Middletown Minutes

Garbage and Recycling Public Information Sessions

For those who have questions regarding the new Township-Wide Garbage & Recycling Program starting in January, there will be four Public Information Sessions available for residents to attend: 

  • Thursday, Dec. 7 from 12-2 PM and 7-9 PM at Poricy Park (345 Oak Hill Road)

  • Monday, Dec. 11 from 12-2 PM and 7-9 PM at the Middletown Arts Center (36 Church Street)

*Please note: Garbage and recycling carts will be delivered curbside starting on Monday, November 27th along the Bayshore. Please be aware that carts will be delivered on a rotating basis over the next few weeks through Friday, December 22nd, along with an informational flyer from the Township. You do not need to be home to receive the carts.

Track Friday

Give Rather Than Get: Middletown Recreation Sponsors Track Friday on November 24th

Help us turn “Black Friday” into “Track Friday” by focusing on giving rather than getting. Please join Middletown Recreation in participating in Track Friday, a national movement of active awareness for charities, at the Middletown High School North Track (63 Tindall Road) on Friday, November 24th between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, Track Friday provides a wonderful opportunity to give back by walking, running, or jogging with other community members for a cause that you believe in. There are numerous charities that you can donate to, but some local charities include the Middletown World Trade Center Fund, Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council, Poricy Park Conservancy, Middletown Help Its Own, and Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean.

Track Friday is designed to eliminate many of the typical pressures of charity race events. There are no intimidating distances, no fundraising targets, and no minimum donations. There is also no sign-up or registration fee. Simply show up at the track and enjoy exercising for a great cause! We hope to see you there!

Click HERE to donate to your favorite charity or cause, and click HERE to see the calendar event.

Middletown Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration on Sun., 12/3!

Join us in kicking off the holiday season with a festive tree lighting ceremony and live entertainment. Kids can get in the Christmas spirit by participating in FREE arts & crafts activities and visiting with Santa. There will also be an art exhibition and a 50/50 raffle. For more information, please call

Middletown Township would like to encourage residents to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 25th.
Click HERE to find participating local businesses. 


11 Food Safety Preparation Tips for Thanksgiving

As you prepare your Thanksgiving meal, it’s important to remember food safety in order to prevent foodborne illness, says Middletown Health Department Director, Rich DeBenedetto. “You really need to be careful, especially when raw meat is involved.”
The Partnership for Food Safety Education has provided some helpful tips to keep in mind while you’re preparing your family’s feast so it’s safe and healthy.

  1. Suds up for 20 seconds. Wash your hands with soap under warm, running water before and after handling food to fight bacteria.
  2. Start with a clean scene. Wash cutting boards, dishes, countertops and utensils with hot water and soap.
  3. Keep foods separate. Separate raw meat, seafood and eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags and in your refrigerator.
  4. Don’t rinse meat or poultry. It is not a safety step and can spread germs around your kitchen.
  5. Keep your refrigerator at 40°F or below. Refrigerate leftovers in shallow containers within two hours.
  6. Rinse fresh fruits and veggies under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten.
  7. Read and follow package cooking instructions. The instructions may call for a conventional oven, convection oven, toaster oven or microwave, and it’s important to use the proper appliance to ensure even cooking.
  8. Place meat and poultry in plastic bag provided at the meat counter and keep it in the plastic bag in your refrigerator at home.
  9. Use a food thermometer. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill the harmful bacteria that causes illness.
  10. Clean out your fridge. No leftovers past 3-4 days.
  11. Never defrost at room temperature. Safely defrost food in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.
Municipal Offices will be closed Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving. 
Happy Thanksgiving
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