- Category: News
Middletown Joins Community Rating System
MIDDETOWN, NJ - Middletown homeowners interested in purchasing or renewing flood insurance policies are eligible for a 10 percent discount on their policies because Middletown participates in FEMA’s Community Rating System.
“This rating equates to a 10 percent premium discount for renewals and new flood insurance policies applied for after May 1, 2012,” Mayor Anthony P. Fiore said. “I encourage homeowners to remind their insurance agents about the discount when it comes time to renew their policies.”
FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) provides discounts for flood insurance premiums within and outside the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA,) commonly known as the 100-year floodplain. The Township has earned Class 8 rating for taking actions that exceed the standards of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). These actions include participation in community outreach and flood warning programs, preserving 36 percent of the SFHA as open space, enhancing building standards and providing map information services, Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said.
“The fact that we can offer insurance savings to homeowners by taking simple steps to enhance public safety and protect property is welcome news,” the mayor said. “I commend our township staff for their work in getting Middletown to qualify for the program.”
Participation in the Community Rating System is the latest step taken by the Township Committee to generate cost savings and further enhance core essential government services. Other steps include expanded garbage and recycling services, restructuring the Public Works and Recreation Departments, embarking on a solar initiative in partnership with Monmouth County, greater use of document digitization, cost-saving changes made to the employee health insurance programs, purchasing gas and electric as part of collective, a nearly 9% town-wide reduction in full-time staff, and entering into shared-service agreements with other municipalities and the Board of Education.
For more information about CRS and floodplain management, residents can contact the Middletown Building Department at 732-615-2104 during business hours.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Benefit Concert for NJ Clearwater
Sunday, July 15, 2012: 3 pm - 8 pm
Chico's House of Jazz
631 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ Entrance Fee: $15
Starring: Quincy Mumford, The Wag, Poppa John Bug, O'Neill & Martin & other Stellar Local Bands Join Forces to Support NJ Clearwater and Its Messages of Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Justice.
ASBURY PARK, NJ - Please join these dedicated environmentalists disguised as musicians as they play rock, jazz, blues, folk, and soul to support Mother Earth and your children in the fight for a cleaner environment and brighter future.
- Category: News
LEONARDO, NJ - "It is a local treasure that needs to be recognized and restored," states Karen Metschele, Chairman of the Sub-Committee of Girl Scout Troop 1242 Cadets. The historic Applegate Cemetery on Cedar Avenue in Leonardo is under restoration. The tree companies, The Tree Guy owned by Michael Sumel and the Hufenagel Tree Company have cleared away trees and brush in the cemetery.
Applegate Cemetery is overgrown with trees, shrubs and weeds.
The Girl Scout Troop 1242 Cadets have also been clearing away brush, ripping out roots and dirt. The Girl Scouts have been working very hard for months on this project, and the Gold Awards, an awards program of the Girl Scouts, will be considered for the work done on this project.
The Applegate Cemetery is owned by Middletown Township, but volunteers are funding the project. The public can participate and help in the restoration by clearing any brush outside of the cemetery, and pulling out ivy. Ms. Metschele suggests that no brush killer be used, just vinegar, and to be careful of groundhog holes. Volunteers at this time are not able to go inside of the cemetery. The headstones need to be protected at this point of the project.
Ms. Metschele stated that there is no insurance, and volunteers who participate in the project are doing it at their own risk.
- Category: Arts & Culture
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Historic Highlands are known as “where the Jersey Shore begins,” and in its long life, its residents and visitors have contributed to a rich, vibrant past. In this book, local historian John King compiles over eighty stories authored by more than forty Highlands residents who have experienced life here and embrace its heritage. Some of their tales deal with aspects intrinsic to the region, such as clamming and vacationing summer tourists. Some are thrilling accounts from the days of Prohibition, when rumrunners used the shores as ports for illicit booze. From everyday life, to World War II, to sailing and famous residents, discover the history of Highlands, New Jersey.
- Category: News
Middletown, NJ – At the ninth and final Ryan’s Run on Saturday evening, standing before a crowd of 600 loyal runners, and close to a few hundred additional supporters, the Ryan’s Run race committee said their last goodbye to the runners who they also referred to as “family” and have supported this event for the past nine years.
Ryan’s Run has been the largest fundraiser of the Ryan Andrew Memorial Foundation (RAKMF), a 501-c3 charitable organization established in 2003 after the sudden and unexpected death of Ryan Kaiser. Ryan, the 6-year-old son of Andy and Lauren Kaiser was born with Congenital Heart Disease and had three open-heart surgeries before he was two years old.
Though runners always anticipate a warm and poignant message from Andy Kaiser, this year few words were spoken, and Kaiser promised - instead - that the committee’s final thoughts would be found on the racecourse. After a commemorative grouping of red balloons was launched into the sky, the final race was run with participants meandering through the bucolic run among twenty signs reflecting positive thoughts and remembrances of the run; words of wisdom if you will from the race committee.
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