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Making A Difference
Belford Doughboy Restoration
Middletown Township announced Thursday that the Belford Doughboy, the World War I Doughboy monument, will be finished restoration by the end of August. The circa 1930s life-size monument is located on Church Street in Belford and is being restored by Master Stone Carver, Franco Minervini.
The Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee identified the Belford Doughboy as badly in need of repair. The Township Committee hired Minervini to make sure the monument would be fully restored, rather than replacing it with a replica. He is one of the only sculptors in the country with this type of stone-carving expertise.
Over the last month, Minervini has been making reparations such as fixing the Doughboy's rifle strap and trigger guard, as well as the brim of the soldier's hat and his left ear, fingers, and uniform pocket. While the Doughboy had managed to stand the test of time for almost a century, the elements started to take their toll. There is also evidence of possible vandalism, according to Minervini.
American Legion's Boys State
Dozens of rising seniors from high schools throughout Monmouth County will get a lesson in civics and government at the 68th session of American Legion Jersey Boys State, including Middletown resident Christopher Mcgee, of Legion Post #338.
The event, sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Jersey, teaches civics and government at the local, county and state level, including party politics. Forty-two Monmouth County juniors arrived at Rider University on Sunday for the week-long program.
"This week will shape the future for 967 young leaders at Jersey Boys State," said David Bagatelle, Director of American Legion Jersey Boys State. "Just ask Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Robert Menendez or Mayor Cory Booker, all of whom, attended this program when they were in high school."
Food Donation Drop-Off
At American Legion Post 338, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing this issue. Food Donation Drop-Off is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.