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Monmouth County News Briefs, Feb. 16

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The Monmouth County Park System will hold its annual E. Murray Todd Half Marathon on March 13. The 13.1-mile race takes runners through Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Brookdale Community College, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

Race medals will be awarded to all registered finishers. Pre-registration is available online at www.MonmouthCountyParks.com until March 9 and costs $40 per person. Race day registration is available beginning at 7 a.m. and costs $60 per person, according to a press release.

Individuals who wish to be involved, but not run are invited to volunteer and assist with registration and at refreshment stations. Prospective volunteers should contact the park system volunteer office at 732-842-4000, ext. 4256, or volunteer@monmouthcountyparks.com


The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) is launching “Chief Talk,” a podcast series that gives listeners greater insight into the latest issues that face police departments and the communities they serve.

“Chief Talk” podcasts, hosted by NJSACOP President John Zebrowski and Executive Director Mitchell C. Sklar, will inform, educate and entertain listeners through a series of candid conversations with prominent guests who offer expertise in public safety, law enforcement and criminal justice issues, according to a press release from the organization.

“Our podcasts are candid discussions with a variety of guests offering fresh perspectives on current and future public safety and policing issues,” said Zebrowski, who is the police chief in Sayreville, Middlesex County. “Our goal is to give residents and law enforcement professionals greater insights into these vital issues.”

“Chief Talk” is available at the NJSACOP’s website www.njsacop.org and at njsacop-podcast.org, and new episodes will be regularly posted, according to the press release.


Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), whose district includes parts of Monmouth County, has announced that New Jersey will receive $15.45 million to build out the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

In a press release, Pallone said the funds will pave the way for a more robust and convenient network of chargers across New Jersey. The funding is part of the effort to construct the first national network of EV chargers and will deploy chargers across urban and rural areas.

As chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone supported the funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was signed into law in November, according to the press release.

This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program (NEVI), which is being administered by the Federal Highway Administration.

The NEVI program will provide nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of EV charging stations along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System, according to the press release.

A second, competitive grant program designed to further increase EV charging access in locations throughout the country, including in rural and underserved communities, will be announced later this year, according to the press release.


NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in New Jersey, announced that Carolyn M. Welsh of Colts Neck has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Welsh, who previously served as vice president and chief clinical officer, will oversee the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of NJ Sharing Network, including leading the organization’s clinical services, information technology, human resources, regulatory compliance, performance improvement, hospital and community outreach, and communications, according to a press relase.

“For 23 years, Carolyn’s leadership has helped NJ Sharing Network consistently achieve record growth in the number of lives saved and enhanced through organ and tissue donation and transplantation,” said Joseph S. Roth, President and CEO of NJ Sharing Network.

“Carolyn’s combination of intellect, passion and compassion have enabled her to make a positive impact, not only here in New Jersey, but within the broader organ and tissue donation community,” Roth said.

Welsh lives in Colts Neck with her husband, Tom, their sons Scott and Kyle, and their family dog, Riley.

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