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Brielle BOE Candidates Share Their Background With Voters

April 21, 2011

On Wednesday, April 27, two candidates are running for the three, three year available seats for the Brielle Board of Education.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents will vote for the school board candidates, which include incumbent school board member Tedd Vitale, 51, of Shore Drive, and newcomer Eliot Arlo Colon, 41, of Locust Road.

Barring a successful write-in campaign on school election day, Mr. Vitale and Mr. Colon will both be elected.

While Mr. Vitale is seeking re-election to his seat, school board members Kevin Roddy and Raymond Shea, whose terms will expire, did not file for re-election.

If Mr. Vitale is re-elected, this will be his third, three-year term on the school board, where he currently chairs the BOE’s finance committee.

Mr. Vitale has lived in Brielle since 1998.
He is married to Terre, 41.
The couple has two children, Nicolas, 11, and Isabella, 9, who are Brielle Elementary School students.
Mr. Vitale, who grew up in Spring Lake Heights and attended Manasquan High School, earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Fordham University, New York City, in 1981.
He earned a master’s degree in taxation, also from Fordham University, in 1993.
Mr. Vitale is a licensed certified public accountant [CPA], specializing in taxation.
In addition to having served on the BOE — both as a member and as past president — Mr. Vitale has also been active in his local community in many other ways, including serving as treasurer for the Manasquan High School Alumni Fund and being involved as a member of Manasquan High School’s Academy of Finance.

Mr. Colon has lived in Brielle for five years.
He is married to Lorene, 36.
The couple has two children, Alexander, 7, and Daniel, 6, who attend Brielle Elementary School.
Mr. Colon is a 1992 graduate of Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, in Glassboro, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance.
He later took classes toward a master’s degree in business administration, at Montclair University.
In 2000, Mr. Colon said he started a company, Miro Consulting, located in Woodbridge.
Mr. Colon is president of Miro Consulting, which specializes in software licensing.
Mr. Colon was a NJBIZ Executive of the Year Finalist for 2010 and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist 2007-2010.
NJBIZ magazine has also named Miro Consulting one of New Jersey’s Finest Companies for 2010.
In the Brielle community, Mr. Colon has been active coaching T-ball, flag football and soccer.
He has also been an active member of the Brielle Education Foundation [BEF] and Manasquan River Yacht Club.
Mr. Colon said his wife is also a Cub Scout den leader, in Brielle, and is an active member of the Brielle PTO.

The third seat will go to a write-in candidate, if there is one, who receives the highest number of votes.

In Brielle, resident Magdalis Rodriguez Jones, who is known as “Madaly” to many in the community, is hoping to get enough write-ins on election day to win the third seat.
Mrs. Jones, 45, resides on Park Avenue in Brielle with her husband, Jay Jones, and their three children — Isabel, 9, Joshua, 4, and Jonathan, 19 months.
Mrs. Jones is a member of Christ Church, in Howell, where she serves as a teacher in the Children’s Ministry.
Mrs. Jones attended Montclair State College [now Montclair State University], where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in home economics, with a concentration in fashion studies.
She subsequently worked in New York City in the textile industry, she said.
Mrs. Jones said she decided to go back to school, where she earned a teaching license through a master’s program from St. Peter’s College, in Jersey City.
Her specific concentration was education, administration and supervision, she said.
Mrs. Jones said she worked with students in grades kindergarten through four, and also served a classroom teacher.
She was also a lead science teacher, said Mrs. Jones.
Because she is hoping to run as a write-in candidate, Mrs. Jones’ name will not formally appear on the ballot.
Mrs. Jones said in order for her vote to be counted, voters must type in her name as “Magdalis Rodriguez Jones” on April 27.

Polls will be open between 2 and 9 p.m.

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