Berkeley Heights residents may purchase ornaments and magnets featuring the watercolor image of the town’s train station. The Berkeley Heights Beautification Committee will sell these items only at two town events on December 3:
- Santa’s visit to the municipal building from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
- Annual tree lighting ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m. (preceding the Winter Walk)
Ornaments are priced at $10 each and magnets at $5 each. Quantities are limited—first come, first served. Residents who would like to purchase items should bring cash or a check payable to Berkeley Heights Township to the December 3 events. Magnets are in stock, but due to a vendor delay, the ornaments won’t arrive until next week. Those who pre-purchase ornaments can pick them up at Berkeley Hardware beginning Thursday, December 8.
The Beautification Committee will use the proceeds to create a new series of downtown street banners illustrating innovations and inventions born in Berkeley Heights. For example, one banner will honor the invention of the transistor at the Bell Labs Murray Hill facility. Another will commemorate the founding of Free Acres. The Historical Society of Berkeley Heights is collaborating on the content for the banners.
Beautification Committee chair Julie Lloyd said: “Residents who purchase an ornament or magnet will gain a new way to show their pride in our town. And they help underwrite the banners designed to educate downtown visitors of all ages on the unique history of our town.”
The Committee expects to commission and hang the banners in 2017.
Kerry Blasch, former Beautification Committee member, drew the watercolor of the train station used on the ornament and magnet design. This same painting serves as the logo on the Township’s new Welcome and Park signs installed this summer.
About Berkeley Heights Beautification Committee
The Downtown Beautification Committee’s mission is to enhance downtown Berkeley Heights in ways that reflect its charm, functionality, and complete small-town living experience. The Committee works to strengthen design standards for the downtown area and implements projects that make the downtown more visually appealing.