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Middletown Remembers 9/11 With Silent Wreath Laying and Candlelight Tribute

Middletown Remembers 9/11 Ceremony
Middletown Remembers
Middletown Remembers
Middletown Remembers

On Wednesday, September 11th, Middletown Township held a silent wreath laying and candlelight tribute through the World Trade Center Memorial Gardens, located at the Middletown Arts Center, to honor the 37 residents we lost in the World Trade Center attack 18 years ago. The Memorial Gardens rest under a canopy of trees and features a landscaped path with benches and a personalized memorial for each of the 37 residents.

More than 500 people attended the service, including 9/11 victims’ family members, neighbors, Township Committee members, local dignitaries, representatives from Middletown’s Police and Fire Departments, Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services, as well as contingents from American Legion Posts 338 and 515 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2179. Everyone bowed their heads in a moment of silence at sunset.

Mayor Tony Perry and the Middletown Township Committee then led the wreath laying ceremony and candlelight walk through the Memorial Gardens. The silence was broken by 37 bell tolls rung by Fire Chief Steven Schweizer and Deputy Fire Chief Russell W. Mount III. The bell, which was donated by the Port Monmouth Fire Company, was rung in memory of each Middletown resident who perished on September 11, 2001. 



Middletown Township Police Department Honors
One of Its Own with Flag Raising Ceremony

Flag Raising Ceremony for Detective Lieutenant Joseph Capriotti

The Middletown Township Police Department honored Detective Lieutenant Joseph Capriotti, who diligently served the MTPD for nearly three decades, with a flag raising ceremony on Wednesday, September 11th. The flag was flown in memory of Officer Capriotti  who had the difficult task of being the “keeper of the list” of the 37 Township residents we tragically lost on 9/11. He shared in the intense sorrow of the victims’ families, listened to their stories and kept in touch with them through the years. We were all very fortunate to have such a humble and kind-spirited individual to have served our community. 

On behalf of the Middletown Township Committee, Mayor Tony Perry signed the proclamation naming September as Hunger Action Month in Middletown. 

Middletown Proclaims September as Hunger Action Month

Mayor Tony Perry and the Middletown Township Committee proclaimed September 2019 as Hunger Action Month in Middletown. The Township is working with Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, to call attention to this rising challenge in our own backyard and educate people about the important role of food banks in addressing hunger.
Click HERE for more information about how to donate food or funds to Fulfill. The Middletown Food Pantry, located at 180 Main Street in Port Monmouth, also provides emergency food and household supplies to residents in need. Click HERE to find out what you can donate year-round. 

The Middletown Township Board of Education is asking residents to take part in a 2019 Strategic Planning Survey by Tuesday, November 12th.  Click HERE for more information about the strategic planning process, including upcoming public meeting dates. 

Board of Education Survey
OEM Auxiliary Police Recruitment
Register Now for the Mayor's 5K Challenge on Saturday, 10/19
All Proceeds to Benefit Middletown's First Responders


Annual POW/MIA Candlelight Service

The Health Department is Offering a FREE Cat-Only Rabies Clinic this Saturday, 9/14!

Cat Rabies Clinic 9/14

The MTFD is Hosting a Blood Drive on
Wednesday, Sept. 18th

Need New Glasses? Head to Low-Cost Optical Academy on Monday, 9/23 at Middletown North

The MTPL Presents: Danny V's 52nd Street Band Cover Duo The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel


Traffic Alerts

Milling & Paving on Arrowwood Court and Hogan Lane from 9/18-9/20

Starting on or about Wednesday, 9/18 through Friday, 9/20, there will be milling and paving within Shady Oaks on Arrowwood Court and Hogan Lane. Please plan alternate routes and expect delays. This work is weather dependent.

Intermittent Closures on County Road 520 on 9/24

On or about Tuesday, 9/24 from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM there will be periodic road closures on County Road 520 (Newman Springs Road) at the Garden State Parkway overpass west of Half Mile Road. There will be one lane eastbound and one lane westbound through that area with periodic closures. Please plan alternate routes. Expect delays.

Monmouth & Navesink Avenue Road Closure Update

Gray Supply has been working in the area of Monmouth Avenue and Navesink Avenue replacing gas lines. They are anticipating the work will be completed this month. While they are working roads will be intermittently closed in the area and detours will be in place.

Route 35 Construction Project 

Construction work on Route 35 began Monday, May 6th northbound from Cooper’s Bridge (Red Bank) to Cherry Tree Farm Road and southbound from Cherry Tree Farm Road to New Monmouth Road.

Road work will be done with temporary lane closures from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM. All work is weather-dependent.

The project, which consists of repairs and replacement of concrete vertical curb, installation of public curb ramps, repairs to drainage structures and resurfacing of the roadway, is estimated to be completed by December 2019.
Please keep an eye out for possible changes to the schedule.

NJNG Paves Roads as Part of

 Gas Main Replacement Program

NJNG Road Repaving
Plastic Bag Recycling



EMS Recruitment

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