Middletown Minutes
World War I Doughboy Monument
An unknown soldier salutes before the World War I Doughboy Monument. 

Middletown Honors Veterans With Dedications and Parade  

Scores of Middletown residents and elected officials, including our Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray, and Township Committeemen Tony Fiore and Kevin Settembrino came out to pay tribute to our local veterans last weekend. 

On Saturday, the Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee held two beautiful dedications: The Fallen Veterans Compton Street Sign Dedication honoring World War I soldier and Belford resident, Harold M. Compton, and the rededication of the Township's newly-restored WWI Doughboy Monument on Church Street in Belford.

Westminster Presbyterian Church also held its annual moving Field of Flags ceremony. The field of flags contains 6,939 American flags in honor of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Global War on Terrorism. 

On Sunday, VFW Post 2179 and the Township held the 60th Annual Veterans Day Parade followed by a wonderful "Thank a Veteran" lunch at the VFW. Despite the gray skies, the greatness of Middletown shined as we showed respect and gratitude to all of our veterans. Everyone enjoyed interacting with the veterans at the display tables and writing encouraging notes on the "Message to a Veteran" graffiti wall. Many thanks to the high school bands, Scout troops, and veterans organizations that participated in the ceremonies and celebrations. 


Click on the photos below for additional pictures from the various events that honored our veterans. 

Veteran's Day Parade 1
V Day Parade 2
V Day Parade 3
Field of Flags
Doughboy Re-dedication
Compton Street Sign Dedication
Active Military Wall
Middletown Township's Active Military Tribute Wall located in Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway. 

Recruiting Photos for
Active Military Heroes Wall

Do you know a Middletown resident who is actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces? Send us a 4 x 6 inch portrait photo and a short biography so we can add him or her to our Tribute Wall at Town Hall.  Biographies should include the following: Name, branch of service, current deployment, and local schools attended. Please also provide the soldier’s expected date of discharge. Submissions can be submitted online or you can download the form

Middletown is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women who serve in the United States military. Forms can be mailed or dropped off at the Mayor’s Office located at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway Middletown, NJ 07748. All submissions must include a contact name, phone number and mailing address. If you have any questions, please call
(732) 615-2287.

High Water Mark Initiative #MonmouthHWM

As part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the High Water Mark (HWM) Initiative is a community-based awareness program that increases local communities’ awareness of flood risk and encourages action to mitigate that risk.

As part of the project, communities post HWM signs in prominent places and conduct ongoing education to build local awareness of flood risk, and complete mitigation actions to build community resilience against future flooding.   

In Middletown, we have signs located in 
Port Monmouth (945 Port Monmouth Road at the Belford Sea Food Co-Op, Belford (601 Main Street at the Public Dock area) and Leonardo (1 Concord Avenue). 

rabies alert

Middletown Rabies Alert: 11/6/17

The Middletown Township Health Department responded to a call concerning a sick raccoon in the area of Elmwood Avenue near Portland Road on November 2nd. Middletown Animal Control captured the raccoon and sent it to the State Laboratory for testing. During their investigation, they found out that the resident was handling the sick animal trying to nurse it back to health. In addition, the raccoon was in contact with the resident's cat. Laboratory results received on November 6th confirmed that the raccoon was rabid.

Residents should be reminded not to interact with wildlife under any circumstance. 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 at 
732-615-2100 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.

Municipal offices will be closed tomorrow Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans Day

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