By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone
Happy November! It’s hard to believe we’re just a few weeks away from celebrating the holidays. It’s agreat time of the year and, as always, there is so much going on and so much to do in Monmouth County.
I’d like to start by thanking all of the veterans, past and present, who have served our country. We should continue to recognize their sacrifices throughout the entire year. It is because of their sacrifices we continue to enjoy our freedoms. Let us also not forget the sacrifices made by their families!
To honor our veterans, I spent the day on Monday with Sheriff Shaun Golden at numerous ceremonies throughout Monmouth County. First we joined my fellow Freeholder Sue Kiley and the Manasquan VFW Post 1838 for a brief ceremony before they headed to the NYC Veterans Day Parade. Afterwards, we attended the Asbury Park and Bradley Beach Veterans Day Ceremonies. Thank you to all our veterans for their courage, sacrifice and service to our great country!
On a separate note, at recent Board of Chosen Freeholder meetings, we had the opportunity to recognize two important causes – Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November.
This year, we honored Breast Intentions for the outstanding work they do to support individuals and their families who have been diagnosed with, and are fighting Breast Cancer. Breast Intentions provides these individuals with emotional, intellectual, spiritual and financial support and resources in their time of need. I am proud of the great work this organization does for our community and it was an honor to recognize them.
To recognize November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, the Freeholders honored Sophia Taylor from Bows of Hope. Sophia took over for Jill Rothstein who has been coming to our Freeholder meetings for the last 9 years. Bows of Hope is an organization made up of Freehold Township residents that spreads awareness for cancer by selling different colored bows for the different types of cancers and encouraging buyers to place them on trees and mailboxes. Sophia is a strong advocate for pancreatic cancer research funding since her niece was diagnosed with this terrible disease.
Lastly, I would like to take a minute to say what an honor it is to have been re-elected to serve another term on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. I look forward to continuing to serve all the residents of this great county, as well as continuing to work on the upcoming year’s budget to ensure we continue providing a high level of services to our residents while keeping costs low. It is a priority of mine to continue to make Monmouth County the best place to live, work and raise a family. Thank you for the support.
As always, it’s a privilege to serve as your Freeholder Director.