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Scholarship Contest for Middletown's Juniors, Seniors

Prize includes $1,000 and being published in state publication

High school juniors and seniors who live in Middletown are invited to submit essays about their local government for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship in the 2010 Louis Bay II Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition.

The scholarship is offered though a joint venture between local mayors and the NJ League of Municipalities. Each student must write a roughly 500-word essay on the theme, “What My Mayor and Governing Body Do Best,” to be included in the contest. The theme is chosen by the state League of Municipalities, said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore.

All essays must be received by March 11. Middletown will select one essay to forward to the League of Municipalities in Trenton as a semi-finalist. The League of Municipalities will then choose 15 finalists and three scholarships winners. Winners will be announced in May. Winning essays will be featured in the New Jersey Municipalities magazine.

Applications are available at area schools, Mayor Fiore’s office, located at Town Hall, and at www.middletownnj.org. For more information, students should check with their high school or call the mayor’s office at 732.615.2024.            

 What is the League of Municipalities?

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is a voluntary association created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information resources and brainpower. The League is authorized by state Statute and is in its 92nd year of serving local officials throughout the Garden State. All New Jersey municipalities are members of the League. The 566 mayors and 13,000 elected and appointed officials of member municipalities are entitled to all of the services and privileges of the League.

The League publishes a magazine titled New Jersey Municipalities which reports up- to-the-minute information on municipal administration and procedures by practical examples, news notes and new laws. It is one of the reading “musts” for municipal officials and is sent to more than 8,500 readers each month.

In addition to the magazine, other League services include: Bureau of Municipal Information; ordinances and codes; research; legislative analysis; legislative bulletins; new laws; contracts, in-service training; personal consultation; instructional seminars and research publications. Nearly all League services are available through its website www.njslom.org.

The highlight of the year’s activities is the award winning Annual League Conference, held each November in Atlantic City at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Conference is an invaluable learning experience which yields benefits throughout the year.

Delegates have the opportunity to learn and ask questions at more than 100 panels, clinics, workshops, and other sessions conducted by the League and the 19 associations of technical and professional employees allied with it.

Commercial, government and association exhibits display the latest products and services for municipal government.

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