mayor & council
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
A Message from Our Mayor
May / June 2015
There’s a lot going on in Oceanport! Spring is here and outdoor activities are beginning to fill the schedules. Our Parks & Recreation Committee welcomed the warmer weather with a community outing at Monmouth Park’s Blue Grass Mini Golf. The days are longer as baseball and softball games are in full swing and the NJ Marathon went off without a hitch as more than 11,000 runners made their way through town. It’s a great time of year!
Potential sites for the new borough hall were discussed as part of a town hall meeting held on April 21st. Sonnenfeld and Trocchia Architects P. A., presented the various locations along with pros and cons to a very engaged audience of residents. The new building would be slightly larger than the current flood damaged structure and constructed on Fort Monmouth (Main St. area), Gatta Park, and part of a downtown redevelopment or, at the existing site. A fifth alternative is the former Garrison Headquarters, Russel Hall. While the presentation was posted for viewing in advance on the Borough website, attendees were treated to a detailed question and answer period gaining additional insight on strengths and weaknesses. Residents were also asked for feedback numbering the sites in order of preference. More than 50% ranked the downtown redevelopment option as their number one preference to build a new borough hall. Additional information is required for the governing body to support relocation and ultimately gain approval from FEMA.
Sadly, our community is no stranger to drug abuse and addiction. Beginning in August of 2014, we have been engaged in a collaborative effort with our schools, our neighbors, and resources across the county and state to combat drug use. This effort resulted in the formation of the Shore Municipal Drug Alliance. Member towns include Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright, and West Long Branch; each working in conjunction with dedicated volunteers, parents, law enforcement, prevention or treatment specialists, and educators to bring awareness to our communities and identify support options for loved ones and families struggling with addiction. Meeting monthly since October, the Alliance has shared several programs and added these to the effort already ongoing in our schools. Resources are organized and linked to municipal and the Shore Regional websites. Over the summer, resources will remain available on the website. Easy to use links on Oceanportboro.com will announce special resources such as the current life saving NARCAN training program and others throughout the year. None of this would be possible without the support of the school boards and councils. Special mention is due for Superintendent Tom Farrell for making this a priority, Shore Regional High School SAC Jennifer Czajkowski for taking charge, and Oceanport volunteer Betsy Schuff for providing the spark.
Spring is here and the horses have returned to Monmouth Park Racetrack. May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month in honor of Kortney Rose Gillette and spearheaded by the Kortney Rose Foundation. Oceanport becomes "Pink Port" in support of early detection for breast cancer and I hope to see everyone as the month ends with the Borough Memorial Day Parade and Services. The Lions Club is hard at work preparing for their annual Strawberry Festival in June. Proms and graduations will follow as another school season draws to a close. Congratulations to our graduates on a job well done and best wishes as the next chapter in life begins. Summer and the Haskell can’t be too much further away!
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ