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June 13, 2018

JCP&L offers the following information about partial restoration and customer call backs.

  • In a major storm, it is necessary to make temporary repairs-cutting a wire, opening a circuit, replacing a fuse-to make an area extra safe and restore power to as many customers as possible before returning to complete the work.
  • This process helps JCP&L assess the damage and prioritize the work.
  • If crews leave your area to make temporary repairs elsewhere, be assured they will return to complete the work.
  • In a major storm, more than one repair may be needed to restore your service.
  • We will call you once we have made repairs needed to restore your service.  You can let us know if you are still without power. If so, it’s often a problem with the line connected directly to your home.

June 13, 2018

We have just been notified that the County has a zero tolerance policy on recycling in plastic bags. Therefore, the garbage company will not collect any recycling that is in plastic bags.  They will leave it at the curb.

Please place recycling loose in a container at the curb to ensure it will be collected.

Containers should not be larger then 64 gallons.

August 29, 2018

Hidden in Plain Sight

A Substance Abuse Prevention Program Focusing on How Youth Hiding their Drugs and Alcohol

 

Manalapan, NJ -  Did you know that the teddy bear your teen age son keeps on his bed could be a hiding place for pills or marijuana?  How about your daughters habitually present lipstick or lip balm?  Did you ever think to shake it and see if it rattles with pills or liquid? 

 

The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will host a “Hidden in Plain Sight” program on Thursday September 27th. This program will be presented by Special Agent Timothy P. McMahon, the current acting Unit Chief of the Special Support Unit of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The program is specifically designed to help prevent youth drug use, as it educates parents and other community adult members and any adult who works with or cares about young people, of the current strategies youth are using to hide drugs and alcohol – in plain sight.  The program will be held at the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School (MEMS), 155 Millhurst Road, Manalapan, NJ starting at 7:00 pm.

 

This program will virtually walk through a replica of a teenager’s bedroom for participants to observe and become familiar with where and how teens might hide drugs and or paraphernalia. Seemingly innocent items commonly used by youth could actually indicate a substance abuse problem. For example, what may seem to be just an ordinary stuffed animal could be a concealed hiding spot for pills, alcohol, and other illegal substances.  Or a water bottle may have a built-in false bottom for the same purpose. This awareness event will allow adults to be more proactive in helping a young person who might be using drugs.

 

During this program parents and community adults will hear from prevention specialists and law enforcement about local drug trends and how to prevent youth substance abuse disorders. Would you be able to recognize signs of substance use and effectively intervene before they become impossible to ignore? Don't leave it to chance!

 

More information about the “Hidden in Plain Sight” program will be available on the Project ZERO and Manalapan Township websites – www.projectzeromanalapan.org or www.mtnj.org – or in the Manalapan Town Hall or by calling the Manalapan Health Department at 732-446-8345.

 

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

 

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. For more information about the Alliance, including the location of an upcoming meeting, please contact David Richardson as noted above.

September 01, 2018

September is NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH

 

          About 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity and certain groups of children are more affected than others.  In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups.  This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.  And this epidemic puts nearly one third of America’s children at early risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood.  While there is no single or simple solution, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem.

·Children who have obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems, including diabetes and increased risk of certain cancers.

  • Children who have obesity face more bullying and stigma.

·Childhood obesity is influenced by many factors. For some children and families factors include too much time spent in sedentary activities such as television viewing; a lack of bedtime routine leading to too little sleep; a lack of community places to get adequate physical activity; easy access to inexpensive, high calorie snacks and beverages; or a lack of access to affordable, healthier foods.

 

There are ways parents can help prevent obesity and support

healthy growth in children.

·To help ensure that children have a healthy weight, energy balance is important. To achieve this balance, parents can make sure children get adequate sleep, follow recommendations on daily screen time, take part in regular physical activity, and eat the right amount of calories.

  • Parents can substitute higher nutrient, lower calorie foods such as fruit and vegetables in place of foods with higher-calorie ingredients, such as added sugars and solid fats.
  • Parents can ensure access to water as a no-calorie alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Parents can serve children fruit and vegetables at meals and as snacks and model this behavior themselves.

Addressing obesity can start in the home, but also requires the support of communities.

  • We can all take part in the effort to encourage more children to be physically active and eat a healthy diet.
  • The federal government is currently helping low-income families get affordable, nutritious foods through programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP).
  • Schools can help students be healthy by putting into action policies and practices that support healthy eating, regular physical activity, and by providing opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors.
  • With more than 60% of US children younger than age 6 participating in some form of child care on a weekly basis, parents can engage with child care providers to support healthy habits at home and in child care settings.

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

September 01, 2018

September is FRUITS AND VEGGIES- MORE MATTERS MONTH

 

          Only 13% of adult Americans ate the recommended 1.5-2 cups of fruit each day in 2013, and fewer than 9% ate the recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables. That’s the result of a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which analyzed responses from 373,580 adults across all 50 US states.  A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check.  Eat a variety of types and colors of produce in order to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Try dark leafy greens; brightly colored red, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits; and cooked tomatoes.

Key Nutrients found in Fruits and Vegetables

  • Calcium:  Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
  • Fiber:  Fiber has been found to significantly decrease the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Folate:  Healthy diets consisting of folate help reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal defect. 
  • Iron:  Iron is needed for healthy blood, and normal functioning of cells.
  • Magnesium:  Magnesium is necessary for healthy bones and is involved with 300 enzymes in your body.  Inadequate amounts result in muscle cramps, and high blood pressure
  • Potassium:  Potassium may help maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Sodium:  Sodium is needed for normal cell functioning.  High sodium results in high blood pressure.
  • Vitamin A:  Vitamin A helps maintains healthy eyes and skin and protect against infections.
  • Vitamin C:  Vitamin C help heals cuts and keeps teeth and gum healthy. 

 

What are the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables?

  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke
  • Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers
  • Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes
  • Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss
  • Eating foods such as fruits that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.

Quick tips to adding fruits and vegetables into your diet

  • Mix sliced fruit or frozen berries with yogurt or cereal.
  • Add apple chunks, pineapple, grapes, or raisins to tuna or chicken salad.
  • Make fruit smoothies by blending together fresh or frozen fruit, fruit juice, and yogurt.
  • Add dried or fresh fruit to oatmeal, pancakes, and waffles
  • Add lots of colorful vegetables, such as red cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers, to green salads.
  • Top salads with dried cranberries or raisins, or with sliced pears, oranges, nectarines, strawberries, or grapefruit.
  • Add extra vegetables, such as grated zucchini or carrots, spinach, kale, and bell peppers, to pasta sauces and soups.
  • Add lots of vegetables to sandwiches. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and avocado slices are flavorful choices.\
  • Keep track of how many fruits and vegetables you eat each day. You are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables if you write down how many servings you get.
  • Have a goal. Start with small goals you can achieve easily. Then set larger goals as you go. For example, you might want to start by eating one extra serving of fruit or vegetables a day. When you have achieved that goal, your next goal could be to include an extra serving of fruit or vegetables at most meals.

 

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

September 01, 2018

September is FOOD SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

 

Bacteria: they’re everywhere. Sometimes, they can even enter our food and cause illness. In some cases, these illnesses can be very serious. The only way to stop foodborne illnesses is to practice good food safety techniques and prevent bacteria and other foodborne pathogens from entering our bodies through the food we eat. There are just a few simple steps that you can take to greatly decrease the risk of contracting a foodborne illness: cleaning, separating, cooking, and chilling.

 

The food industry recognizes September as Food Safety Awareness Month.

 

You can take the following steps to prevent foodborne illnesses:

 

  • CLEAN. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before and after handling food. Wash surfaces and utensils with hot soapy water before preparing food and before you go onto the next food. Always rinse fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

  • SEPARATE. Cross-contamination can occur when bacteria are spread from one food to another. Keep separate raw meats and eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags, and refrigerator. Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat or eggs.

 

  • COOK. Always cook food to the recommended temperatures. Use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of cooked foods and make sure they are cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature. Color is not a reliable indicator of doneness.

 

  • CHILL. Refrigerate food promptly. Cold temperatures slow the growth of bacteria. Keep a constant refrigerator temperature of 40°F. Refrigerate or freeze perishable food within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing. Never thaw food at room temperature.

 

  • WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT. Discard all swollen, gassy, leaking, or spoiled canned foods as well as fresh or cooked foods that have been kept past a safe keeping timeframe.  Keep discarded food out of the reach of humans and pets.

 

For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:
Manalapan Town Hall
120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ  07726

Phone: (732) 446-8345
Fax: (732) 446-1576

September 04, 2018

Beginning Tuesday, September 4th through approximately Friday, September 21st – Taylors Mills Road between Lafayette Mills Road and Livingston Lane will be closed due to road work.
 

Please plan an alternate route if possible.

Follow all posted detours and use caution when driving in and around that area.

Thank you.

September 06, 2018

Click on the pictures to see them in full size

 

Kristen Rass  - Youth Winner - "Ride Reflection/My Favorite Way to Spend the Summer"

Mike Schickler - "Over Grand Canyon"

Susan Schwartz - "West Coast Splendor"

Antonia Schwerthoffer - "Hilltop"

Mariana Virote - "Safe Place"

Richard Visco - "Mirror Lake"

Jessica Visone - "Family by the Lake"

Shirali Vyas - Adult Honorable Mention - "Reflection"

Barbara Zagha - People's Choice Winner - "Color for a Cause"

Daniel Arminio - "Beauty and the Beach"

Jerry Avergon - "M&M World"

Desiree Bartky - "Dianthus Up Close"

Justin Bero - "Sibling Rivalry"

Alan Bogard - "57 Chevy"

Brian Case - "Grazing Buffalo"

Michael Daly Jr. - "Sedona at Dusk"

Tai Daughty - "Motherly Love" 

Jerry Deutsch - "Truffle Line Up"

Thomas Fisher - "Thing 1 & Thing 2"

Nina Gerulski - "Early Harvest" 

Samuel Goto - "Mother's Day Brunch"

Isabel Huelgas - "Through Thick and Thin"

Olivia Kanarick - "Abby Eating a Cupcake"

Christine Kanarick - "Holy Milkshake!"

Matthew Kanarick - "He's Right Behind Me, Isn't He?"

Riley Max Karon - "Rhinobrothers"

Valerie LaBarbera - Adult Winner - "Everything the Light Touches is Yours"

Ronald Lovenguth - "Beautiful Start of Spring"

Carly Lustig - "Inspiration"

Shannon Miller - Youth Honorable Mention - "Secret Garden"

Conor Mulvanerton - "Nature of the Beach"

Patty Murray - "A Few of My Favorite Things - Summer, Sunflowers and Bumblebees"

Robert Orsetti - "Oh No! Here Comes Mom!"

Liz Paulin - "My Son's Love for the Library"

Sam Paulin - "Playing in the Snow With My Dog, Moo"

Jill Perez - "Snow Day"

Marni Perry - "Victory - Manalapan Rec Soccer"

Tina Rallo - "My Favorite Set of Twins"

Stan Rass - "4th of July on the Water"

Joseph Rass -"Goodnight, Barnegat Bay!"

Lisa Rass - "Has Anyone Seen my Shell Phone?"

John Scaravella - "All Rise"

Rosemarie LoCasico - "Breaking Free at Point Pleasant Beach"

Layne Sultana - "Cat in a Box"

Jill Watters - "Manalapan Rec Baseball/Jake Watters #5"

Katie Arrigo - "New Beginnings"

Mary Baker - "Sky Dancer"

Sara Lee Koch - "My Favorite Flower-A Parrot Tulip"

September 14, 2018

We continue to improve and add amenities to the Manalapan Recreation Center (MRC). We received a large number of requests from a variety of residents for Pickleball Courts. Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. The equipment needed is a paddle and a plastic ball with holes (similar to a wiffleball). 

By re-purposing an underutilized Hockey Rink (there is still a rink located in the back of the facility that was resurfaced two years ago) we were able to install 4 new Pickleball Courts. The Manalapan Recreation Center (MRC) has something for everyone! All ages are welcome to enjoy our facility. 

The Pickle Ball Courts will be open 7 days a week and will follow the Manalapan Recreation Center hours of operation: 

MRC Hours of Operation

October 1st through March 31st (pending program usage)

Sunday through Saturday: 8am to dusk

Sunday and Thursday: 7pm to 9pm

April 1st through Sept 30th

Sunday through Friday: 8am to 10pm

Saturday: 8am to 9pm

  • It will be available on a first come first serve basis except when in use by Manalapan Township sponsored programs.
  • Rackets and balls will not be provided
  • The pickleball courts are lit for night time usage.
  • There is no fee for open play use of the courts
  • No private instruction permitted except for Manalapan Township sponsored programs

For more information please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 732-446-8355.

October 13, 2018

Manalapan Township will be holding a paper shredding event for the residents of Manalapan. The event will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Franklin Lane Commuter Lot.

From 9:00 am - 1:00 pm or until the truck is full.

This is a free service for Manalapan Residents only. Id's will be checked.

It is time for you to dispose of old documents and confidential files safely. Come to our mobile paper shredding event! Bring all old documents and confidential papers. Don't become a target for identity theft.

All papers will be shredded on location (Franklin Lane Commuter Lot) in the mobile truck! The lot is located parallel with Route 9 North and is in the vicinity of the Gordon's Corner Road and Route 9 Intersection. Right behind the Gordon's Corner Road bus stop.

Remove all metals and binder clips from paper. No more than 100lbs of paper-approximately 4 boxes per person. This is a free service paid for with the State Recycling Grant.

Any questions call 732-446-8404