Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend with their family. I have stayed extremely busy and would like to take the time to share what I have been doing in County Monmouth.
As you may know, April 30 was Arbor Day. To celebrate, my fellow Commissioners and I participated in Arbor Day celebrations throughout County Monmouth. We visited many school districts to help plant trees donated by the county. This year I visited students at Woodrow Wilson School in Neptune City. We bused the students to Memorial Park in Neptune City for our Arbor Day celebration / ceremony, and we planted white bog oak trees in the park. The students had a great time helping me cover the tree with soil and learn more about the tree’s importance to us and our environment.
As the Liaison Officer with the Monmouth County Shade Tree Commission, I would like to thank the staff for their hard work and dedication, without which Arbor Day would not be possible. I also want to thank them for making our county one of the most beautiful in the country!
I’m also happy to say we’re back in person at Brookdale Community College to film our Monmouth in Focus segments. For the May segments, I interviewed Sheriff Shaun Golden about the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Veterans Services Board, which offers programs and services that help and benefit our veterans and is an excellent resource.
I also interviewed our deputy county administrator, Geoff Perselay, about the privatization of the reclamation center. This partnership with Waste Management brings many benefits, both financial and operational, to residents of Monmouth County. Both of these segments are currently broadcast on local cable channels, as well as our Facebook and YouTube channels.
On another note, I was able to visit the Parker Family Health Center, which is one of our vaccination center partners. The purpose of my visit was to see their operation and talk with them about their efforts to help our residents get vaccinated. The clinic is very well organized and the staff do a phenomenal job. I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to helping our residents.
Additionally, last week my fellow Commissioners and I held a press conference to discuss the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and other initiatives.
We are proud to announce that starting last week, anyone 18 years of age or older and living, working, or attending school in Monmouth County can get the vaccine at Brookdale Community College without an appointment. Currently, the county is administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is approved for adults aged 18 and older. No one under the age of 18 can receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Monmouth County will also help our beaches and camps to vaccinate their lifeguards, beach staff and summer camp staff, who wish to be vaccinated. We will develop a comprehensive plan to vaccinate these workers before the start of the summer season.
Finally, I would also like to remind all seniors and people with disabilities who have appointments for vaccines can choose to be driven by the Monmouth County Transportation Division to the vaccination site by calling them at 732-431-6480, option 1. This service is available during normal operating hours from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
To make an appointment, please visit https://bit.ly/3xmZelt.
As always, it is a pleasure to serve as Commissioner-Director.