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: , , , , | No Comments »

State Candidates on Notice

By Patrick Short

Patrick Short , former Middletown Township Committeeman

The races for State offices this year are going to be exciting and I can’t wait for the truths, half-truths, or no truths be told.  Who knows how one will vote this year.  The water is very rough. One side remains angry. The other side who hung too close to Christie’s coat tail is very vulnerable.

To get my vote:

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Posted: July 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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 »

Middletown Democrats: Write In Michael Morris for Township Committee

Congressman Frank Pallone and Michael “Middletown Mike” Morris

Middletown Democrats who are examining their sample ballots in preparation of voting in the primary on Tuesday, June 6 will notice that only one candidate, William E. Hutton, is on the ballot for two seats on the Township Committee.  This has led to a flurry of activity of potential candidates trying to get the twenty-six write-in votes necessary to qualify to be on the ballot in November.

As good a job as Republicans Deputy Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore are doing for the people of Middletown, it is just un-American to let Murray or Fiore go unchallenged for another term.

For over 10 years, Michael Morris, aka Middletown Mike, has been preaching that “Truth, Justice and the American Way is possible all at once here in Middletown, the Bayshore and the great State of New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: June 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Middletown Democrats, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Bear located and put down in Union Beach

NJ.com image from 2016 NJ bear hunt

A 400 lb black bear was shot and killed by the Union Beach Police last night.

At about 10 p.m the UBPD sent out an email alert to residents and posted on facebook that they had located a bear in the area of the 600 block of Edmunds Ave.  The email said the 400 lb bear was in a tree.  Residents were warned to stay indoors and to keep their pets indoors as well.

Several Union Beach residents reported on facebook that they heard up to eight shots fired.

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Posted: May 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , | 51 Comments »

Middletown Bear Opens A Twitter Account

The Middletown bear has not been located by Animal Control or the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife yet, according to the Township Police, but there have been several more sightings reported on facebook throughout the Township. According to social media posts, there may be two bears…a cub and an adult.

@MiddletownBear opened a Twitter account last night.  The bear reports that it is just checking out the town and is puzzled why JCP&L wants to build a massive powerline so close to parks, schools and homes.  It posted that it was looking for the beach, but got distracted by a ferry in Belford. #wherearethefish. The bear is thinking of hosting a BBQ in Tantum Park this weekend.

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Posted: May 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Middletown Bear Opens A Twitter Account

Bear Spotted in Middletown

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A black bear was spotted in the River Plaza section of Middletown Township last evening, near Nutswamp Road and the federal road connecting Naval Weapons Station Earle’s Leonardo and Colts Neck facilities, which is not far from Middletown High School South.

Lt. Paul Bailey of the Middletown Police Department confirmed reports of the bear sighting and said that Animal Control and The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife have been notified.  Bailey said that as of noon on Friday, no Middletown Police Officers have seen the bear.

“Don’t approach the bear, feed it or give it a picnic basket,” Bailey said in a warning to residents.  “If you see the bear, call the police. Try it keep it in your line of sight, but do not approach or engage the animal.”

Middletown Township released the following guidelines for dealing with bears:

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Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Bear Spotted in Middletown

Middletown’s Crime Rate Declines For 7th Consecutive Year

Crime in Middletown is down for the seventh year in a row, as measured by the FBI’s index crime rate, according to an announcement my Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD and Police Chief Craig Webber.

Index crimes are the eight crimes the FBI combines to produce its annual crime index. These offenses include willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, larceny over $50, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Index crimes in Middletown are down 13 percent over last year and 48 percent compared to 2010.

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Middletown Pedophile Gets 46 Years

Gary Wolchesky

Gary Wolchesky, 28 of Middletown was sentenced to 46 years in state prison today for his conviction last November on 21 counts related to the sexual assaults of the boys, including two counts of first degree Aggravated Sexual Assault and four counts of second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Manufacturing Child Pornography, according to a statement by Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Richard W. English who could have sent Wolchesky away for 61 years.

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Middletown Woman Survived Initial Train Strike

Blayke Terry, photo via facebook

The woman struck by a train in Middletown on Saturday night has been identified as Blayke Terry, 23, of Middletown, according to a report at app.com.

Terry survived the initial strike, according to Lt. Paul Bailey of the Middletown Township Police Department.  Bailey is not aware of Terry’s current condition.

According to her facebook page, Terry is a graduate of Matawan Regional High School and works as a veterinary technician at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls.

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