Middletown Minutes

Middletown Township Swears in Stephanie C. Murray as Mayor and Kevin M Settembrino as Deputy Mayor for 2018 

Stephanie C. Murray was chosen to serve as Mayor and Committeeman Kevin M Settembrino as Deputy Mayor for 2018 at the Township's annual Organization Day on Sunday, January 7th.

The selection of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor came after Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore and Committewoman Stephanie C. Murray’s oaths of office were issued by Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. Fiore is starting his fourth consecutive term on the governing body and Murray her third consecutive term. The term for each committee member is three years.

The members of the 2018 Township Committee are: Mayor Stephanie C. Murray, Deputy Mayor Kevin M Settembrino, Committeeman Gerard P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D., Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore, and Committeeman Anthony S. Perry. 

Click HERE to view photos from the event. 

Fire Chief's elected for 2018

Also part of the 2018 Organization Meeting was the swearing in of the Fire Chiefs to serve Middletown for 2018. Ryan M. Clarke will be serving as the Fire Chief along with Deputy Chief Steven Schweizer, First Assistant Russell W. Mount III, Second Assistant John Friedmann, and Third Assistant Bernard F. Chenoweth III. We congratulate and thank them for their volunteerism! 

Pictured from left: Third Assistant Bernard F. Chenoweth III, Second Assistant John Friedmann, First Assistant Russell W.  Mount III, Deputy Chief Steven Schweizer and Fire Chief Ryan M. Clarke with Committeeman Tony Perry, Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger.

Former Fire Chief Anthony Citarella
Pictured: Former Fire Chief Tony Citarella

Former Fire Chief Tony Citarella Saves Child From Fire  

Early on New Year’s Day, the Middletown Township Fire Department was dispatched to a “bush fire” at a residence in the Old Village section of the Township. Upon arrival, 2017 Fire Chief Anthony Citarella assessed the situation and requested Middletown Fire Co. #1 Fire Company as back up to the assignment.

Citarella wanted to ensure that all occupants had vacated the home. Although the family had started to evacuate, one of the children retreated back into the house. Once Citarella confirmed with the parents that the child went back inside, he bolted into the home and rescued the child from the smoke-filled structure.
“Our volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line every day to help save others,” said Middletown Township Fire Chief Ryan M. Clarke. “We are so grateful that the family is safe.”

Approximately 35 members from 3 companies of the Middletown Township Fire Department responded to the call (East Keansburg Fire Company, Middletown Fire Company # 1, and the Old Village Fire Company). The MTFD Air Unit as well as the Safety Unit responded and operated at the scene. Middletown EMS units from Fairview Fist Aid responded and provided rehab as well as medical services.   

Nut Swamp Third Graders Get a Special Visit 

Jax Visits Nutswamp 3rd Graders
On Thursday, January 11th, some very lucky third graders at Nut Swamp Elementary School were visited by Mayor Stephanie Murray, Officer Brian McGrogan, and police dog Jax! Mayor Murray had promised the third grade classes during a previous visit that they would get a chance to meet the lovable Bloodhound. Officer McGrogan taught the children all about the training, work, and dedication it takes to become a police dog in Middletown! 

Middletown Open Space and Development Forum 

Middletown Township held a forum on December 5th explaining how open space and development works on a municipal level. Click HERE to watch the forum. 

Middletown Lincroft Road Closure Planned 1/13
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Middletown-Lincroft Road Closure At Castle Drive Beginning Saturday, 1/14

Starting Sunday, January 14th, the County will be closing the road on Middletown-Lincroft Road just north of Castle Drive near the train station as it is in need of immediate replacement. Middletown-Lincroft Road will be closed between Castle Drive and Holland Road. Detours will be in place at Holland Road, Red Hill Road and Bamm Hollow Road.
Work will continue through Saturday, January 20th (weather-dependent).
Commuters will be able to access the train station via Kings Highway/Church Street. The upper entrance to the main lot will be open. The lower entrance to the main lot, near Castle Drive, will be closed. The foot path/walking bridge will still be available to residents who walk to the train station.  

We thank you in advance for building this detour into your planning.

Middletown-Lincroft Road Closure
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