Middletown Minutes

Middletown Land Development Forum: Wed., 7/26


One of the most important issues facing towns throughout New Jersey is how to prevent overdevelopment while encouraging sensible growth.

Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. and Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante will explore this issue at the 2017 Land Development Forum on Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00pm at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street.

Among the topics to be addressed are what the township has done to control growth and how Middletown encourages healthy expansion of the commercial tax base and the redevelopment of underutilized or vacant sites. Real estate professionals, business and community associations, business owners and residents are encouraged to attend. The session is held in partnership with the Middletown Economic Development Committee, a volunteer advisory body committee dedicated to the promotion of economic growth. Free event parking is available at the train station.

Middletown Township Proclaims July 18, 2017 "Brookdale Community College Day"


Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley, a Brookdale Community College alumni and the official liaison to the college, Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, and Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry attended Brookdale’s “50 Years of Making Dreams Possible” anniversary celebration on July 18th at the CVA Gallery at Brookdale’s Lincroft Campus.

Mayor Scharfenberger is holding a proclamation deeming July 18, 2017 "Brookdale Community College Day" in Middletown Township in recognition of 50 years of service to the students and community of Monmouth County.

Rabies Alert 


The Middletown Township Health Department received laboratory confirmation of a raccoon testing positive for Rabies on July 12th. The raccoon was tested after it was killed during an altercation with a dog. The incident happened in the area of Hopping Road in the Belford section of Middletown, according the director of the Middletown Health Depart Rich Debenedetto.

In light of finding this rabid raccoon, we would like to remind residents about the possibility of wildlife being infected with Rabies. Please make sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a Rabies shot and licensed with the Township which is required by law. Do not let your pets run free off leash, even in the woods, to ensure they do not come in contact with wildlife that may be rabid.
Residents should not be interacting with wildlife.

If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department after hours and on weekends. Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife. For more information, do not hesitate to contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097.


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