By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone
While informing the residents of Monmouth County about the happenings and goings on within the county has always been the focus for my writings, I thought it best to change my focus for this submission. Why you might ask? The reason being is that although raising awareness as to the many gains and strides that continue to occur in and around Monmouth County is of significant importance and benefit to our residents, I feel sometimes we need to take a step back and look outside of ourselves. It is extremely important for each of us to take time and perhaps reflect if even for a moment on the vast array of wonderful causes out there originated for the sole purpose to help raise awareness as it pertains to the many important issues we are faced with today. Because the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders fully understands the significance of helping to get the word out, we have taken steps by doing our part in also trying to help raise awareness.
A few of the observances made recently by The Board of Chosen Freeholders during the months of March, April and May were Autism Awareness, Alcohol Awareness, Military Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness. The Board also recognized the tenacious energy set forth by The Red Cross and Monmouth County Fair Housing. Each of these tremendous causes was recognized by The Board of Chosen Freeholders during one of their regularly scheduled meetings. Representatives from each of the various organizations were invited to attend a meeting to accept a Certificate of Recognition for all they do to help raise awareness for each of their causes. Additionally, they were recognized for the multitude of great things they have independently been able to accomplish thus far, as well as being congratulated for their efforts in continuing to educate the public on how much work is still needed in order to maintain progress and continue to accomplish great things.
With regard to Breast Cancer Awareness, seventeen (17) municipalities within Monmouth County recently passed a resolution to have “pink” line striping done on roadways in each of their respective towns as a means of lending their support and aiding in raising awareness. The towns that participated in this year’s pink line striping were Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Little Silver, Red Bank, Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven, Holmdel, Rumson, Asbury Park, Middletown, Neptune, Neptune City, West Long Branch, Avon by the Sea, Spring Lake and Manasquan. The Board of Chosen Freeholders is extremely proud of the efforts set forth by our municipalities to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer, and we offer them our sincere thanks.
At the end of the day, let each of us embrace the valiant efforts made by the many dedicated individuals like the ones I have mentioned in this writing and recognize that it is the persistent perseverance of people like this who make a difference in each of our lives daily. No one is expected to change the world single handedly, but joined as a community and a thriving county, there is no limit to the innumerable gains that can be made when all come together in a collaborative effort to turn each goal into fruition.