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Mar 2017

A Message From Councilwoman - March 2017


Sophia Gingrich


March birthstone symbol is – Aquamarine,  This is the traditional birthstone  for those born in March, a symbol of youth, health and hope.  March has a second birthstone, the Bloodstone this ancient stone was believed to have healing powers — especially for blood disorders.   March is considered the beginning of Spring.

The birth flower for March is  the Daffodil,  it is synonymous with Spring as it is the epitome of rebirth and new beginnings. When we see the Daffodil, we know the nice weather is just around the corner.

Spring, Rebirth, Domestic Happiness, Respect, Regard and Friendship.

March 1st is Ash Wednesday, is mainly a Catholic Observance in which ashes is marked on the forehead of parishioners in the shape of a cross.  The ashes are meant as a reminder of our mortality and sinfulness. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period  (excluding Sundays) that ends with Easter.

March 12th, Daylight savings time when we Spring forward and put the clock ahead one hour, giving us a longer day of sunlight.

March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, the celebration is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on  this day,  recognizing the patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
Two days later we celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On March 20th, the first day of Spring in 2017   It is also called the spring equinox.


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”


This endeavor has been very successful, we received many contributions from our residents,  the generosity has been magnificent.  
We have received many items for the women in the military, I would like to personally thank each person for their support.  Lloyd Mullikin has picked up all the products delivered to me and I am still receiving items.  Just last week I came home to find 3 large shopping bag filled with  items to be used by women.  Please know that anything donated will be mailed by Lloyd Mullikin.  Any money donated for postage, which is very much needed, are deposited at the VFW Post 9503 on Veterans Blvd,  Bayville.  The post Quartermaster, Dave Ballentine has set up a special account to help Lloyd Mullikin with the postage.
Again, Thank you,  God Bless you all for your support.

Emergency Contact for Residents
During the snow storm many residents called with regard to knowing what to do if an emergency occurs.  On our Berkeley Township Web Site, bottom right side column,  there is a section called  Emergency Management.  Once you click onto this section a page comes up called CODE RED.    This site provides a questionnaire form- Each resident should go onto this site and fill out the information requested.  Name, address, phone numbers (house and cell) for each person living in the household.  If an emergency occurs and it is necessary for the OEM (office of emergency management) to contact the residents of the community with instructions, having the phone numbers makes it possible.  They would place a ROBO call and give complete instructions on how to proceed with the emergency.  Knowing this is available, each resident should participate.

Also, on the first page there is a section called,   “Sign up for alerts from the Township of Berkeley”
This site requests your cell phone number and it gives you the information for any critical event happening.  (ex.  Road closures, accidents, bad storms, any emergency happening in the area that could affect your travel).   I use both these sites and I am always informed.  I hope you found this helpful.



Township Services
Our Monmouth/Ocean County Food Bank will be here each month on the 4th Friday of the month.
The next scheduled date is March 24th @ 9:30—11:30am. Each month it grows as many people are in need of  assistance. If you need assistance or know of another personal needing assitance, please contact me. I am here to help. The registration form is on page 20, also, available online and in our HCB office 631 Jamaica Blvd.

As I menioned in previous issues, it has been brought to my attention that living here in our community,
are residents that are "shut-ins." If you are shut-in please contact us, we can help!


Just a reminder, if you would like to discard old medicines and our Ocean County presently has prescription/medicine drop-off boxes for County residents to use to dispose of their unused or expired prescriptions. These drop-off boxes are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  Please contact the Ocean County Health Department with any questions. Phone - 732-341-9700
Locations are:
Berkeley Township
Police Department
631 Pinewald-Keswick Rd., Bayville
Toms River Police Department
Oak Avenue entrance
of the Police Department.
Berkeley Township local website has
Mayor Amato updating the website with local news and business events.
Berkeley Recreational Center
Located 630 RT 9 in Bayville.
This Division of Recreation post all the special social events that are happening here in Berkeley Township, they include our special events, concerts, golfing, adult and children programs.



If you need to speak to me, please call me, I am here to assist you. You can leave me a message calling: phone 732-244-7400 ext. 205, Or  Email:
Sophia Gingrich, Councilwoman
(Berkeley Township: Ward 4, HC Berkeley, HC Carefree, HC West and HC Silver Ridge Park)




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