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Freeholder Scharfenberger
Pictured from Left: Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, Mayor Steph Murray, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Committeeman Tony Fiore, and Committeeman Tony Perry 

Former Mayor and Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger Sworn in as Monmouth County Freeholder 

Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., was  elected and sworn in as a Monmouth County Freeholder on Saturday, February 3rd by Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon. 

Freeholder Sharfenberger served thirteen years on the Township Committee, including six terms as Mayor and two terms as Deputy Mayor. He has also been a member of the Landmarks Commission, the Middletown Township Open Space Committee, the Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Monmouth County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee. 

"Although we will miss him on the Committee, all of his years of dedicated service will be his legacy," said Mayor Steph Murray. "Gerry contributed so much to our Township, and we know that he will continue to do great things for Monmouth County."

We wish Freeholder Scharfenberger much success in his new role!

Hayley Beekman Sworn in as First Female Fire Captain 
in Middletown's History 

The Middletown Township Fire Department, Township Committee, and community supporters came together on Sunday, February 4th at the Port Monmouth Fire Company, Station 6 to swear in the 2018 Line Officers. Among those being sworn in was Hayley Beekman, the first female Fire Captain in the town's history. Mayor Murray administered the Oath of Office and congratulated Captain Beekman on this accomplishment with a certificate commemorating this historic occasion. As Mayor Murray stated, Captain Beekman will serve as a role model, "especially for young women in our community and beyond." We thank and congratulate all of our volunteers for their service! 

Fire Chiefs Being Sworn In
Mayor Steph Murray swears in the 2018 Line Officers at Port Monmouth Fire Company, Station 6 on Sunday, February 4th. 
Pictured from left: John Sanders, Lt. Rob Svenson, Lt. Matt Topoleski, Hayley Beekman, Bill Bennett, and Former Chief Bill Gilmartin. 
Mayor Steph Murray and Fire Captain Beekman
Mayor Steph Murray 'pins' first female Fire Captain Hayley Beekman. 
Fire Captains for 2018 Swearing in
The Township Committee, the 2018 Middletown Fire Chiefs, and Captain Hayley Beekman at Sunday's swearing in ceremony.  
From left: 
Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, Committeeman Tony Fiore, Second Assistant Chief John Friedmann, First Assistant Chief Russ Mount III, Deputy Chief Steve Schweizer, Fire Chief Ryan Clarke, Captain Hayley Beekman, Mayor Steph Murray, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, and Committeeman Tony Perry.


Middletown Township and New Jersey Natural Gas to Provide Free Energy Audits to Income-Qualified Residents

This week, Middletown Township and New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) announced a pilot program to provide free energy audits to income-eligible residents. The program is designed to help qualified NJNG customers in Middletown identify energy-efficiency opportunities to help lower their energy bills.

Click HERE to read the press release. 

Check out our latest "Minute with the Mayor" Segment!  

Watch the latest “Minute with the Mayor” video segment with Mayor Steph Murray, which highlights local happenings and events in Middletown Township. In this edition, Mayor Murray talks about the two Life Saving Awards that were recently given to members of Middletown's Police and Fire Departments at the Township Committee Meeting on January 23rd. 

The program is available on our Municipal TV station (
Verizon FiOS Channel 26/Comcast Cable Channel 20) as well as on our Youtube Channel

North South Hockey Game
Mayor Steph Murray drops the puck to start the game! 

Mayor Steph Murray attends Mayor's Cup on Tuesday, February 6th 

Mayor Steph Murray and Committeeman Tony Perry attended the Mayor's Cup on Tuesday, February 6th at Middletown Ice World. High School North battled High School South Ice Hockey in what ultimately ended in a 4-4 tie. Great job to both teams! 

Lions Club
Committeemen Tony Perry and Tony Fiore, along with Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, attended the Middletown Lions Club Annual Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 4th. 

Middletown Lions Club Holds Annual Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast

Committemen Tony Perry and Tony Fiore, and Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger attended the Middletown Lions Club’s annual Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast on February 4th. The Middletown Lions Club sponsors many wonderful programs including thousands of vision screenings across Monmouth County. 

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South Zone One-Time Collection of Old Garbage and Recycling Cans Begins Monday, 2/12 

Excludes Carts Belonging to Private Haulers (Franklin, Midco, M&S, Republic, Solterra, etc.)

Middletown Public Works will begin a one-time only collection of old plastic garbage and recycling cans in the South Zone on Monday, February 12th. 

Place your old cans upside down at the curb, stacked if possible, on Sunday night (February 11th). Cans must be empty. Cans with trash or recycling inside will not be collected. Cans will be collected throughout the week. Please leave them curbside until they are collected. 

Old cans can also be brought to the Middletown Recycling Center (52 Kanes Lane) Thursdays through Mondays from 8:30AM – 4:30PM.

Private Haulers’ Carts

Private haulers are currently collecting their garbage cans. If your garbage cart has not been picked up yet, please remove it from the curb and place it in a clearly visible location on your property. The Township is not able to recycle carts from private haulers since they are deemed private property. Please contact your private hauler if you have additional questions regarding cart retrieval.

If you have any questions regarding the one-time collection, please call the Garbage & Recycling hotline at 732-615-3233 or email recycling@middletownnj.org.

Middletown Health Department Asks Residents to #BeTheDifference in February

The Middletown Township Health Department and Mental Health First Aid are asking residents around New Jersey to #BeTheDifference this February by taking steps to prevent opioid addiction. Tackling this tough issue begins with understanding the problem. By familiarizing yourself with the information below and spreading it to others, we can begin to understand the gravity of this issue and help prevent it. 

If you have a friend or family member who you suspect may be abusing drugs and would like to contact a counselor or schedule a substance abuse evaluation, please reach out to Crossroads at 732-615-2277. You can also visit their website by clicking HERE.

To watch the Township's video on the effects of drug and alcohol addiction, click HERE. 

Opioid Infographic
Flu Season Resource

Click HERE to learn more about Seasonal Influenza from the New Jersey Department of Health.

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