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Minute with the Mayor- Mayor for a Day
Keep an eye out for the latest segment of 'Minute with the Mayor' featuring this year's 'Little Mayors'! 

Students Participate in 5th Annual "Mayor for a Day" Program 

On Monday, May 21st, five elementary school students visited Town Hall and were sworn in by Mayor Steph Murray as "Mayors for a Day". It is the Township Committee's 5th year doing this wonderful program which is offered to Middletown elementary schools as a PTA/PFA fundraiser basket prize. This year's winners were Bernard Daus of Leonardo Elementary School, Sydney Rosen of Lincroft Elementary School, Aaron Smith of Port Monmouth Elementary School, Luke Roberts of Nut Swamp Elementary School, and Lauren Vultaggio of River Plaza Elementary School.

The students and their families had the opportunity to speak with the Mayor and Township Committee about local government and our community. During that time, each "Little Mayor" had a chance to sit with Mayor Murray in her office where they signed a certificate declaring them as Mayor for a Day at their school, discussed what they would like to accomplish during their time as Mayor, as well as take photos to commemorate the occasion. 

Mayor for a Day 2018
The "Mayors for a Day" led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Township Committee Meeting and received certificates deeming them as Mayor for a Day at their respective schools on Tuesday, May 22nd. 

Pictured from left: Sydney Rosen of Lincroft Elementary School, Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, Bernard Daus of Leonardo Elementary School, Mayor Steph Murray, Aaron Smith of Port Monmouth Elementary School, Luke Roberts of Nut Swamp Elementary School, Committeeman Tony Perry, and Lauren Vultaggio of River Plaza Elementary School.

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Police Week Memorial Service Held on Friday, May 18th

Police Memorial
Police Memorial
Police Memorial

The Middletown Township Police Department, which celebrated its 90th anniversary on Tuesday, May 15th, held its annual Police Week Memorial Service on Friday, May 18th at the Police Memorial located at Town Hall.
The service opened with a Call to Order and the Pledge of Allegiance. An invocation was offered by Deacon James Neubauer. 
Deputy Chief of Police Robert Stefanski addressed those who gathered, as did Committeeman Tony Perry who thanked the MTPD for being "beacons of light" for the community. Richard F. Deickmann, President of the Retired Police Officers Association also spoke at the service. Lieutenant Charles Terefenko then read the names of Middletown's deceased officers, followed by a wreath laying while bagpipers played. The ceremony concluded with a benediction by Rev. Donald Magaw and TAPS was performed by Middletown High School South trumpeter,
Luke Russoniello. 

Tonya Keller Community Center Spotlight & Art Show Celebrates Renovation and Renaming of Preschool

Middletown Preschool Renaming
Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino and Recreation Director Janet Dellett cut the ribbon at the Tonya Keller Community Center to celebrate the renovation and renaming of Middletown Preschool (formerly Just For Toddlers), along with Township Administrator Tony Mercantante, TKCC staff, teachers, students and parents at the preschool.
Middletown Preschool
The Tonya Keller Community Center hosted its Spotlight & Art Show on Wednesday, May 23rd to celebrate the renovations of the building as well as officially reveal the preschool's new name and logo: Middletown Preschool, formerly Just For Toddlers. Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino and Recreation Director Janet Dellett spoke about the road to the renovations and thanked everyone involved in making the center such a bright spot in our community. Attendees also had a chance to view the wonderful sea-themed artwork the preschool students created in class.
Middletown Preschool Art Show
Middletown Preschool students at the newly-renovated Tonya Keller Community Center stand with the artwork they displayed at the Spotlight & Art Show. Great work little artists!

Miss the Microgrid Feasability Study Presentation? View it on YouTube!

Middletown Township hosted a Microgrid Feasibility Study Public Information Session on Thursday, May 17th at the Poricy Park Nature Center. Presenters included: Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, Township Administrator Tony Mercantante, Michael Hornsby of the NJBPU, Fred Brody, Owner, Brody Business Development, Dennis Blazak, Community Plans and Liaison Officer at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Paul Heitman, Independent Consultant for IEEE Standards Association, and Joe Blackwell of Leidos Engineering.

If you were not able to make it the Public Information Session, you can view the presentation on our Township's YouTube Channel to learn more about the intent of the microgrid, the objectives and drivers, the critical facilities this energy resource would help protect should power fail, and other municipalities where this has been successful. Click HERE to watch the video. 
Eagle Scouts
Eagle Scouts of Troop 32 at their recent Eagle Court of Honor.

From left: Eagle Scouts Mark McIlvain and Andrew Lindner, Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, and Eagle Scouts Domenico Manzo and Mark Walker. (Photo by Fred Pachman)

Middletown Honors Eagle Scout Troop 32 for their Commitment to Our Community on Sunday, May 20th

On Sunday, May 20th, Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino spoke at Troop 32's Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at United Methodist Church in Middletown.

Those honored include: 

  • Andrew Lindner whose Eagle Project consisted of improvements to a garden at St. Anselm Church in Wayside.The garden is used to grow food that is donated to those in need. Improvements included compost bins, an enclosed arbor, and rain barrels for irrigation and landscaping. 
  • Domenico Manzo whose project involved fundraising, purchasing, and installing HY-VIZ Hydrant Markers in Lincroft. These markers provide greater visibility for firemen during fire emergencies. 
  • Mark McIlvain whose project involved constructing an outdoor classroom for Middletown High School South’s Environmental Club, of which he is a member. The project consisted of constructing eight wooden benches and a large shed for storage of the club’s gardening tools. 
  • Mark Walker whose project involved designing and creating a pergola with benches for the United Methodist Church in Middletown. The pergola was built to provide additional functionality and add beautification to the church.
The Township is proud to have you as members of our community! 
NJ Clean Energy Program

Middletown Approved For Local Government Energy Audit Program

Middletown was recently approved to participate in a clean energy audit through the Local Government Energy Audit Program (LGEA) sponsored by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP). This was done in an effort to save energy in Middletown's municipal buildings to reduce waste and save taxpayer dollars.

Click HERE to view the list of approved municipal buildings to be audited. 

Buddy Poppy Month

The MTFD Teams Up with Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer For Shave a Hero//Save a Hero Fundraiser: Saturday, 6/2!

Roadwork & Detours

Memorial Day Parade Road Closures on Monday, May 28th on Leonardville Road, Appleton Avenue and Route 36 

On Monday, May 28, there will be periodic road closures on Leonardville Road, Appleton Road, Center Avenue, Brevent Avenue, Viola Avenue and Route 36 between 9:00AM-12:00PM due to the Memorial Day Parade. Please plan accordingly and drive with caution as there will be pedestrian traffic in the area. 

Paving on Main Street in Belford next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29th & 30th 

The County will be paving Main Street in Belford from Maple Avenue to Route 36 next Tuesday and Wednesday (May 29 & 30). Main Street will be closed between 6:00AM-4:00PM between Maple Avenue and Morris/East Morris Street. Please plan alternate routes. 

Roadwork on Kings Highway & Church Street 

There is significant roadwork being done on Kings Highway and Church Street in preparation of the signalization of the roadway. Kings Highway will have lane shifts in place and Church Street will have intermittent closures between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday, 5/28 through Friday, 6/1. Detours will be in place to follow. Please plan alternate routes.

Road Restoration Work for New Jersey American Water Continues on the Following Streets: 

Avenue A                            Carter Ave                          Ataboy Ave                         Avenue B                          Gordon Ct.                          Handy Boy Ave
Avenue D                            Plymouth Ave                    High Boy Ave                      Georgia Ave                      Walada Ave                        Orphan Boy Ave
Wood Ave                           Bergen Ave

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