The Arnone Report: Tree Planting, Pledge of Allegiance and Summer is Coming!

By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

This week we are finally experiencing some warmer temperatures and the sun has returned to us! Let’s hope the weather continues to improve as we head towards our “unofficial” start to summer, Memorial Day Weekend.

We’ve been pretty busy at the County the past several weeks. I am extremely pleased to say that despite all the rain we have had, the paving portion of the Ocean Avenue project is finished, with striping and some handicap accessible ramps yet to be completed. We are well paced to finish this project before the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Great job by our Public Works and Engineering staff in overseeing the logistics of the project, as well as the contractor, Stavola Contracting Company based in Tinton Falls.

Myself, along with my fellow Freeholders marked Arbor Day a few weeks ago with tree plantings at four county schools: Frank J. Dugan Elementary School in Marlboro, Holmdel Village Elementary School, Neptune Middle School and Sea Girt Elementary School.

It was impressive to see the students engaged and enthusiastic about Arbor Day, which afforded them an opportunity to express their knowledge and appreciation of planting and caring for trees. Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states and is testimony to the importance this country places on the many benefits that trees provide. It is a great opportunity to hear about what they learned and how it can be used to benefit our environment.

At the tree plantings, the freeholders handed out Douglas fir and White pine seedlings to each child. The children were encouraged to take their tree seedlings home, plant them and help with community reforestation.

This is the tenth year in a row that Monmouth County has been designated as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Receiving this recognition acknowledges the tree workers, managers, volunteers, tree board members and others who work hard to maintain our trees. The County Shade Tree Commission plants between 1,000 and 1,500 trees and shrubs each year. But they do much more than just plant and maintain trees – when storms hit, crews go out to assess the damage to our trees and while removing the broken limbs from County roads.13087223_10154207471042193_5812169665772112037_o

Each year the County holds Arbor Day celebrations that include tree plantings as part of its community forestry program. The County Shade Tree Commission is responsible for the care and maintenance of all the County’s trees. Monmouth County actively participates in the Tree City USA program that is sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

On Monday, April 25, myself, along with Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso, and Freeholders Burry and Curley commemorated the 123rd anniversary of the original reading of the Pledge of Allegiance as the country’s national oath of loyalty. The day was proclaimed “Twin Lights Day” honoring the historical significance of the museum and recitation of the pledge. The gathering also celebrated the grand reopening the refurbished Twin Lights Museum.

In 1893, Twin Lights was selected as the location for the first official reading of the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Twin Lights plays an important part of our history that is often overlooked, and historic sites like this tell the story of Monmouth County’s past, demonstrate the importance of the County’s heritage today and provides a foundation for future generations. The County’s significant landmarks inform visitors of our rich history that played an important role in our nation’s growth. Monmouth County has many historic sites, including museums, battle sites and landmarks that are part of the state’s culture and play a vital role as a worldwide symbol of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

As the weather begins to improve, we know that the summer months bring an increased population within many of our municipalities. Tourism in Monmouth County supports large and small businesses, and it plays a vital role in building and sustaining our economic vibrancy.  Monmouth County sees about 5 million visitors each year.  The Tourism industry helps to enhance the quality of life throughout Monmouth County as nearly 32,000 people are employed in tourism related jobs. We encourage our visitors and residents to visit our beaches, boardwalks, attractions, parks, historic sites, theaters, restaurants, downtowns and businesses.  We are all looking forward to a warm, sunny and successful 2016 tourism season and will have a calendar of upcoming events in the next few weeks.


Thank you as always for your support.


Freeholder Director Tom Arnone can be reached at thomas.arnone @co.monmouth.nj.us



Posted: May 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “The Arnone Report: Tree Planting, Pledge of Allegiance and Summer is Coming!”

  1. what a waste said at 10:19 am on May 10th, 2016:

    Good half-hearted effort, but what a waste; handing out tree seedlings to kids, where the chances of those trees surviving are slim to none. Meanwhile, developers across the county continue to turn what was, recently, a forest or a farm into housing developments straight out of Staten Island. The people of Howell recently watched 100s of acres torn down in a matter of a week to make room for another big box store, BJs, and Movie Theater – along with 98acres of asphalt parking lot. Another 100 acres torn down in a week or less to make room for another, CVS, drug store in-between two existing, Walgreens, drug stores. Most of the farmland of Marlboro was turned into developments full of cul-de-sacs in a matter of 10 years or less. Even if 1%, which is about a 1000% higher than reasonable estimate, of those tree seedlings were to survive it would take them 50 years to grow to the size of a single tree that developers are tearing down in mass, in minutes. We may as well save time and money by disbanding fire departments and just handing out squirt-guns to little kids.


  2. Amen said at 12:09 pm on May 10th, 2016:

    and amen again. Thanks to many greedy local politicians, poor planning, and aggressive developers, “the place you want to be” has become the place many want to run out of!! So crowded, hectic, and hostile, on the road, on line, and at a mall parking space- ah, those dear Staten Islanders! Lol..and, good luck to Brent- despite the best efforts of so many men and women, ol Flatfoot continues to get his A plus rating from the lib/ socialist legislative agendas, in that miserable Congress.