Mayor Fressola: Manchester A 'Great' Place to Retire

A letter to the editor from Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola

Dear Editor:
Recently, both in print and on a website newspaper, there have been attacks on both me personally and the administration in general. Rather than dwell on the effect of this questionable diatribe, I thought I would like to give you some very good news regarding the township.

In the June 2012 edition of Inside New Jersey, a monthly publication of the Star Ledger, there is a very interesting report entitled “The Best Places to Retire in Jersey."  

The study is a “weighted tabulation that combines quality of life rankings, covering areas such as property taxes and access to health care and culture."

I am delighted to report, that out of 556 municipalities in the State of New Jersey, finished at No. 51 statewide and No. 2 in Ocean County.

The four criteria measured were median property tax; Manchester finished lower in that category than any of the 50 towns above us on the list. The next category was violent crime rate per 1,000 population; Manchester did extremely well in this category with a score of 0.60, well below the average. The other two categories are access to good medical care where Manchester finished No. 2 out of 50 on the list and cultural activities which was not a representative evaluation since it did not measure the cultural activities and amenities of our individual retirement communities.

All in all, I believe our retired residents should be delighted to have chosen Manchester as the place to retire. I know that if I retire after 22 years of service to the township, I will stay in this great town.


Michael Fressola

UPeopleR2Much June 15, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Michael remember to compare apples to apples. Toms River and Brick are not even a good comparison. TR is half the size with more than 3x the residents. There is a lot of open land in the 85 square miles in Manchester so it doesn't have to be TR overnight. I don't hear too many complaints from the Lacey or Stafford residents.
Mark Wendell June 16, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Manchester IS a great place to retire, all the mayor and committe care about are them! If any one thinks this mayor will answer any questions they are as nuts as the mayor. He calls his detractors words diatribe but what they really are is people with an opinion other than his. If asked a question he doesnt like he will quite simply walk away. (remember meet the Mayor at the library?)
Mark Wendell June 16, 2012 at 09:22 PM
@ballyduf, dont hold your breath my friend.
julie wilson June 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM
despicable me February 22, 2013 at 04:42 AM
DUDLEY FOR MAYOR! Keep fighting Henry Dudley, Please appeal if you can. Michael Fressola has done nothing for the township of Manchester outside the walls of the senior communities and I think I speak for many of the residents (outside senior living) when I say WE DO NOT WANT THIS MAN TO REPRESENT US ANYMORE! If I am wrong and you can name one good thing this man has ever done for us non-seniors please correct me.


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