News Transcript News Briefs, March 31


On March 19, the New Jersey School Counselor Association honored school counselors from throughout New Jersey at the annual “Counselor of the County” awards program.

School counselors are nominated by their colleagues and are selected by their own county’s school counselor associations for the award.

The award honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates, and often lifesavers, for the nation’s students, according to a press release.

John Zdziarski, a school counselor from Marlboro High School, was selected as the 2021 Counselor of the County for Monmouth County.

“Mr. Zdziarski has worked as an educator in the classroom and in the counseling office for the past 28 years,” Marlboro High School Principal David Bleakley said.

“His students and colleagues describe him as a positive, patient and empathetic person who always has the best interests of his students at heart. Day in and day out, Mr. Zdziarski goes above and beyond to ensure he acts in the best interests of his students and the entire school community.

“This award is a recognition of those tremendous efforts over the course of his career and especially over the last year during the pandemic,” Bleakley said.


Manalapan Republican Chairman Glen Mendez has announced that Township Committeeman Barry Jacobson has been selected by the Manalapan Republican County
Committee to run for a second three-year term on the Township Committee.

In a press release, Mendez said, “Barry has been a great addition to the Township Committee and has truly been an asset to and for our residents. He brings a unique blend of knowledge and sensibility to his discussions and decisions that enables him to fight effectively for the quality of life that makes Manalapan such a great place to live.”

Jacobson was elected to his first term in November 2018 and joined the governing body in January 2019. He is a former disability program policy expert with the Social Security Administration.

In addition to serving on the Township Committee, Jacobson serves on the Planning Board and on the Manalapan Arts Council.

Mendez announced the Manalapan Republicans have made the following endorsements for 2021: New Jersey Legislative District 12 – Sam Thompson for Senate (Old Bridge), Ron Dancer for Assembly (New Egypt) and Rob Clifton for Assembly (Matawan); Monmouth County Commissioner – Sue Kiley (Hazlet); and Monmouth County Surrogate – Maureen Rasich (Middletown).