Around Town With Mayor Palmer
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Hundreds gathered at the Manchester Township Municipal Complex to continue the joyous tradition of joining in our Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 4. As one of the many events hosted by Manchester Township’s Recreation Department, the annual ceremony allows residents to join together to celebrate the holiday season with their neighbors.
Rev. David Rittinger of Whiting Bible Church began the festivities by offering the invocation. Mayor Kenneth Palmer then delivered opening remarks, wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. “This is the time to come together and celebrate all of the good things in our lives,” including our friends, family, and community, said Mayor Palmer.
The festivities continued with musical performances by Shayna Goble, Kayla Fata, and Amber Lowe; Cub Scout Pack 44; the Manchester School Chorus; Manchester Township High School band; and Amanda Batista. Santa Claus himself made a special appearance, arriving at the Municipal Complex with much fanfare aboard a Manchester Volunteer Fire Company engine. To cap off the night, children and their families were welcomed into the Civic Center for refreshments and a visit with Santa.
A special thank you goes out to Manchester Manor, Whiting Health Care, Pines at Whiting, Crestwood Manor, and La Bove Grande for their generous donations of refreshments. Also providing invaluable assistance in bringing this event together were the Manchester First Aid and Rescue Squad, Manchester Volunteer Fire Company, Manchester Buildings and Grounds Staff, Municipal Staff, Social and Senior Service Staff, and Joe Tomei.
Among those in attendance were members of the Township Council, Business Administrator Donna Markulic, and numerous municipal employees and their families. Remember, the Recreation Department’s Holiday Home Decoration Contest is in full swing – call 732-657-8121, ext. 5102 or 5101 by Friday, December 11, to enter. Thank you to everyone who attended and shared in this special event!
An annual tradition in Manchester Township, our local United States service members were honored during a moving Veterans Day ceremony at the Municipal Complex on November 11, 2015.
Mayor Kenneth Palmer delivered the keynote address, during which he recognized the enormous sacrifices our Veterans and their families make. “Our soldiers do this because they love our country they left behind to fight for, and that’s something we always have to remember,” Mayor Palmer said. Bert Kaye, chairman of Manchester Township’s Veterans Advisory Committee, offered opening remarks and presented commemorative pins to the many Veterans in attendance.
It was a moving morning of remembrances, which featured performances from the Manchester Middle School band and The Singing Raconteurs, as well as a memorable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by singer Cassidy Gobel. The NJROTC Manchester High School presented a Rifle Exhibition, and bagpiper John Giblin performed as the Manchester Township Police Honor Guard did the Presentation of Colors. Chabad of Toms River Rabbi Moshe Gourarie offered the Invocation and Benediction.
Veterans in attendance were honored with plaques commemorating their decorated service to our country, courtesy of Oliverie Funeral Home. Linda Bleeke’s students from Manchester Middle School presented a quilt they made which will be delivered to Stephen Chapman, a Veteran from Manchester who was permanently disabled while serving our country.
Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in creating such a memorable ceremony honoring our Veterans. A special thank you goes to Manchester Recreation and our Veterans Advisory Committee for organizing this annual tradition.
The Manchester Township Police and Mayor Kenneth Palmer were honored to accept an American Flag presented by United States Army Spc. Robert Korzon, a Toms River resident proudly serving his country. The flag was flown over Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, where Spc. Korzon serves with the Military Police in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Flown for 9 minutes, 11 seconds, the flag is a symbolic remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mayor Palmer was joined by Capt. Todd Malland and Lt. James Sharkey on Sept. 23, 2015, to greet Spc. Korzon in his office and accept the gift.
“I am extremely honored that in the midst of serving our country in Operation Enduring Freedom, Spc. Korzon felt compelled to present the Manchester Township Police Department with an American Flag that flew over our base in Guantanamo Bay because our Police Department far exceeds the benchmark of excellence,” said Mayor Palmer. “Spc. Korzon makes me proud to be an American and our police make me proud to live in Manchester Township.”
September is “National Hunger Action Month,” a time when organizations and businesses are doing their part to help fight hunger in the community. In addition to raising awareness within the community, ShopRite cashiers also collected donations throughout the day to help support our local food banks.