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Mayor’s Welcome Dear Reader: Greetings to you from the Township of Old Bridge, voted one of the safest cities to raise a family. Old Bridge is located centrally between the city and the shore, and is one of the most sought after places to live, work and raise a family, giving our residents the opportunity to go to a Broadway show or to spend a day at the races or at the beach. Something for everyone to enjoy! Our Township offers many diverse programs for all of our residents, no matter what the age. For our younger families who work, the Before and After Care program provides our children a safe and supervised environment prior and after school. We also offer Little League Baseball, Football, Soccer, Hockey and Lacrosse Leagues here in town for all of our youth. In case you aren’t aware, our Township offers our Camp Robin Program which provides Therapeutic Recreation for our disabled citizens for both our special youths and adults. Some of the activities which are offered for participants ages three-adult involve many sports programs ice skating, swimming, and basketball to mention a few. Arts & crafts and exercise programs, as well as a Summer Robin day camp program for children ages seven through twenty-one. It is an absolutely spectacular program!

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Our Senior Center, accredited by the National Institute of Senior Centers, provides a multitude of programs and activities for our senior community. They are provided with exercise activities, as well as educational seminars on health and wellness. The exercise program is a fantastic offering “Move to the Groove”, Aerobic Chair Dancing and Yoga, to name a few, all of which really keep our seniors on their toes, happy and active, which I have seen for myself and really enjoy! There is also an arts and crafts program offering painting and sketching classes, as well as needle point which really displays our seniors’ artistic abilities. We had a very beautiful art show here and the seniors who were involved were just beaming with pride! Old Bridge is a dynamic place to do business. Our Business Alliance has provided a venue for the numerous businesses in town to network and I am extremely happy to report to you that Steve Mamakas, Director of Economic Development and myself received the NJ Biz.com Award for the creation of the Old Bridge Business Alliance. It has been very successful and created a welcoming environment for many businesses and we look forward to many more coming to our town. We have also partnered with UBER to provide the “SAFE RIDE ” program which offers free rides every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 2am from participating locations to the resident’s home within the Township of Old Bridge if the need arises. It is my honor and pleasure to serve as your Mayor in the Township of Old Bridge and think Old Bridge all the time!!! Sincerely,

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Table of Contents 4 8 9 9 10 12 14 14 15 15 16 16 16 17 17 18 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 30 34

Mayor’s Welcome History Our Town Old Bridge Township Location & Transportation Recreation Township Government Old Bridge Township Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse Old Bridge Public Works Department Recycling Mayor Henry’s Clean Team Old Bridge Animal Shelter Old Bridge Television Boy Scouts Girl Scouts Map Old Bridge Public Library Education Business Chamber of Commerce Main Street Theatre Company

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History ith the progress and population of current day Old Bridge Township, it can be difficult to see beyond the highways and buildings to another time, when farms and villages covered the landscape. Looking further back, forest growth dominated the land, broken only by Indian settlements, trails and fields cleared for planting. The Lenni-Lenape people were the first inhabitants of the area who survived for centuries on all that nature provided. In the summer they would meet on the shores of Raritan Bay with other clans and families from north and south to trade, fish and visit. Centuries later others would adopt this tradition and call it Salt Water Day. Europeans began settling the area in the 17th century, with New Jersey itself frequently changing hands between the Dutch and British. In the late 1600s it was under British rule and it was at that time Middlesex County was created. Thomas Warne, one of the original Proprietors under the Crown, came to New Jersey and settled in the vicinity of a grove of cedars along the road now called 516. Today a museum bearing his name stands on his original lot.

New Jersey, being divided into East Jersey and West Jersey in Colonial times, was further divided into counties and townships. Within Middlesex County, the Township of South Amboy covered an area along Raritan Bay until 1869, when a portion separated. It became Madison Township, named in honor of President James Madison, who had often traveled to the area. He came to visit Philip Freneau, a friend from his years at Princeton. Accounts claim these visits were prompted by Madison’s courtship of Freneau’s sister Mary, though his marriage proposals were not successful. Madison Township proved to be a thriving rural community, with agriculture and clay mining among the principle industries. Access to Raritan Bay provided a means to transport produce, lumber and other goods to various ports by steamboat, as well as importing items to the area. Roads that were once Indian trails became thoroughfares for wagons and foot traffic, connecting villages such as Brownville (later Browntown) and Jacksonville, as well providing a link to rest of Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. With the introduction of the railroad mid century, commerce and population increased. Among the fields and orchards, villages, mills and clay pits there could be found churches, cemeteries and schools as well as hotels and taverns — all evidence of a growing social community. In the first quarter of the 20th century, the portion of the township known as Laurence Harbor became a popular summer destination. Lots were sold for bungalows and a resort area sprang up with restaurants and a country club, as well as amusements and beaches for bathing. This served to attract even more people to the area. In 1964, a group of dedicated township residents formed the Madison Township Historical Society in order to preserve this history. Within a few years, the group obtained the Cedar Grove Schoolhouse, a 19th century one-room structure, to operate as a museum. It stands across from Old Bridge High School on Thomas Warne’s original property, not far from homes that were built by Warne descendants. In 1975, the name of the township was changed from Madison to Old Bridge, and continues to grow in the 21st century. From a population of less

The Thomas Warne Museum, home of the Madison Township Historical Society of Old Bridge, is open to the public free of charge, Wednesday afternoons until 3, Friday from noon to 4 .p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. School trips and group tours are welcome, though reservation of date and time required. The museum also maintains a library of local genealogical and historical records for those researching their family connections to the area or our history in general. For more information, call the museum at (732) 566-2108. K. Philbrick

than 2,000 in 1880, Old Bridge Township can now claim over 70,000 residents, and is recognized as the third largest municipality in Middlesex County. It was a contender for Money magazine’s title of one of the best places to live in the United States in 2005 and 2007. In 2016, SafeWise named Old Bridge Township as the sixth-safest city in America to raise a child. Beyond the obvious signs of progress there is still evidence of the past. Victorian houses, old farm buildings and place names like Browntown call it to mind, along with street names like Cottrell, Ticetown and Lambertson that speak of early families. Like many New Jersey towns, the centuries from Indian trails to a Nike base and the cellphone towers of the 21st century, give us a rich history and much to be discovered. w

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Our Town ith our exceptional schools, growing recreational opportunities, access to top-notch health care and a positive business environment, Old Bridge Township has established itself as an ideal place for families, professionals and retirees. That is why so many families call Old Bridge home, and many others are sure to do the same with the area’s forthcoming residential and commercial development. No matter what the season there is always something fun and exciting to do in Old Bridge Township. It is the proud home to many sporting associations. In total there are 16 divisions of baseball and softball from Little League to teams ranging in age of 70-plus. The youth basketball association and soccer leagues both offer recreational and travel programs. Old Bridge has three youth recreational football teams along with competitive and noncompetitive cheerleading. A youth ice hockey program is offered at the ice arena. For the names and contact information of these leagues, visit www.oldbridge.com. Parks and recreation offers programs from Mommy and Me to adults. Cooking class, crafts, painting, yoga and a variety of fitness classes such as tennis with lessons and tournaments are held at the municipal tennis courts. Lacrosse is played on the newly renovated fields of Geick Park. The township offers a dance program for ages 3-12 that concludes with a dance recital in May. Online reregistration for classes are as follows: FALL/September, SPRING/February and SUMMER/May. Camp ROBIN offers a year-round community therapeutic recreation program for disabled children and adults from age 3 and up. The Old Bridge Department of Parks and Recreation and Social Service is committed to the development of skill, increased self-confidence and esteem through mastery in sport so in time these participants are included in mainstream general recreation programs with their non-disabled peers. Therapeutic Ice Program is a wonderful example of the success of the program due to the growing number of competitors in the New Jersey Special Olympics. The adult program provides opportunities to participate in some of the township’s most popular recreation programs including fitness and yoga, cooking, crafts and computer classes. For more information about programs offered by parks and recreation, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 4999 or visit the township’s website at www.oldbridge.com. The Old Bridge Senior Center, located in the George Bush Center for Human Services, just

celebrated its 20th anniversary. The senior center offers Old Bridge residents age 60 and up countless daily activities, field trips, seminars and parties throughout the year. In addition to all the fun, the center provides a variety of social services and enrollment assistance. Residents are eligible for transportation around the township, to and from the senior center, supermarkets and to medical facilities located in Old Bridge. They are a congregate meal site for Middlesex County. For more information, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 6660.

Old Bridge. Every September, Old Bridge Day is held at the township complex which is a gathering of community, businesses and organizations in celebration of our town. As the leaves begin to change color, fall is a fun time of year with many wonderful yearly activities scheduled. WORLDFEST is a celebration of the diversity of our community. Entertainment, food, clothing, crafts, carnival rides and games are presented by the Old Bridge Cultural Arts

Operation Beachhead is an organization that provides recreational activities to disabled veterans, active duty military personnel and their respective families and children with special needs. Through their efforts, Operation Beachhead has grown from hosting two events to 10 events, providing recreational opportunities to over 200 veterans and their families this year. The Old Bridge Library hosts many events and activities. Authors, Comic Con, concerts and a variety of workshops fill its calendar of events. They offer live tutors online for all students from K-12th grade, available seven days a week. For more information, visit www.oldbridgelibrary.org. Many of the residents of Old Bridge can be found volunteering their time with organizations within the community, such as the animal shelter, food bank, senior center, Citizens Emergency Response Team and the township’s recycling program that sponsors the mayor’s Clean Team, which offers schools and local nonprofit organizations an opportunity to receive grant money for picking up litter and keeping the community clean. Many wonderful events go on throughout the year. The annual Memorial Day Parade and Salt Water Day on the Lawrence Harbor Beachfront featuring a variety of games, rides, local vendors, live music and fireworks. There are several different vintage and classic automobile shows held throughout

Committee in partnership with the Old Bridge Public School District. The Townships Halloween Spooktakular featuring pumpkin painting, games, craft and hayrides. Every year, the High School Choral group leads the community through the Tree and Menorah Lighting celebration. This is just a small glimpse of life in “Our Town.” For a calendar of events for the Township of Old Bridge, visit www.oldbridge.com. w

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Location & Transportation ld Bridge is situated between two major New Jersey regions: the Shore Region, which features 127 miles of flawless beaches, providing ample opportunities for water-based recreation, and the Gateway Region, known to be a true tourism and cultural hot spot. This East Coast Township is part of the larger Middlesex County, or the “Heart” of New Jersey, one of the state’s fastest-growing counties. Old Bridge is considered a center of transportation; many of the region’s most important roadways pass through town. State Routes 9, 18, 34 and 35, as well as County Route 516, travel directly through Old Bridge, while County Route 527, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike are readily accessible within a close proximity. Old Bridge also maintains a number of local thoroughfares, which offer ease of travel when commuting in and out of town. This suburban community is ideally located along these routes and approximately seven miles from East Brunswick, 36 miles from New York City, 64 miles from Philadelphia, and 84 miles from Atlantic City.

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The Township hosts two Park and Ride locations at Route 9 North and Westminster Boulevard and at Route 9 North and Inverness Drive. There are five other commuter parking lots throughout Old Bridge, many are free or charge a minimal fee for a day. NJ Transit provides daily train services with

routes to New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C.; while NJ Transit, Suburban Transit Academy and the Old Bridge Jitney Service provide bus services. General aviation services are supplied through Old Bridge Airport, located on Pension Road. For

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Recreation

he Old Bridge Township Department of Parks and Recreation is dedicated to keeping open space recreation opportunities for our township residents. The township has obtained more than 1,500 acres of recreation space over the past 30 years. With the assistance of more than $12 million dollars of New Jersey Green and Blue Acres acquisition and development grants we have been able to develop over 300 acres of that into playgrounds, sports fields and recreation space. Old Bridge currently has one of the largest inventories of municipal open space in the state of New Jersey. In those more than 300 acres of open space, there are many prominent features to making our parks so great. For all-around family fun, visit Mannino Park, home to the Old Bridge YMCA, a two-stage dog park set up for both large dogs and a separate area for smaller dogs, a large playground and a baseball and softball field. If running or biking is more up to your speed, visit the Laurence Harbor Beach front where the 3-mile

running/biking path sits parallel to the Raritan Bay. Sports-driven residents will enjoy Veteran’s Park with two softball fields, one little league sized baseball field, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, all equipped with lighting, and a soccer field. Geick Park boasts a picnic pavilion where residents can enjoy their lunch while their children are playing or rent it for family parties. Geick also has many recreational opportunities, such as a turf baseball field, two turf soccer fields, one softball field, one sand volleyball court and two sports court basketball courts, all equipped with lighting. In addition it has a large ADA playground and a smaller playground at the lower entrance. The John Piccolo Ice Arena, located in the municipal complex, hosts public ice skating sessions from October through April and is home to the Jr. Knights Youth Hockey League and many levels of ice skating classes. The ice arena is an amazing place for winter fun. The municipal complex is also home to eight lighted regulation tennis courts.

Pension Road is home to the Old Bridge Cricket Association. Pocket parks located throughout neighborhoods in many locations throughout the township are equipped with a playground or basketball courts. The parks department also offers many types of classes from Mommy and me to art, dance, tennis and more throughout the year. It also provide three summer camps, at 15 sites for children aged 5-21. The Camp ROBIN program is held at Geick Park and is specifically geared toward individuals with special needs. This camp assists approximately 100 participants from ages 7-21 during July and August. There are daily trips, activities and a summer full of fun. The half-day playground camp is run out of 10 camp sites throughout the town to accommodate residents and up to 1,000 campers at all ends of this very large town. This camp runs for the month of July on a half-day schedule and features crafts, games, outdoor activities and optional trips. The full-day summer recess camp, run by the parks and recreation department’s Before/

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Aftercare program, lasts the full eight weeks of the summer for 10-and-a-half hours a day. Located at three central sites in town, the full-day camp accommodates 500 campers on any given day. With daily trips, in-house events and extended hours, it is the perfect spot for children to enjoy summer with their friends. In addition to these activities, The Old Bridge Before/Aftercare program is a nonprofit program sponsored by Old Bridge Township that has been providing affordable childcare for over 20 years

to township residents. The program is supported by parent tuition fees only. These programs are based out of the 12 elementary school and two middle schools in the township. These services are used by over 500 families on a monthly basis. Activities include homework time (45 minutes to do homework in a quiet environment), organized games, special arts and crafts projects and movies. For active adult community, the George Bush Senior Center is the place to be. The center provides information, referrals and senior

social services; creating a caring and nurturing environment, encouraging interests, creativity and artistic expression. The center offers a support system for seniors to lead active and independent lives, allowing them to make connections within the community and promotes the celebration of life through physical and mental well-being. The senior center operates a routed transportation service for seniors ages 60 years and older, providing programs on health and wellness, educational topics, socialization, passive and active recreation, music, dance and choral programs. There is always something to do for every member of the senior center. For more information, call (732) 721-5600, ext 4999 or visit www.oldbridge.com. w

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Township Government he Township of Old Bridge operates under a strong mayor/council form of government. The mayor is directly elected by the voters to serve a four-year term. The nine members of the township council are elected by the voters to serve staggered four-year terms. Of the nine members, six represent specific wards and three are designated “at-large” members. The township council generally meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Complex. The public

is invited to participate in the council meetings, which are also broadcast live on the local cable station Channel 15 (Old Bridge Television). A number of municipal departments offer residents and businesses a full array of public services, including code enforcement, community development (engineering, planning and zoning), economic development, health and senior services, parks and facilities, recreation programs, public safety (police protection and emergency management) and public works (roads, recycling and snow removal).

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Old Bridge Township Municipal Alliance FOR THE PREVENTION OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE he Old Bridge Township Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse is a volunteer committee, grant-funded by the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and supported by Old Bridge Township, to provide drug and alcohol prevention programming to students and residents. The programs are offered in the community to help eradicate drug abuse. Volunteers on the committee meet monthly, (and work behind the scenes throughout the year), to brainstorm ideas, plan events, evaluate and implement this programming, providing the best to the community.

board and administrators – just to name a few. Drug resource directories are disseminated, that are supplied by Middlesex County’s Division of Addiction, so the community can band together and help their neighbors. The last forum, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” was presented by a retired drug enforcement officer to outline what may be hidden in a child’s bedroom, to help aid the parents in prevention.

Mayor Henry has initialized a mayor’s town forum biannually, with the support of town council, Municipal Alliance, schools, police and PTA, focused on the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Experts in the field and medical community educate township residents – parents, PTA representatives, dentists, doctors and school

The alliance’s new digital billboard outreach on Route 9 showcases its 24-hour medicine drop box in the town hall building. The billboard also references “The Good Samaritan Law” to inform resident to call 911 if they witness an overdose, with the caller retaining immunity. The Old Bridge Municipal Alliance’s main focus has always been on at-risk youth and primary prevention, and it sponsors and co-sponsors many programs in conjunction with local schools and the police department. The Two Good for Drugs Program, co-sponsored and taught by the police department, has always been a strong fifth-grade

educational tool for students in drug and alcohol education. Another solid elementary drug prevention program is the “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” fourthgrade slogan/art contest in which student winners attend a free fishing day with a trained fisherman, on a Saturday in June at Molder’s Fishing Preserve or Cheesequake State Park. The program is solely supported by the school, township, businesses and organizations, and receives yearly donations. It is in its sixth year, thanks to the tireless efforts of the volunteer fishermen who help students gain a valuable resiliency skill that will aid them throughout their lives. The Old Bridge Elks lodge has provided free fishing poles yearly to student winners. Old Bridge seniors, along with the staff at the township senior center, have helped hundreds of teens through the years with sound advice, through the alliance’s Intergenerational Program offered to high school psychology classes, focusing on healthy aging. Psychology students visit the Old Bridge Senior Center seven times a year to learn hands-on from older adults. A favorite is the Speed Meet and Greet, along with holiday caroling with the mayor and superintendent of schools. The alliance educates both groups on the dangers of prescription drug abuse and medication management with the help of Wellspring Center for Prevention. The collaboration and support from all entities of Old Bridge Township has made the Old Bridge Municipal Alliance volunteer committee grow yearly with people who care to help and want to be involved in this mission to end drug abuse and support recovery. w

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Old Bridge Public Works Department he Old Bridge Public Works Department works year-round to enhance the quality of life for all township residents, businesses and visitors. The dedicated staff of this department are responsible for a proactive approach to keeping Old Bridge safe, clean and running efficiently even in the event of an emergency, from plowing snow to removing brush, to fixing

potholes and restoring the infrastructure. The department also offer a full-service recycling center open six days a week for all township residents. For more information about the department, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 6140, email publicworks@oldbridge.com or visit www.oldbridge.com/content/5146/5271/ default.aspx. w

Recycling he Old Bridge Recycling Center offers free recycling services to township residents. Items can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the center, located on Route 516, behind the Old Bridge Animal Shelter. ‰ Metal recycling: The township accepts all metal items, such as lawn mowers, bicycles, lamps and workout equipment. Only the metal portion of these items are accepted. Please remove any plastic or fabric before dropping it off. ‰ Motor oil: Each resident is allowed to bring up to 5 gallons of motor oil. ‰ Carpeting: Residents can bring household carpeting to the recycling center. Only the carpeting is accepted, not the padding underneath. ‰ Mattresses/box springs: Residents can drop off a mattress or box spring six days per week. ‰ Concrete, brick and block: The township accepts all concrete, bricks or cinder blocks. ‰ Curbside recycling: Anything that is picked up curbside (bottles, cans, paper or cardboard) can also be brought to the recycling center. ‰ Middlesex County recycling programs: Check the Township website, www. middlesexcountynj.gov, or call the recycling office for dates and details on all Middlesex County sponsored events: ‰ Paint: The township accepts paint on the second Saturday of each month, all year long. Drop-off hours are between 7 a.m. and noon at the recycling center. ‰ Tire recycling: Available to all Middlesex County residents at five various locations throughout the county.

‰ Paper shredding: The township hosts the first paper shred event of the year every March. Limit is five boxes or 100 lbs. per resident. Residents are also allowed to go to any town in Middlesex County that is sponsoring a paper shred. ‰ Household hazardous waste: There are five events per

year for Middlesex County residents. The township hosts one event every July.

‰ Residential cooking oil: Township residents are welcome to drop off cooking oil at the recycling center, six days per week.

Township by-appointment-only services: Please email/call the recycling office to make an appointment for the following: ‰ Brush: The township picks up branches and brush bi-weekly throughout spring, summer and fall. Each bundle cannot exceed 40 lbs., be over 4 feet long or be more than 5 inches in diameter. The bundles must be tied up. Bundles that are not tied will not be picked up. Any small twigs and sticks can be thrown in a bucket/pail and placed at the curb along with the bundles.

Township seasonal services: The following services are available seasonally by the township: ‰ Leaf pickup: Leaves are picked up only in the spring and fall. Schedules are available online or in the recycling office. Residents can purchase paper leaf bags at any local home store (Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Shoprite, etc.). The township picks up according to ward; residents should confirm which ward they live in and follow the appropriate schedule. ‰ Christmas tree recycling: Trees are picked up approximately four times every January by ward. Check the township website for the schedule.

Useful information The Recycling office is located in the public works building at the Township Municipal Complex. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Recycling bins are available for purchase at the recycling office.

‰ White goods/appliances: Appliances are picked up by the township bi-weekly, all year long.

New residents who bring in their house closing papers or deed within one year of closing will get two free recycling bins with the purchase of the home.

‰ TVs and computer electronics: Residents can drop off any size/type of TV or computer (printer, monitor, scanner, etc.) six days per week. Residents who will need assistance at the recycling center must call to schedule an appointment.

For more information, call (732) 721-5600, ext. 6107. Check out OldBridge.com and click on the “Recycling” tab for full details. Residents can email the recycling and public works departments at publicworks@oldbridge.com. w

‰ Propane tanks: Call the recycling office to schedule an appointment before drop-off. The township does not pick up propane tanks.

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Mayor Henry’s Clean Team he Old Bridge Clean Communities Program, called Mayor Henry’s Clean Team, works closely with the municipal government, schools, neighborhood committees and other local groups to keep Old Bridge clean through public education and litter removal projects. Annual activities

include cleanups of parks, local roads and beach fronts. Also offered are special events such as Earth Day, International Coastal Cleanup Day and education programs throughout our schools. Any group interested in joining can email publicworks@ oldbridge.com or call (732) 721-5600, ext. 6107. w

Old Bridge Animal Shelter

he Old Bridge Animal Shelter, located in the Old Bridge Municipal Complex, One Old Bridge Plaza (off Route 516) has many cats and dogs in need of a loving home. Rather than purchasing from a pet store, residents are encouraged to adopt a shelter pet. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. seven days a week. To view many of the

animals up for adoption, visit the shelter page on the Old Bridge Township website (OldBridge.com) for links to Petfinders, Facebook and the featured pets of the month. Residents should check back frequently, as the shelter is constantly getting in additional dogs and cats. Donations of cat, kitten and dog food; dog and cat treats;cat litter; cotton towels; and paper towels are

always needed and welcomed. For a list of items needed by the shelter, visit the website. The shelter is always in need of volunteers and fosters to assist with the animals in its care. The shelter also welcomes school and scouts interested in visiting. For information on volunteering, the shelter’s wish list or to schedule a tour, contact Shelter Coordinator Karen Chen at (732) 721-5600, ext. 6300 for information. w

Old Bridge Television ld Bridge Television (OBTV) airs locally on Cablevision channel 15 and Fios channel 22. Located in the municipal complex, the station connects viewers to local issues and events happening in the township. From live township council meetings and the mayor’s show

(Old Bridge Outlook) to grand openings and special events, Old Bridge Television has it covered. And, in case you miss our live or scheduled broadcast, all programming can be viewed on its YouTube channel under Old Bridge Township. The channel also distributes information via its Community Bulletin Board, a digital slide show airing on OBTV that showcases important

township information – such as meeting times and locations – but is also a great way to learn about events and fundraisers happening in the community. Nonprofit organization looking to expand advertising can fill out a Community Bulletin Board request form located on the Old Bridge Television page of the township’s website, www.oldbridge.com. w

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Boy Scouts oin the over 8,000 scouts in our council and see how scouting will make a difference in your child’s life. Scouting provides youth with an opportunity to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards. These opportunities not only help them when they are young, but also carry forward into their adult lives, improving their relationships, their work lives, their family lives and the values by which they live. A 2005 study by Harris Interactive found that 83 percent of men who were scouts in their youth agree that the values they learned in scouting continue to be very important to them today. Eighty-seven percent of men who remained in scouting five or more years attribute some of their self-confidence in their work to their scouting experience. Half of the group say scouting had a positive effect on their career development and advancement, and 83 percent say there have been real-life situations where having been a Scout helped them be a better leader. As youth, scouts are taught to live by a code of conduct exemplified in the 12 points of the Scout Law, and they continue to live by these laws in adulthood.

‰ Trustworthy: The majority of Scouts agreed that Scouting has taught them always to be honest (75 percent) and to be a leader (76 percent). ‰ Loyal: Eighty-eight percent of scouts are proud to live in the United States, and 83 percent say spending time with family is important to them. ‰ Helpful: Eight out of 10 scouts surveyed believed that helping others should come before their own self-interest. ‰ Friendly: Eighty percent of scouts say that scouting has taught them to treat others with respect and (78 percent) to get along with others. ‰ Courteous: Almost nine of 10 scouts (87 percent) believe older people should be treated with respect. ‰ Kind: Most scouts agree (78 percent) Scouting has taught them to care for other people, while 43 percent say their skills in helping other people in need are “excellent.” ‰ Obedient: Boys in scouting five years or more are more likely than boys who have never been in scouts to reject peer pressure to hang out with youth they know commit delinquent acts (61 percent vs. 53 precent).

Girl Scouts By Virginia LoMonaco and Karen Bennett irl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, our founder Juliette Gordon Low. In 1912, she gathered 18 girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, to share what she had learned about a new outdoor and educational program for youth, with this, the Girl Scout Movement was born. This first Girl Scout troop was formed on March 12, 1912, and today has become an organization that serves millions of girl members and alumnae. Known as “Daisy” by her family and close friends, Low is credited with establishing and nurturing a global movement that has changed the world. Today, we continue the Girl Scout mission of “building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.” Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing. Girls will learn the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. Girl Scout badges are a great way for a girl to explore her interests and learn new skills. And there are so much more that girls can experience – going on exciting trips, exploring the outdoors and doing community service projects. And we have cookies! Our Girl Scout Cookie Program is a fun and important part

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of her Girl Scout experience. Girls learn essential life skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Girls learn to work as a team to accomplish common goals and solve problems. Any girl in grades kindergarten trough12th grade can join the fun at Girl Scouts. There are six levels: Daisy (grades K-1), Brownie (grades 2-3), Junior (grades 4-5), Cadette (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10) and Ambassador (grades 11-12) Scouts. Whether she wants to be part of a troop, sign up for exciting series or events, explore the outdoors or travel the world, each age level has something for her. Cookies, badges, campfires, friendship bracelets and ceremonies are just some of the adventures that help girls share in our Girl Scout history and traditions and help discover their strengths, passions and talents. Girls also have an opportunity to earn awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. These three awards give you a chance to do big things and work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference. Earning these awards show that you are a leader and dedicated to improving your community. Each award is earned at different scouting levels and can be done in a troop setting or as an individual scout.

‰ Cheerful: Overall, Scouts are happy with their schools (78 percent) and their neighborhoods (79 percent). However, because scouting builds such high ideals in youth, scouts are less satisfied than non-scouts with the state of the world today (47 percent vs. 52 percent). ‰ Thrifty: More than eight out of 10 scouts (82 percent) say that saving money for the future is a priority. ‰ Brave: Eighty percent of scouts say scouting has taught them to have confidence in themselves, and 51 percent rate their self-confidence as “excellent.” ‰ Clean: Nearly the same number of scouts (79 percent) agree that scouting has taught them to take better care of the environment and that scouting has increased their interest in physical fitness. ‰ Reverent: Scouting experience also influences religious service attendance. Eighty-three percent of men who were scouts five or more years say attending religious services together as a family is “very important,” versus 77 percent of men who had never been scouts. For information about joining the Boy Scouts please visit us at www.beascout.org w

Adults can also share in the experience; as a Girl Scout adult volunteer, you will introduce girls to new experiences and help them take the lead. You will be their role model, their guide and mentor and show girls that they are capable of more than they ever imagined, help them grow and develop their leadership skills and change the world. Girl Scouts are groundbreakers, big thinkers and role models. Some exciting events our troops in Old Bridge have organized are our Girl Scouts Bridging ceremonies. The Bridging ceremonies mark a girl’s move from one level of Girl Scouting to another. Ceremonies help Girl Scouts mark special events throughout the year. Other events like our Halloween Party and The Girl Scouts International Night are fun activities for our girls to enjoy. Ready to join? If you are interested in joining as a volunteer or as a girl, contact Karen Bennett or Virginia LoMonaco. If you wish to learn more about Girl Scouts, visit Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey at www.gscsnj.org or email joinOBgirlscouts@gmail.com. w

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ld Bridge Township is one of the larger towns in Middlesex County with a land area of over 38 square miles and a population of over 65,000 people. Due to the size and population of our town, Old Bridge is divided into six geographical voting areas known as wards and also into nine postal zones for mail delivery. The following information should help with the confusion some of our residents experience with where they live and vote and how their mail is delivered and by whom. The map above shows the different areas for both wards and postal zones. The Old Bridge Township Council has nine members elected by the people to represent them. Three of the council members are elected at-large, which means members of a governing body who are elected or appointed to represent the whole town rather than an individual ward, or section, of the town. Each of the other six council members is elected as a ward representative by the people living in that specific ward. Contact the Office of the Municipal Clerk for the name of your individual council representative and their contact information. They will also provide information on election polling places for each ward. Contact the township clerk’s office at (732)721-5600, ext. 2200, or email clerk@oldbridge.com We have almost 21,000 individual properties in town, each with its own mailing address and zip code. Because of the large geographic area and layout of the town, our residents’ mail may be delivered by one of nine post offices in the area. Some of these post offices are not only in surrounding towns, but they may also be in an adjoining county as well. A large number of Old Bridge properties have mailing addresses with zip codes of Monmouth County post offices such as Cliffwood or Cliffwood Beach, Englishtown, Keyport, Matawan and Morganville. Properties may well also be situated in ZIP code areas of neighboring Middlesex County postal zones like Jamesburg, Sayreville, Parlin or South Amboy. The map above shows the different parts of town serviced by these different post offices.

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If you have any questions or concerns regarding mail delivery, contact the post office in the town indicated by your mailing address. If you believe there is a problem with your actual mailing address being listed incorrectly you may contact the Office of the Tax Assessor at (732) 721-5600, ext. 2799 or by email at taxassessor@oldbridge.com. w

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Old Bridge Public Library onsistently voted the best, or one of the best, libraries in Middlesex County, the Old Bridge Public Library serves as a community center for residents. The library provides access to books, other materials and information through in-person and online access. It has transformed itself into a proactive center for learning, recreation and study 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

The library’s robust English as a Second Language literacy classes offered in the spring and fall help those new to the United States acclimate to American society. They can practice English through the online resource, Pronunciator. Other ESL resources include books and DVDs. The library is also an official, U.S. State Department-designated passport acceptance

Over 300,000 people per year visit the library, with thousands more using its online resources remotely. The library offers access to tens of thousands of items from books, e-books and DVDs to pre-loaded learning tablets, mobile hot spots, free museum passes and digital magazines. Over 26,000 people per year attend the hundreds of programs and events the library sponsors, which appeal to everyone from toddlers to teens to seniors.

critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Job seekers can depend on the library’s job search resources and programs. Its online Career Center offers excellent resources such as Job & Career Accelerator and award-winning Ferguson’s Career Guidance. The Career Center provides links to job postings and to resources, such as tips on resumes and interviewing skills. Programs for job seekers are regularly offered at the library by various organizations. SCORE, a volunteer group of business executives, meets at the library once per month to mentor small business owners and those seeking to start a small business.

The library provides the community with computer access, onsite and remote printing, mobile hot spot loans, computer classes and individualized technology assistance. Its services play a key role in closing the digital divide with free Wi-Fi, and in-person and online live homework help. Access to online learning courses is available for life-long learning. Our flagship resources include Tutor.com, Universal Class and Lynda.com. The Outreach Van provides early literacy opportunities to preschool children, as well as reading materials to senior facilities, OBPS and other venues. The Outreach Van also stocks the Little Free Libraries the library has set up at the Inverness and Westminster commuter parking lots and the library’s branch in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge. The library’s Books By Mail Program offers books to qualified residents not able to visit in person. In addition to the thousands of books, audio books, magazines, DVDs and TV series in its collections, patrons can download and stream films, songs, comic books, e-books and audio books through library services such as Hoopla, Kanopy, Zinio, eLibraryNJ and Tumble Book Library. Language learning, including English, is a snap with online services such as Muzzy Online, Rosetta Stone and Pronunciator. The library has a large collection of foreign language books and discs to help patrons learn and practice another language, including English.

facility. Its friendly, expert passport acceptance agents accept thousands of U.S. passport applications per year for people of all ages in the Tri-state area. Passport pictures can also be taken at the library. Customers are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Old Bridge Public Library provides excellent programs and special events such as its Summer Reading Program, Comic Con, NJ Makers Day, Second Saturday concert series, Take Your Child to the Library Day and the Winter Carnival. Check the website at www.oldbridgelibrary.org to keep abreast of library happenings and access itselectronic resources. Call (732) 721-5600, ext. 5010 for more information. The library is open seven days per week to serve the residents of Old Bridge. w

The library’s Idea Farm, one of the first “makerspaces” in New Jersey, serves the community as a multi-faceted enterprise enabling the making, learning, exploring and sharing of high-tech and low-tech tools. Idea Farm workshop includes a Makerbot 3-D printer, a Roland vinyl cutter, soldering irons, Makey Makey kits, Arduino microcontrollers and many other components for use by people of all ages and interests. The Idea Farm includes a gardening component where members of the community can learn gardening and composting skills. Sewing classes are also part of the Idea Farm, and hundreds of people in the community have taken these classes from beginners to advanced sewers. The library is helping to prepare the community to acquire

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Education ld Bridge Township Public Schools is a 42-square-mile suburban school district located at the southern end of Middlesex County, in central New Jersey. The district has a total daytime student enrollment of just over 9,000 pupils, and students are housed in a pre-kindergarten annex, 12 elementary schools grades K-5, two middle schools grades 6-8 and a single campus high school with a separate facility for ninth graders. The population, exceeding 3,000 students, makes it the third largest high school in the state.

climate and advancements in student performance. Old Bridge School District has received the honor of being placed on College Board AP Honor Roll. Only a total of 547 school districts across the U.S. and Canada are being honored by the College Board for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement coursework, while maintaining, or increasing, the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. A mere 34 districts, out of 296 in New Jersey, have met the criteria to be placed on the AP Honor Roll this academic year. Old Bridge is one of the few districts to not only meet the rigor for recognition, but to also meet the criteria multiple years.

The positive climate change in Old Bridge directly influenced student success through individual, intrinsic motivation, as well as the growth and professional development of the Old Bridge staff. There has been an increase in collaboration amongst staff, across grade levels, departments, buildings and district wide. This team approach has increased their expertise and spread this knowledge exponentially, reaching more students, therefore providing greater opportunity for success on all levels.

Old Bridge High School has witnessed measurable results on the SAT. Recently, New Jersey high schools taking the SAT gained on average 1 point, and national high schools decreased by 3 points. However, scores in Old Bridge increased by an average of 85 points. The high school currently ranks 88 points above the national average, and 45 points above the state average on the SAT. Continuing with academic recognition, select Old Bridge elementary schools have recently been nominated to apply for the National Blue Ribbon Excellence Award and in 2017 Cheesequake Elementary School was the first school in Old Bridge to earn this status. Several others have also performed in the top 20 of all New Jersey Elementary Schools on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Additionally, the township public schools have made an impression with the National Title I Association, which has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition, through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program, since 1996. Last year, Cheesequake Elementary School was nominated as a National Title I Distinguished School for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years.

Powerful professional development has allowed the school district to adopt a culture of positivity in Old Bridge Schools, and transfer those feelings into trust with our community. Old Bridge Public Schools has forged a strong relationship with Character.org, which focuses on defining and encouraging effective practices and approaches for quality character education, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas. In recent years, Character.org has bestowed the following recognition upon district schools: • 15 State Schools of Character • 14 National Schools of Character • One National Model School of Character • Old Bridge Township Public Schools was selected as a National District of Character Furthermore, the Old Bridge School District has been bestowed with these fine testaments to a district climate and culture shift: • The Marching Knights of Old Bridge High School were selected to represent the United States in Normandy, France, for the D-Day anniversary. • The District Orchestra received the Spirit of Boston award given to the competing school

that demonstrates teamwork, character and benevolence. • Local media selected Old Bridge High School as having the greatest school spirit. As a result of the positive paradigm shift in the culture and climate of the schools, there has been a direct correlation between improved school

Old Bridge Township was founded upon rich family traditions and a commitment to community mindfulness. Our schools are a reflection of those founding pillars. Through a quality of character driven focus on academics, athletics and the arts; Old Bridge Township Schools will always be a tremendous source of local pride and global impact. w

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Business ld Bridge Mayor Owen Henry has been busy welcoming new businesses to town. It is not a surprise considering all the wonderful initiatives the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has put in place to assist the local businesses to prosper. For every new business that opens, there seems to be an equal amount of businesses that have been reaching milestone anniversaries. It is the support and loyalty of the community that can be thanked for these success stories and for the steady economic growth in Old Bridge.

township. Through these connections emerged two very exciting publicprivate partnerships with promising new programs. Launched in 2016 at the Old Bridge Business Alliance Leadership Forum was the Think Old Bridge Property Tax Reward Program and the Uber Safe Ride Program. The Think Old Bridge Property Tax Reward Program strengthens the local economy by offering residents and non-residents incentives to shop locally at participating businesses. As you shop, a percentage of your bill is deposited into your personal Think Old Bridge account. It accumulates throughout the year and then is automatically credited on your third quarter property taxes.

This dedication to and appreciation for the Old Bridge community inspired one of the newest business ventures in town, All Around Old Bridge, the hyperlocal news publication that debuted in October 2016.

For those who rent or work in the town, a rebate check is mailed to them directly. Twenty thousand Think Old Bridge Property Tax Reward card were sponsored by Excel Urgent Care, ACE Pharmacy and AMBOY Bank, making it possible to distribute them free of charge to residents. If you don’t have your card already, stop by The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Old Bridge Library or any of the participating businesses that display the Think Old Bridge logo to pick up a card.

Founded by David Hernandez , owner of Old Bridge Funeral Home on Route 516, this monthly publication has been steadily increasing in size. Each edition is filled cover-to-cover with highlights, photos, interesting facts and stories about the people, school district, organizations and businesses that make up Old Bridge. Links to the current and past editions are available on the township’s website at www.oldbridge. com/content/5452/10669.aspx. Mayor Henry and Executive Officer Steve Mamakas of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development launched the Old Bridge Business Alliance in 2015. This free networking group has grown to include over 500 businesses in

the Tristate area. Its members include business owners, developers, professionals and nonprofit organizations currently operating or who have a future interest in conducting business in the Township of Old Bridge.

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The Old Bridge Business Alliance provides a communication platform for businesses to freely share ideas, experiences, resources and information to make each organization stronger. By creating a direct link for local businesses to foster new relationships and opportunities, the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has encouraged local economic growth in the

Once you register your card online, it is ready to begin tracking your credits. Any member of your family can go into any of the participating stores and give them the phone number you had registered the card to and you will begin to see your credits accumulate; participants can track their credits online. For more information about the Think Old Bridge Property Tax Program, contact the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at (732) 7215600, ext. 7920. The Uber Safe Ride Program aims to combat alcohol-related incidents and provide incentives for the residents to dine in town. The Old Bridge Business Community and Uber have partnered together to pilot the Safe Ride Program. Any Old Bridge resident who is at one of the local restaurants and find they may have consumed too much alcohol should make arrangements for Uber to pick them up for a free ride directly to their home. This program had been made possible through the generosity of a lifelong resident and local business owner in Old Bridge. For more information, visit www.oldbridge.com. w

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Chamber of Commerce Your Neighborhood Business Resource P.O. Box 5241, Old Bridge NJ 08857

(732) 607-6340 Chamberofcommerceobssa.org ccommerce@optonline.net

Officers Russ Azzarello – President Midge Hauser – Vice President Lynette Davis – Secretary Christina Conover – Treasurer Vince Blasi – Past President

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Rich Greene – Trustee

Jennifer Zollo – Trustee

Annette Maxwell – Trustee

Rico Vasquez – Trustee

Nora Schmitz – Trustee

Joanne Bertonazzi – Trustee

John Hauser – Trustee

David Hernandez – Trustee Annette Hopman – Trustee

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Mayor Owen Henry’s Office of Economic Development Is the proud recipient of the

NJBIZ Public-Private Partnership Award A distinguished honor presented to successful Public-Private Partnerships formed in the State of New Jersey

The innovative creation of the Old Bridge Business Alliance, a free networking forum representing businesses from all industries offering business owners, managers and executives a platform to freely discuss business concepts, exchange leads and success stories.

Old Bridge UBER Safe Ride Home Program and the THINK OLD BRIDGE Property Tax Reward Program have been instituted in the Township to benefit all the residents and businesses of Old Bridge NJLM Second Vice President Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood presents award to Mayor Owen Henry

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Main Street Theatre Company stablished in 1994, The Main Street Theatre Company is an award-winning community theater that performed at the Sayreville Senior Center, and then the Step Inn Ballroom. In 2005, the company found a new home in the auditorium of Garden Friends Day School on Bordentown Avenue in Old Bridge. The Main Street Theatre Company strives to provide cultural enhancement for its patrons, participants, and community through the production of high quality theatrical entertainment. Throughout the year, the company produces full-staged Broadway plays and musicals complete with professional sets, costumes, lighting and sound. This year’s season included “Proof,” “Guys and Dolls” and its first dance show, “Just Dance.” In May, the play “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” opens. In the summer, the company produces its

junior show, “Once Upon a Mattress,” performed by children ages 5 through 13, and then the youth show “Gypsy” performed by actors ages 13 through 23. These two popular programs are a great way for children and young adults to learn about the performing arts. In October, the company will produce “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” The season will conclude with “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” in December. Additionally, the Kidworks season provides entertainment for younger audiences. “Superheroes, Unite!” will open the end of May. The company offers opportunities for all ages and experiences to act on stage, build and paint a set, stage manage or volunteer to work the house. Look for audition notices, volunteer opportunities, performance schedules and information about group sales and memberships at smstc.org, in addition to social media links to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. w

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Shopping & Dining ld Bridge Township is conveniently located near a number of retail destinations offering a vast array of products and services. Shoppers can find everything they need right here in town.

The most popular destination is The Shoppes at Old Bridge. This outdoor lifestyle center features over 10 apparel retailers, four eateries and eight specialty shops, a fitness center and day spa. It is conveniently located at the intersection of U.S. 9 and State Route 18 in the township.

Other shopping centers located within Old Bridge Township include the Market Place, Browntown Shopping Center, Deep Run Shopping Center, Fairway Plaza, Old Bridge Gateway Shopping Center, Old Bridge Plaza Park Plaza and Ticetown. Old Bridge Township is home to a variety of busy and popular restaurants and dining locations. Whether you are grabbing a quick bite to go, enjoying a meal in the company of family and friends or taking a seat under the glow of candlelight with someone special – no matter what occasion or appetite – Old Bridge Township offers an array of delicious dishes. There are many restaurants and eateries to satisfy the most particular of palates. w

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Area Attractions major attraction in Old Bridge Township is Cheesequake State Park, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015. Uniquely located in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, the park lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems. This 386acre park is made up of open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, pine barons and a northeastern hardwood forest. This state park is a terrific example of vegetation change from a costal salt marsh habitat to upland forests, which can be observed from the various trails running through the park. The natural area displays a diversity of plant species and community characteristics of both north and south New Jersey. Visitors can take advantage of the five designated trails for hiking and mountain biking, 50-plus campsites, several picnic areas, water activities on the six-acre Hooks Creek Lake, as well as the Interpretive Center. The center features wildlife historical exhibits, information on Native Americans and early colonization in the area and even programs that cover the three different habitats discovered in Cheesequake State Park. Old Bridge Township is home to the state’s premier and most famous motor sports park, the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Stretching over 500 acres, the raceway hosts a variety of both motor sports and non-motor sport events during the season from late February through late November. The raceway hosts the NHRA Championship Drag Races, Family Fun Thrill Shows, AMA Motocross and many other action-packed events. For more information, call (732) 446-7800 or visit www. etownraceway.com. Monmouth Battlefield State Park, in neighboring Manalapan, is just a quick trip down U.S. Route

9. This park is a preservation of a splendid rural 18th century landscape of fields, orchards, woods and wetlands encompassing miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and a Visitors Center. The center stands on top of Combos Hill, which was once commanded by the Continental Army Artillery. Inside is an interpretive display area, including artifacts recovered from the battlefield. The Gateway National Recreation Area, along the coast in Sandy Hook, straddles New York and New Jersey, and is composed of three units, including the popular Sandy Hook barrier peninsula in New Jersey. Just 40 miles from Old Bridge Township and accessible via NJ Route 36 South, this 1,665-acre destination features a seven-mile stretch of beach, a pristine holly forest and attractions such as Fort Hancock, the Sandy Hook Proving Ground and the Sandy Hook Lighthouse – America’s oldest operating lighthouse. A little further south is the Freehold Raceway. This great location is for those looking to place bets on live and simulcast standard-bred harness races. The raceway is recognized as the oldest and fastest daytime half-mile harness racing track in the U.S. Monmouth Raceway Park, located in nearby Oceanport, has been a shore tradition since 1870. Three buildings have carried the name Monmouth Park in the last 139 years. Due to the high caliber of its racing, Monmouth Park achieved distinction as the “Newmarket of America” – a reference to the famed racecourse in England. The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority purchased Monmouth Park in 1986 and many of the historic, century-old stakes races were reinstated, with the Monmouth Cup, inaugurated in 1884, renamed the Philip H. Iselin Handicap.

Between May and September, concert-goers can enjoy the sounds of various musicians and bands at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Only 10 miles south of Old Bridge Township, the modern outdoor amphitheater consists of 7,000 seats and an encompassing grassy area that accommodates more than 10,000 guests. Other major attractions reachable from Old Bridge Township include Six Flags Great Adventure and Wild Safari in Jackson, the largest Six Flags in the country; the Meadowlands Sports Complex in Rutherford, which features the IZOD Center, hosting big-name performers year-round; the Meadowlands Racetrack; MetLife Stadium; Newark’s Prudential Center; and all the draws of downtown New York City, just 36 miles from Old Bridge. w

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Houses of Worship n active and strong spiritual community resides within Old Bridge Township. Parishioners choose among a selection of houses of worship, represented by a variety of faiths. The following is a list of local religious institutions serving the Old Bridge area: Ahmadiyya Movement 27 South St., Old Bridge (732) 360-2001 Bris Avrohom 770 Madison Gardens, Old Bridge (732) 316-7600 www.brisavrohom.org Calvary Chapel 123 White Oak Ln., Old Bridge (732) 679-9222 www.ccob.org Congregation Beth Ohr 70 Rte. 516, Old Bridge (732) 257-1523 www.congregationbethohr.org

Evangelical Covenant Church 22 Laurence Pkwy., Laurence Harbor (732) 566-1680 www.covchurch.org

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 3139 County Rd. 516, Old Bridge (732) 679-8883 www.lc-goodshepherd.org

Garden State Baptist Fifth St. & Park Ave., Old Bridge (732) 251-4232 www.gardenstatebaptistchurch.org

Most Holy Redeemer Church 133 Amboy Rd., Matawan (732) 566-9334 www.mostholyredeemerchurch.org

Grace Church of Old Bridge 422 Cottrell Rd., Old Bridge (732) 588-5906 www.gracechurchob.org

St. Ambrose Parish 96 Throckmorton Ln., Old Bridge (732) 679-5666 www.saintambroseparish.com

Harbor Bible Fellowship 1 Matawan Rd., Laurence Harbor (732) 583-9286 www.harborbible.com

St. Bernadette 20 Villanova Rd., Parlin (732) 721-2772 www.saintbernadettechurch.com

Islamic Center of Old Bridge 205 Rte. 35 N., Cliffwood Beach (732) 583-2030 www.icobnj.org

St. Lawrence Roman Catholic 109 Laurence Pkwy., Laurence Harbor (732) 566-1093 www.saintlawrencechurch.com

Jehovah’s Witness 54 Oak St., Old Bridge (732) 251-5150 www.watchtower.org

St. Thomas the Apostle 333 State Rte. 18, Old Bridge (732) 251-4812

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Health Care Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge

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At 113 beds, Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge has provided acute inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care for nearly 40 years. Raritan Bay prides itself on patient- and family-centered care, an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients and families. A state designated primary stroke center, Raritan Bay-Old Bridge is home to a fully integrated medical and surgical pavilion containing physician offices, a surgical suite and outpatient testing; truly a single destination for every health care need. An additional medical arts building houses physicians in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious disease, orthopedics and more. Raritan Bay-Old Bridge also provides an array of specialty centers and health services, including:

Center for Robotic Surgery Raritan Bay-Old Bridge is home to the da Vinci Xi, a robotic assisted surgical device that is 100 percent controlled by the surgeon and enables surgeons to operate through a few small incisions. Designed to further advance minimally invasive surgery, the da Vinci Xi can be used across a broad spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures including gynecology, urology, thoracic and general surgery including colorectal surgery. The da Vinci Xi allows for just a single incision or three to four 8mm incisions so patients benefit from less scarring, less of a need for pain medication and quicker recovery. Call (800) DOCTORS for more information.

Center for Balance Part of the physical rehabilitation and medicine department, the Center for Balance is designed to help anyone experiencing dizziness, vertigo, difficulty judging distance, an increased risk of falling or anyone who has fallen at least once in the past year. Vestibular therapy, an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits, is also available. Call (732) 324-5030 for more information.

Center for Sleep Medicine Provides diagnosis and treatment for a variety of sleep disorders and ailments to patients ages 4 and up for some of the most common sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, leg movements, night terrors and narcolepsy. Sleep tests take place in private, hotel-like rooms with extra-long beds and TVs. Call (732) 360-4255 for more information.

Center for Women Dedicated to the special needs of women, the Center for Women offers a comprehensive approach to breast health, wellness and disease prevention. Newly renovated facilities combine the highest quality imaging technology and spa-like surroundings for a uniquely personalized level of care. Services include 3-D mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI, image-guided biopsy and bone density along with various other women’s health services from holistic to lymphedema therapy. To make an appointment, call central scheduling at (732) 324-5270.

Human Motion Institute The goal at Human Motion Institute is to return patients to normal function as quickly and safely as possible. Its dedicated medical professionals take a comprehensive, state-of-the-art approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and work with each patient and their primary care physician to develop a treatment plan specifically for that patient. Extensive clinical expertise is combined with fi

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a compassionate, caring treatment philosophy to provide treatment for total joint replacement, spine care, foot and ankle care, sports medicine, hand and upper extremity and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Call (855) 5668466 for more information.

Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate The Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, provides screening, comprehensive care and management for a host of metabolic and endocrine disorders, including diabetes, thyroid, PCOS, calcium, pituitary and adrenal disorders, low testosterone, hirsutism and osteoporosis. The center has been awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for its quality diabetes self-management education program. The center’s multidisciplinary team of caregivers includes two board certified endocrinologists, a certified nurse educator and registered dietitian. For more information, call (732) 360-4070.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Named to U.S. News & World Report as a high-performing hospital for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, the pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to help patients breathe easier. The program provides one-on-one and group rehabilitation by a licensed respiratory therapist who tailors a plan of care to each individual patient’s needs. The program treats those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, heart disease, cystic fibrosis, asthma, obesity and a variety of other lung diseases. For more information, call (732) 360-4290.

Institute for Weight Loss A comprehensive bariatric surgery Center of Excellence recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, the Institute for Weight Loss provides a comprehensive, fi

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Welcome Home! Kenneth Faistl, M.D. Returns to Central Jersey Family medicine physician Dr. Kenneth Faistl, has returned to Central New Jersey and is accepting new and former patients. Board-certified in family medicine and addiction medicine, Dr. Faistl treats children and adolescents, adults and geriatrics. One doctor for everyone in your family. Call 732-360-3522.

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Building Smiles. Changing Lives. At Empire Dental, we combine an artistic vision with modern science to create gorgeous, healthy smiles for every one of our patients. So, whether you are in need of subtle cosmetic enhancement or a full smile makeover; our full range of dentistry services can provide the solution you’re looking for, including: cosmetic, general, periodontal, orthodontics, implants, bonding, teethwhitening procedures, and more.

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personalized approach to overcoming obesity. Most bariatric surgical procedures are performed with tiny incisions resulting in less pain and faster recovery. Patients are generally back on their feet within a few days and resume all activities within a few weeks. Common procedures include gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding and gastric sleeve. Call (855) 846-3463 for more information or to find out about upcoming weight loss seminars.

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State-of-the-art health care has been redefined by combining the latest medical advances with complementary therapies. Called integrative health, this approach treats the whole person, not just the disease, and gives patients more opportunities to participate in their care and enrich their health and wellbeing. Provided free for inpatients services include hand or foot massage, reiki, tai chi/qi gong or guided imagery. Music and meditation CDs and CD players with disposable earphones are available by request. A special program to help reduce anxiety for patients scheduled to undergo surgery is also available. Call (732) 324-5257 for more information. w Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge 1 Hospital Plz., Old Bridge (732) 360-1000 www.rbmc.org To find a physician, call (800) DOCTORS.

Advertiser Index ACE-Rx Specialty Pharmacy .................................................................... 2 All American Ford/Subaru ..................................................................... 11 All Around Old Bridge........................................................................... 35 Amboy Bank .......................................................................................... 22 Calvary Chapel Old Bridge.................................................................... 29 Central Jersey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.A. ............................... 30

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DCH Academy Honda ........................................................................... 10 Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey ..................................... 3 Empire Dental Group ............................................................................ 33 Grand Marquis ....................................................................................... 27 GrilleStone............................................................................................. 25 Hackensack Meridian Health ........................................................... 32, 36 Hometown Pool Supply Co. .................................................................. 13 JFK Advanced Medical Imaging ............................................................. 7

At Reformed Church Home, we are proud to welcome residents to our family — at a time when their families need us most. We offer a continuum of services that empowers residents to graciously age in place, or to rehabilitate in a caring setting after major illness or surgery. Our community consistently receives recognition for outstanding care, including:

Michael Hegarty & John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals and Cremation Service ...................................................... 29 NJ Team Dental Center ......................................................................... 31 Old Bridge Drugs & Surgicals ................................................................. 2 Old Bridge Florist ................................................................................. 28

5-Star Quality Rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Old Bridge Funeral Home ..................................................................... 28 Old Bridge Orthodontics......................................................................... 5 Old Bridge YMCA ................................................................................. 13

For more information, please call 732-607-9230 ext. 161, or email awalls@rchnj.org

Raceway Park ......................................................................................... 26

Hugs All Around ... at Reformed Church Home Assisted Living | Rehabilitation | Skilled Nursing

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1990 Route 18 North, Old Bridge, NJ 08857 www.ReformedChurchHome.com 732-607-9230

Woodlane Pharmacy ............................................................................. 34

Wawa ..................................................................................................... 25 Yoga & Herbs......................................................................................... 32

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A publication for the community of Old Bridge All Around Old Bridge is a local newsletter covering the Township of Old Bridge. Each month will feature articles written by our Mayor, Economic Development, Old Bridge Township Library, Senior Center, Parks & rec, and much more. We also have local experts providing advice to residents on every day matters. To advertise or submit content call:

888-523-4331 or email:

editor@allaroundob.com

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Old Bridge Township NJ Community Profile 2017