The Top Stories of 2011: Part II
Manchester Patch takes a look back at some of the biggest stories of 2011
In the second installment of Manchester Patch's look back at 2011, we highlight five more stories from last year that impacted our community. If you missed part one, it is available here.
- Hurricane Irene's initial impact on Manchester may not have been severe last summer, but the flooding that followed in parts of the township displaced residents and damaged homes and roadways. The Cedar Glen neighborhood was affected, as was a local pizzeria which lost business when Route 571 was closed for days when a portion of the county highway collapsed.
- Tierra Morgan-Glover, a Lakehurst toddler, went missing in November and authorities later found her drowned in a Monmouth County park. Her father, Arthur Eugene Morgan III, was suspected in the murder and was captured by authorities in San Diego. Morgan was arraigned in Monmouth County where his bail was set at $10 million. Neighbors in Lakehurst gathered in support of the family.
- The application for a skilled nursing facility has hundreds of residents concerned that the center could impact surrounding neighborhoods, despite assurances from the owners that their worries are unfounded. Public meetings beginning in July on the matter have been well-attended.
- Manchesterwelcomed its newest chief of police in February when former captain Brian Klimakowski took the position when William Brase retired. Klimakowski has led efforts to have the police department accredited, bolster the number of officers on the force while maintaining costs, and better interact with the community through online social networks.
- High winds, originally thought to be from a tornado, damaged several Whiting homes in June when numerous trees were uprooted. Just one month later, another severe storm downed trees in the same area.