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Apr 06, 2017

Middletown News Briefs

Veterans Donate Another $500 for Dough Boy Restoration

Friends of the Veterans Affairs Committee presented the Middletown Township Committee with a $500 donation at the February meeting to help fund restoration of a World War I monument located on Church Street in Belford. The Veterans Affairs Committee is an all-volunteer advisory board dedicated to helping local veterans. The check was presented by VAC members Tom Garretson and Dennis Beauregard.

The donation, coupled with another for $1,000 from American Legion 338, will be used to help restore the circa 1930s statue. The project, scheduled to get underway, this year will include repairs to the life-size doughboy statue. The bronze doughboy stands at attention in full uniform, with the barrel of a rifle in his right hand and the butt of the rifle on the ground. The figure is set upon a granite base square in cross-section, with an angled top, resting on a rusticated granite slab. A bronze plaque mounted on the front of the pedestal contains the names of several dozen WWI veterans from Belford, Port Monmouth, and New Monmouth.

Middletown Officers Get Stork Awards for Special Delivery

Patrolman Nicholas Manochio and Corporal Ryan Riffert were given Stork Awards at the February township committee meeting for helping Kristen Erikson deliver her son, Axl, in the parking lot of the Comfort Inn on January 28. The Eriksons, including Axl, attended the presentation. Middletown PBA 124 gave the Eriksons a gift certificate to help outfit their newest addition.

Middletown Thanks High Schoolers for K9 Donation

The Middletown Township Committee and Police Department thanked Kylie Reid and Shannon McCully for their donation to support the departmentโ€™s K9 unit at the February township committee meeting. Kylie and Shannon, from K9 Protection Collection, donated over $5,000 to the Middletown Police Department to buy vests for the departmentโ€™s K9s. The girls collected the money by having a bake sale in front of Valentinoโ€™s, selling water bottles at the Henry Hudson Trail, and chocolate lollypops at Pet Smart. They also have a Go Fund Me page for their K9 Protection Collection. Both girls attend High School North.

The Police Department currently has four K9s: Tupac, a bomb dog; Koda, who specializes in patrol and narcotics; Jax, who is a tracker; and Nero, who specializes in patrol and narcotics. They are all partnered with Middletown Patrol Officers.

Middletown Programs Bring Home Awards

The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) and Special People United to Ride (SPUR) were among those who received Spinnaker Awards from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce for outstanding programs this year. The mayor and township committee recognized both recipients at the February meeting.

The MAC received an award for excellence in arts and culture. The Middletown Arts Center, located on Church Street is a 23,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility where approximately 50,000 visitors come from Middletown to Manhattan to enjoy performances, exhibits, classes, demonstrations, and camps centering on the arts. The center, which is turning 10 this year, engages approximately 4,000 artists who instruct, exhibit, and perform.

Meanwhile, SPUR, located at the countyโ€™s Sunnyside Equestrian Center, took home an award for being the best non-profit organization. Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, SPUR provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horsemanship. The park, located on Newman Springs Road, provides a safe environment for students to enjoy the freedom of riding and handling a horse.