BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Make sure you catch up on Township news in the monthly “Berkeley Heights January 2019 Newsletter” that was emailed earlier this week to subscribed residents and available on the Township website.  Created by the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee, the mission of the newsletter is to provide residents with a quick and easy summary of what’s happening in town. 

This month’s Township highlights include: 

  • State of the Township Address, from Mayor Devanney: Visit here to read Mayor Devanney's State of the Township address in its entirety which was delivered at the first Town Council meeting of 2020.

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  • Master Plan - Take the Survey!: The Township of Berkeley Heights is moving forward with its Master Plan, which will serve as a blueprint for our community's future - showing the current buildings, roadways, parks and other amenities with a proposed vision for where we would like to be in the years to come. Please take 5 minutes to take this anonymous survey here. Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 24, 2020.

  • It's Time to License Your Pet: The Township of Berkeley Heights requires that all cats and dogs over the age of 7 months be licensed annually.  If your dog or cat is currently licensed with the Township, a renewal letter was mailed to you in late December. Be sure to complete and return the application along with proof of Rabies vaccination and license fee as soon as possible. Renewals received AFTER February 28th will incur a late fee.  If your cat or dog is not currently licensed and is more than 7 months old you can find the Dog/Cat License Application on the Township website. Please note that whether you are renewing a pet license or applying for a new one, the Rabies Vaccination Certificate MUST be valid through October 31st.

  • Upcoming 2020 Recycling Dates:    

  • EAST: January 22, February 5

  • WEST: January 23, February 6

  • Is Your Street Light Out?: Please call JCP&L directly at 800-662-3115 or report it online here. Remember to also report any power outages directly to JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS or online here.

In addition, the newsletter highlights the efforts of some of the Township Boards, Committees and Commissions including:

  • Berkeley Heights Planning Board: The last Planning Board meeting in December was a record breaker as it lasted until after midnight.  After over a year of listening to testimony and resident concerns, the vote was finally held on the subdivision at 390 Longview. The result was a 2-2 tie, the chairman voted to break the tie; the application was not approved.

  • Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission: The BHEC congratulates residents for contributing over 10,400 pounds of thin-film plastics to Trex bins located throughout town, from June 2018 - December 2019.  While this is a landmark achievement that has raised awareness of our thin film plastics consumption, we now need to take the next step forward in the process. Accordingly, the BHEC seeks your support for three of its measures.  

    • Participate in the BHEC's "Reduce Your Use" campaign. All you need to do is take a re-useable bag with handles with you when you shop to avoid taking plastic bags at check-out.

    • Avoid using plastic straws at restaurants and take-out locations, unless you have a medical need to do so.  

    • In the absence of a state-wide law that will restrict the use of plastic bags at check-out, plastic straws, and polystyrene containers, the BHEC is working with the Township Council on an ordinance that will restrict the use of these items, beginning mid-year.  

Don’t miss out on these upcoming community events such as:

  • Berkeley Heights PBA Local 144- January 25 at 7pm: You're invited to the best casino night of the year! Open bar, food, free play, tricky tray- to support your Berkeley Heights Police Benevolent Associate Sick/Welfare Fund. The event will take place at Basking Ridge Country Club (185 Madisonville Road, Basking Ridge).  Tickets are available at the door.  

  • Berkeley Heights Huaxia Chinese School-January 26 from 1pm to 5pm: To celebrate the upcoming traditional Chinese New Year, the Berkeley Heights Huaxia Chinese School is hosting "Joyful, Year of the Rat" Chinese New Year Festival 2020 at Watchung Hills Regional High School. All residents in the neighborhood are welcome to come!

  • Berkeley Heights Library Foundation: The Berkeley Heights Public Library Foundation is looking for volunteers! We're planning several events over the next few months to raise money for the new library and we'd love your help. Our next meeting will take place on Monday, January 27th at 7pm in Town Hall. Please visit our website for more information on how to get involved or to make a donation. 

  • Berkeley Heights Highlander Booster Club’s 5th Annual Baseball Gala- February 8  from 7pm to 11pm: You’re invited to attend at the Primavera Regency.  Cost is $100 per person and includes an open bar and live music from Jersey Shore favorite, Ray Anderson and The First Verse (http://mrray.com/rayandersenbio) .  Ray has played in Meat Loaf’s band as well as Cats On A Smooth Surface (where he often jammed with Springsteen!). Our silent auction will feature many new items and unique trips.  Auction items and additional details will soon be announced! To purchase tickets or more information, contact Liz McCulloch at esmcculloch@verizon.net or purchase online.

Residents can sign up here to receive the email newsletter or pick up a paper copy at Town Hall, the Library or at Senior meetings.  Please send any comments or suggestions to BHCommunications@bhtwp.com

The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee Founded in 2010, the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) is an all-volunteer committee consisting of business owners, community leaders, and residents of Berkeley Heights Township. The BHCC’s mission is to maximize the transparency of Township activities as well as promote both public and private sector initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for local community members. For more information, visit the Township’s website or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.