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Around Town With Mayor Palmer

Read Across America Day


Mayor Palmer read to fourth-graders at Whiting Elementary School for “Read Across America Day.”  Mayor Palmer celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss by reading to classes at all three of Manchester’s elementary schools on February 27th.

Captain Lisa Parker sworn in as Manchester’s Newest Police Chief

















Manchester’s new Police Chief Lisa Parker and Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer, at the Chief’s swearing-in ceremony at the municipal building on March 2, 2015.

Girl Scout Troop Meets the Mayor & Tours Town Hall

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The Girl Scouts of Troop 600 (from Ridgeway School) toured Manchester Town Hall and met Mayor Palmer on Friday, February 13, 2015. The Girl Scouts are working to earn their Government Badge.

Mayor Palmer explained what our municipal government is and what it does. The girls are studying the basics of government, the laws that affect us every day, and met some of the people who work in government. They seemed to most enjoy meeting “Officer Storm,” Manchester Police Department’s newest addition to the K-9 unit.  

The girls of Scout Troop 600 have shown great interest in their community and plan to be active citizens in their town.  


Volunteer Fire Companies & First Aid Squad Installation Dinners


Mayor Palmer had the honor of administering the oath of office at volunteer service organization installation dinners recently. The Whiting Volunteer Fire Co., Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Co. and the Manchester First Aid Squad installed new officers in January. Members of our volunteer emergency organizations provide their services and expertise to our community, often on-call day and night, weekends and holidays. They make our town a better place and we owe these dedicated individuals a debt of gratitude. Thank you.



Mayor Ken Palmer administered the Oath of Office to members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company #1.



Mayor Ken Palmer and Whiting Volunteer Fire Company President Robert Newcomb at the Fire Company’s Installation Dinner in January. Photo by Fran Reeve, Crestwood Village Sun.

Winter Preparedness














Manchester Township is currently under a Blizzard Warning with the first significant snowfall predicted. Residents are urged to exercise caution when dealing with the effects of the winter storm that could include power outages and hazardous conditions.

Mayor Kenneth Palmer met with Police, Office of Emergency Management, and Township Officials Monday to discuss Manchester’s blizzard response plans. Residents can rest assured that Manchester Officials are monitoring the storm closely and are prepared for any emergency situations.

All residents are urged to shelter at home and stay off the roads, allowing our emergency vehicles to clear the roadways and respond to emergency situations. Please park your vehicles on driveways and off of the roads.

Register for Nixle alerts by texting Manchester to 888777. These instant text message and email alerts provide critical information from Manchester and State Officials. Registration also can be completed online at http://www.manchesterpolicenj.com/sign-up-for-emergency-notifications/


Keep your cell phones charged. They may provide you a link in case of a power outage. Report power outages to JCP&L by visiting https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/outages_help/Report_Power_Outages.html or calling 1-888-544-4877 — be sure to reference your location and keep your reference number.


While some residents may be using portable generators, it is important to observe safety procedures. Do not operate a generator close to a home or inside a garage, basement or enclosed space. Carbon monoxide is a ‘silent killer’ because you can’t see, smell, taste or hear it. Exposure to carbon monoxide causes headaches, fatigue, confusion, nausea, impaired vision and death.

Call and check on family and neighbors who may be at risk for cold-related injuries. People with medical conditions should take special care before performing any strenuous activity.

“Please be safe, smart, and stay at home,” Mayor Palmer said.

Photo: Mayor Kenneth Palmer met with Police, Office of Emergency Management, and Township Officials Monday to discuss Manchester’s blizzard response plans. Residents are advised to stay off the roads, shelter in place, and register with Nixle for instant alert messages.

Happy 100th Birthday Viola Bernadiener!

Manchester’s Viola Bernadiener, 100 Years Young

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Manchester Mayor Ken Palmer extended his best wishes to Manchester’s newest centenarian, Viola Bernadiener, on January 9th  during a surprise birthday celebration at Manchester’s Senior and Social Services office.

Born in Queens, NY on December 31, 1914, Viola spent her adult life in Ocean County, moving to Lakewood in 1939. She has been a resident of the Cedar Glen West community for nearly 49 years.

Jackie T. Rohan, Executive Director of the Ocean County Office of Senior Services, presented Viola Bernadiener with a proclamation from the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in celebration of her 100 years.

Viola cited the many inventions and technology advancements over the past 100 years and called the 20th Century the “greatest century of all time.”  Viola recalled attending the premiere of “Gone With The Wind”  at the Strand Theater in 1939.

Manchester’s Director of Senior and Social Services, Brenda Sloan, surprised Viola with a birthday cake and balloons, and credits Viola with baking the very best organic cookies. Happy Birthday Viola!