Tuesday, March 5, 2013
This is the first induction into the Volunteer Hall of Fame for many years.
Manalapan Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mona Cholowinski inducted residents into the Manalapan Parks and Recreation Hall of Fame last week. Rich Cohen, George Hartigan, Rocky Flammia, Mike Hammer, and JP Noval were all inducted into the Parks and Recreation Volunteer Hall of Fame. While the Hall of Fame has existed in Manalapan for many years, new inductees have not been added since 2001 when the Recreation Commission came to an end. The Hall of Fame recognizes local volunteers who dedicate their time to Parks and Recreation Programs or at the Recreation Department and this is one of the few ways the Township can thank those volunteers, Cholowinski said. Since the Hall of Fame has been on a hiatus, Cholowinski said that she wanted to…
Monday, March 4, 2013
Holland has officially stepped down from his position on the Township Committee.
Manalapan Township Committeeman Don Holland officially resigned from the Township Committee on Monday, March 4. Holland informed Manalapan administrators this morning. Holland cited health difficulties as the reason for leaving office, Manalapan Republican Municipal Party Chairman Stephen McEnery stated in a press release. Holland declined to comment on the resignation. Holland has served the Manalapan Township Committee as both a Republican and a Democrat and has served as Deputy Mayor under both parties, McEnery said. He was also the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, a former Chairman of the Planning Board, and was liaison to a multitude of volunteer committees. His term on the Township Committee was set to expire in 2014. "Holland’…
Friday, March 1, 2013
Monmouth County narrowly voted to approve the payment, just as the Township Committee barely approved payment to them the night before.
The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to approve a payment to Manalapan Township Committeeman Andrew Lucas for the developmental rights to his Burke Farm, the county’s percentage of the nearly $1.16 million deal, the Asbury Park Press reported. According to the Asbury Park Press, The Freeholders voted 3-2 in approval of a resolution which dispenses $277,920 from Monmouth County’s Open Space Trust Fund for the developmental rights of the farm, a 96-acre property located on Iron Ore Road in Manalapan Township. The heated Freeholder meeting on Thursday came on the heels of Manalapan’s narrow vote approving the payment of the Township’s percentage of the deal to the county, which the Township is legally obligated to pay. The …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The vote on the purchase order was tight with two "yes" votes, one "no", and one abstention.
The Manalapan Township Committee will pay Monmouth County their portion of the farmland preservation project for sitting Committeeman Andrew Lucas’ Burke Farm as the purchase order to the county was approved in a narrow vote Wednesday night. The payment of $186,969.10, which was removed from the Township’s previous bill list and placed on the most recent one, is a sum which the Township is legally obligated to pay to Monmouth County because both the county and the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) approved Lucas’ application to sell the developmental rights of Burke Farm. The sum represents 16 percent of the farm’s acquisition and the Township made the commitment to pay this percentage when they agreed to participate in Burke …
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Thursday, February 28
It's time to break out those cameras again, as the Manalapan Arts Council has announced Manalapan Township's 5th annual photo contest. The contest wishes to continues it's success in 2013 as over 200 photos have been submitted over the past four years. The theme this year is "Making Memories". The MAC is looking for pictures of an event, happening, trip, reunion, gathering, or just a special moment which means something special to the photographer. “We encourage all Manalapan residents to consider submitting a photo and a short caption that describes the memory," Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen said. "I enjoy watching the Judges work when they are trying to pick out category winners as the pictures are always so good.” Contest Requirements: …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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The Manalapan Transportation Advisory Committee is currently looking at paving issues throughout Manalapan Township. Manalapan Township Committeeman Ryan Green, the liaison to the Transportation Advisory Committee, said that recommendations for road improvements will be discussed for the 2013 budget concerning increased paving and infrastructure maintenance. TELL US: What roads need paving improvements in Manalapan?
Monday, February 25, 2013
The range of fees for Manalapan Parks and Recreation have been raised.
The Manalapan Township Committee has adopted an ordinance raising the Parks and Recreation fees at their last Township Committee meeting. The ordinance amended the fee ranges for costs associated with Manalapan Township Parks and Recreation events, programs, and facilities. Manalapan resident Deborah Smarth vocalized her delight at the fee increases, stating that an increase in fees takes the burden off of the taxpayers who do not use the Parks and Recreation programs and facilities. Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz said that the thinking behind the fee increases were exactly that. Last year, the Committee evaluated the fees and realized that they were way too low given the high costs of maintaining the facilities, Maskowitz said. …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
A new teenage volunteer group in Manalapan has welcomed members and is looking for more.
Manalapan Mayor Susan Cohen appointed local teenagers to the township’s new Teen Leadership Committee at the Township Committee meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Teen Leadership Committee provides “a forum for the creativity and free flow of ideas as a means for teens to provide leadership amongst their peers and encourage positive activities and projects to benefit our Township,” the official proclamation read. Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz introduced the idea of forming a teenage-run volunteer group in December 2012. Chairman Marci Stillman, Maskowitz, and other adults will offer guidance to the teenagers, but the committee will be solely managed by the teenagers. Teenagers that were sworn into the group on Wednesday are: The Teen …
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Township Committee tabled paying the Burke Farm purchase order to Monmouth County until their next meeting.
The Manalapan Township Committee tabled paying Monmouth County $186,969.10, their portion of the farmland preservation project for sitting Committeeman Andrew Lucas’ Burke Farm, at their meeting Wednesday night. Township Committeeman Ryan Green made the motion to table the item on the bill list because he said he was not comfortable with the documentation the Township has on the matter. He also said he was not able to fully overlook certain documentation, including a “somewhat hastily sent-out” email containing a 19-page document that the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) sent over to the Township Wednesday morning. Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz seconded Green’s motion, saying that he did not even have a chance to read through…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Lincoln's Birthday is a legal holiday in New Jersey.
The Manalapan Township Municipal Building will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in honor of Lincoln's Birthday. Lincoln's Birthday is a legal holiday in only eight states, including New Jersey. The municipal building will reopen on Wednesday, Feb. 13 for regular business hours. The Monmouth County Library will be open today and mail delivery will occur.