Getting to know Stephanie Murrary

In this second segment of Art Gallagher’s interview with Middletown Township Committee members Tony Fiore and Steph Murray we learn about Murray’s background, education, family and her new career.  Towards the end of the segment, the Deputy Mayor talks about the publicized financial issues she and her family have been through and how they handled being in The Asbury Park Press’s spotlight over that personal matter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Middletown, Monmouth County News, Stephanie Murray, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown Police: No weapons found at Middletown North student’s home, threat not credible

The Middletown Police Department and the Middletown School District issued a statement on Wednesday night informing parents, faculty and students at High School North that a video was posted on Snapchat Tuesday night has been investigated and deemed to be “non-credible.”

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Posted: October 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Getting to know Tony Fiore and Stephanie Murray of Middletown

Art Gallagher met with Middletown Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore for an interview last week.  Both up for reelection to the Township Committee next month, Murray is seeking her third term, Fiore his fourth.

In the first two segments of the interview we hope to give Middletown voters a sense of who Fiore and Murray are personally.  In the final segment we cover what they have accomplished for Middletown through their years of service and what they intend to accomplish in the next three years if they are reelected. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown’s new town-wide garbage collection will increase service and reduce costs

The Middletown Township Committee awarded a five year contract for town-wide garbage and recycling collection at its meeting on Monday evening, according to a press release.

The $21 million contract was awarded to Central Jersey Waste, of Ewing, the lowest responsive bidder.  The new service will commence in January, 2018.

Currently the Township’s garbage collection is broken into two districts. Two thirds of the town is within the “Garbage District” where property owners pay a fee towards solid waste collection. The remaining third is “Out-of-District” where residents have to contract their own private solid waste company. Both districts pay for recycling collection through their regular municipal tax assessment since recycling is already collected on a township-wide basis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Middletown’s Deputy Mayor named Borough Administrator of West Long Branch

Stephanie Murray

Stephanie Murray, the Deputy Mayor of Middletown Township, was named the Borough Administrator of West Long Branch, a part time position, at the August 9 council meeting of the borough.  Murray started the job on August 23.

“I’m thrilled to be able to start my new career in such a wonderful community,” Murray said. “The experience and knowledge I’ve acquired over the last six years as a member of the Middletown Township committee will contribute to the people of West Long Branch and my experience there will contribute to the people of Middletown.”

Murray is a graduate of the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration’s Certified Public Management Program, a curriculum she completed at her own expense last month.   She said that she applied for the West Long Branch job after seeing it posted on the NJ League of Municipalities website in July.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, West Long Branch | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Former Middletown Police Chief Joseph M. McCarthy Passes At Age 92

Former Middletown Police Chief Joseph M. McCarthy, 92, passed away on Monday.  McCarthy led the Middletown PD from 1960 until his retirement in 1990.

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Posted: August 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Dr. Harry Swartz retires after 58 years of service in Middletown

Freeholder Director Lillian Burry presents Dr. Harry Swartz with a certificate of recognition from the Board of Freeholders on the occasion of his retirement

MIDDLETOWN –  More than 300 patients and former patients, representing five decades of families, turned out for a reception held Friday to honor Dr. Harry Swartz, who retired as a general practitioner after 58 years serving the people of Middletown and beyond.

The reception was held at the Middletown Arts Center, Church St., and was hosted by Dr. Swartz’ wife, Renee, his two physician sons, Dr. Steven, with whom he practiced, Dr. Sid, who is an anesthesiologist in Florida, and his daughter, Addy Rose of Massachusetts.

Mrs. Swartz is the Chairwoman of the Monmouth County Library Commission.

Freeholder Director Lillian Burry presented a Certificate of Recognition honoring the doctor’s services to the community and naming Aug. 4 Dr. Harry Swartz Day in Monmouth County.

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Posted: August 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Dr. Harry Swartz retires after 58 years of service in Middletown

Middletown Ranked The Safest City In New Jersey

8th Safest Town In The Nation

Middletown Township is the safest city in New Jersey, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s annual Top 100 Safest Cities in America report.

NCHSS is a national trade association of home security professionals.  They’ve been ranking the safety of America’s communities since 2006 using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report statistics and their own internal research. Their most recent study includes 764 cities with populations over 50,000 who submitted complete crime reports to the FBI. The number of violent crimes and property crimes per 100,000 people determine the cities’ ranking.

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Posted: August 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Ranked The Safest City In New Jersey

Middletown Library Board Announces Logo Contest

The Middletown Township Public Library is approaching its 100th Anniversary.  As part of that celebration the Board of Trustees and Director Kim Rinaldi have are asking Township student artists to participate in a logo contest.

The contest is open to all Middletown students in grades 6 -12. Students are asked to design a new logo that symbolizes the mission of the Middletown Public Library and articulates the true identity of the library as a community center offering opportunities for both education and entertainment. Deadline for submissions will be November 30, 2017. Submissions will be judged by the Library Board of Trustees and one winner will be announced at the December 13, 2017 meeting of the Library Board of Trustees. The winner will receive a $250 prize and community-wide recognition. The new logo will be used on the library’s website, letterhead, flyers, and other library documents.

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Posted: July 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Middletown Library, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Library Board Announces Logo Contest

Michael A. Katz seeks Dem nomination for Middletown Township Committee

Michael A. Katz

Michael A. Katz, a 45 year old live long resident of Middletown, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination for Middletown Township Committee.

The Middletown Democrats only submitted one candidate for the two seats up this year.  The candidate who gets the most write-in votes in the primary tomorrow will likely join William E. Hutton on the Democratic slate against Republicans Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore.

Katz launched his campaign last week after MMM reported the vacancy and suggested that Democrats write-in Michael Morris.  Katz said he thinks he has as many as 50 write-in votes so far.  26 is the minimum required to get on the general election ballot.  If no candidate gets 26 write-in votes, only Hutton will appear on the ballot for the Democrats in November.

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Posted: June 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, Middletown, Middletown Democrats, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »