Dear Monmouth County Residents,

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this past weekend. Please remember to take advantage of these beautiful summer weekends by getting outside and supporting our local small businesses!

I have been extremely busy over the last couple of weeks and would like to provide you with an update of what I have been up to around the County.

I know that Memorial Day was a few weeks ago, but I would like to start my article by saying that we must always remember that Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom. Let’s remember this not just on Memorial Day, but every day.

On a separate note, my fellow Commissioners and I, along with Sheriff Shaun Golden and Clerk Christine Hanlon attended the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s Women of Distinction Gala a few weeks ago. At the event, we recognized all the honorees including our very own, Jeryl Krautle who is the Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing Services for Monmouth County. She was recognized for her hard work and dedication to serving the residents of Monmouth County, especially during the pandemic. We are very fortunate to have such a great staff at the County and appreciate all they do for our residents.

Additionally, my fellow Commissioners and I attended the Middletown Township Public Library Centennial Celebration. At the celebration, I had the honor of speaking about this outstanding milestone that could not have been accomplished without the hard work of the township and library staff and the support of the residents. Great job to Mayor Tony Perry and the Middletown Council for putting together such a great celebration.

This week, I had the honor of joining the students and staff from West Belmar Elementary School in Wall Township for their monthly Aquaponic Garden Harvest.

During the visit, I spoke with the students about my SUSHI program, which I am looking forward to restarting in the Fall, and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I also presented Principal Anthony Abel, Joe Introna owner of Joe Leone’s, and Cody Parker owner of Drop Beet Farm with certificates of recognition for the outstanding job they do making this experience possible for the students. This is such an amazing program that the school has put together and I am looking forward to visiting again in the future to see the progress they have made.

Lastly, I am excited to announce that the Annual Pound the Pavement 5K Run/ 2 Mile Walk is back in person on September 25th! You can now register online at www.poundthepavementnj.org. Your registration and participation in our annual run helps raise funds for pancreatic cancer research.

Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and is the deadliest major cancer, with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent, according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. In 2018, it is predicted that more than 55,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

I have seen firsthand how devastating this disease can be to patients and their families. As a co-founder of this run, it is my mission to raise awareness and funds for research to extend and improve the quality of life for those diagnosed.

For more information on the Pound for Pavement for Purple 5k Run/ 2 Mile Walk, please send an email to poundforpurple@gmail.com.

I hope you will be able to join me and my fellow race committee members this Saturday morning to support a great cause.

As always, it is a pleasure to serve as Commissioner Director.

Sincerely,

Tom Arnone