Around Town With Mayor Palmer
Manchester Mayor Ken Palmer has announced a scholarship opportunity for MTHS seniors.
Manchester Township and the NJ League of Municipalities have teamed up to offer three $1,000 awards through the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. This statewide competition centers on “What My Municipal Government Does Best” and seeks to advance the virtues of elected and volunteer members of municipal government.
The MTHS Guidance Office has applications and instructions on file. All applications and essays must be returned to Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer at Manchester Town Hall, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759, by the deadline date, March 10, 2017.
Continuing a joyous tradition, hundreds of residents gathered at the Manchester Township Municipal Complex to celebrate the holiday season during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 9, 2016. As one of the many community events hosted by Manchester Township’s Recreation Department, the ceremony gave all of our families the opportunity to come together and enjoy each other’s company.
Mayor Ken Palmer presented a proclamation to Mrs. Grabowski, proclaiming December 13, 2016 as “Julia Grabowski Day” in Manchester Township, in celebration of her 101st birthday.
A celebration took place during the Mayor’s Neighborhood Meeting at the Leisure Ridge community on November 9th.
In an effort to make leaf disposal easier for residents, as well as to reduce the man-hours Public Works personnel spend on collection, Manchester Township officials are pleased to announce the implementation of two new leaf vacuums.
“These collection units will make yard maintenance easier for our residents since leaves no longer need to be bagged for collection,” said Public Works Director Al Yodakis. “All residents need to do is rake or blow their leaves to the edge of the roadway in neat rows, parallel to the frontage of the property line. From there, our crews will vacuum the leaves. No bags are necessary.”
“We are proud to offer an additional service to the town which will help residents and help our employees streamline their work,” added Mayor Kenneth Palmer.
Director Yodakis noted that leaves should not extend onto the residents’ property, and no brush, sticks or other debris may be mixed in with leaf piles. If any material is comingled with the leaf piles, the entire pile will not be collected. On specific zone collection days, residents must ensure they remove vehicles from the roadway where leaf piles are located.
These two units, 2016 Xtreme Vacs, were approved for purchase during the May 10, 2016, Township Council meeting for a total of $112,000. According to Director Yodakis, a cost savings is anticipated due to the reduction of employee man-hours spent on leaf collection. The primary benefit, according to officials, is saving residents time and the often back-breaking labor of bagging their leaves.
Manchester Township officials and their community partners at ShopRite and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare celebrated the opening of a Senior Motion Wellness System at Harry Wright Lake on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.
Because of Manchester Township’s sizeable senior citizen population, our municipality is the first site selected by Pfizer and Shoprite to receive a donation of this Wellness System. A crowd of residents joined Mayor Kenneth Palmer, Councilman Craig Wallis, Business Administrator Donna Markulic and Public Works Director Al Yodakis for the public unveiling of this equipment.
“When this idea was presented to our administrators, it was a no-brainer. There was no question that we wanted to build this beautiful facility for our senior residents,” said Mayor Palmer. “This was a tremendous idea that certainly suits our needs and suits our residents.”
Chris Skyers, vice president of Health & Beauty Care at Wakefern, was among the guest speakers, which also included ShopRite owner Joel Perlmutter. Mr. Skyers emphasized the importance of giving back to the community, which is why Manchester Township was chosen for this donation.
“Our core purpose is not selling food, it’s caring for our communities,” he said. “You’re the reason that we do what we do. We’re here to serve the community first.”
The equipment will serve as a neighborhood destination where senior residents can meet, exercise, and connect with one another. Pfizer and Shoprite representatives said that the equipment ties into their initiative encouraging seniors to eat well, socialize, and challenge their minds.
“This wellness system is a wonderful benefit to our community and a welcome addition to Harry Wright Lake,” said Councilman Wallis following the ribbon cutting as he surveyed the equipment, located beyond the band shell and adjacent to the outdoor fitness center and walking trail.