Coastal Storm Advisory
11-25-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to be aware that a Coastal Storm will impact our area Wednesday into Wednesday night. Precipitation will begin as rain before 3pm, and then begin mixing with snow by late morning. Could be heavy at times, before changing to all snow in the afternoon and evening. Some snow accumulations are possible, which could lead to slushy and slick roadways. High near 39. Breezy, with a north wind 14 to 22 mph. Spotty coastal flooding is possible Wednesday morning due to the impact of heavy rainfall occurring during the time of high tide.
For the latest information, visit: www.weather.gov/phi/
JCP&L Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)
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Customers should immediately report downed wires. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. For updated information on the company’s current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP WISHES TO EXTEND TO EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING!!
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WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER 11-18-14
Mayor Amato would like residents to be informed about police activity in Berkeley Township. This weeks police blotter can be found here....
POLICE BLOTTER - to November 18, 2014.
SPOTLIGHT ON GOVERNMENT From the Desk
Of Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr.
PRESCRIPTION DROP OFF BOX NOW AVAILABLE IN BERKELEY
Earlier this year, Berkeley Township was the sixth township to have a prescription box to provide the proper disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medications.
I am urging Berkeley residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications at our drop-off box located at our the Berkeley Township Police Department, 631 Pinewald-Keswick Road, next to our Municipal Building.
For the last few years, our Township has participated in "Project Medicine Drop" were we collected unused, unwanted and expired medications at a convenient drop off location twice a year. Now we have a prescription drug drop box installed at our police station which will allow our citizens to dispose of their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications safely and securely 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For additional information you can call the Ocean County Board of Health at: 732-341-9700, ext. 7224
TIME TO CHANGE SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR BATTERIES
I also would like to remind residents that it's time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Its very important that residents change these detector batteries every 6 months. As an added incentive this year, Berkeley Township will be offering, free of charge, a limited amount of of 9-volt and Double A (AA) batteries to township residents. They will be available on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last.
Residents are limited to two 9 volt and/or six Double A (AA) batteries per household. Residents will be required to fill out a form. Batteries are available to residents and can be picked up at the Fire Prevention Bureau offices located on the second floor of Town Hall between the hours of 10am and 3pm Monday through Friday - while supplies last. The Batteries were purchased with monies received by the township for fines assessed to violators. For additional information residents can call the Fire Prevention offices at: 732-244-7400 ext: 235.
On behalf of the Township Council, we wish to extend to you and your families a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
HELP PROTECT YOUR OWN HOME AGAINST BURGLARIES
11-20-14 MAYOR AMATO AND CHIEF DIMICHELE WOULD LIKE RESIDENTS HELP IN PROTECTING YOUR OWN HOME AGAINST BURGLARIES - Our police department puts much time and effort into prevention, and education, as well as the arrest and prosecution of the individuals who commit this type of crime; we realize we can never do enough.
We would like to remind residents that there are several ways that you can help yourselves possibly prevent becoming a victim of a burglary; and several ways you can assist the police if you witness something that may be a burglary or simply see a suspicious incident.
First things first - every resident should assess their property and attempt to "harden the target" What this means is to walk your perimeter and look at areas that make you vulnerable. Do you have a landscaping rock securing the tarp on your air conditioner? Is your ladder secured on the side of your residence with easy access? How about your shrubbery? Is it trimmed and well kept in a manner that would not offer cover for someone trying to hide? Is your property illuminated at night? Do you have motion activated lights?
Once your assessments on the perimeter are complete, move to the inside of your residence and do the same thing room by room. Again, look at this through the eyes of a burglar. If you own a firearm, is it locked and stored in a safe location? Where do you store your valuable jewelry? Do you have easy access to large amounts of cash which can be found? Do you have photographs of your valuable property? We strongly recommend that you do take photographs to help the police for recovery effort in the unlikely event you are a victim of a burglary.
What you can do to help if you realize you have become a victim of a burglary? First and foremost exit your house and go to a safe location, whether it be your vehicle or a neighbor's house, make sure you're safe and then immediately contact the police. Do not touch anything in your house; the police officer who arrives at the scene will assist you in determining your loss at the proper time.
You should supply the officer with the most accurate information that you have to help assist in the investigation. You can also assist the police by reporting suspicious can and people who you may observe in and around your neighborhood. Make no mistake - every reported burglary happens by either person(s) arriving in a vehicle or on foot. Most arrested burglars will tell you they were seen by many residents. If you see someone suspicious, NEVER confront them - leave that to the police. What you can do is become a great witness. Try to get a very good description of their physical characteristics, the clothes they are wearing, what they are carrying and direction of travel. If they are in a vehicle, supply as much information as you can about it: license plate, two door four door, color, number of occupants, any identifying stickers or permits on the windows. You can never provide too many details!
Lastly, please don't become confused with who to call and when to call. If you think you observe a crime in progress call 911 immediately. During an emergency every second counts. We have encountered some confusion with our tip line.
Report a Pothole
05-01-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to report any potholes by using the form below. Due to the harsh winter season we experienced this year we realize that it has created numerous potholes throughout the Townships 271 miles of Roads. The Public Works Deparment is asking your help to let us know where these trouble spots are.
Click here to report the pothole location
Fair School Funding Presentation
Mayor Amato would like all of residents to be aware of the initiative to push for a fair school funding act. Senator Doherty held a Town Hall meeting at Berkeley Township Elementary School on Tuesday October 21st disussing Fair school funding for those who missed the presentation
The last page of this presentation is the amount of school aid Ocean County Districts would receive if the act was implemented. Ocean County, especially our community of Berkeley Township, would greatly benefit by this legislation.
Berkeley Township Resolution Supporting Fair School Funding
Property Tax Relief Programs
Mayor Amato would like to make residents aware of several property tax relief programs that are available:
Annual Property Tax Deduction for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons: Annual deduction of up to $250 from property taxes for homeowners age 65 or older or disabled who meet certain income and residency requirements. This benefit is administered by our Tax Assessor's Office. Click Here for the Claim Form)
Annual Deduction for Veterans:Annual deduction of up to $250 from taxes due on the real or personal property of qualified war veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners. This benefit is administered by our Tax Assessor's Office. Click Here for the Claim Form)
Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Full exemption from property taxes on a principal residence for certain totally and permanently disabled war veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners. Unmarried surviving spouses/surviving civil union partners/surviving domestic partners of servicepersons who died on wartime active duty may also qualify. This benefit is administered by our Tax Assessor's Office.
Property Tax Homestead Benefit Program Click Here for more information
Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze) Program Click Here for more information
GAP FUNDING INITIATIVE GRANT
09-19-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that the Gap Funding Initiative (GFI) has revised its program guidelines. All applications received on or after Monday, August 11, 2014 will be processed under the revised program guidelines outlined on the link to the website below. To be considered under the revised program guidelines, please apply to GFI using the revised GFI application available here……
Click here for the application and more information
OEM Special Needs data Sheet
The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management wants to better serve the residents of Berkeley Township. Please fill out this Emergency Data form so that we are better prepared to assist you in your time of need.
Click here for the Special Needs data Sheet
JCP&L Meter Configurations
08-25-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to be aware that JCP&L has updated their Electric Meter Configuration Guidelines.
Click Here for the Printable Version of the guidelines
Click here for the Meter Deck Detail for Overhead Services
Click here for the Meter Deck Detail for Underground Services
NJDOT Route 35 News
04-02-14 Christie Administration highlights progress in reconstruction of Sandy-damaged Route 35 on Barnegat Peninsula
Complete Streets proposals for bicyclists and pedestrians detailed
.....Route 35 Bike Route Plans
FEMA Preliminary FIRM Maps
04-02-14 Mayor Amato would like residents to know that FEMA has released the Preliminary FIRM Maps. Shortly after the issuance of the preliminary FIRMs, FEMA and its partners will host Resilience Meetings
Click Here for FIRM Mapping page
Mayor Amato Announces
Emergency Notification System
Mayor Amato has introduced an emergency notification system to alert residents and inform them in emergency situations.
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Planning Board TDR and Real Estate Market Analysis
All the REMA and TDR information is posted on our Planning Board Page
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