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Monmouth County News Briefs, Dec. 8

The Brookdale Community College Foundation has announced three new members to its Board of Trustees. The board helps set the foundation’s strategic vision as it works to provide scholarships for deserving students so they may earn a college education and build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities, according to a press release.

As manager of community outreach at New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG), Jessica Egger from Point Pleasant is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. Previously at NJNG, she was program coordinator for the Customer and Community Relations department. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science in marketing from Lehigh University.

As a 15th generation county resident, Darrel Golden of Fair Haven lives and breathes Monmouth County. Golden grew up in Middletown and graduated from Middletown South High School. Upon his graduation from Bryant University, he began a career in banking that spanned 15 years. In 2007, Golden took an opportunity to return home to work in the family business. He is vice president of Automated Building Controls, a commercial HVAC company.

Walter Hopkin owns WJH Engineering, a multidisciplinary civil engineering, surveying and forensic company in Oakhurst.

Hopkin participates in many civic and professional endeavors, including Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America fundraising committee, CCD teacher at St. Rose in Belmar, member of the Monmouth Ocean Development Council, committee member of the Shore Builders Association, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. Hopkin resides in Wall Township.

Last year, the Brookdale Community College Foundation provided more than $620,000 in scholarships and grants to support students, according to the press release. Brookdale Community College is the county college of Monmouth County.


The Ranney School Board of Trustees has welcomed two new trustees, alumnus Dr. Niraj Govil and Lisa Mallach.

“We are ecstatic that we are able to add such dedicated and supportive individuals to the Board of Trustees,” said Board Chair Bob Chandler. “We are very fortunate to have an engaged and active board that has the school’s well-being as its top priority. Niraj and Lisa will be wonderful assets and we look forward to their added perspectives.”

Govil graduated from Ranney School in 1985 and has been a Ranney School parent since 2005, according to a press release.

Govil has played an instrumental role in advising the school during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He and his wife Dr. Ranjana Govil were the lead donors who inspired the creation of the recently dedicated Govil Cultural Learning Commons on campus, according to the press release.

Mallach, a marketing professional, has served on the Marketing Committee at Ranney since 2016. She and her husband, Doug Mallach, have been generous supporters of the school for many years, according to the press release.

Ranney School is an age 3 through Grade 12 independent, co-ed, secular college preparatory school based in Tinton Falls, serving students from Monmouth and Ocean counties.


Monmouth County has partnered with New Jersey SHARES to offer utility assistance to income-eligible tenants with up to 18 months of utility arrearages resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic through the Monmouth County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).

Monmouth County tenants with outstanding utility bills can contact New Jersey SHARES by calling 1-866-657-4273 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or by visiting their website at https://njshares.org/monmouth-county-apply/https://njshares.org/monmouth-county-apply/

Text messaging is also available – text HELP to 64405 to connect with a New Jersey SHARES customer service representative. Message and data rates may apply.

The purpose of the Monmouth County ERAP is to prevent evictions and homelessness by providing rental assistance for eligible households in Monmouth County making less than 80% of area median income (AMI) in accordance with the federal program guidelines, according to a press release.

“The county and its partners continue to work tirelessly to help identify potential applicants for the Monmouth County ERAP program and assist them with the application process,” Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley said.

“If you or someone you know is in need of emergency rental assistance, please visit www.monmouthcountyerap.com or call 848-801-1297 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. If you need further assistance, you can also contact Monmouth ACTS at www.monmouthacts.org or call them at 732-683-2102,” Kiley said.

The Monmouth County ERAP will allow eligible households to receive up to $30,000 for rental costs incurred on or after March 13, 2020, according to the press release.

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