BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -- Make sure you catch up on Township news in the monthly “Berkeley Heights May 2019 Newsletter” that was was emailed last 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:

  • Town Budget - Discussion and Vote - May 29: The 2019 Township Budget will be discussed and put to vote at the Tuesday, May 29 Town Council meeting, 7pm at Town Hall or via livestream. Please see the proposed budget. If you have questions about the budget in advance of the meeting, please direct them to Liza Viana, Township Administrator, at lviana@bhtwp.com.

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  • Spring Chipping: All branches must be out for pickup on the first day of the schedule for your section. Absolutely no branches will be collected once a section is completed; please follow these guidelines for pickup. There will be no exceptions to the published schedule. Full Details & Schedule can be found on NEW website BerkeleyHeights.gov. If you're not sure which section you live in, check our online lookup.

  • 2019 Municipal Innovation Award: Berkeley Heights is a proud winner of the 2019 Municipal Innovation Award! Recognized for our new Grants Committee, the awards were announced May 11 at the Municipal Innovation Summit, hosted by the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University, presented by The Government Strategy Group.

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

  • Berkeley Heights Communications Committee: Looking for Community Service hours? Willing to spend a few hours each month helping the town? The Communications Committee is seeking  ad-hoc volunteers. Flexible hours and timing and work can be done from home in your spare time. No special writing skills needed, although writing skills are helpful. If you or your high school student is willing to consider helping out, please contact the Committee: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.

  • Downtown Beautification Committee: The Committee is thrilled with the strong community support for Adopt-A-Sign, a program launched this year to plant flowers and maintain the areas around Berkeley Heights' Welcome and Park signs. Families, Girl Scout Troops and businesses stepped up to the challenge, adopting 14 signs for the duration of the 2019 growing season.

  • Lower Columbia Park Litter Clean Up: Want to help members of Girl Scout Troop 40822 earn their Silver Award? Pitch in to keep lower Columbia Park beautiful by joining Girl Scout Troop 40822, Val's Valiants, Sustainable Berkeley Heights, the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission, and the Downtown Beautification Committee in a litter clean up. We will meet in the Lower Columbia Park parking lot, near the kids' playground and picnic tables at 4pm on Friday, May 31.

  • Grants Committee: The Township has a new Grants Committee! Working with the Township and our volunteer organizations, the Committee will research and help write grant applications. If you are interested in joining the committee, please submit an application. The committee needs researchers, writers, copywriters, graphic designers, a bookkeeper or accountant and a data manager.

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

  • Berkeley Heights PBA Fundraiser: Don't miss the PBA Scotch & Wine Tasting Event on Saturday, June 1 at 7pm at 200 Connell Drive. Cost is $50 per person. For more information and to register, please contact bhPBA144@gmail.com.

  • Rubber Ducky Festival: On Saturday, June 8, come out for a fun family day of festivities which will include food, games, blow up bounce houses and ending with a rubber ducky race.

  • Summer Block Party: On Sunday, June 9, the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic, in conjunction with the BH Recreation Department, will be hosting the inaugural Downtown Summer Block Party from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Pour Into Summer Wine Festival - Mt Carmel Society is hosting some of New Jersey’s best wineries as they kick off the summer season in style on June 8 & 9, noon - 5pm.

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 at http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/191/Communications-Committee, or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.