Veterans Day – Freehold Township November 11th, 2015






Standing Vets



Color Guard

Freehold Township’s Honor Guards

Deputy Mayor Anthony Ammiano    Anthony Speaking 2














Mayor Thomas Cook

Tom SpeakingMajor Roeder’s Presentation

Major Roeder Speaking



















Do you recognize this Freehold Cowboy?






Dave Segal cowboy (2)David Segal, probably born in Brooklyn, New York, doesn’t mention it because as far as he’s concerned, his life began after arriving in Freehold Township, New Jersey, is probably its greatest cheerleader. Graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, a heritage he shares with other attendees and graduates like Clive Davis, Neil Diamond, James Florio, Beverly Sills, Barbra Streisand and Eli Wallach, just to name a few. No, Dave does not personally know them all, even if they may have voted for him as mayor of Freehold Township, which he served 5 times during his tenure of 26 years on the governing body.


Dave Segal cowboyRetiring in 2000 to move to Florida with his patient and wonderful wife, Celia, she following family, and he following his passion for boating and great fishing. I guess he didn’t find Lake Topanemus challenging enough.

According to Dave, “I’m just another guy retiring from public office.”

Well not so insignificant. He served for 26 years on the town’s Board of Health and 20 years on the Planning Board. He was also involved in county government having served on the Monmouth County Planning Board, as emergency management coordinator and as a commissioner and former chairman of the Manasquan River Regional Sewerage Authority.

Mayor Dave Segal


In 1999, Segal was inducted into the New Jersey League of Municipalities Elected Officials Hall of Fame in recognition of 20-plus years spent as an elected official.

As he often puts it,” I still consider Freehold my hometown and follow the news there regularly.” Dave still keeps up with goings on in Freehold Township either thorough Facebook, emails, Skype, and oh yes, even through cell or land line phone calls.

Oh, did I mention that Dave is a former Marine! Semper Fi.


Freehold Township’s own, Arthur Kondrup

Arthur Kondrup Election


Arthur R Kondrup, born in Jersey City, graduated from Seton Hall University majoring in industrial management, and then received an MBA from New York University, He is also a former member of the Freehold Township Committee serving as mayor five times, and is a well-known face who has brought much to our area.

It’s always a thrill sitting next to Arthur and his spouse Patricia, who have been married for over 61 years, in a restaurant watching locals coming up and saying nice things to them. Pleasantries such as, “Gee Art, it’s great to see you and Pat looking so well.” Or, “Remember us, you married us in town hall”; “Great speech when you presented me with the award”; Mom and Dad wanted me to say hello”; and other expressions of familiarity. The fun is watching Arthur try to convince those coming forward that he actually knows who they were. A true master politician.

Art and Pat raised their 5 children in Freehold, who also blessed them with 10 grandchildren and step grandchildren. In addition, they’ve continued the Kondrup standing in their individual successful paths as a retired member and now a consultant to the Prosecutors Office; a highly respected financial advisor First Vice President at Morgan Stanley; a 911 dispatcher for the New Jersey State Police, a Superior Court Judge in Monmouth County, and a Financial Executive with AIG.

Arthur has served his family and community very well. He introduced information technology to the New York/New Jersey Port of Authority while there in the 1950’s. In his Masters papers he forecasted the proliferation of computers to a personal level, when only mainframe computers were the norm and required a sizeable staff to operate them. Also in the 1950’s. After his tenure on the Township Committee, Art expanded his public service as the first chairman of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing and Deputy Commissioner of DEP, as well as serving on many Boards and Committees. He returned to the private sector in executive positions for firms such Shoprite Supermarkets and Hovnanian Builders. He fostered the introduction of the Freehold Raceway Mall and as Chairman of Freehold Area Hospital, led its transition to what has become CentraState Healthcare System. Arthur steered restoring the Western Monmouth Chamber of Commerce to its current place as the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. He finally retired to become a southern gentlemen where he and Pat continue to live in Freehold Township and occasional spend time at the family home in Salisbury, North Carolina.

So if you find yourself running into Arthur, say on Kondrup Way as it crosses Route 33 getting a cone at Dairy Queen, or a sub at Sorrento’s, or hopefully staying out of trouble at the Prosecutor’s Office, say hello to Arthur and watch him struggle remembering your name. You’ll enjoy his often heard expression, “High Guy”.


“Senator Jennifer Beck’s 9th Annual Concert at the Stone Pony”

March, 2015 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony.

Jennifer Beck













If you “Senator Jennifer Beck’s 9th Annual Concert at the Stone Pony”, on March 19th, you’ll just have to brood and go next year. The music by Bob Burger & Friends was great. Speaking of friends, Jennifer has many. They showed up for a good time, and were not disappointed. A little food and drink, plenty of conversation, no politics, and a wonderful experience at the historic place that Bruce Springsteen often considers his musical home.

Jen Beck Stone Pony

See you there next year!