Our community knows all too well what it is like to be in need after a hurricane. We have also been able to come together as one and help give back to those who have helped us. Here is more information on how NJ can help our neighbors in Puerto Rico.
HOW YOU CAN HELP PUERTO RICO - UPDATE!
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Today, the New Jersey State Police began to deploy an advance team to San Juan, Puerto Rico, as... the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management prepares to deploy upward of 600 or more police and emergency members. That advance team is comprised of experienced experts in disaster recovery, including Emergency Management, Field Operations, Special Operations and Communications.
In the meantime we know everyone continues to come together and wants to help. Here is a how we can help the most!
Cash Contributions Encouraged:
Donors are encouraged to contribute cash. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. These activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Cash donations allow reputable organizations like the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey and its New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief, United for Puerto Rico, the Salvation Army and Red Cross to purchase product to quickly and efficiently meet the most urgent needs of disaster victims. When possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.
For more information please visit: www.NJ4PR.org
Call-In Info, Suggested Donation Items & Warehouse Locations:
New Jersey for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief has partnered with the State of New Jersey and its Office of Emergency Management, the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development and the New Jersey Governor's Office of Volunteerism to provide the public with information on our hurricane relief efforts and to collect items being donated throughout the state.
To schedule a delivery of donated items to be transported to Puerto Rico or for information on how you can help with our efforts, please call 1-833-NJ-HELPS.
***NON-SCHEDULED DROP-OFFS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED***
The following are suggested items elected officials, community leaders and organizations should collect for donation:
• Baby food
• Box Fans
• Canned Goods
• Cleaning Supplies
• Feminine hygiene products
• Flash Lights
• Flood Pumps
• Hand Sanitizer
• First Aid Items
• High Capacity generators to restore power for hospitals, water service, flood pumps
• Leather Work Gloves
• NEW Underwear &Socks
• NEW Bed Pillows & Blankets
• Utility Knives
***NON-SCHEDULED DROP-OFFS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED***
New Jersey National Guard West Orange
1299 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052-1429
Mount Holly Armory
1670 Route 38 East
Mount Holley, NJ 08060-9701
Do NOT call locations directly. Please call 1-833-NJ-HELPS.
***NON-SCHEDULED DROP-OFFS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED***
For additional donation information please vist http://helpnjnow.org/special-donations/
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National #coffeewithacop day is October 4th! We are pleased to be partnered with the Manahawkin Manhattan Bagel in Stafford Square for our first ever #coffeewi...thacop day! We will be there that day from 9am-11am to meet and greet our residents! Please save the date and stop by! Oh - and coffee is on us!
Thank you our amazing community who helped us help others!
Every little bit helps our neighbors in Texas...
We made it through the darkest days after Sandy with the help of others throughout the country. Now it is our turn to give back to our neighbors, friends and fa...mily in Texas. We are asking residents to please consider collecting the following items listed below. Once we have a truck secured, drop off dates and times at the Bay Avenue Community Center will be announced.
Please Note - We are ONLY collecting EXACTLY what is listed at this time to help those in need due to Hurricane Harvey. Donating anything other than these items will only add more work for our volunteers and delay the delivery of supplies to Texas.
Residents of Stafford Township:
We have been monitoring the water quality issues in Beach Haven West for the last ten days. At this time, and after consultation with the Ocean County Health Department, we offer the following:|
1. The time of heightened awareness and concern appears to have passed....
2. Recreational activity can resume in the lagoons.
3. It is always recommended by the Ocean County Health Department that swimming take place in protected areas where water quality is regularly checked. Use of the lagoons for recreational swimming is at your own risk and not recommended.
4. Recreational crabbing and fishing is permitted but it is recommended that only crabs taken from approved harvest areas are considered safe to eat. No lagoon would be considered an approved harvest area.
The township continues to monitor the water quality issues in the lagoons. We thank all of our residents for their assistance in reporting these issues.
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The Municipal Court of Stafford Township has an immediate opening for a full-time Violations Clerk. A copy of the job description is available in the Stafford Township clerk’s office.
Please submit an employment application(click on the link below) and resume to:
Bridget Haldenwang/Administrators Office ...
260 E. Bay Ave,
Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Bhaldenwang@staffordnj.gov no later than 5/26/2017.
Mayor John Spodofora and the Stafford Township Council as well as all departments welcomed local sixth graders today to take over the town. Youth in Government Day has been a staple in Stafford for over 40 years and 6 or more mayors and administrations. It is a day looked forward to by all, especially those students who had to pass a rigorous test on local government to earn those seats. We are extremely proud of those students, our entire staff and the teachers who made this day possible.
We are proud to announce a new program through our police department. This incredible opportunity is not just for seniors...take a few moments to register and the benefits in case of an emergency could prove immeasurable to you and your family.
The Stafford Township Police Department is proud to announce a new program for residents with special needs. The purpose of the Stafford Township Special Needs... Registry is to provide first responders with vital information about residents who have special needs.
This program is modeled after Monmouth County’s Special Needs Registry, and Stafford Township is the first municipality in Ocean County to implement it. The Special Needs Registry is voluntary and free of charge. It is available to any resident with a special need that emergency responders should be aware of, including but not limited to, wheelchair-bound elderly residents; a young child with autism; a military veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or an insulin dependent diabetic or a person allergic to bee stings.
The program is simple and easy to use. Once a resident completes the special needs questionnaire, the Police Department will flag the registrant’s name and address in their Computer Aided Dispatch system. When a 911 call is received from the address police dispatchers will receive notification that a special needs person may be present at the home. The dispatchers will then inform the officer of special needs that may be present. Special Needs registrants are also provide decals to affix to their vehicles if they so desire. The presence of a decal on a vehicle will alert the police officer to the presence of a special needs registrant.
The program is completely confidential, and residents can opt out at any time. The information provided to the Special Needs Registry is restricted to first responders with a need to be aware of the information.
Families who join the registry will be given decals for their cars and homes so that officers can observe the decals upon arriving at a scene.
“It is important for officers to have this information so that any circumstance involving a resident with special needs ends safely” said Community Policing Officer Chris Fritz, who was instrumental in bringing the program to Stafford Township. “The information is not just for law enforcement; it's for all first-responders, including fire officials and emergency medical personnel”.
“Information is only released and passed on to a first responder who has a need to know”, stated Stafford Police Chief Thomas Dellane. “Anyone who signs up and has second thoughts can opt out of the registry. We are stressing this because we want the residents of Stafford to understand that this program serves THEM as much as it assists our officers and first responders. Our number one priority is to provide the highest quality of service to our residents. This program provides us with another tool to increase the quality of the service we provide”.
Residents interested in joining the Registry are asked to fill out a questionnaire providing information about the special needs person and their condition(s). Registrants are asked to provide a photo and the specific details pertaining to the person's special need. For example, if a young child with autism is attracted to shiny objects, that information should be noted in the questionnaire.
Certain information such as the registrant’s name, address, general condition and photos are mandatory to provide but the program also encourages registrants to include any information that they believe would assist emergency responders. The discretion lies with the registrant and/or their caregiver.
Residents can register by visiting http://www.staffordpolice.org/special. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
If you are a young woman between the ages of 15-19 you can have the time of your life, create amazing memories and become part of Stafford Township history. Become a part of Miss Stafford today!
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
For additional information please contact: James Moran, Township Administrator
@ 609-597-1000, ext. 8559
Stafford Township Student Government Day 2017
Mayor John Spodofora announced today that Stafford Township will once again host Student Government Day on Friday, May 12, 2017. Sixth grade students selected by their teachers from All Saints Regional Catholic School and Stafford Intermediate School will participate in this event which begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers of the Stafford Municipal Complex. Each student is assigned a counterpart in township government and will spend the day with that township official including a tour of the various township facilities, participation in a “mock” municipal court case, a luncheon, and culminating in a township council meeting where the students take over as the elected officials and appointed staff of the township commencing at 1:00 p.m.
“This is an excellent program for the students and it provides some hands-on experience for them,” Mayor John Spodofora. “It is also great for us as elected and appointed officials to interact with the students and hear what is on their mind. The Mayor stated, “The Township has been hosting this event for over 27 years and the participation has been outstanding each and every year.”
Student Government Day is part of a special program in the schools where the students learn about local municipal government and the responsibilities of their local officials. In order to participate on Student Government Day students must pass an examination and be recommended by their teachers.
There will be ample photo opportunities during the day especially during the initial session at 9:00 a.m. and during the township council meeting being held at 1:00 p.m.