News Transcript News Briefs, Dec. 8


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A new part-time officer has been appointed to the Englishtown Police Department. During a meeting on Nov. 22, Borough Council members appointed Edward Burns as a Class II special law enforcement officer. The position has an hourly salary of $15.

The appointment is probationary for one year and is subject to annual re-appointment. Burns will replace Tatiana Domingo as a Class II special law enforcement officer. The council members accepted Domingo’s resignation prior to appointing Burns.

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Domingo served as a Class II special law enforcement officer in Englishtown since August 2020. There are seven full-time officers in the police department, two of whom are probationary, and three part-time special law enforcement officers.

In other business, the council members appointed Leslie Siminson as the part-time violations clerk. The position will be for 25 hours per week and the hourly salary is $20.

And, council members authorized a partial payment of $26,060 for the 2020 road program. According to a resolution, the council awarded a $435,413 contract to Earle Asphalt Company for the reconstruction of Hamilton Street, Heritage Drive and Raymond Court. The $26,060 payment is the third payment certificate given to the company for the project.


Dr. Russell Brokstein of the Hometown Family Wellness Center, 9 Broadway, Freehold Borough, is conducting the 16th annual holiday food and coat drive, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”

Brokstein collects coats, gloves, jackets and non-perishable food items to help the community as the holidays approach and cold weather sets in. He opened the Hometown Family Wellness Center more than 16 years ago and has made “Baby It’s Cold Outside” an annual event to give back to the community in which he grew up.

“I opened Hometown Family Wellness Center in the town I grew up in to help the community be healthier naturally and to give back to the town I love. So many people need our help during the holidays and winter. People should not be cold and hungry so I decided collecting warm coats, clothing items and food would be a great gift for the holidays to others. Please help us help others enjoy this holiday season and stay warm this winter,” Brokstein said.

Anyone who donates by bringing in at least five canned, boxed food items and/or coats will receive a a gift of health certificate for a complimentary pain relief and health consultation for themselves or somebody they care about.

Brokstein brings all of the items to the Open Door food pantry and to the St. Peter’s thrift shop. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 2. Call 732-780-0044 or visit for more information.


King Financial Network is hosting its fourth annual King Coat Drive in partnership with “Come Together for Children.”

Donations of new and gently used coats are being requested for children and adults. Drop off coats at King Financial Network’s office at 198 Route 9 North, Manalapan, through Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join King Financial Network on Dec. 11 from 8-11 a.m. in the office parking lot for the coat drive wrap-up event. There will be a food truck serving free breakfast, a visit from Santa and other surprises as a thank you for helping King Financial Network warm the community it serves. For more information, visit or call 732-845-1929.


Patrick Pisano is the new business administrator and board secretary in the Freehold Borough K-8 School District. He came to Freehold Borough from the Upper Freehold Regional School District in western Monmouth County.

Pisano succeeds Joseph Howe in the position. Howe was named Freehold Borough’s superintendent of schools in September following the retirement of Rocco Tomazic.

Before joining the Upper Freehold Regional School District, Pisano served as the business administrator of the Chesterfield Township K-6 School District in Burlington County.

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