Around Town With Mayor Palmer

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.”

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.

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



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.


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


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 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!

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