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An employee in the Freehold Borough K-8 School District has been recognized for her role in saving the life of a pupil.

During a meeting on June 27, Board of Education members passed a resolution recognizing Michelle Mirabello, a staff member at the Freehold Learning Center elementary school, Dutch Lane Road, for her actions on June 3.

According to the resolution, Mirabello responded to a pupil who was choking and successfully administered the Heimlich maneuver on the child, who made a quick and full recovery.

“The Freehold Borough Board of Education and the entire Freehold Borough school community recognizes and honors Ms. Mirabello for her actions above and beyond the call of duty,” board members wrote in the resolution.

In other business, board members approved the donation of books from the late 1920s and the 1970s to the Freehold Public Library. And, board members reallocated $50,000 in federal funding for the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2022-23 school year. The funds will allow the school district to continue supporting the supplemental programs Basic Skills and Intervention Program and LinkIt! Assessments, which is for data driven instruction.


The Township Committee in Freehold Township has approved a contract that will provide the municipality with special legal services for property acquisitions and eminent domain issues.

During a meeting on July 12, committee members authorized the award of the contract for special legal services to the law firm of Rainone, Coughlin, Minchello, LLC. The one-year contract is in an amount not to exceed $44,000, according to a resolution.

According to the resolution, township officials had the need to obtain special counsel for representation in the acquisition of certain property interests and possible eminent domain proceedings. These services will be provided by Rainone, Coughlin, Minchello.

In other business, the committee members authorized a contract for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and related services with Carrier Corporation, Jamesburg. According to a resolution, the contract is in an estimated amount not to exceed $157,442.

The contract will expire on Aug. 12, 2025 and was provided through the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing.

Finally, the committee members authorized the award of a contract not to exceed $25,000 for the purchase of sports equipment and supplies for parks and recreation programs. The one-year contract was awarded to S&S Worldwide Inc.


The Manalapan Police Department has reported the following incidents that recently occurred in the municipality:

On July 11 at 6 a.m., a Manalapan resident reported that a vehicle valued at approximately $40,000 was stolen from the driveway of an Iron Ore Road residence. Patrolman Everett McNulty took the report.

On July 14, a Manalapan resident reported that on July 13 at 10:30 a.m., unknown individuals posing as utility company employees defrauded the victim in the amount of $1,600. Patrolman Hayden Hrymack took the report.

On July 17 at 1:30 a.m., a Manalapan resident reported that two young men stole the victim’s car keys as the victim was exiting a Wawa convenience store on Woodward Road. The two young men fled the area in the victim’s vehicle. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident. Patrolman Matthew Mattia took the report and the matter is pending further investigation.

On July 18 at 7 p.m., employees of Home Goods, Route 9, reported that two men shoplifted $3,542 worth of merchandise from the store. Patrolman Hayden Hrymack took the report.

On July 19, a Manalapan resident reported that an unknown individual attempted to defraud the victim in the amount of $4,000 through an internet scam. No monetary loss was reported as a result of the incident. Patrolman Jeff Emslie took the report.

On July 19, a Manalapan resident reported that an unknown individual used the victim’s personal information, resulting in $4,000 being charged in the victim’s name. Patrolman Reginald Grant took the report.


Make-A-Wish New Jersey has announced that Della Hammer Cherchia of Marlboro, the organization’s chief financial officer for more than 10 years, has been honored as a recipient of the Impact 2022 Ovation Award from the New Jersey Society of CPAs.

The award represents outstanding achievement in the “Impact” category, one of seven categories represented in the annual recognition, according to a press release.

Cherchia has served as CFO for Make-A-Wish New Jersey since June 2012. During that time, she has played a vital part in the organization’s success and provided significant impact on its mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, according to the press release.

Award recipients were recognized by their peers, colleagues, members of the community and the NJCPA for significant contributions in advancing the accounting profession.

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