Around Town With Mayor Palmer

Honoring Our Military on Memorial Day

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Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer addressed Veterans, residents and families at the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at the World War II Veterans’ Memorial Park in Whiting on Monday, May 25. Mayor Palmer emphasized that citizens are “eternally grateful for the military service men and women who have served and died for the United States of America, the land of the free, because of the brave. “

The Mayor’s Veterans Advisory Committee was joined by Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scout troops; Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops; Volunteer Fire Companies and First Aid Squads; as well as local organizations and Veterans organizations , in commemorating our fallen heroes. The Singing Raconteurs and Kum Sung Martial Arts Team performed at the ceremony, and a bicycle decorating contest was conducted with prizes awarded, courtesy of Manchester PBA#246.

“100 Days in Office”

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Staff and family members recently surprised Mayor Palmer with a “100 Days in Office” mini-celebration!  (April 2015).

Whiting Elementary School’s 60th Anniversary

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Whiting Elementary School celebrated its 60th Anniversary on April 2nd. The event was attended by former and current staff as well as students and guests. Mayor Palmer was on hand to present a proclamation declaring April 2, 2015 as Whiting Elementary School Day in Manchester. Principal Evelyn Swift, Fourth-Grade Teacher Tracy Kiernan and Custodian Janet VanBuskirk were instrumental in putting together the anniversary bash.

Earth Day Project Raises Environmental Awareness

earth day 2015 DSCF2371Bill Cook of the Manchester Township Environmental Commission and Paul Spence, General Manager at Manchester ShopRite, are pictured with Manchester Mayor Kenneth T. Palmer with “Earth Day” bags decorated by Manchester elementary school students. The paper bags were decorated with an Earth Day theme and delivered to ShopRite in time to package customers’ groceries on Earth Day, April 22nd.

Hanging With The Cub Scouts


Mayor Palmer hosted a visit with Cub Scout Den 2 / Pack 44 at Manchester’s Town Hall on March 26th. The scouts brought doughnuts to share and Mayor Palmer brought the scouts on a tour of town hall. They viewed Police SWAT equipment, discussed making laws (such as whether to increase recess to two hours), and the Mayor read them a story.

Neighborhood Meetings Continue

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Mayor Ken Palmer continued the “Neighborhood Meeting” series at the Meadows of Lake Ridge in the Whiting section of the township on March 25th. Mayor Palmer and the Meadows residents discussed a variety of topics including future development, keeping town expenses in check, neighborhood watch, snow plowing and more. The Mayor has been meeting with each of the communities in the township to discuss township services, events and concerns.


The Union of Eunice and Michael John


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Mayor Ken Palmer has had the pleasure and honor of joining Manchester residents in matrimony . Ken has performed several marriage ceremonies, with Eunice and Michael John among them.  

Ridgeway School’s Winterfest Celebration

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Mayor Ken Palmer sported his swim trunks and took a turn in the dunk tank at Ridgeway School’s Winterfest Celebration on March 7th. Always the good sport, the Mayor reported the water was “really cold!”  Students took turns trying to dunk the husband of third-grade teacher, Mrs. Robyn Palmer, all for a good cause. 

March Madness!

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Mayor Ken Palmer is pictured with Karen Copeland at the March Madness Basketball Game to benefit the Rodney Copeland Scholarship Fund on March 13.  Rodney Copeland was a long-time resident of Manchester and Coach at Manchester Township High School.  He coached Ken and many other Manchester students. Rodney passed away at the age of 44.

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PBA #246 celebrated its first win in the Sixth Annual Rodney Copeland Benefit Basketball Game against MTHS faculty on March 13. Rodney served as a football, basketball and baseball coach for the Hawks until his passing in 2009. The benefit event was sponsored by the Manchester Township Booster Club.

Reaching out in Manchester

Mayor Palmer has been out and about, settling into his new role as Mayor, and visiting each of Manchester’s neighborhoods to meet residents, introduce himself, discuss events happening in town, and answer residents’ questions.

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Pictured is Mayor Ken Palmer (right) and Detective Adam Guker (left) during a recent neighborhood meeting at Crestwood Village Six in Whiting on February 4th. Mayor Palmer attended the residents’ meeting along with representatives from the Police, Recreation and Senior/Social Services Departments, to provide information to residents about township services and to discuss residents’ concerns.

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  Discussing township events, services and concerns, are (L to R) Tracey Lynch, Martin Lynch, Mayor Ken Palmer, and Trustee President Anthony Polispina, at Whiting Station on February 26th.

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Mayor Ken Palmer visited with residents and the Residents’ Board at Crestwood Manor on February 25th, 2015.  Mayor Palmer introduced representatives from the Police, Senior Services and Recreation Departments to discuss township services and events as well as to answer questions and concerns of the residents as part of the Mayor’s series of “Neighborhood Meetings.”

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