MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Meteorologists predict four to eight inches of snow will fall in our area by late afternoon. Please remember that the Township’s first priority during a snow storm is to keep primary roads open for fire and emergency vehicles. Work crews are currently plowing, salting and sanding primary roads to keep them open as the snow continues to fall. In the event of an emergency on a local street, a work crew is diverted to clear a path to the location for emergency vehicles.

Closures and Cancellations


  • Middletown Arts Center programs and classes are cancelled for today and this evening.
  • The Middletown Library will close at 1:00 pm.
  • Township schools are closed today.  
  • Township recycling and garbage collection is suspended today.
  • The Recycling Center at Kanes Lane is closed today.
  • Tonight’s Extended Hours for the Health Department’s Animal Control Division have been cancelled.

Extended Office Hours Rescheduled for Dog License Renewals
Due to inclement weather tonight’s extended office hours for dog license renewals has been cancelled.  The last day to license your dog without incurring a late fee has been extended to Thursday, February 6, 2014.  The Health Department’s Animal Control Division will remain open until 7:00 pm, on Tuesday February 4, 2014 for dog/cat licensing (WEATHER PERMITTING).  The Health Department’s Office is located at: 180 Main St., Port Monmouth.  Please be sure your dog’s rabies vaccination does not expire before October 1, 2014 as we will not be able to license your pet unless you provide a current 2014 VPH-28 completed by your vet.  Licenses paid by check will be mailed 20 days after the check is deposited.  Licenses paid by cash will be obtained on the same day.  If you have any questions, please call Animal Control at (732) 615-2097 or (732) 615-2094.


We treat each of our patients as part of the family at Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. We offer top-quality surgical and dental treatments for cats and dogs. For the best pet care in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, call us at (732) 291-4400. https://www.atlantichighlandsvet.com

Snow Plowing Procedures –  Township snow plowing procedures require that primary and secondary arterial roads be plowed earliest so that they are passable followed by local roads. There are more than 1,200 local roads in Middletown, totaling well over 300 miles. These streets are often small, with numerous intersections, cul-de-sacs and dead ends and are often typified by street parking on both sides of the road.

Please use caution if you must travel.  Work crews will be working into the night to plow, salt and sand roads.  Approximately 75 trucks are activated as necessary along with about 100 personnel who man vehicles, shovel municipal sidewalks and perform other related tasks.

Sidewalks – For the safety of pedestrians, please remember that township ordinances require that sidewalks be cleared of snow and ice 24 hours AFTER the snowfall ends.

Power Outages & Downed Wires  — Do not approach downed wires. Call JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS for power outages and downed wires, that’s 1-888-544-4877.  You can also visit the My Town section of the utility company’s website at www.firstenergycorp.com/mytown for outage information.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...