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Community Alliance 7 –7 :30 pm
Zoning Board 7 :30 –8 pm
Rec. Advisory Board 8 –8 :30 pm
Fire Prevention 8 –8 :30 pm
Transportation Committee 7 :30 –8 pm
Planning Board 7 :30 –8 pm
FRHSD 7 –8 pm
July 14, 2017

There is a tremendous amount of inaccurate information being birculated on social media and elsewhere concerning the Manalapan Crossing project.

As of this date, no Planning Board hearing has even been scheduled to consider an application pertaining to Manalapan Crossing.   In fact, although certain application documents have been filed, the application was deemed to be incomplete on June 30, 2017. Many substantial items still must be submitted before a complete application can be considered.

Jurisdiction over the Manalapan Crossing project rests with the Manalapan Planning Board.   We anticipate that, once a complete application is filed, the review process will be a lengthy one. There will be no "fast tracking" of the Manalapan Crossing application and the Planning Board's review will be thorough and complete. Notice will be published in the News Transcript and mailed by certified mail to all property owners within two (200) hundred feet of the VC Zone before the initial hearing date before the Planning Board.

In addition to the PlanningBoard review process, any application pertaining to Manalapan Crossing must also be reviewed and approved by the Monmouth County Planning Board and by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

The issues that will be considered by the Manalapan Township Planning Board include off-site traffic impact and required improvements; project layout and design; drainage; and all other relevant planning and development considerations.

A further issue that will be considered by all of the reviewing agencies is the timing of the construction of off-site and on-site improvements. Those issues will be governed by any approvals that may be grantred by the Township's Planning Board, the Monmouth County Planning Board and the Department of Transportation.

The process will take many months until all the required approvals can be obtained from those agencies. Only after all approvals are obtained can be construction commence.

July 31, 2017


The Township of Manalapan and the Manalapan Arts Council are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Photo Contest entitled “Silhouettes and Shadows”.  There were forty nine (49) entries that covered a broad range of topics and subjects with shadows or silhouettes. The photos were judged by a panel of Township residents drawn from the Manalapan Arts Council Photo Contest committee as well as a “Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Forgie Memorial Peoples Choice” judging at the Manalapan Day event on June 10, 2017.

The winning entries were as follows:

Ages 17 and under              Katie Arrigo                      “The Beauty of Winter”

Adult                                    Linda Grasmann               “Me and My Shadow”

Peoples Choice                   Cassidy Oberhuber          “US Marine Reflecting”

Honorable Mentions were as follows:

Ages 17 and under              Jessica Savage                “Peace”

Adult                                    John Scaravella               “Spring Reflections”

The winners, honorable mentions and all contest participants will be recognized at the July 26, 2017 Township Committee meeting.  The winners will receive a $100.00 cash award and the honorable mentions will receive a $50.00 cash award from the Arts Council. 

Mayor Susan Cohen offered the following comments, “The photos that were submitted were great. I was very impressed how our resident photographers were able to find such imaginative ways to incorporate shadows and silhouettes.  You could tell some of these shadow and silhouette effects were purposeful and some were beautiful, unexpected accents.   I want to thank the Arts Council for again sponsoring the contest and finding the resources to provide awards.  Lastly, I want to thank all of the participants and I and my fellow Township Committee members look forward to next year’s competition.” 

The photos will be on display in Town Hall during the month of July and August and will also be available for viewing on the Township website -   For more information please contact the Health Department at 732-446-8345.

July 31, 2017

Celebrating a Milestone Birthday or Anniversary?
Mayor Susan Cohen and the Township Committee want to extend birthday and anniversary wishes to Manalapan Township residents age 80 and older, who have reached a milestone birthday or to those celebrating their 50th or more Wedding Anniversaries through a new milestone greeting card program! 

A card from the Mayor & Township Committee will be sent to Manalapan residents in honor of an 80th, 85th, 90th, 95th or 100th birthday or 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th or 70th Wedding Anniversaries.

Please provide us with the names, address and birth date or anniversary date of the individual or individuals to be honored at 732-446-8307 or


August 01, 2017

The 2017 Final/2018 Preliminary Tax Bills have been mailed.  If you do not receive the bill, the quarterly tax amounts can be viewed and/or paid on our website at  Please visit the Tax Collector's page and follow the link.

Third Quarter taxes are due August 1, 2017.  As per NJSA 54:4-66.3 & 54:4-67, the Township of Manalapan permits a 10-day grace period.  However, due to the late mailing, the grace period has been extended to August 22, 2017.  Payments received in our office or left in the drop box after 4:00 p.m. on this date will accrue interest charges calculated from the original due date of August 1st.  

There is a tax payment drop box on the Tax Collector's office door which is available for one week prior to the due date through August 21, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Payments left in the drop box after 4:00 p.m. will be considered received as of the next business day.

Tax credits earned through the Shop Manalapan Program will appear on the Third Quarter stub.  You may check your credits at

The Tax Collector's office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The office will have extended hours on Thursday, August 3rd from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Property taxes can now be viewed and/or paid online at  Please visit the Tax Collector's page and follow the link.

August 03, 2017


The Manalapan Township Historical Committee seeks residents’ assistance to preserve local history. 

Manalapan established its Historical Committee during 2016 to provide information, education, and public awareness regarding Manalapan’s history.  The Committee carries on the tradition of Lydia Wikoff, who served as the Manalapan Township Historian for more than three decades beginning in 1980.

Manalapan’s rich past includes the Battle of Monmouth, one of the most significant engagements of the American Revolution, which occurred on June 28, 1776.  The New Jersey Legislature officially incorporated Manalapan on March 9, 1848.  The Township remained largely agricultural until the mid-twentieth century, when rapid development began.

Chairman Jan Zachary has lived in the Township for over sixty years.  “My family moved to Manalapan when I was a child," he said. "Since then, I’ve seen tremendous changes throughout the town and a vastly expanded population. We formed the Historical Committee to bring awareness of Manalapan’s history to its residents and to document its past before it’s too late.”

To aid in its preservation goals, the Committee is asking residents to donate, lend, or copy materials of local historical significance, such as antiques, photographs, documents, postcards, and newspapers.  An example of a particular item would be an Aumack Dairy bottle from the middle of the 20th century. Another example the committee has already received is the picture included in this article: It is a card table listing Businesses from the late 1940’s to 1952. The Committee also encourages residents to advise us of historical homes for inclusion on a Township list. 

The Historical Committee meets at Manalapan Town Hall on the last Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.  Residents wishing to contribute to the Committee’s mission are encouraged to attend meetings or contact Chairman Zachary at 732-446-8308 or email at  For more information, residents can review the Committee’s mission and goals on the Township webpage at

August 26, 2017

DUE TO ANTICIPATED THUNDERSTORMS on August 18, 2017, the Summer Concert and Movie in the Park has been cancelled and rescheduled for AUGUST 26, 2017.

Please join us for a summer concert and movie in the park.

This will take place on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Manalapan Recreation Center. 

The Desperado's concert will begin at 7:30 PM. 

Movie to begin approx 8:45 PM - Big Hero 6

Bring chairs or blankets! 


August 31, 2017

The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is hosting it’s First Annual Project ZERO CAR SHOW on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Manalapan Recreation Center.  The Alliance is coinciding the Car Show with the observation of the International Overdose Awareness Day.  In observance of the Awareness Day, the Alliance will present a short program and allow the community to meet together to remember the people we have lost to addiction.   The Alliance will have information about resources to help those still suffering addiction and other educational and informational resources focused on prevention.  There will be refreshments on site for purchase.

Local, state and national newspapers post daily, stories of drug arrests and responses to overdoses – with both successful and unsuccessful efforts of saving a person.  Additionally there are news stories of State and National efforts to address the over-prescribing of pain medicine.  The news seems endless and the ability for any one person to make a difference seems beyond reach.  The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (“Alliance”) doesn’t want to give in to stagnation on this issue.  Instead, the Alliance wants to mobilize a community based effort to fight this scourge and empower the members of the community to be pre-emptive on this issue and employ strategies and efforts to prevent alcohol and drug abuse.

There is no cost to participate either as a Car Show participant or spectator.  Registration forms for Show participants are available on the Manalapan Township website – – or in the Manalapan Town Hall or by calling the Manalapan Health Department at 732-446-8345.  On-site registration will be accepted pending space starting at 5:00 pm.  All Car Show participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The Manalapan Recreation Center is on Freehold Road (Route 522) at the intersection with Taylors Mills Road.  Access to the park is either to the East or West of this intersection.

For more information, please feel free to call David Richardson, Health Officer, at (732) 446-8345 or

The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse exists as a catalyst within our community to raise public awareness about alcohol and substance abuse issues.  The Alliance is a volunteer board comprised of community residents and representatives.  The Alliance meets monthly, routinely on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Manalapan Senior Center.  For more information about the Alliance please contact David Richardson as noted above.

Click here to view the flyer

Click here to view the application

September 09, 2017

Please join us for the 16th anniversary of "WALK WITH JOE", a memorial 5K walk honoring Patrick "Joe" Driscoll, Christopher Gray and Tom McCann, local area residents who lost their lives on September 11th. The Walk will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan, NJ. Please visit the website at to register and obtain additional information. All proceeds are donated to local charities and non-profit organizations.

November 01, 2017

Please be advised that on Monday, April 3rd Monmouth County will begin reconstruction of Bridge MN 28 on Dey Grove Road over the Manalapan Brook. 

The propsed project generally involves the reconstruction ot the existing bridge spanning the Manalapan Brook along Dey Grove Road. The bridge is located between Iron Ore Road and Bergen Mills Road. 

To complete the project, a full closure of the bridge will be necessary. The preliminary project schedule calls for the project to begin on or about April 3, 2017. All work is to be substantially completed on or about November 7th, 2017.

During the full bridge closure, there will be 2 designed detour routes - 1 for truck traffic (over 4 tons) and 1 for non-truck traffic. The truck traffic detour will be Iron Ore Road to Route 33 to Bergen Mills Road, with westbound truck traffic accessing Route 33 westbound via Dugans Grove Road and eastbound truck traffic accessing Iron Ore Road via the jug handle at the Route 33 / Smithburg Road / Iron Ore Road intersection. For non-truck traffic, the detour will be Iron Ore Road to Indian Path to Bergen Mills Road. 

Any questions on this project should be directed to the County Engineers Office at 732-431-7760.

Please follow traffic detours and drive safely.