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Middletown Police Department and Middletown Fire Department Speak with Leadership Club Students

Middletown Police Department and Middletown Fire Department hosted community students in the Leadership Club on Wednesday, May 4, at the Sonny Hill Community Center. MPD and MFD members offered the 13 to 14-year old students a better understanding of their jobs and how they interact in the community. Students gained insight and perspective into the day to day activities of first responders and what it takes to be a police officer or firefighter/EMT. “It is an honor to mentor the youth of the community we serve. The Middletown Police Department prides itself on the partnerships we continue to build upon with the community,” stated Chief Birk.  MPD Chief Birk, Deputy Chief Crank, and Detective W shared their experiences of being on the police department as well as things the students can do to better support their community. Det. W showed the students how he collects fingerprints and other types of evidence on crime scenes. “The kids of Middletown are our future, so anything we can do to help them is a bonus for us.”  

Likewise, members of the Station 81 platoon from MFD spoke with the students about what it’s like to be a firefighter and paramedic in addition to showing the students some of the items they use on emergency runs such as the heart monitor, an intravenous line with fluids, and chest compression tool in addition to providing access to the trucks.  “It’s very exciting to see our youth interested in a career in public safety. The Middletown Division of Fire continually works with Middletown City Schools and children to engage students for a career in the fire service,” stated Acting City Manager and Fire Chief Paul Lolli. 

Middletown City Council recently approved additional funds for the Leadership Club to continue at the Community Center. The money improves the quality of the programs and allows the opportunity for more community children to participate and gain important experiences. Leadership students from community center with MPD  Leadership students from community center with MFD

The City of Middletown Receives Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

The City of Middletown received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The award recognizes the city for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year that ended December 31, 2020. “This is the City’s 35th year in a row winning the award,” stated Samantha Zimmermann, City of Middletown Director of Finance. “Our goal is to strive for transparency in all aspects of governmental accounting and financial reporting.”

An impartial panel judges the report “to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.” 

The GFOA honors government organizations with the Certificate of Achievement, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. Attaining this level of success is a significant accomplishment for the city and city administrators. 

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Middletown Earns Mark of Distinction, Receives Tree City USA Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Small percentage of Tree City USA participants ultimately earn Growth Award Honor due to a continued dedication towards building a sustainable community

Middletown, Ohio (3/30/2022) - Middletown received Tree City USA Growth Award for the 4th year by the Arbor Day Foundation that honors its commitment to effective urban forest management. Middletown is in its 14th year of earning a Mark of Distinction through the Arbor Day Foundation as well. 

The Growth Award is bestowed upon the City of Middletown alongside their Tree City USA recognition for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. To earn the Growth Award, the city achieved major milestones and performed annual activities that earned points in five categories that build sustainable community forestry programs over the long term such as: building a team, measuring trees and forests, planning the work, performing the work, and building the community framework. “The City of Middletown is committed to maintaining a healthy urban forest and continually working to improve our efforts to strengthen and support our canopy infrastructure,” stated Allison Manning, City of Middletown Natural Resources Coordinator.  “The trees throughout our city provide essential shade, clean the air and support a living ecosystem, benefitting water quality and providing food and habitat for wildlife. It’s estimated that Middletown’s urban forest removes 182,000 lbs./year of air pollution and provides a value of 219 million gallons in avoided storm water runoff within the city according to i-Tree Analysis tools, making it a vital part of Middletown’s infrastructure. Middletown’s committed toward tree health provides spaces in the community with a populous of trees on city property. While the Park Board is a small group of volunteers, they are dedicated in establishing new tree canopy in city parks, medians, and city properties. 

In addition to celebrating the Tree City USA Growth Award and in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 29, the City of Middletown will participate in Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday, April 23. Please visit the following website to participate and help Keep Middletown Beautiful! 

"Tree City USA communities can experience the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year," said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Middletown are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants and cares for." 

More information on the program is available at 

About the Arbor Day Foundation 

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, suppo1ters and valued partners. Since 1972, almost 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival. 

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at

Middletown center with trees and clouds

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