July is Park and Recreation Month. Why not celebrate Park and Recreation Month by helping to keep our parks and beaches clean? Parks, including playgrounds, rivers and beaches are important to our environment and to our physical and mental health. Everyone needs a beautiful, safe and clean place where they can relax or play.

It is important to recognize the health benefits for adults and for children. It has been stated by the National Recreation and Park Association that playing in parks actually helps children maintain healthy bones and muscles and improves self-esteem.

Furthermore, it is very important today that we teach and encourage our youth to get involved in keeping our parks and beaches clean starting at a young age. This will help our Monmouth County youth develop a life-long commitment to support our parks and protect our natural environment. The preservation of our County parks can only be further enhanced by residents who willingly volunteer to assist our hard-working County Parks and Recreation department employees in their efforts to maintain them. Monmouth County and its residents have been extremely fortunate to have Freeholder Lillian Burry who has served and continues to serve as the liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation. She has always taken a personal interest in the preservation of the beautiful condition of our county parks and takes great pride in doing so. Keeping this in mind, we each have a responsibility to set an example for others, especially family, co-workers, friends, and children by using trash and/or recycling receptacles and not littering. Perhaps, make an effort to always have a litter bag in your car and if you see litter – why not pick it up? The Board of Chosen Freeholders appreciates each and every one of our residents who help to keep our parks and beaches clean. If we continue to work together, we can continue to enjoy the quality of life we as Monmouth County residents have all come to know and appreciate.

Just a reminder, July is also the month of the Monmouth County Fair. Another grand county event spearheaded by Lillian Burry, Freeholder and liaison to the Parks and Recreation Department. This year the fair will run from July 24th through July 28th. The dates and times will be Wednesday through Saturday from 5 – 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. As in previous years the Monmouth County Fair will be held at the East Freehold Show grounds located on Kozloski Road in Freehold, New Jersey. The cost of admission is $7 and children 12 and under can enjoy admission for free. There is still time to showcase your specialty for any crafter, artist or vendor who has not yet signed up by clicking on the following link:   Visit our vendor information page Either way, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites you to come out and be part of a very enjoyable fun experience for the entire family.

Lastly, and looking ahead the Second Annual “Made in Monmouth” event is scheduled to be held Saturday, September 24, 2013 at Monmouth University, West Long Branch. There are currently 100 vendors registered, and these vendors make a wide variety of consumer products including custom furniture, cabinetry and stained glass, as well as fashion accessories, many different types of jewelry, cakes, pretzels, wine, chocolates and products for children and pets. All of these products are made right here in Monmouth County. The event is free to both vendors and the public. The Board of Chosen Freeholders invites you to call our Department of Economic Development at 732-431-7470 if you make a product in Monmouth County. Made in Monmouth is a wonderful way for residents to see the quality and creativity of the products made locally.

           

 

Thomas A. Arnone is Freeholder Director of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders