Holmdel, NJ - Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) elected several new officers to join its seasoned Executive Board at its March 11 Annual Meeting, where the non-partisan organization reaffirmed its commitment to protect and preserve Holmdel’s quality of life and natural resources by promoting intelligent land use planning through open government.

"I'm looking forward to rejuvenating CILU as we address the most important land use issues now driving Holmdel's future: redevelopment of the Alcatel-Lucent tract and sewer service area extensions,” said newly-elected president Anthony Cooper.  “How these issues are resolved will significantly impact the character of our community."

Dr. Cooper is joined by Nancy Brilliant, newly-elected VP of Publicity, and Margaret Cluskey, who will work with Regina Criscione as VP Membership.  Jenni Blumenthal and Anne Shramko were re-elected to their respective positions as VP Programs and VP Public Affairs.  Steve Strickland replaces Bill Little as Treasurer, while Penny Towey takes on the responsibilities of Planning and Research previously held by Isabelle McFarland and Roberta Kaufman.

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Committeeman Larry Fink encourages CILU members and Holmdel residents to bring their ideas, questions, and concerns to Township Committee meetings.  A portion of each meeting is set aside for public comments.

Upcoming CILU Events

Join CILU in hosting First Energy/JCP&L’s Forester and Certified Tree Expert David Garrett on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Holmdel Senior/Community Center on Crawford’s Corner Road.  Mr. Garrett will discuss the utility’s priorities and practices in pruning and trimming trees for high-tension wire safety.  As a certified tree expert, he is experienced in tree appraisals and insurance claims, plant health care, utility line maintenance and public education. His presentation is rescheduled from last October.

CILU again teams with other organizations in sponsoring the 13th Annual Earth Day Festival, to be held at Bayonet Farm on May 1 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Please bring your family and enjoy our free events, which run throughout the afternoon.

Remember to mark your calendars as beginning in May, CILU monthly meeting dates will change to start at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Holmdel Community Center.  Noted physicist Jan Dash’s Climate Change discussion, which was canceled in January due to inclement weather, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9.

CILU events are free and open to the public.  For more information on these events, please call Jenni Blumenthal at (732)264-8482, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.holmdel-cilu.org where you can also find more information on CILU efforts regarding Monmouth County’s sewer service area plan for Holmdel and CILU's calls to action.