“America is too great for small dreams.” Ronald Wilson Reagan

            2014 is coming to a close and I find myself reflecting upon my year as Freeholder of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. I am very conscious of the tremendous support Monmouth County receives from each of the municipalities and residents. I receive phone calls and emails daily from members of local governing bodies as well as from informed conscientious residents. Through this open door policy which is how I choose to run my office, it is apparent that just like me we all share a common interest; and that is to continue to create new ways to maintain Monmouth County as one of the most wonderful places to live. Your unending support has helped me and the rest of The Freeholder Board accomplish many great things, and I would personally like to thank all of our local governing bodies along with our residents for the part each played in making 2014 a great year. Being mindful of the exemplary leadership of not only my fellow Freeholders but of each and every municipal governing body, I consider myself blessed to be working amongst so many hard working individuals whose main goal is always what is in the best interest of the residents.

             Monmouth County is made up of an array of dedicated, accountable and knowledgeable people comprised of all those working in the offices and schools to those maintaining the roads in and around the county and everything in between. Each and every one of them takes on the responsibility of getting a job done and doing it right.   For that I recognize and am thankful for all county departments for keeping Monmouth County as beautiful and safe as it is, and for making it the most desirable county to live- in the State of New Jersey.  

            Certainly I would be remiss if I did not include our volunteers. From all the local firefighters, rescue and first aid squads and all others who so generously donate their time to serve on boards and committees, thank you for all that you do to contribute to the betterment of Monmouth County.

            As 2014 comes to a close, I look back on all the hard work and accomplishments that have taken place within Monmouth County due to the tenacious efforts of a united Freeholder Board working in conjunction with our local municipalities. Thank you to every mayor and council/committee member for your part in playing a significant role in bringing the many ideas and dreams of 2014 to fruition. I reflect on 2014 as a positive experience and look to 2015 with enthusiasm and great optimism. 2014 was a year filled with large dreams and tremendous progress paving the way for the vision and dreams of great accomplishments waiting to be achieved in the year that lies ahead.

            Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season!

  • Thomas A. Arnone, Freeholder, Monmouth County Board of  Chosen Freeholders

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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...