middletown Township is planning a trio of tributes to honor those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center tragedy.

“Thanks to the support from the community, Middletown will honor the 37 residents we lost during the tragedy with a memorial service, a flag display and a juried art exhibit,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore

The Township will hold the memorial service on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown World Trade Center Memorial Gardens. Among those who have agreed to participate are local religious and government leaders, veterans’ organizations, emergency responders, girl scouts and boy scouts. The service will include a candle lighting ceremony, said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore, who heads the September 11th Memorial Planning Committee.

General parking will be available the main train station lot and the Satellite Lot at Sears, located at the corner of Kings Highway and Route 35. A shuttle bus will transport attendees between Sears and the gardens. The service will be held rain or shine.

Prior to the memorial service a flag display will be installed to honor the 37 residents who died on September 11, 2001.  Flag banners will be posted on telephone poles along Kings Highway, Church Street and Middletown-Lincroft Road.

“The flag display is sponsored by local businesses, organizations and individuals who answered the township’s call to help fund this fitting tribute,” said Mayor Fiore. “The flags will continue to be used after the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy as a reminder that Middletown remains vigilant in its support of the War on Terror.”

 The cost of each flag banner is $250. Businesses, groups and individuals who sponsor the cost of at least one flag will be recognized in the program materials, on the township website – www.middletownnj.org – and on the township television station. The station is viewable on Comcast Channel 20 and Verizon FiOs Channel 26. Donations are tax-deductible. Call 732-615-2024 for more information.

Meanwhile, the Middletown Arts Center has put out a call to area artists to submit artwork for juried art exhibit honoring September 11th.  The exhibit, A Community Connected…to Each Other, to Healing, to Hope will be on display from August 25th through September 25th.  An Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, August 25th from 7-9 p.m. Call 732-706-4100 or visit www.middletownarts.org for details on how to submit artwork.

 

Pavilion Accepting Senior Housing Applications
The Pavilion at Luftman Towers, 43 Hurleys Lane is accepting applications for affordable one-bedroom apartments. Call 732-936-0500 for more information. Preference is given to Middletown residents and children/parents of Middletown Residents.  

Eligibility Requirements        

  • 62 years of age or older        
  • Minimum annual gross income – $18,500        
  • Maximum Income One Person – $38,040       
  • Maximum Income Two Persons – $43,440 
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Mtown News Flash 7-29-11

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.

 

Middletown Swim Club Half-Season Memberships On Sale Aug 1-15
There’s still time to get in on the fun at the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club. Half-season bathhouse memberships will be available for sale August 1-15. Half-season passes are valid from August 1st through September 5. The cost is $150 for adults, $120 for children ages 4-17, $60 for children ages 2-3 and $120 for seniors. Those without a 2011 membership are eligible to purchase a half-season pass. No adjustments will be made to any 2011 memberships.

The Middletown Swim and Tennis Club is located at 214 Harmony Road. The club has over 10 acres of picnic and play areas. Amenities include 4 swimming pools, 5 tennis courts, bathhouses, a snack bar, volley ball, horseshoe and shuffleboard. Activities include family and teen fun nights, competitive swim teams, and sports tournaments. Call 732-671-5757.   Click here for application 

 

Mahoney Brothers Perform Thurs, Aug 4 at Normandy Park
Don’t miss the final installment of the 2011 Summer Concert Series. The Mahoney Brothers will bring their impersonations of modern music greats to Middletown with their Jukebox Heroes Show on August 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Normandy Park. Comcast Cable is sponsoring the performance.  In the event of inclement weather the concerts are moved to Middletown South High School.  Limited on-site parking. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation Office Monday-Friday at 732-615-2260.

In addition, the Arts Center is offering a concert series for families every Thursday through August 25th.  Cool Kids Concerts with Miss Sherri, Thursdays, 4 – 5 p.m., are open to children ages 1-10 and their parents. The Middletown Arts Center and Miss Sherri, nationally known award winning Kindie Rocker/Singer, songwriter and founder of Honey Child Music Academy invite families to beat the heat and boogie down during the totally interactive shows. Admission is $5. Call 732-706-4100 for more information.

 

Grace Period Extended to August 24 for 3rd Quarter Tax Bill
Final 2011/Preliminary 2012 tax bills will be mailed Friday, July 29, 2011. The delay was to due by the State in certifying municipal state aid figures.  As a result of the delay, the grace period has been extended to August 24, 2011.  To avoid interest charges please make all payments by 4:00 PM, August 24, 2011. The last day for payment without interest is also printed on the tax bills.

 

Fall Brush Collection Suspended  
The fall brush collection is suspended. Brush can be brought to the Kanes Lane Recycling Center from Thursday through Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for residents to drop off brush. The fee for landscapers is $10 per yard. Please note residents will be required to remove any piles of brush that are on the roadway adjacent to their property. The next brush collection will be scheduled for Spring 2012.

Fall Leaf Collection will be scheduled as usual. The leaf collection schedule will be announced in October.

 

Police Investigating Hit & Run
The Middletown Township Police Department is investigating a pedestrian hit and run crash that occurred on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at approximately 10 p.m.  The crash occurred on State Highway 35 South between Navesink River Road and Coopers Bridge. A preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, a 26 year old male from Red Bank was walking near the intersection of Highway 35 South and Lakeshore Drive when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. After striking the victim the vehicle continued south on Highway 35 into Red Bank. The victim was treated at the scene and transferred to Jersey Shore Trauma Center for treatment where he is currently listed in critical condition. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or can provide any information pertaining to the crash is asked to please contact the Traffic and Safety Bureau at 732-615-2043. The crash is being investigated by Traffic Officers Cpl. Cliff O’Hara and Patrolman Darrin Simon

 

A Community Connected…
to Each Other, to Healing, to Hope Juried Art Exhibition Honoring 9-11

All entries must be received on Wednesday,  August 17th or Thursday,  August, 18th, from 4-9 p.m.

The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) announces an invitation to artists (over 18) to submit work in all media to A Community Connected…to Each Other, to Healing, to Hope Juried Art Exhibition Honoring 9-11. Artwork content should convey patriotism, hope, connectedness or growth in the wake of the historical World Trade Center tragedy and not include graphic imagery. 

All entries must be received on Wednesday,  August 17th or Thursday,  August, 18th, from 4-9 p.m. to be selected by the Middletown Arts Center 9-11 Exhibit Committee.  An entry fee of $5 per submission is required to cover exhibition costs. Multiple submissions are encouraged. Works to be hung must be display ready, suitably framed and wired for hanging. Entries improperly prepared for hanging will not be accepted. Pick-up of unaccepted work will take place on Monday,  August 22nd from 4-9 p.m.  Artists are invited to submit a brief biography and promotional items along with their work.

All work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition from Thursday,  August 25th through Sunday, September 25th and be picked up on Monday, September 26th or Tuesday, September 27th from 7 a.m-9 p.m.  Visit www.middletownarts.org or call 732-706-4100 for an entry form.

 

Volunteers Needed for Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team
Middletown Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, Middletown Township Police Department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence. Applications are available now and interviews will begin shortly.

The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT program are civilian members of the community who work in collaboration with the police to provide crisis intervention and safety planning to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters.  The specially-trained advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. The volunteer advocates help to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. The 40-hour intensive, mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants at no cost. 180 will be conducting the next four-week training October 24th – November 16th, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, 6:00p-9:30p, in the courtroom at Tinton Falls Borough Hall, 556 Tinton Avenue. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The services of the Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team are available to victims, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at Middletown Township Police Department headquarters, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training.  Middletown Township Police Department and 180 Turning Lives Around are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful.  Please contact Sgt. Bill Colangelo, Middletown Police DVRT DVLO, at 732 615-2041 or email wcolange@middletownnj.org to obtain an application or for additional information.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence, you can call the 180 Turning Lives Around Confidential Hotline at 732 264-4111, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. For more information, visit www.180nj.org In an emergency, dial 911.

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