Middletown’s Crime Rate Lowest Since 1969

mtpd logo (624x640)The Jets were Super Bowl Champions and Neil Armstrong took the first walk on the moon during the year when Middletown Township had less serious crime than occurred in 2015.

There were 520 index crimes reported in Middletown during 2015, for an Index Crime Rate of 7.82 per 1000 people.  Index crimes are those that are reported annually to the FBI.  They are murder and non-negligent homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and arson.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown reschedules dog rabies clinic for February 20th

pictures-of-dogs-golden-retrieverThe Middletown Township Health Department has rescheduled the Dog Rabies Clinic that was canceled due to the recent snow storm.

The new date is February 20, 2016. The clinic will be held from 9am to 11am at the Croydon Hall Gym, located at 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo.

The clinic is for dogs only and is free of charge to both residents and non-residents. All dogs must be on a leash and must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Late fees for 2016 dog licenses will not be charged until March 1st to accommodate residents who need the clinic to get a valid rabies vaccination for their pet. Please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 if you have any questions.

Posted: January 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Middletown Rabies Clinic Cancelled

a-rabid-raccoon-attack-sd-21480406Middletown Township has announced that the rabies clinic scheduled for Saturday, January 23 has been cancelled due to the expected storm.

The Health Department is currently working to reschedule the clinic for a date in February. The new date will be announced on the Township’s website (www.middletownnj.org).

Please note late fees for 2016 dog licenses will not be charged until March 1st. Please call 732-615-2097 with any questions.

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Rabies Clinic Cancelled

Scharfenberger: Middletown is ready for the storm

december-10-storm-006Middletown, NJ- Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. announced today that the Township is ready for the coastal storm that is expected to hit New Jersey on Friday.

“Middletown is ready to face what may be the first major snow storm of the season,” said Scharfenberger, “The township has 153 pieces of equipment at its disposal to clear snow from more than 650 lane miles of road.”

The fleet includes 83 township plows, brining machines, sanders, and other heavy equipment. The township can put more equipment on the road this year thanks to the recent acquisition of several army surplus vehicles at no cost. The other 70 plows are provided by local contractors who augment township snow removal efforts as needed.

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Posted: January 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Scharfenberger: Middletown is ready for the storm

Monmouth County Awarded $714K in Road Safety Grants

Funding for projects in Middletown, Millstone and Upper Freehold

Freeholder Tom Arone

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone announced this afternoon that Monmouth County has been awarded $714,000 in federal funds to make safety improvements on County roads in Middletown, Millstone and Upper Freehold.

The improvements will be completed as part of two separate projects:

  • Upgraded traffic signals, installation of dedicated left turn lanes, pedestrian countdown signals and highly visible crosswalks at the intersection of Leonardville Road (CR 516) and East Road in Middletown, $339,000
  • Application of high friction surface treatment, safety edging (to minimize vertical drop-off and allow motorists to safely reenter the paved road) and signage to warn of curves along Stagecoach Road (CR 524) from Cherry Lane in Millstone to the intersection with Chambers Road and Roosevelt Road in Upper Freehold, $375,000.

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Posted: January 11th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monmouth County Awarded $714K in Road Safety Grants

Scharfenberger Sworn In As Middletown Mayor

1009939_1113626125344304_3777892064905716215_nActing Governor Kim Guadagno administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger, PhD, on Sunday when the Middletown Township Committee reorganized for 2016.

Selected by his fellow members of the Township Committee, Scharfenberger replaces Stephanie Murray who served two terms as mayor through 2014 and 2015.  Scharfenberger praised the “spectacular job” Murray did as mayor and expressed his gratitude to her for what she taught him about leadership and public service.

Scharfenberger has been a member of the Township Committee since 2005 and previously served as mayor in 2007,2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Guadagno swore in Committeeman Tony Fiore as Deputy Mayor and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden administered the Oath to Committeeman Steve Massell who was elected to his third term on the Committee last November.

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Posted: January 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Man killed in Middletown accident was beloved elementary school custodian

7972191_1451790502.3195MIDDLETOWN – The man struck and killed by a car on Route 36 Saturday was a beloved staff member at a township elementary school, according to officials. John Chambers, 36, was known affectionately as “Mr. John” to students at Harmony School, where he served as head daytime custodian, Principal Erik Paulson said in a letter posted… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 4th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Man killed in Middletown accident was beloved elementary school custodian

Rabies Alert in Middletown

a-rabid-raccoon-attack-sd-21480406MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of a raccoon testing positive for Rabies. The animal had contact with a dog on December 24th, which required testing. The incident occurred in the area of Flomar Ave and Leonardville Road.

Residents should not be interacting with wildlife. If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department after hours and on weekends. Please make sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a Rabies shot. Do not let your pets run free off leash, even in the woods, to ensure they do not come in contact with wildlife that may be rabid. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.

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Posted: December 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Firefighters battle blaze in bedroom of Middletown house

assetContent (31)MIDDLETOWN — About 60 firefighters from four different fire stations responded Saturday to a fire in a two-story home on Route 36. The fire, first reported at 11:41 a.m., was contained to a second-floor bedroom and was declared under control by 12 p.m., said Dennis W. Fowler, a spokesman for the Middletown Fire Department. No one… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Firefighters battle blaze in bedroom of Middletown house

Middletown motorcycle rider dies in Pohatcong Township crash

James Padden1A Middletown, New Jersey, man died early Thursday afternoon after his motorcycle crashed into another vehicle on Route 639 in Pohatcong Township, police said. James Padden, 25, was visiting family in Hunterdon County when he went out for a ride on his Kawasaki ZX1, township police Chief Jeffrey Greenmeir said. About noon, the motorcycle crossed from… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown motorcycle rider dies in Pohatcong Township crash