The phrase “our children are the future of our community,” is one that is often uttered by political candidates and elected officials. It is also a phrase, and perhaps rightly so, that draws eye rolls and under the breath comments from those within earshot of the speaker. The words themselves are empty, which is why in Neptune Township I am making sure that in this year that I serve as Mayor, we don’t just say them, but that we put them into action.

By working even more closely with the Neptune Township Board of Education, growing our already successful and expansive recreation programs, and creating opportunities for our older students to begin obtaining real world training that will prepare them for their post-academic lives, I know that we can build stronger families and better communities. Together, we can make sure that our children’s learning doesn’t happen only in the classroom, but after school as well. And that’s just what we are doing.

Putting additional focus on our youth doesn’t mean that other priorities will become less important to me, my colleagues on the Township Committee, or the hard working men and women in the Municipal Building. Residents can be assured that efforts to keep our streets clean and neighborhoods safe will continue, and attracting new investment into Neptune continues to be an item that we work on every single day! Indeed, it’s by working on all of these, as well as placing additional emphasis on our youth, that we can be sure Neptune Township’s best days truly are ahead.

I am excited to announce that our 24th annual Mayor’s Ball, to be held this year on June 23, has been given the theme “Education and Recreation, A Great Fit,” and will raise funds for the Neptune Township Recreation Trust Fund. More specifically, the success of this event, bringing together our entire community, will help us launch an innovative after school recreation and learning program. This new addition to our robust recreational offering will prove to be another critical component in our efforts to write a new chapter for Neptune Township, together. Please continue to watch for more information on this!

Through the Township’s participation in the Law & Criminal Justice “JumpStart” Academy and the New Jersey State League of Municipality’s Louis Bay Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition, we are working hard to give our high school students a head start as they prepare for their college careers. The first gives students considering a future in law enforcement an insider’s look at how our local police officers prepared themselves for the job, and a hand’s on opportunity to see what it takes to protect and serve our residents on a day to day basis. The scholarship program, with the theme of “What My Municipal Government Does Best,” not only gives students an opportunity to win much needed financial support for college, but also gives them reason to think about the role of local government, which I hope will encourage some to make a decision to enter into public service through local elected office!

These examples represent just a small portion of what we are doing in Neptune Township to best serve our youngest residents, and create opportunities for them to thrive academically, and then professionally. As the weeks and months go on I look forward to sharing more good news and accomplishments, and to working with all of our residents to keep making Neptune Township an even better place to raise a family!


Dr. Michael Brantley
Mayor of Neptune Township


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