Middletown Minutes

WWI Doughboy Memorial Restoration Process Is Almost Complete 


Middletown Township announced that the World War I Doughboy Monument restoration will be completed by the end of August. The circa 1930’s life-size monument is located on Church Street in Belford and is being restored by Master Stone Carver, Franco Minervini.

The Veterans Affairs Committee identified the monument in need of repair. The Township Committee then commissioned Minervini to do this important project to ensure that the monument would be fully restored, rather than replacing it with a replica. He is one of the only sculptors in the country with this type of stone carving expertise.

“This year marks the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, so we wanted to commemorate the several dozen WWI veterans from Belford, Port Monmouth, and New Monmouth by restoring this monument to its former glory,” said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, an archaeologist and long-time member of the Township’s Landmarks Commission. “Our Doughboy statue is a way for our residents and visitors to pay homage to these veterans who sacrificed so much for us. It is also a reminder to future generations of the role Middletown played in one of the most significant conflicts in our nation's history." 


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8/12 Farmers and Makers Market & Historic Walking Tour Cancelled Due To Weather 

Due to tomorrow morning's weather forecast, both the Farmers and Makers Market and Middletown Village Historic Walking Tour will be cancelled. Please mark your calendars for the next one on Saturday, August 26th.
 

New Monmouth/Leonardville/Tindall Road Work Updates

  • The New Monmouth Road project is progressing well and is expected to be completed within the next three weeks. The Middletown Township Public Library will still be accessible. Traffic should continue to follow posted detours. 
  • Work will be starting on Tindall Road on Thursday, August 10th and will run Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There will be detours in place and traffic direction to assist motorists. 
  • The Monmouth County Department of Public Works & Engineering will be milling and/or paving Leonardville Road on or about August 14th to 18th. The road will be closed overnight from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.
The Township is working with the County and New Jersey Natural Gas to help ensure that most, if not all, of the work will be completed before the start of the school year. All of these projects are either immediately adjacent or close to Township schools. Please plan accordingly. We appreciate your patience. 

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