27 Sep AiroAV Malware Writes: Stocker and Penschow Vie for Middletown Township Committee
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MIDDLETOWN — Marguerite Stocker and Brian W. Penschow will be vying for election to the Middletown Township Committee on the Middletown Democratic Party slate. They will challenge one-term incumbent Patricia A. Snell and newcomer Ryan M. Clarke; current Deputy Mayor Anthony P. Fiore will not be seeking re-election.
For the past 17 years, Marguerite Stocker has made her home in Middletown with her husband Mark, an Air Force veteran and small business owner. Their three children all attend Middletown public schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in Business from Thomas Edison University.
Stocker has been a consummate community volunteer taking on many leadership roles. She served as the Parent Faculty Association (PFA) president for two years and volunteers with the Middletown Youth Athletic Association. She worked tirelessly as a member of the Save Stevenson Park Steering Committee to preserve the park for bucolic public use and enjoyment when a large sports complex was proposed to significantly change the community climate.
Stocker has been a staunch advocate for New Jersey’s Safe Routes to School program and led the bi-partisan effort in 2018 that resulted in Middletown receiving a $1 million grant to provide a safer route to school for the children of River Plaza.
She states, “Safe walkable neighborhoods are so important for our quality of life, especially safe routes to school for our children. Many sections of Middletown are missing the pathways or infrastructure needed for pedestrian safety. But there are programs and funding out there, and I’ll continue to fight to secure those resources for Middletown.”
In a career spanning more than two decades, Stocker has overseen the operation of two independent college bookstores in New Jersey. She was Director of Brookdale Community College’s Scroll & Pen Bookstore for seventeen years until she took over as Manager of the University Store at Monmouth University in West Long Branch in 2016.
Brian W. Penschow, AIA, NCARB and his wife Clare, a teacher at Monmouth County Vocational School District’s Marine Academy of Science & Technology, have called Middletown home for seven years and have two young children enrolled in Middletown public school. Penschow attended Union County College and Rutgers University College of Engineering, and holds a degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture.
An award-winning design architect, Penschow owns his own architecture firm and works with Construction Specifications Incorporated writing specifications for many major New York City architecture firms.
He has served in numerous professional, volunteer-leadership positions as the current chairperson for the American Institute of Architects’ Custom Residential Architects’ Network and Small Firm Exchange committee, and the immediate past-President of AIA Jersey Shore. Penschow has, most-recently, been elected to serve as AIA New Jersey’s Vice-President for 2021, and was appointed by AIA New Jersey as the representative to AIA National’s Small Firm Exchange.
At last year’s inaugural Young Architect Conference, Penschow received a conference award detailing his contributions to the community through leadership and mentorship. He has worked on nearly all building types throughout his career. In 2018, he completed work with a developer to adaptively reuse several buildings in the historic four-corners district of Newark, NJ, utilizing the federal historic tax credit and sound preservation techniques to breathe new life into a few glorious buildings.
Penschow is a great believer in sustainable communities.
He states, “Middletown could be a shining beacon of sustainable construction going on in the State of New Jersey. There are so many tax credits and advantages right now for making communities safer, more walkable and more sustainable. And sustainability is not just about energy use. Sustainability is really about the fabric of our community. Every time we have one of these natural hazards, it exposes the inequities in our communities that really need to be fixed.” He adds, “I have the ability, I have the training, and, I believe, the talent to be able to do the kind of things that will make my town better.”
In addition to his other volunteer work, Penschow is a State licensing advisor for the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the chairperson for the residential exam development committee for the International Code Council (ICC), and an AIA-NJ liaison to the New Jersey State Board of Architects. He also serves on AIA’s public affairs, legislative and governmental affairs, k-12 education, and women in architecture committees.
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