Middletown Minutes

Middletown Honors September 11th Victims with Moment of Silence, Wreath Laying and Candlelit Tribute

Middletown Township held a moment of silence and a beautiful wreath laying and candlelit tribute on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Middletown WTC Memorial Gardens to honor the 37 residents we lost in the World Trade Center attack 16 years ago.

Close to 500 members of the community, including 9/11 victims’ family members, neighbors, Township Committee members, elected officials, local dignitaries, representatives from Middletown’s Police and Fire Departments, Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services, as well as contingents from American Legion Posts 338 and 515 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179, bowed their heads in a moment of silence at dusk. The silence, which spoke volumes, was broken by a powerful single bell toll by Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger. The bell, which was donated by the Port Monmouth Fire Company for the tribute, echoed into the night and initiated the wreath laying ceremony and candlelit walk through the Memorial Gardens.

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MTPD Explorer Post 102 Open House
Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger speaking at the Police Department's Explorer Post 102 Open House on Thursday, September 14th. Also pictured: Lieutenant Charles Terefenko, who is the Post Advisor, and Police Chief Craig Weber.

Middletown Township Police Department Accepting Applicants for Explorer Post 102 Through 9/29

The Middletown Township Police Department hosted a successful Open House for its Explorer Post 102 on Thursday, September 14th. About 100 youth and parents attended, and the Department already has 32 applicants.

Speakers at the Open House included Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Police Chief Craig Weber, Lieutenant Charles Terefenko, who is the Post Advisor, and Robert Buob, Monmouth Council Twin Lights District Executive.
Affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, the co-ed program offers youths ages 14 to 21 a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities. The Department will be accepting applications through Friday, September 29th. If you weren’t able to attend the Open House, you can pick up an application in the Police Administration Office, located at 1 Kings Highway. For more information about the Explorer Post 102 program please email MTPDExplorers102@middletownnj.org.


Middletown Rabies Alert - September 13, 2017

The Middletown Township Health Department received laboratory confirmation of a raccoon testing positive for Rabies that was found in the area of Green Meadow Boulevard and Four Winds Drive. A dog had contact with the raccoon on September 6, 2017. The dog was currently vaccinated against Rabies.

Residents 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 2097 immediately or contact the Police Department after hours and on weekends. Please make sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a Rabies shot. Do not let your pets run free off leash, even in the woods, to ensure they do not come in contact with wildlife that may be rabid. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.

The Middletown Township Health Department will be providing free Rabies vaccinations for dogs only on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. The clinic will be held at the Croydon Hall Gym, 900 Leonardville Road in Leonardo. Call 732-615-2097 for more information.

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