It’s time to focus awareness on important county services, programs

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County is celebrating National County Government Month during April as a way to highlight the many services and programs it offers directly to residents.

To help advance this year’s national theme – “Healthy Counties” – the Monmouth County Department of Public Information has compiled a list of activities, clinics, screenings and events that can help residents be healthy or help make the county a healthier place to live and work.

“Monmouth County is proud of the variety of services it provides to the community,” Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said. “National County Government Month is a great opportunity for our residents to take advantage of our county parks to get physically fit, our county libraries to get mentally fit or county health services to monitor their health.”

Some of Monmouth County’s National County Government Month activities include:

  • Blood Pressure monitoring by the Monmouth County Health Department (732-431-7456)
  • Paper Shredding events conducted by the Planning Department  (732-431-7460)
  • “Safe Cargo” inspection by the County Sheriff’s Officers (732-431-7139)
  • First Friday for Seniors with the county’s Office on Aging (866-941-8188)
  • Spring Forum by the county Shade Tree Commission (732-431-7903)
  • Rabies Clinics for dogs and cats by the Monmouth County Health Department (732-431-7456)
  • Surrogate satellite office services in Middletown, Ocean and Wall (732-431-7330)
  • New movie release Tuesday at the Library Headquarters, Manalapan (732-431-7220)
  • Earth Day celebrations with the Park System (732-842-4000)

A detailed list of these and other activities for National County Government Month is available  here and on the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. Also, regular updates are made to the county’s calendar of events as well as its tourism, health, library and parks calendars. Check back often for updated events, dates, times and locations of county activities.

“This is a great time for residents to take a look at what we do, how we do it, and connect with services that are available to them this month and throughout the rest of the year,” Freeholder Deputy Director Robert D. Clifton said. “I urge everyone to take part in one of the many activities or events scheduled this month and to get connected to the many county resources.”

One of the best ways to get information about county events and activities can be found on Monmouth County’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“These social networking applications are free and connect our residents with up-to-date information and news about Monmouth County,” Clifton said. “Links to both are on the county’s home page at www.visitmonmouth.com.”

The county also maintains an information kiosk at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown where residents can pick up literature about county programs and services. The kiosk, located near the mall’s customer service desk, is a cooperative project with the Monmouth Mall management that began with the April 2007 celebration of county government.

“Our Health Department offers a wealth of services,” said Freeholder Amy A. Mallet, liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department. “The clinics offered this month are just a snapshot of the public health issues that face residents. We are able to provide these clinics and other outreach efforts because of our dedicated staff and teams of volunteers.  Ninety-four volunteer members of our Medical Reserve Corps gave more than 750 hours of service to help vaccinate residents from the H1N1 influenza. All together our staff and volunteers supplied more than 13,000 doses of vaccine.”

 

Towns covered by the county’s Health Department include: Aberdeen, Allentown, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Hazlet, Howell, Lake Como, Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Millstone, Neptune Township, Neptune City, Oceanport, Ocean Grove, Roosevelt and Union Beach.

Another department that provides direct services to residents is the Department of Consumer Affairs, which enforces consumer laws and helps people who suspect they might be victims of consumer fraud or unscrupulous business practices. Last year, the department mediated more than 800 complaints and recovered more than $550,000 for residents. It enforces the state Consumer Fraud Act and other regulations. Consumer Affairs can be reached by telephone at 732-431-7900.

Also, the Office of the Business Advocate, part of the county Department of Economic Development and Tourism, is available to work one-on-one with business people to resolve issues that may be impeding business success. The Business Advocate can be reached by telephone at 800-523-2587 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Business people needing guidance and assistance working through the maze of federal, state, county and local regulations and business assistance programs have a terrific resource at the county’s Office of the Business Advocate,” said Freeholder John D’Amico, liaison to the office.

Several county departments work behind the scenes to provide essential services that residents may not recognize as a county responsibility. For example, road crews from the county’s Department of Public Works & Engineering work to keep county roads, byways that connect towns and highways, in good condition and hazard free.

“The county is responsible for more than 1,000 lane miles of roads,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, who oversees the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “This past winter our skilled and dedicated road crews worked through each storm to keep the county’s roads safe and clear. Now, they are out filling potholes and removing storm debris and getting ready for their warmer weather tasks of cutting grass and brush.”

From the hills of Atlantic Highlands to the Manasquan River at the southern tip, and from westernmost reaches of Allentown to the shoreline in Asbury Park, Monmouth County offers its residents a diversity of lifestyles, quality health and education systems, thousands of acres of open space and permanently preserved farmland and the largest lending library system in the state.

Since 1991 the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties across the country to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of counties.

Monmouth County is a member of the National Association of Counties, the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Of the 3,066 counties in the United States, Monmouth County is among only 21 to boast an AAA bond rating by all three major rating agencies. The county has maintained that unique financial position for each of the last 12 years.

 

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2010 Monmouth County’s National County Government Month activities include:

 

  • Blood Pressure monitoring by the Monmouth County Health Department More information about these and other free monitoring is available at 732-431-7456
  1. April 1 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the ShopRite Supermarket in Marlboro
  2. April 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the ShopRite Supermarket in Matawan
  3. April 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Foodtown in Atlantic Highlands
  4. April 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Neptune Post Office
  5. April 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Pathmark in Howell
  6. April 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Oceanport Post Office
  7. April 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Clarksburg Post Office in Millstone
  8. April 27 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Belmar Post Office

 

  • Rabies Clinics for dogs and cats conducted by the Monmouth County Health Department

More information about these and other free clinics is available at 732-431-7456

  1. April 6 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Neptune City Public Works Garage
  2. April 24 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Marlboro Public Works Building
  3. April 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Foodtown in Atlantic Highlands

 

  • PAP Clinics conducted by the Monmouth County Health Department

Call to make an appointment for these free clinics at 732-431-7456

  • April 8 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Neptune Housing Authority location
  • April 15 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Health Dept. Freehold location

 

  • Paper shredding events conducted by the Planning Department Call 732-431-7460 for more information
  1. April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bradley Beach at Ocean and Brinley avenues
  2. April 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Keyport at Fireman’s Park

 

  • Surrogate satellite office services

Walk-in service available, but you can call to make an appointment at 732-431-7330

  1. April 6, 13, 20, 27 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Middletown Library
  2. April 7, 14, 21, 28 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Wall Library
  3. April 8, 15, 22, 29 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Ocean Twp. Library

 

  • Backyard composting workshops conducted by the Planning Department

Call 732-431-7460 to register and for more information

  1. April 12 at 7 p.m. in Tinton Falls
  2. April 18 at 10 a.m. in Middletown
  3. April 29 at 7 p.m. in Freehold Twp.

 

  • “Safe Cargo” inspection by the County Sheriff’s Officers

Infant and child car seat installation inspection – for more information call 732-431-7139

  1. April 13 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. at the County garage, 250 Center St., Freehold

 

  • First Friday for Seniors with the county’s Office on Aging

A presentation and discussion about understanding your doctor, your medications and your body with an emphasis on self-advocacy – for more information call 866-941-8188

  • April 9 at 10:30 to 12noon at the Library Headquarters in Manalapan

 

  • Spring Forum by the county Shade Tree Commission

Annual update on the gypsy moth spraying program and landscaping –call 732-431-7903

  1. April 14 at 7 p.m. at the county Agricultural Building

 

  • 4-H Teen Council Seedling sale – now through April 15

Call 732-431-7263 to place your order for evergreen or deciduous seedling bundles

 

  • New movie release Tuesday at the Library

Screening of a newly released film to video at the library Headquarters in Manalapan

  1. April 6 at 2 p.m. – Up in the Air (2009)
  • April 13 at 2 p.m. – Precious (2009)
  • April 20 at 2 p.m. – Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • April 6 at 2 p.m. – It’s Complicated (2009)

 

  • Earth Day Celebration with the Park System

Many ways to celebrate spring and outdoor activities – for more info, call 732-842-4000

  • April 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. is “Blue Day” at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold
  • April 17 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. is Earth Day at Huber Woods Park in Middletown
  • April 24 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. is Earth Day at Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell
  • April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the annual Plant Swap at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown
  • April 24 & 25 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. are Sheep Sheering and Wool Days at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel

 

  • 4th grade poster contest conducted by the Monmouth County Constitutional Officers (County Clerk, Sheriff and Surrogate)

For the details and requirements, call 732-431-7139

  • April 23 is the deadline to enter this popular contest