Township of Monroe

Announcements

Annual Juried Art Show 2017

Juried Art Show

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Other Dates: Monday, October 23rd - Monday, October 30th

Location: Monroe Twp. Public Library

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Spray Park Opens 5/26


Address: Veterans Park, 61 Avenue K, Monroe

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Road Repairs Today on Old Forge Road

The MTUD will be making man hole cover repairs late morning and this afternoon on Old Forge Rd. There maybe slight delays but the road will be passable with traffic control. The location is as follows:

·        Manhole frame & cover replacement                      121 Old Forge Road
·        Manhole frame & cover replacement                      117 Old Forge Road

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Safe Exchange Zone

In an effort to ensure a safer location to exchange merchandise that has been purchased online, the Township of Monroe has established a Safezone Exchange location at the Monroe Township Police Department Headquarters. 

 

If you are facing the front of headquarters, the first two spots to the left of the flag pole are reserved for the safezone exchange.  Signs have been erected indicating the safezone parking spots. This area is well lit and monitored by cameras 24 hours a day.

 

 

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PAINTING THE TOWN PINK!


During the month of May, Monroe is PAINTING THE TOWN PINK!!!

In partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, the Township is encouraging the public to pink-out their homes, businesses, cars and the like as a reminder to women over 40 to get their annual mammogram. 

A countless number of women owe their lives to mammograms and early detection.  Participating is as easy as getting the word out. Encourage the women in your life to schedule their mammogram, a wellness visit and commit to one positive change – such as walking more to improve your heart health. Pink On Monroe!

 

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Monroe Residents - Taxes are due May 1st

Taxes are due May 1st. Residents have a 10 day grace period.

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Reminder Re: BULK Pickup - One FREE Pickup a Year

Limited to approximately one pick-up truck load.

  • No hazardous materials-chemicals, paint, pesticides, etc.
  • No tires, utility poles, railroad ties, construction debris.
  • No stumps, sod, dirt, concrete, asphalt, dirt, or stones.
  • No food. Pallets are limited to three.
  • Please wrap mattresses/box springs in plastic moving bags.
  • Please separate your piles, junk in one and metal and electronics in another.
  • Lumber must have nails removed or bent over.
  • Refrigerators and freezers must have the doors removed (State law 2C:43-1)
  • Everything must be neatly placed at the curb the night before your scheduled pick-up.

Remember…

Anything that the town provides a means for recycling will not be picked up for bulky waste i.e. cardboard, newspaper etc.

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Monroe Township’s 2nd Annual Cultural Festival

PRESS RELEASE           

“Celebrating the Diversity in Our Community”

Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey - On April 30, 2017 Monroe Township will celebrate its 2nd Annual Multicultural Festival from 12 PM - 5 PM at Monroe Township High School. The Festival is free and open to the public.

The Multicultural Festival aspires to showcase the diverse cultures represented in Monroe Township, while giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about the different food, music, dance, and art that gives Monroe Township its uniqueness.

The Festival is organized by the Monroe Township Human Relations Commission in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office.

The purpose of the Human Relations Commission is to foster, through community efforts, goodwill, cooperation, respect, and conciliation among the diverse groups of residents within Monroe Township.

 

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2017 Municipal Budget Includes a Flat Tax Rate for Monroe Residents

Among the upcoming capital improvement projects outlined in its 2017 budget, Monroe Township intends to prioritize pedestrian and road improvements along Monmouth Road.                                    

 

GERALD TAMBURRO
Mayor

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2017

 

Monroe Council Introduces Budget with Zero Increase Tax Rate

MONROE – Residents will see no increase in the municipal portion of their 2017 tax bill, after the Township Council introduced a $56.15 million budget with a flat tax rate Monday evening.  

If adopted, the proposed budget would maintain the previous year’s tax rate of 45.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.  For a homeowner with a residence assessed at the Township average of $312,219, that translates to an annual municipal tax bill of $1,428.

In addition to ensuring a stable tax rate, Monroe has facilitated no increases for residential water and sewer services for the 26th consecutive year.

After factoring in the fire districts, the library, the school district and Middlesex County, the municipal tax rate in Monroe accounts for 20 percent of a Township resident’s total property taxes.

“Our positive record of achievement is primarily due to a concerted and ongoing effort by residents, employees, volunteers and members of our boards and commissions, who work together for the betterment of the community,” said Monroe Mayor Gerald. W. Tamburro.   “Monroe continues to offer unrivaled services, superior schools and one of the safest communities in the state, all while securing one of the lowest tax rates in the County.”

One of the largest capital expenses in Township’s proposed 2017 budget includes a $2.5 million purchase of land in the southern portion of Monroe, which will be turned over to the school district in exchange for $1 in the coming months.  The parcel is being considered as a future home of an additional freestanding Township middle school.

Other major capital improvements in the proposed budget include pedestrian and road enhancements along Monmouth Road, park and ride improvements, design of a public safety complex, equipment for police, EMS and Public Works, as well as series of new paving projects.

“We here in Monroe understand the importance of capital improvements,” Mayor Tamburro said.  “In recent years, we budgeted for traffic signals at Perrineville and Federal  roads and at Matchaponix and Spotwood Gravel Hill roads, renovations to the Prospect Plains Road soccer complex and lighting upgrades at our library’s parking lot.  These are important facets when considering our residents’ safety and quality of life.”

Despite its careful planning, Monroe has been facing declining municipal and school state aid for eight years now, not to mention a statewide homestead rebate program that passed along dramatic cuts and shrinking reimbursement checks to a broad base of residents.  The state’s annual reduction over the past seven years has cut the average homestead rebate from approximately $1,200 to $500 per qualified household.

 “The homestead benefit program, enacted almost four decades ago by New Jersey legislators, was intended to provide some measure of tax relief to the State’s homeowners,” said Monroe Business Administrator Alan Weinberg.  “While many people once leveraged this program to offset their yearly property taxes, it’s become a highly insecure safety net for our residents. As always, we are seeking County and State grants to help alleviate some of the burdens being placed on our taxpayers. ”  

Monroe Township Council members are expected to adopt the final budget at their May 1 meeting.

For further details, contact Monroe Township’s Public Information Officer Maria Prato at 732-521-4400 or mprato@monroetwp.com.

 

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Mayor Tamburro's 2017 Budget Message

 

In fulfillment of the requirements of the Faulkner Act, I am submitting the 2017 Municipal Budget recommendations.   I would like to thank the Business Administrator, his staff and all Department Heads for their efforts in formulating the annual budget.

 

For the eighth consecutive year, Municipal and School State Aid is continuing at a reduced level from the State of New Jersey.   New Jersey Homestead Rebates are also continuing at a significantly reduced level.

 

Our tax collection rate was a superior 98.89% in 2016.   We are achieving our goal of reducing our reliance on Utility Surplus Revenue by anticipating $1,000,000 less than used in 2016.   For the eighth consecutive year, we were at or below the 2% tax levy cap.

 

The proposed Municipal Budget totals $56,150,367.66.  As a result, the municipal tax rate is $.457 per $100 assessed value. There will be no increase in the municipal tax rate in 2017 due to good budget planning.  For a home with the average assessed value of $312,219., the annual municipal purposes taxes will total $1,428.03 (not including School, County, Fire Districts or Library taxes).

 

For the 26th consecutive year, there will be no increase in non-irrigation residential water & sewer rates, which remain among the lowest in Central New Jersey.

 

The 2017 Municipal Tax, which is the only portion of property taxes that are under the direct control of the Mayor & Council, is estimated at 20% of your total property taxes.   The Board of Education makes up the largest portion of property taxes at 56%; the County at 18%; and the Fire Districts at 6%.

 

The largest 2017 capital improvement funding request is a request for $2.5 million for the Township to purchase privately-owned land for the proposed construction of a new public school building. The Board of Education has identified a property that meets their needs. The Board of Education is fearful of this property slipping out of their hands (if they have to wait and go to a referendum); so the Township is proposing we fund and purchase the land and sell it to the Board of Education for $1 this summer.

 

Other noteworthy capital improvement projects include a Monmouth Road pedestrian improvement project, continuing design work for a new Police/EMS building and our annual paving program.

 

Projects funded last year that will be underway in 2017 include: traffic signals at Perrineville and Federal and Matchaponix and Spotswood Gravel Hill Road, soccer complex improvements at Prospect Plains Road and the Library parking lot lighting improvements.

 

Monroe Township remains one of the premier residential communities in Central New Jersey with a beautiful and green landscape.   We are very proud of our quality municipal services and schools.  We are consistently recognized as one of the safest towns in New Jersey.   Furthermore, Monroe Township remains only one of two communities in Middlesex County with a population density of less than 1,000 people per square mile.   With continuing open space acquisitions to expand our existing 6,600 acres of open space and over 1,300 acres of farmland preservation, Monroe Township continues to work toward its goal of 50% undeveloped land in our community.

 

Our positive record of achievement is primarily due to a continued effort of everyone working together in a united way for the betterment of our Township – residents, employees and volunteers who serve on our boards & agencies and provide dedicated service to all of our residents.

 

Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro    

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Monroe Named a N.J. "Safe City"

The Safest Cities in New Jersey

 

The National Council for Home Safety and Security named Monroe Township as one of “The Top 50 Safest Cities” in New Jersey this week.  Each year, the organization identifies the safest municipalities with a population of 50,000 or more by reviewing the FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Report statistics, along with its own data and research.   

Monroe ranked 14 out of the list of 50 cities in the state. Congratulations to Monroe’s Police Department for their diligent work, as well as the vigilant efforts of the township’s citizens and local officials, who assist and support officers in their ongoing efforts to keep our streets safe.

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Joseph Harvie Bike Trail Dedication

Saturday’s Harvie Dedication


This Saturday, the Township will honor its late Public Information Officer, Joe Harvie, by dedicating a local bike trail to the Monroe native, an avid cyclist who lost his life while on a ride in early August. 

In recognition of Harvie’s contributions to the community and to his sport-related fundraising, a series of tributary signs will now christen the five-mile path, which begins at the intersection of Forsgate Drive and Half Acre Road and ends on Half Acre and Applegarth roads.   

Please join Township officials and Harvie’s friends and family at 8:30 a.m. at Half Acres Road, directly across from the Greenbriar community’s entrance, to pay tribute to this Monroe son with the installation of his inaugural sign.  

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SUMMER CONCERTS

FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

The Gazebo in Thompson Park
July 7, 13, 20, 27 -  August 3, 10

 

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Cultural Arts Events

 
Cultural Arts Upcoming Events
 

With support of Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro and the Monroe Township Council, the Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission presents the following:


TUSK – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute @ Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing Arts

Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years.

The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising TUSK have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over twenty-five years. It seemed only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years.

Authentic-sounding and always respectful, TUSK leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

 

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The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of internationally renown Chui-Tze Lin, has been lauded for its luminous and energetic performances.  This program features two incredible symphonic works. Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture No.3” and SiCong Ma’s “The Mongolian Dance” Beethoven needs no introduction. His “Leonore Overture No. 3” captures the breadth and depth of his extraordinary brilliance. Composer and teacher, SiCong Ma is famous throughout China. He founded China’s most prestigious music school, the Central Conservatory, in Beijing, and was featured on the cover of Life magazine in 1967. Ma’s Mongolian Dance introduces audiences to music inspired by traditional Chinese melodies and dramatized by full orchestration. The orchestra also sponsors an annual Young Artists Competition, the largest of its kind in NJ. Two grand prize winners will be featured in this wonderful program. Prepare to be amazed and delighted !

For registration forms and a listing of up coming events, please visit us at monroetownshipculturalarts.com or visit us on our Cultural Arts facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MTCulturalArts or click here

 


 

Patron of the Arts Fundraiser Trip to Washington DC

May 18 – May 21 all-day

THIS GETAWAY WILL INCLUDE

Enjoy a performance of Madame Butterfly
at the Kennedy Center

  • Visit Newseum the interactive Museum Of News and Journalism
  • Enjoy an evening illumination tour of the DC Monuments
  • Guided Tour of the Franciscan Monastery estate
  • Visit the Historic Ford’s Theater for an evening of Ragtime
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens
  • Time on your own for the Smithsonian Museum of your choice at the National Mall
  • Visit the brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture
 

 

Patron of the Arts Fundraiser Trip to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
Jun 19 – Jun 23 all-day

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THIS GETAWAY WILL INCLUDE

  • Enjoy a tour of Hyannis and visit the JFK Museum
  • An exciting and educational Whale Watching Cruise*
  • Visit the Cape Cod Museum of Art known as the regions center for artistic and cultural life
  • See a beautiful sunset on the Boardwalk in Sandwich*
  • Enjoy a fantastic Lobster Bake in Provincetown
  • Visit the town of Sandwich to see Heritage Gardens and the Sandwich Glass Museum
  • Visit Martha’s Vineyard via Ferry for a Guided Tour of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown
  • Enjoy a guided tour and time on your own in Provincetown
  • Evening performance at the Cape Playhouse of Art winner of Tony Award Best Play*
  • Visit the town of Plymouth for a morning of sightseeing

* These activities may change based on availability, weather,
or at the discretion of Atlas World Travel


Double occupancy : $1089.00 Per Person

Single Occupancy : $1339.00 Per Person


Price Includes the Following:

All tickets and entrance fees, Round Trip Premium Motor Coach Transportation, Tour Escort
4 nights Hotel in Hyannis, 4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 3 days of guided touring, Ferry Tickets, all gratuities except driver and guide gratuities included.


Deposit of $250.00 Per Person due upon booking
100% refundable until April 15, 2017

Final Payment is due April 15, 2017

Payments received after 4/15/2017 are non-refundable 
Travel Protection is available starting at 93.00 Per Person.
Travel Protection MUST BE PAID BY check and should be made out to Atlas World Travel

Mail Checks to: Atlas World Travel
317 Forsgate Dr, Monroe Township, NJ 08831

(Please include a note with your name, address, phone number, email, emergency contact and any special request – we will do our best to honor. )


Travel Arrangements Provided by Atlas World Travel

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