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Suburban Chamber of Commerce Breakfast With Berkeley Heights Brought Community And Businesses Together

4th Suburban Chamber of Commerce Breakfast in Berkeley Heights. Pictured left to right: Mayor Joe Bruno, Suburban Chamber of Commerce Joe Steiner, Suburban Chamber Vice Chairman Dr. Patrick Smith. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Joe Steiner of the Chamber of Commerce with Chamber Chair Kassandra Romas.   Credits: Bobbie Peer
New businesses coming to town! Primrose School franchise owner Amina Gunaratne and Bottle and Bottega franchise owner Rupa Kale. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Councilman Craig Pastore and Heights Fest organizers Mickey Manganelli and Jim Skidmore. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Louisa Monserrate and Virginia Calabrese owners of La Belle Boutique in Berkeley Heights with Long HIll Mayor Guy Piserchia.  Credits: Bobbie Peer
Owner of 7-Eleven Katie Mortaruolo Urban with Police Chief Mike Mathis. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Superintendent of Schools Judy Rattner with new Primrose School franchise owner Amina Gunaratne. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Berkeley Heights YMCA Credits: Bobbie Peer
Suburban Chamber Vice Chair Dr. Patrick Smith with Township Administrator Linda Cavanaugh. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Pilots Summer Baseball Team owner Ben Smookler with Walter Gloss of the VFW Post 6259. Credits: Bobbie Peer

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce hosted their 4th Breakfast in Berkeley Heights last week bringing together local businesses and civic leaders with nearly 60 in attendance. 

"Our 4th Breakfast meeting was very productive and we are very pleased that the Mayor, several town council members, BHPD Chief Mathis, Recreation Director Tom Barton, Suburban Chamber Chairwoman Kassandra Romas, Berkeley Heights Library Director Stephanie Bakos, District Superintendent Judy Rattner, Rotary Club,  members of NNG, Long Hill Chamber of Commerce, Westfield Chamber of Commerce, local business commercial property owners and many more attended," said Suburban Chamber of Commerce vice chairman Dr. Patrick Smith. "It's nice to see the level of cooperation we are helping to building in Berkeley Heights, The Mayor of Long Hill was even present because he has heard that we are doing great things in Berkeley Heights."

In addition to the networking opportunity, Smith discussed the accomplishments of the Chamber and how businesses can contribute and become more attached to the community by getting involved. The Chamber partners with many organizations in town working on projects and events that include Avenue of Patriots, revitalized Memorial Day Parade, 11th Rubber Ducky Festival, 2nd Berkeley Heights Street Fair, Free Summer Concert in the Park Series, Jersey Pilot Baseball, Heights Fest 2014, 5K Road Races, VFW BBQ, and Clean Community Day and more.

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Mayor Joe Bruno provided the "State of Berkeley Heights", "Berkeley Heights is in a good situation right now," said Mayor Joe Bruno. He mentioned the growth of businesses coming into town naming a handful. 

Bruno responded to the curiosity of New York Marts not opening.  He is uncertain as to the reasons behind the market not coming to Berkeley Heights, "Something happened between them and the owner," said Bruno. The owner is currently looking for a new tenant. The mayor endorsed the newly opened Garden of Eden at Heritage Square as a real "Culinary Delight." 

He confirmed that the professional building that suffered the fire on Springfield Avenue will be rebuilt. Connell Complex will be building a 174 room Embassy Suites Hotel with a restaurant. 

"I'm proud of our town and we are proud of our businesses," said Bruno.

Council President Jeanne Kingsley provided an update on the installation of the Downtown Clock that will be installed at Peppertown Park. "The clock is slightly delayed, it has taken a lot of work to get it installed," said Kingsley. Many local businesses are involved.  The park and street scape will be improved and cleaned up. "We want to thank all of the businesses."  

Kingsley spoke of the new street scape standards regarding signage, lights, pavers and colors. "All the new businesses will follow the new standards. It will pull the town together," said Kingsley. "We will be applying for major grants to have money awarded to help put together downtown."

The guests left the breakfast with insight on how businesses can be more involved in the many opportunities offered by the community through business spotlights on the GLTV show "This Week in Berkeley Heights", participate in the Berkeley Heights Street Fair on June 29; stay connected through the new and improved township website and directory of businesses; advertise in the Suburban Chamber of Commerce publication "Collection".  In addition, sponsorship opportunities are available for the 5K races in town, the 4th Annual Berkeley Heights Police Youth Academy and the 11th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival. (Contact Dr. Pat Smith for more information by emailing or phone (908)464-8899.)

Peapack-Gladstone Bank was the breakfast sponsor, Edible Arrangements provided fruit platters, 7-Eleven provided tea and coffee, Derco Office Solutions provided the event printing.

The Suburban Chamber of Commerce's next monthly meeting "First Friday" is June 6 at the Grand Summit Hotel from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with Dr. Lorraine Maita and the topic will be - You can live younger!

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