Manalapan Students Donate Presents to Families in Need

Students of Manalapan NJ, along with the Howell Police Department and other local businesses came together to help two families have a great Christmas!

Anthony Lamendola said he was at a loss for words as he watched his family open the donated gifts. “I’m just in shock,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling. This is beyond amazing.” Lamendola is a wounded veteran who said he left his family’s name at St. Veronica’s Church which helped connect him with what has been an annual tradition in the township.

Mike Mangano was also overwhelmed as he watched presents, a new couch and a new dishwasher get unloaded by the officers. As a former first responder in Howell and Farmingdale, Mangano said it was unusual to be on the receiving end of help from the people he served for more than two decades. “I’m trying to grasp everything that’s happening right now,” he said. “Boxes of stuff for my kids, a brand new couch, everything is going to be used a lot.”

A job well done by so many members of the community! For the full story, click here.

Students of Manalapan NJ, along with the Howell Police Department and other local businesses came together to help two families have a great Christmas!

Anthony Lamendola said he was at a loss for words as he watched his family open the donated gifts. “I’m just in shock,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling. This is beyond amazing.” Lamendola is a wounded veteran who said he left his family’s name at St. Veronica’s Church which helped connect him with what has been an annual tradition in the township.

Mike Mangano was also overwhelmed as he watched presents, a new couch and a new dishwasher get unloaded by the officers. As a former first responder in Howell and Farmingdale, Mangano said it was unusual to be on the receiving end of help from the people he served for more than two decades. “I’m trying to grasp everything that’s happening right now,” he said. “Boxes of stuff for my kids, a brand new couch, everything is going to be used a lot.”

A job well done by so many members of the community! For the full story, click here.

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Students of Manalapan NJ, along with the Howell Police Department and other local businesses came together to help two families have a great Christmas!

Anthony Lamendola said he was at a loss for words as he watched his family open the donated gifts. “I’m just in shock,” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling. This is beyond amazing.” Lamendola is a wounded veteran who said he left his family’s name at St. Veronica’s Church which helped connect him with what has been an annual tradition in the township.

Mike Mangano was also overwhelmed as he watched presents, a new couch and a new dishwasher get unloaded by the officers. As a former first responder in Howell and Farmingdale, Mangano said it was unusual to be on the receiving end of help from the people he served for more than two decades. “I’m trying to grasp everything that’s happening right now,” he said. “Boxes of stuff for my kids, a brand new couch, everything is going to be used a lot.”

A job well done by so many members of the community! For the full story, click here.

– See more at: http://activerain.com/blogsview/4287806/manalapan-students-donate-presents-to-families-in-need#sthash.ihW3EMZw.dpuf

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Marlboro Voted One of the Safest Big Towns in New Jersey

The Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch did some investigating to determine which large towns in New Jersey are the safest places to live. They went through police crime reports from 2011 and 2012 to find the towns, with populations over 40,000, that had the lowest violent crime rates. Marlboro came in at Number 3 with a .45 rate (the average violent crime rate from 2011 and 2012).  Just another reason why Marlboro, New Jersey is a great place to live!

For the complete list, visit the Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch.

Manalapan Receives Grant for Park Improvements

As part of a $2.3 million to be distributed among 13 municipalities in the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant Program, Manalapan Township will receive $250,000! The money will go towards improvements to Manalapan’s Recreation Center including a new building for a meeting room, a concession and restrooms.

According to the Manalapan Patch, the Open Space Grant Program is a competitive matching-funds program for municipalities sponsored by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and administered by the Monmouth County Park System. The maximum matching amount awarded to a particular project is $250,000.

“Since the inception of the County’s Municipal Open Space Grant program in 2003, 47 towns have successfully applied and received funding for 144 individual projects,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said in a statement. “This is another example of working cooperatively with our towns to provide a more beautiful and more active county.”

Declutter Your Home by Following These 10 Steps

The last thing most people want to do on a day off from work is clean out the clutter in their homes. It could take hours, days, even weeks; and then only to find the clutter rears its ugly head once again. At times, it can seem overwhelming so here are 10 tips that will get you off & running, and help you remove the clutter from your home, once and for all!

1. Stow as You Go

Keep countertops free of items that don’t belong there. Sort and file mail every day and hang up garments after taking them off.

2. Declutter your Kitchen

Give everything a home and toss anything that is broken! For items that you typically toss on the counter (ie. keys, glasses, cell phone), dedicate a small tray or container for them. If you have open or glass cabinets, try arranging plate & bowls by color for a neater look.

3Spend Just a Few Minutes a Day Decluttering

Set aside 15 minutes a day to help you keep disorder in check. For example, sift through a stack of papers on your desk for recycling or deep-six that jumble of expired spices. And if you have to stop mid-project, go back to it the next day.

4 Carve Out a Place to Store Bulk Items

Instead of cramming multiple rolls of paper towels into a kitchen cupboard, add a shelf in your garage or clear out a corner in the hall closet for back stock. Only purchase what you really need and have plenty of space to store.

5.  Keep your Kids’ Rooms Organized

Use bins and baskets that make finding things easier! Also, arrange books vertically so you can easily see the titles.

6.  Streamline Rooms Fast by Tossing Trash

Tackle mismatched plastic containers and paper menus in the kitchen, wire hangers and worn-out sneakers in bedrooms. Recycle what you can and dump the rest.

7.  Give Storage an Expiration Date

Try packing away anything you haven’t used in the last year in a box. After six months, reevaluate whether you still need it.

8.  Use the 30-Second Rule to Pare Down

If you’re not sure whether to keep something, your hesitation may be a major red flag that an item is not really needed.

9.  Divide and Conquer

Group like items into categories- sheets, cosmetics, etc. If you have a lot of clutter, don’t do it all at once! Focus on shoes one day, linens the next, etc.

10. For Each Item You Buy, Get Rid of One in Its Place

Before you bring a new dress home, cast off something that you don’t wear anymore.

For more great decluttering tips from Family Circle, click here!

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