Around Town With Mayor Palmer
Don’t miss out on the Manchester Township Recreation Department’s “ConcertFest” this summer. August 12 and 26 will be the final Concerts this summer at Harry Wright Lake. Pictured is one of the July Concerts. See the ConcertFest Schedule (on the bottom of ManchesterTwp.com website home page) for more information.
PHOTO : Manchester’s Director of Recreation Tracey Lynch (partially hidden), Mayor Ken Palmer, helper Evan, and Business Administrator Donna Markulic during the Opening Ceremony at Manchester Township’s 150th Anniversary Celebration at Harry Wright Lake in Whiting on June 28th.
The day went out with a Bang! Manchester’s 150th Anniversary Celebration concluded after a full day of activities with a spectacular fireworks display over Harry Wright Lake in Whiting on June 28th. There was fun for the young and the young-at-heart. After the sand castle, water balloon and hula hoop contests, there were free raffles, a magic show, kayak races, karate demo and scavenger hunt. Delicious barbecue food, ice cream and craft vendors were set along the edge of the scenic Harry Wright Lake. Among the highlights of the day was Mayor Palmer in the dunk tank and the Men’s Nicest Legs competition. Music and dancing continued until dark. Local sponsors and gift donors helped to make the special celebration a huge success. Thank you to all who helped make the day possible.
PHOTO : Mayor Ken Palmer in the dunk tank at Manchester’s 150th Anniversary Celebration on June 28th.
PHOTO : Manchester’s Director of Recreation Tracey Lynch at the 150th Anniversary Opening Ceremony
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the OceanFirst Foundation, the Manchester Township Middle School has created a “STEM” classroom (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to facilitate an engineering environment where students build robots and experiment in new technologies. The lab is equipped with Chromebooks, lab tables, desks, projector, portable pool, and SeaPerch ROV kits so students can work safely and efficiently in a space that simulates an engineering workshop. Pictured are members of the Future Engineers Club along with OceanFirst Foundation representatives.
The Mayor’s Community Service Award was presented to Casey Gilman and the Future Municipal Leaders Award was presented to Martha Pender.
Certificates of Participation in the NJ League of Municipalities Essay Contest were presented to Katherine Chinery and Caitlyn Triggs.
Mayor Palmer, a Board Member and Past President of the Manchester Township Educational Foundation, was on hand along with MTEF President Jeff DeSimone for the presentation of $20,500 worth of scholarships to 16 MTHS graduates.
At a Court of Honor on May 30th , Manchester’s Kevin Bien was awarded the highest rank in Scouting, the Eagle Scout. Mayor Ken Palmer presented a Proclamation and a silver eagle coin to commemorate the day at the Manchester Volunteer Fire House. Kevin joins the ranks of an elite group of scouts who have achieved this prestigious rank. But much more than that, it takes a lot of work to get to this position. A scout has to earn 21 merit badges and then spearhead a community service project that he organizes and manages, from start to finish. Mayor Palmer said, “it was an honor to recognize the achievements of one of Manchester’s youngest citizens.”