Monmouth County News Briefs for Feb. 21 –28

February 21, 2014
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County to Hold Composting Workshops

FREEHOLD – Monmouth County has announced its spring backyard composting workshop schedule for county residents.

Attendees will learn how to reduce their yard and household waste and improve their soil after an informative 45-minute presentation on one of these dates:

  • Sunday, March 16 at 10 a.m. at Deep Cut Gardens, 352 Red Hill Road, Middletown
  • Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at the Tinton Falls Municipal Building Court Room, 556 Tinton Ave.
  • Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at Deep Cut Gardens, 352 Red Hill Road, Middletown

The workshops are free, but advance registration is required.

Reservations and additional information is available by calling 732-683-8686, ext. 6721, or downloading the registration form from the recycling section of the Monmouth County Reclamation Center’s webpage at

Residents Asked to Keep Fire Hydrants Clear From Snow

FREEHOLD – Monmouth County officials are urging residents to clear away snow from fire hydrants so that the hydrants are easily accessible in case of an emergency.

It is very important for fire hydrants to be kept clear of snow so they are visible and accessible from the street.

“If you’re out shoveling snow, please take some time to help clear a nearby fire hydrant,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the County Fire Marshal’s Office. “Every second counts if a fire breaks out, so a cleared fire hydrant can make a significant difference in helping out firefighters and saving property in your neighborhood.”

A three-foot radius around a hydrant is best. With freezing overnight temperatures, snow can turn into ice, which could freeze the hydrant making it useless when firefighters need it most.

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“When a lot of snow has fallen, it may be tempting to move snow from around your car or sidewalk to any available open space; but it is important to keep fire hydrants clear,” said Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III. “Our firefighters thank you in advance!”


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