COLTS NECK, NJ: Last year as Mayor, JP Bartolomeo introduced a community initiative plan. One item of his plan was his orchestration of the first Colts Neck Farm House 5K. This year Committeeman Bartolomeo along with the whole Township Committee, organized the second annual successful Colts Neck Farm House 5K. The event was held Sunday, May 19th, at 8:00am.
The morning brought rain, a lot of rain, but that did not stop a nice crowd from coming out to Colts Neck Town Hall to meet for the run. Suddenly, just as Bartolomeo promised, the rain stopped right when it was time for the run! "I told everyone, come out rain or shine and I promise you it is not going to rain for the run, and that's exactly how it worked out! We really had a lot of fun. Colts Neck is such a great town to live, work and raise a family in. That's because of the great community we all share, and today was a great example of that." commented Bartolomeo.
The program began around 8:10am with Bartolomeo welcoming everyone. He introduced Colts Neck Scout troop 290 to come up in front of the crowd, along with Sheriff Shaun Golden. Colts Neck Fire Department was there with the American Flag hanging high on the ladder and Sheriff Golden led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance as the crowd turned to face the flag.
Next Colts Neck Recreation Director Tom Hennesey's granddaughter Caroline sang The Star Spangeled Banner, followed by everyone singing God Bless America. Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Sheriff Shaun Golden, Committeeman Mike Viola, Deputy Mayor Frank Rizzuto and Colts Neck Township Committee Candidate Sue Fitzpatrick all participated in the run with many Colts Neck residents. The run is not for fundraising, there is no entry fee and it's promoted as a fun run, jog or walk. Sunday's race had a mix of all styles mentioned.
Bartolomeo thanked all of the Colts Neck families for participating and also thanked the Colts Neck Police Department, Colts Neck Fire Department and EMS, Recreation Director Tom Hennesey, Colts Neck DPW, Colts Neck General Store, Asbury Circle Car Wash, Colts Neck Business Association, Delicious Orchards, Team Life, Mayor Tom Orgo, BCB Bank Holmdel, NJ Smile Center, Slope Brook Farms, Sakoutis Disposal Demolition, and The Max Challenge.
It was a great way to start the day for all who participated.