News Transcript News Briefs, Jan. 27


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Freehold Regional High School District’s energy conservation partnership with Cenergistic, a nationwide sustainability company, culminated in a 31% decrease in energy use by the time the 2020-21 school year began in September 2020, according to a press release from the school district.

The 31% energy reduction from the program equates to avoiding carbon emissions produced by eight million miles of automobile travel, according to the press release.

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“Our Cenergistic partnership has resulted in our district conserving energy effectively within our buildings. The collaboration has also aided us in ensuring the safety of our students and staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” said Sean Boyce, assistant superintendent for business administration. “The success of this program goes beyond energy conservation.”

FRHSD personnel worked alongside Cenergistic experts and the energy specialist to audit and optimize energy using systems across the organization to achieve peak efficiency. The energy specialist tracks energy consumption at all campuses with state-of-the-art technology to identify waste and drive conservation, according to the press release.

During the COVID-19 shutdown, Robert Romano, the program’s energy specialist, worked with FRHSD’s operations department and building supervisors to ensure equipment continued to run efficiently, according to the press release.

“Ensuring buildings are safe for students to return has been the top priority,” said Romano. “It has taken a total team effort from every custodian and maintenance staff member to create healthy buildings for students and teachers.”


During Colts Neck’s 2021 reorganization meeting, Mayor Michael Viola and Deputy Mayor J.P. Bartolomeo were appointed to the Planning Board as representatives of the Township Committee for one-year terms.

Also appointed to the Planning Board were Department of Public Works Director Louis Bader (one-year term), Robert Lutkewitte (four-year term) and Vito Viola (four-year term). Gregory Penczak and Scott Stanford were appointed to two-year terms as alternate members.

Justine Buzzetta and Robert Mahoney were appointed to four-year terms on the Zoning Board of Adjustment. John Maguire was appointed to a two-year term as an alternate member of the zoning board.


Freehold Township officials have announced the completion of a road paving project that totaled $3.52 million.

On Jan. 11, the Township Committee authorized a $474,865 decrease in a $3.99 million contract that had been awarded to Black Rock Enterprises, Old Bridge, for the 2020 pavement overlay program and the 2020 municipal aid program, with the municipal aid focused on the first phase of work at Stonehurst Boulevard.

The change order was authorized due to an increase in some contract quantities and a decrease in other contract quantities. The township’s engineer, T&M Associates, advised officials the project has been completed.

In other business, committee members awarded a $20,548 contract to Everbridge Inc. for a community emergency notification system. The contract is for one year.

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