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9-11 Ceremony 7 –8 pm
Community Alliance 7 –7 :45 pm
PLANNING BOARD 7 :30 –8 pm
Economic Development 7 :30 –8 pm
Rec. Advisory Board 8 –8 :30 pm
Fire Prevention 8 –8 :30 pm
Shade Tree 7 :30 –8 pm
Historical Committee 7 :30 –8 pm
Transportation Committee 7 :30 –8 pm
Planning Board 7 :30 –8 pm
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 29, 2017

The Ultimate Sacrifice is when one gives their life in defense of their country.   The KIA, “Killed in Action”, flag has now been officially recognized and will fly over all official government building in the State of New Jersey. This official recognition was signed into law by Governor Christie. The signing was years in the making due to the tireless effort of  Manalapan Veterans Affairs Committee member, Don Klieger.  He began this journey for the KIA flag bill to memorialize his cousin, Brooklyn Veteran Norman Spechler and the 1.6 million Veterans who gave their lives for this great Democracy. Norman gave his life on Omaha Beach in Normandy France on June 6, 1944, it is important to remember all the veterans who defended our freedom and are no longer with us to enjoy those freedoms.

Manalapan Township now has the unique distinction of being the first municipality in the state to fly the KIA flag over the Veteran’s “Walk of Honor” Memorial at the Municipal Building and the Community Center on Route 33.  Manalapan Township has continuously flown the flag since Veteran’s Day 2016.

The past year saw Don Klieger and others visiting the staff offices of many Assemblypersons and State Senators, political leaders, news outlets and military organizations. An intense letter writing, E-mailing and phone calling campaign was undertaken by Manalapan’s Veteran Affairs Committee and others to fuel Don’s dream. Through hard work and perseverance the bill, referred to as Norman’s Law by Mr. Klieger, passed both chambers of the legislature with bi-partisan support. The bill was signed into law on August 7, 2017. The bill #S1497 was co-sponsored by 14 legislators including Manalapan’s representatives in the 12th district, State Senator Sam Thompson, Assemblyman Rob Clifton & Assemblyman Ron Dancer. Don Klieger will be honored for his accomplishments by the Manalapan Township Committee at it its September 27th Township Meeting and will be presented with a proclamation by Mayor Susan Cohen.

Don is not a man to rest on his accomplishments. He now heads to Congressman Christopher Smith’s office to make the case as to why the “Killed in Action” flag should fly over all Federal building.  

Visit ManalapanVeterans.Com to follow the mission of the Manalapan Veterans Affairs Committee. The Veterans Committee meets on 2nd Monday of each month at 5:30pm in the Municipal Building located at 120 Freehold Road, Manalapan.  

September 27, 2017

Manalapan Township Begins New Adopt A Spot/Road Clean Communities Program

Want to help keep Manalapan Township Beautiful, Clean, and Safe?

Join our Adopt-A-Spot/Road program!

Under this new program, residents, local businesses and community organizations can choose to “adopt” either a public spot or road around town, and pledge to do at least two (2) cleanups per year. This program not only ensures the cleanliness of our public areas, but provides a unique opportunity for passionate citizens to learn more about the issues regarding littering while keeping their town beautiful, clean, and safe. 

The Township will provide participating groups with gloves, bags, vests, and will collect the bagged litter after the clean-up.  Supplies for this program will be provided by funding through an annual Clean Communities Grant that the Township is given by the State of New Jersey.  The New Jersey Clean Communities program is a statewide, comprehensive, litter-abatement program created by the passage of the Clean Communities Act in 1986. The Act provides a funding source for the program by placing a tax on fifteen categories of businesses that may produce litter-generating products.

Once a registered group completes their clean-up they will have a sign recognizing their work in that location and then be recognized at a public meeting of the Township Committee.  Residents can feel community pride through participating in hands-on work.  An application form and a list of locations is available in the Administration Department of Town Hall and online under the Residents tab at  Please contact with any questions or for additional information on this program.

To kick off the Adopt A Spot Road program we will be having a Clean Communities Clean up of the Manalapan Recreation Center on Wednesday, September 27th from 3 to 5pm.  Join us at the Wikoff pavilion in the Dreyer Lot to clean up the park.  If students are looking for volunteer or community service hours this is a great opportunity to help keep Manalapan litter free!

The Township Committee is excited about this new program and looks forward to working with residents of the community, local businesses and any and all community organizations to continue to keep the Township of Manalapan beautiful, clean, safe and A Great Place to Live. 



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September 30, 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

October 01, 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.

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.