Middletown Minutes
Swearing in of Committeeman Rick Hibell
Mayor Stephanie Murray swore in Committeeman Rick Hibell at the February 20th Township Committee meeting. 

Rick W. Hibell Appointed to Middletown Township Committee 

Rick Hibell was voted in unanimously at the Tuesday, February 20th Township Committee meeting. Hibell is filling the vacancy left by Gerard P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D. who resigned this month to take a position on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  

The Township Committee is excited to welcome Hibell, a lifelong resident of Middletown, to the team. Hibell grew up in Belford, graduated from The Marine Academy of Science and Technology located at Sandy Hook, and he and his wife are raising their family in the Leonardo area. Hibell is also a second generation Fire Chief and owns a marine construction company that is based in Middletown.

Mayor Stephanie C. Murray issued Hibell’s Oath of Office as his wife Kelli held the Bible and his proud parents looked on. “As a Fire Chief and business owner, Rick has proven himself to be an effective leader,” said Mayor Murray. “He knows how to implement policies and procedures, balance budgets, and collaborate with individuals to get the job done. I’m confident he will serve our town with the same heart and drive that he puts into everything else.”

Click HERE to read the press release. 

Congratulations to Our New Police Officers!

Ceremonial Swearing in of Police Officers
Mayor Steph Murray performed a ceremonial swearing in for Middletown's four newest officers at the Township Committee Meeting on February 20th. Pictured from left to right: Deputy Chief Robert Stefanski, Police Officers Joshua Revette, Joseph Pesany, Felipe Caamano and Donald John Porter, and Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger and Police Chief Craig Weber. 

Recent Community Events

Community Science at Poricy Park

"Maple Sugaring" at Poricy Park  

Committeeman Tony Fiore and his family attended the Community Science "Maple Sugaring" event at Poricy Park on Saturday, February 17th. Children and adults received some hands on instruction on how to tap maple trees and got a taste of some of the freshest syrup around! 

To check out all our Recreation Department offers, click HERE to visit their 2018 Calendar of Events! 


Ideal Beach Community Association 2018 Kickoff Meeting
Mayor Steph Murray and Committeeman Tony Perry attended the Ideal Beach Community Association's 2018 Kickoff Meeting on Wednesday, February 14th to discuss the various community outreach programs that IBCA provides to Middletown residents. IBCA is a non-profit organization created to protect, improve, and preserve all that is great about living in the Ideal Beach Neighborhood of North Middletown and improve the quality of life in the community. Click HERE to visit IBCA's website. 

Mater Dei Seraph Strong Gala

Mater Dei Seraph Strong Gala
Mayor Steph Murray and Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino attended the annual Mater Dei Seraph Strong Gala and gift auction fundraiser on Saturday, February 10th. The event was held at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury and the proceeds are used for the education and the future success of Mater Dei Prep.

Monmouth Medical Center

Monmouth Medical Center Outreach
Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino and Committeeman Tony Perry joined mayors and committee members from local towns on Thursday, February 8th to meet with the senior leadership and members of the Board of Trustees of Monmouth Medical Center.  

Enter Our Neighborhood Photo Contest - Deadline Wednesday, 2/28!

Middletown Township Public Library Announces Logo Contest Winner

In recognition of the Middletown Township Public Library’s upcoming centennial anniversary, the Board of Trustees and Library Administration ran a logo contest that was open to all Middletown students in grades 6-12.
Students were tasked with modernizing the library’s logo. After reviewing many submissions, the Board of Trustees selected three logos to present to the public to vote on.
The winner was announced and awarded at Wednesday's Library Board meeting. Congratulations to Ryan Kelly, a senior at Middletown High School South for capturing the mission of the MTPL in his logo – to enrich, empower, and educate our community! Ryan has taken
 Graphic Design courses throughout his high school career and researched the “library” brand by looking at logos from other libraries. He designed the new logo by using a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and used freehand drawing tools in Illustrator. 

MTPL Logo Contest winner

Ryan Kelly stands next to his winning logo along with Library Director Kim Rinaldi, Library Board President Bill Bucco and other members of the Board of Trustees. 

The MTPL's new logo! 

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

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.

Those who are not eligible based on their income can still sign up for a Comprehensive Home Energy Audit Analysis for $250 and receive a free ecobee4 Smart Thermostat. 

Click HERE to read the press release. 

Dog License Renewals — Avoid $7 Late Fee Starting 3/1 

The Middletown Health Department would like to remind residents that all dog licenses should have been renewed by Jan 31st. If you haven’t renewed yet, please do so before the next late fee increase starts on March 1st.

All dogs and cats must be licensed in Middletown. Click HERE to fill out a license online. You may also obtain a license at the Health Department Office (180 Main Street, Port Monmouth) or through the mail. Call 732-615-2097 or click HERE for more information.

Lincroft Fire Company Blood Drive

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