Arnone Report: Over the river and through….

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Happy December! I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I hope everyone is able to enjoy time with their family and friends in between all of the shopping.

Personally, I was very pleased to see nearly 1,000 shoppers stopped by our annual Mini Made in Monmouth last weekend at Covered Bridge in Manalapan. A spinoff of our widely popular Made in Monmouth event held each spring at Monmouth University, this smaller version featured 80 small business owners selling their locally made products and goods. It is truly a win-win for all involved – small business owners receive the support they need and shoppers can purchase so many great items right in time for the holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

The Arnone Report: Shark River Dredging and Healthy Eating Initiative Updates

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Happy November! With all of this warm weather recently, it’s hard to believe we’re just a few weeks away from celebrating the holidays. Either way, it’s a great time of the year and, as always, there is so much going on and so much to do in Monmouth County.

As we approach the end of the year, I would like to give a brief update on the second phase of the Shark River dredging project. As part of the second phase, dredge materials have been temporarily placed on Seaview Island until they are removed at the conclusion of the project next spring. The actual dredging process – which includes pumping the material onto the island to dry – was scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and I am pleased to announce the project remains on schedule. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Shark River Dredging and Healthy Eating Initiative Updates

The Arnone Report: Fighting Cancer

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholders proclaim Infinite Love of Kids Fighting Cancer Day

As an elected official, you have the chance to meet hundreds of people during your tenure. I would like to share a story about a few special people I had the honor of recently meeting in person during a meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

It all started a couple weeks ago when I was reading through a local newspaper and came across a story about a charity event held to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. As part of the fundraiser, members of the community, including first responders, volunteered to have their heads shaved by children. Helping to coordinate the event was the Gorsegner family of Middletown. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: September 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Fighting Cancer

Arnone Report: Grown in Monmouth

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Happy Labor Day weekend, Monmouth County! As always, the summer months seem to fly by too quickly but lucky for us, there are plenty of fun activities and places to visit throughout the fall.

The Monmouth County Division of Economic Development was hard at work this summer connecting with local members of the County’s agriculture industry, sharing with them information about Grown in Monmouth. I would like to take some time to share a few details of this tremendous initiative that will continue to expand in the coming weeks and months. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: August 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Arnone Report: Grown in Monmouth

The Arnone Report: Shark River Dredging Project Enters Phase II

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Happy August, Monmouth County! It’s hard to believe we are just a few, short weeks away from Labor Day! Soon children will be heading back to school and the cooler weather will be here. However, let’s forget about all of that now and just enjoy the remainder of this great summer season!

I would like to take the time to discuss an important project that will soon be underway and especially noticeable to those living and traveling near Shark River. The second phase of the Shark River dredging project will begin early this month with an anticipated completion time before next summer season. The first phase of this project was completed earlier this year.

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Posted: August 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Shark River Dredging Project Enters Phase II

The Arnone Report: Eat Healthy and Keep Safe

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

photo by Michael Colarusso, Monmouth County Government

It has been a busy couple of weeks full of exciting initiatives and events here in Monmouth County! As such, I’d like to share just a few updates with everyone.

First of all, I’m pleased to announce the launch of my Healthy Monmouth initiative, which aims to promote healthy eating and living among our youth. It’s my goal to show students the importance of eating local and eating healthy through educational programs.

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Posted: June 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Eat Healthy and Keep Safe

The Arnone Report: Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Freeholder Tom Arnone at the Union Beach Memorial Day Parade

As we observe Memorial Day, we should take the time to remember those who lost their lives while bravely serving our country. It is because of these heroic men and women that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms they so bravely fought to defend.

Let it also not be lost on us the sacrifices made by the families of these heroes, including Gold Star Mothers. Through their grief and heartbreak, these women have been pillars of strength in their communities, keeping alive the legacies of their loved ones.

I would also like to thank those who have served and are currently serving our country. I recently had the opportunity to meet some of the men and women who put their lives and safety at risk to defend our country during the Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Camp Evans. This was truly a special event.

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Posted: May 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

The Arnone Report: Grown In Monmouth Launch, Shared Services Summit, Summer Kickoff

By Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

It has been an eventful few weeks here in Monmouth County. From officially launching a countywide brand to hosting a shared services summit, we certainly have been keeping busy.

I’m proud to announce that after years of hard work, determination and great coordination, we officially launched the Grown in Monmouth brand and logo during a recent event with Saker ShopRites and Davino Greenhouses in Howell.

The mission of the Grown in Monmouth brand is to help retain and grow our County’s vibrant agricultural industry, while showcasing locally grown produce and vegetation. Through this initiative, we will work to connect County growers with residential and commercial consumers, as well as provide business skills and assistance to the County’s agricultural community, among other goals.

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Posted: May 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Grown In Monmouth Launch, Shared Services Summit, Summer Kickoff

The Arnone Report: Made in Monmouth Success! More Shared Services Coming

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

I am proud to announce the sixth annual Made in Monmouth event on April 8th was an absolute success!

More people than ever came out to support our small business owners thanks in large part to the local community and fantastic staff and volunteers who helped coordinate this day-long shopping event at Monmouth University.

This year, more than 5,000 shoppers supported the event, which showcased more than 260 vendors who displayed and sold their locally-made products. From furniture and jewelry to pet products and gourmet specialty foods, there were truly a wide variety of items for attendees to choose from.

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Posted: April 19th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

The Arnone Report: Freeholders Introduce Yet Another Flat Budget And Other Great Stuff

By Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

I’m proud to announce the Board of Chosen Freeholders has introduced a zero tax-increase budget, while maintaining the high quality of services for our residents. We will be keeping the tax levy flat while keeping spending down. As introduced, the budget is $445 million, in comparison to $493 million in 2010.

As public servants, this is what we strive for – providing residents with the high quality of life and services they deserve at the lowest possible cost.

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Posted: March 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Freeholders Introduce Yet Another Flat Budget And Other Great Stuff