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(LONG BRANCH, NJ) – Long Branch Mayor John Pallone and Library Director Tonya Garcia announced today that the city has been awarded a $3.1 million dollar matching grant from the NJ Library Construction Bond Act. Governor Murphy informed Mayor Pallone of the competitive award earlier today.             This project will renovate and restore the 23,500 square foot Carnegie Library that will include a business and career center, local history room, additional reading spaces, and new teen area.  Improvements will also be made to fully reclaim the lower level, which suffered water damage during past catastrophic storms. These improvements include a new HVAC system, waterproofing and a new emergency generator.   Two levels of the building will be renovated, with an open floor plan, new furniture, and ADA compliance.             Mayor Pallone thanks the Library Director for all the work she has done to make the Long Branch Free Public Library one of the best in the state. “This grant will further enhance the quality of the Long Branch library and its ability to reach out and provide more services to our residents,” Mayor John Pallone said.            “We worked to plan a state of the art building that reflects our nationally recognized library services. The newly renovated Carnegie library will include much-needed major repairs, as well as create a spacious open floor plan, that will allow us to create lost floor space and to expand in ways never imagined. This project is a dream of mine fulfilled,” said Director Tonya Garcia“Thank you to Governor Murphy and to our state legislators, especially Senator Vin Gopal, for helping us get this grant. We are very excited for our library to start these renovations that include a historical component and will restore what was an original Carnegie Library,” Mayor John Pallone stated.


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Code Blue

The NWS in Mount Holly has issued a weather forecast which calls for temperatures to fall within the prescribed Code Blue Alert thresholds. As such, pursuant to the law from 9:00am on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 until 8:00am on Wednesday December 1, 2021 a Code Blue Alert has been issued for Monmouth County. Those currently lodged in Motel Warming Centers can be extended, if rooms remain available.  Due to Covid-19, the City of Long Branch has changed our CODE BLUE protocols to ensure the safety of all of our residents, volunteers, and employees.What to expect this year:Step 1: Find out if a CODE BLUE alert has been used by calling 732-222-1000 or checking the electronic signs around town. It will also be listed on our city website (, social media, and our email blast.Step 2: Call 732-222-1000 and give your location where you would like to be picked up.Step 3: A taxi cab will pick you up and bring you to a Monmouth County CODE BLUE approved hotel for the night(s). Return transportation will also be provided by a taxi cab.Things to Know:• There is no cost• This is all funded and organized through the county and city• The city will be coordinating all transportation• There cannot be any warming centers this year due to COVID 19• Questions? Call 732-222-1000

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Holiday Toy Drive 2021

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Lake Takanassee Dredging Project – Phase 2

September 8, 2021 City of Long Branch 344 Broadway Long Branch, NJ 07740 Re: Lake Takanassee Dredging Project – Phase 2 Notice of Work City of Long Branch, Monmouth County, NJ Our File: HLB00503.01 Residents of Long Branch: Please allow this letter to serve as notice that dredging operations are to take place in the portion of Lake Takanassee between Woodgate Avenue and the Rail Road Tracks. The project is expected to remove approximately 16,000 Cubic Yards of accumulated sediment at the bottom of the lake. Dredging is a necessary task to maintain the health of a lake. The benefits of this work include, but are not limited to improving stormwater detention which decreases flood risk and improving water quality though the removal of nutrient heavy material. The project can be broken down into two phases. The scope of the first phase includes clearing outlet structures of overgrown vegetation and lowering of the lake. During the lowering process, fish will be salvaged per NJ Fish and Wildlife guidelines. This phase is scheduled to start the week of September 13, 2021 and is expected to be complete by November 15, 2021. The work involved with Phase 2 of the project includes the dredging of the lake bottom and refilling of the lake. This phase is expected to begin upon the completion of phase 1 and the expected completion date for phase 2 is February 2022. Please be insured that conducting this operation safe and efficiently is our highest priority. Everything that can be done to minimize impact to residents will be. If any issues should arise during construction, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 732-462-7400 or email Very truly yours, CME Associates Michael Goldstein, EIT, CFM City Engineer


 LONG BRANCH- Mayor John Pallone announced today that the City again in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey (VNACJ) will re-open the Bucky James Community Center on Tuesday, August 31st to administer Covid-19 booster doses for those that are eligible and first and second doses for those that are not fully vaccinated.   The City will also provide COVID-19 Vaccines to residents who are at least 12 years old.  A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 18.  Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will all be available at the Bucky James Center.  The public is encouraged to refer to the Center for Disease Control guidelines for eligibility at . City resident walk-ins are all welcome. Individuals coming to the Bucky James Center should bring the following: Identification [driver’s license, passport, etc.] Insurance card [no insurance, just say ‘uninsured’} The shot is free.  Covid-19 vaccine card [so second or third dose can be added] The Bucky James Community Center is located at 231 Wilbur Ray Avenue [near the Long Branch Gregory School]. The Vaccination Site will reopen on Tuesday, August 31st and again on Thursday, September 2nd.  Thereafter it will be OPEN to Long Branch Resident Walk-Ins ONLY every Tuesday and Thursday.  Vaccination clinic times will be from 9 am to 4 pm.    "Thank you to the VNA, Health Department, and OEM for once again making this possible for our residents. It was important to our administration to have a clinic here in Long Branch for our residents and we hope that those who are eligible for the booster shot will take advantage of our clinic," Mayor John Pallone said.  Any questions please call our Health Department at 732-571- 5665 

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Long Branch Announces Reduced Tax Rate

Long Branch Announces Reduced Tax Rateand Improvements for 2021As a collaborative effort from both the Mayor and City Council, the city announced a lower tax rate by almost 5 cents per $100 assessment, which continues the trend of a decreased rate from the past two years.Over 70 percent of homeowners will see either a reduction in the actual property taxes they pay or will not have an increase this year. The city's tax rate decreased by about 5 cents and the school and county also contributed to an overall tax rate decrease of 9 cents per $100 assessment.While the city will have a lower tax rate this year, Long Branch will maintain and add to the municipal services without increasing taxes. The services include keeping neighborhoods safe, park and landscape improvements, a nationally recognized municipal library, and a health department that spearheaded Covid 19 vaccinations and testing. The city will be increasing the initiative for cleaner streets and adding more recreation and senior programs.The Community Pool, as well as the Arts and Cultural Center, are fully opened and operating. Projects for 2021 include road paving and improvements, better drainage, and a new beachfront public safety pavilion.The value of city properties including homes and businesses continues to go up. Long Branch is becoming an even more desirable location for new residents to move to.

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City Hall is open to the public beginning June 1st


Food Pantries/ Kitchens    For the most recent information! Click Here Lutheran Church of the Reformation   992 Broadway, West Long Branch 07764   732-229-9180  Tuesday 7pm-8pm   Saturday 830am-10am      St. Vincent DePaul Society at Holy Trinity Church, Christ the King Parish   385 Division St., Long Branch 07740   732-222-3216  Wednesday 11am-1pm       St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church   6 West End Court, Long Branch 07740   732-222-8080  3rd Saturday 12:30pm-4:30pm       St. Luke’s Methodist Church Food Pantry   535 Broadway, Long Branch 07740   732-222-1341  Every other Friday 3pm-5pm    **Community Dinner from 4-5pm every Tuesday      First Baptist Church   499 N. Bath Ave., Long Branch 07740   732-229-1453   2nd Thursday & Fourth Thursday 12pm-4pm       Second Baptist Church   93 Liberty Street, Long Branch 07740   732-229-2035  **Meals at Noon       St. Brigid’s Food Pantry at St. James Episcopal Church   300 Broadway, Long Branch 07740   732-222-1411  Monday & Wednesday 11am-2pm  New Hope Church  200-206 Garfield Ave, Long Branch Food Pantry is every 5th Saturday at 10am -12pm for Delivery or Donation contact 609-448-9424 and mention the Long Branch Campus as we have 3 locations throughout New Jersey   ** = meals 

2021 Beach Information

Special Event Notice

CITY OF LONG BRANCH NOTICE As per city Ordinance 247-4 “Permits for Special Events” no events or gatherings can be held on municipal property (parks or beaches) without submission of a Special Event Application or a Wedding Application. Fees and insurance applies to all submissions. No alcohol or generators are allowed on municipal property either. For more information contact Danna Kawut at or refer to:


Long Branch has a new and improved system for keeping in touch with our residents.  We are calling it Alert Long Branch and the service is being provided by Click the link above to sign up.  We plan to use Alert Long Branch for more than just emergency alerts, in the near future we will use it for community notifications.