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

The Arnone Report: In Monmouth County, We Keep Our Promises

By Freeholder Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Happy New Year! Last week I was sworn into my third term as Freeholder and I am excited and grateful to continue to serve the residents of Monmouth County. I would like to thank my family for their support and my fellow Freeholders for their continued dedication to our County.

I would like to congratulate my running mates, Freeholder Serena DiMaso, Sheriff Shaun Golden and Surrogate Rosemarie Peters on their well-deserved re-elections. I would also like to congratulate Lillian Burry on her selection as the 2017 Freeholder Director and John Curley on his selection as Freeholder Deputy Director. I look forward to working with you both, and the entire Freeholder Board in the coming year. As always, I would like to wish all of our mayors best of luck as we begin the New Year.

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Posted: January 9th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

The Arnone Report: Shop Monmouth this holiday season

By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

walk-the-line-arnoneBelieve it or not, the holidays are upon us. We’ve been extremely fortunate as the weather has been mild thus far, allowing many of us to continue to enjoy the outdoor activities we love to do throughout our beautiful county – from the beaches and parks, to local tree and menorah lightings, to shopping in our beautiful downtowns and local shopping centers.

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Posted: December 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Shop Monmouth this holiday season

The Arnone Report: Remembering those lost on 9-11

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

mount-mitchell-9-11Over the weekend, Americans all over our great country gathered at memorials and events to remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation. We honored the innocent lives lost, along with the fearless display of heroism by first responders and citizens who responded to the unfolding tragedy.   In all, nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks that day – they were family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

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Posted: September 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 9-11, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Remembering those lost on 9-11

The Arnone Report: Made in Monmouth Success! Ocean Ave Resurfacing

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

You would not believe some of the items that are made right here in Monmouth County.  From coffee to wine, from dry aged beef snacks to handcrafted wooden pens, from homemade natural soaps to cosmetics…and much more! A record number of vendors and visitors participated in Monmouth County’s fifth ‘Made in Monmouth’ (MIM) expo on Saturday, April 9 in the MAC at Monmouth University. Approximately 240 county-based companies displayed their goods or services with more than 5,000 people sampling and purchasing.

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Posted: April 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Made in Monmouth Success! Ocean Ave Resurfacing

The Arnone Report: Spring into Monmouth County

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat's Parade

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat’s Parade

The past two weekends have been filled with fun festivities throughout the county and the list of activities throughout the rest of March includes parades, plays and performances. March is the month to celebrate the end of winter by getting outside and with two holidays happening this month, there are plenty of great events to choose from.

There’s nothing like a parade to usher in the month and the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Belmar on Sunday, March 6 was the perfect place to do it.  Those of you who were in attendance may have seen me, along with my colleagues, on our 2016 float – it was a great way to participate in the parade – we had the best view! I also had a great time at the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 13 walking with Freeholder Serena DiMaso, along with Mayor Moor and members of the Council and look forward to keeping the festive spirit alive in the Highlands by walking in their parade on March 19.  March 20 marks the first day of spring, so take the kids outside (if weather permits) and join the Monmouth County Park System for a nature walk at 10 a.m. at the Manasquan Reservoir to look for signs of the new season.  Log onto www.visitmonmouth.com for a full list of activities throughout the County.

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Posted: March 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Spring into Monmouth County

The Arnone Report: Jonas, Wreck Pond, Grown in Monmouth

Tom Arnone

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

I think Mother Nature is surely playing tricks on us. Last week at this time we were still digging out from one of the biggest blizzards in years.  Some of our towns reported nearly two feet accumulation and more in certain areas with snowdrifts piling on several additional inches.  Fast forward to this week, and we are enjoying spring like temperatures.  Whatever weather Mother Nature brings us, Monmouth County is always prepared to handle it.  Our crews were out round the clock, preparing ahead of Jonas by pretreating and brining all of the county roads, and of course keeping up throughout the storm with plowing and snow removal. We even assisted several municipalities in keeping up with the accumulations as we are always partners in providing services when requested.

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Posted: February 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Jonas, Wreck Pond, Grown in Monmouth

The Arnone Report: Hold Up On ADP, All Systems Go On Shark River

By Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone

Freeholder Tom Arone

Freeholder Tom Arone

I know there is much speculation recently on the integrity of the Assessment Demonstration Project and I want everyone to know that we hear you and we will support your inquiries. Earlier this year, I along with my fellow members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders asked Matt Clark, Monmouth County’s Tax Administrator, to hold a meeting for all the municipalities to explain the details of the Assessment Demonstration Project. It was our understanding that attendees left feeling more comfortable with what they heard and understood the benefits of the program. As a result of the close working relationships we have throughout the County, numerous Mayors have contacted the Freeholders with concerns over the uncertainty of this program and the recent negative media coverage surrounding it.  While we all did our best to alleviate those concerns, we also understand the difficult position it puts most of them in. After the events the past few weeks, without making judgements on the program, its administrator or county tax board members, we believe it may be best to put this program on hold until all questions are answered and the Mayors can explain the long term tax benefit to the residents of Monmouth County . It is our hope that the timeline of January 1 will remain intact while these issues are vetted, as it gives the municipalities the ability to budget for the following year’s tax appeals. It is our hope that you continue to stay informed and aware of the tax assessment program through your municipality or at the County level.

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Posted: October 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Hold Up On ADP, All Systems Go On Shark River

The Arnone Report: Year End Reflections and Gratitude

By Tom Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder

America is too great for small dreams.” Ronald Wilson Reagan

Freeholder Tom Arone

Freeholder Tom Arone

2014 is coming to a close and I find myself reflecting upon my year as Freeholder of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. I am very conscious of the tremendous support Monmouth County receives from each of the municipalities and residents. I receive phone calls and emails daily from members of local governing bodies as well as from informed conscientious residents. Through this open door policy which is how I choose to run my office, it is apparent that just like me we all share a common interest; and that is to continue to create new ways to maintain Monmouth County as one of the most wonderful places to live. Your unending support has helped me and the rest of The Freeholder Board accomplish many great things, and I would personally like to thank all of our local governing bodies along with our residents for the part each played in making 2014 a great year. Being mindful of the exemplary leadership of not only my fellow Freeholders but of each and every municipal governing body, I consider myself blessed to be working amongst so many hard working individuals whose main goal is always what is in the best interest of the residents.

 

Monmouth County is made up of an array of dedicated, accountable and knowledgeable people comprised of all those working in the offices and schools to those maintaining the roads in and around the county and everything in between. Each and every one of them takes on the responsibility of getting a job done and doing it right.   For that I recognize and am thankful for all county departments for keeping Monmouth County as beautiful and safe as it is, and for making it the most desirable county to live- in the State of New Jersey.

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Posted: December 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on The Arnone Report: Year End Reflections and Gratitude