Michael A. Blandina was born on December 13, 1963 in Englewood, New Jersey. He lived in Bergen County, New Jersey until 1970. In August of that year along with his parents Josephine, Tony and his younger sister Toni Maria they moved to Brick Township. He graduated from Brick Township High School in 1982 and Ocean County College in May of 1986. Even during his early years he was involved with community projects such as the restoration of the Gravelly Graveyard off Princeton Avenue, in Brick Township.
In January of 1992 at the request of those planning a parade and Italian Festival to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, Michael joined the committee. For the first two years his main function was parade bands, which were participating in the parade and raising funding to pay for them. Two years later at the request of several committee members he became chairman of the parade committee, overseeing the annual parade and festival. Over the past 25 years he continually strived to make each years’ parade and festival better than the last. He has also worked on other projects promoting Italian Heritage and Culture with the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission. Additionally, for the past several years he has chaired a committee of Ocean and Monmouth County Italian American Clubs, commonly know as the Italian President’s Council. They meet 5 times a year and discuss current issues facing Italian Americans.
Michael’s community involvement included working for the Township of Brick. From December 1983 until June of 2007 he worked in several capacities as requested by the Township’s Administration. Those positions included as a Special Police Officer, Communications Operator, positions within the Tax Assessor’s Office and positions within the Township’s Administration Department. In 2007 he was appointed by the State of New Jersey, Manager of the MVC office located in Lakewood, where he served until November of 2010. Upon leaving that position he started a business dealing with Party Planning and Events. That business known as Total Package Party Planning and Events LLC, is still in operation today.
Over the year he has been an active member of the Ocean County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, The Jersey Shore Boy Scouts Council Committee for "The Good Turn Award", Girl Scout of the Jersey Shore Awards Reception Committee, Brick Township Municipal Alliance Committee and Alcohol Drug Abuse and Youth Services, Brick Lions Club and Brick Township Property Maintenance Board. Even though Michael doesn’t still serve on all of the above committees they still hold special place in his heart and represent his contributions to the community. For his contributions Michael has been recognized and honored over the years by the Columbia Civic League, Heritage Festival Ball Committee, Brick UNICO Chapter and most recently in 2014 by the Brick Township Chamber of Commerce as "Distinguished Community Partner".