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Manchester Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

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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.

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PHOTO : Mayor Ken Palmer in the dunk tank at Manchester’s 150th Anniversary Celebration on June 28th.

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PHOTO : Manchester’s Director of Recreation Tracey Lynch at the 150th Anniversary Opening Ceremony



OceanFirst Foundation Grants $10K to Manchester’s Middle School

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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.

Senior Awards Night at MTHS

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Mayor Ken Palmer and his helpers presented awards at the June 4th Manchester Township High School’s Senior Awards Night.

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.


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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.

Manchester Youth Earns Eagle Scout Rank

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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.”

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.


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