Government

Kingsley, Poage Sworn In at Berkeley Heights 2018 Reorganization Meeting

dd4e10db91a589b15831_EB2E82EC-85A0-4799-B33D-ACE8A914BCF1.jpeg
Republican Jeanne Kingsley, with her husband Ed by her side, is sworn in as a member of the council by State Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
568e2751d5cec0202bdb_0DA65ECA-3CEE-4793-9EA7-83D32A55E743.jpeg
Republican Jeanne Kingsley, Ed Kingsley and State Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
d27dbc55fbc86da6d04d_1DF8DAE2-4628-4340-9508-2BF83579A193.jpeg
Democrat Susan Poage, center, was sworn in as a council member by Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, a Democrat, on the right. Her husband Russell is on the left. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
ef4e253d6b03aafc53cf_7567BF5A-3219-4908-8275-11A1924B0050.jpeg
Democrat Susan Poage, center, was sworn in as a council member by Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, a Democrat, on the right. Her husband Russell is on the left. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
d5ce50ad326eb3d4fb04_17A870BD-954F-4CD0-BCCD-5661EAFBED7C.jpeg
The Reverend Debra Whitten of Union Village United Methodist Church and the Green Village Methodist Church gave the Invocation and Benediction at the Reorganization meeting. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
52fd1f38ce26ede4c34e_9007F722-EDEF-4806-A1D1-E47F75900CC0.jpeg
Reorganization meetings include a long list of appointments, each of which requires a resolution. There were 31 such appointments, plus 32nd resolution to approve a consent agenda of nine actions. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
dd4e10db91a589b15831_EB2E82EC-85A0-4799-B33D-ACE8A914BCF1.jpeg

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Returning Republican Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley and first-time Democratic Councilwoman Susan Poage were sworn in Tuesday night at the annual Reorganization Meeting of the council. Both their messages focused on public participation.

State Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick swore in Kingsley whose husband Ed was at her side. She was later elected Council President.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen, a Democrat, swore in Poage, with her husband Russell by her side.

Sign Up for E-News

This marks the first time in 20 years that two women have served on the council at the same time.

Later in the meeting Poage, reading from a prepared statement, thanked “everyone who came out this evening to show their support as I start this new experience.” She described what she has done in the previous six weeks to prepare for her role as a council member and said, “It is critical that all of us in government work together as cooperatively as possible … It is up to us in local government to make sure all voices are heard and respected; I pledge to do my part to make this happen.”

She referred to the phrase often cited by educators, "It takes a village to raise a child." She relates it to the words of Gabby Giffords, who said, "I'm fighting hard to make the world a better place, and you can, too. Get involved with your community, be a leader, set an example, be passionate, be your best." She said those words inspire her and concluded, "I encourage everyone who is not involved yet to come take a risk, believe in tomorrow and get involved in our community."

Kingsley welcomed Poage to the council, adding “It’s nice to have company up here.”

She gave an update on what has happened in the last few weeks, including work on a Request For Proposals (RFP) on the Hamilton Avenue property. She said she anticipated an RFP on the redevelopment of that property would be released “to the community and the public on or about Friday, Jan. 19.”  More details of that will be published in another article.

She told the residents "2018 will be a busy year, and exciting year" and urged people to come to budget meetings and Planning Board meetings on the various redevelopment projects in town.  "They do listen and they do make changes but, to talk about it on Facebook six months later, it's too late. The people working on these projects really do want input but you have to be part of the process."  Enhancing and expanding communications to township residents is her goal for 2018, but "It's a partnership and we need the public to partner with us and I look forward to that partnership."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

2018 Gov. Livingston Highlander Softball Clinic Set for March 19

February 20, 2018

Come join and learn from the 2017 Union County Softball Champion Gov. Livingston coaches and varsity players on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Activities will include the following fastpitch softball skills:

Batting Techniques
Throwing Mechanics
Fielding
Base Running

Who: Children grades 1-7 of any skill level or ability

Where: Gov. Livingston High School, 175 ...

Mike Zuko at Salem Roadhouse Cafe

Raised on a diet of The Beatles, Buddy Holly and The Doors, Michael Zuko was exposed first hand to the thrilling music of the legendary 70s NYC club scene. Zuko and the band show a skilled singer-songwriter who is backed by solid musical talent, bringing original, fresh and intelligent lyrics to the stage. A true entertainer, Mike engages the audience fully and leaves them wanting more. Mike and ...

German Language School of Morris County Raises $1,000 for Market Street Mission

February, the month of all things red and romantic with red, hearts, roses, and chocolates, is also a time to show our love of friends and community. Students from the German Language School of Morris County (www.njlearnsgerman.org and www.glsmc.org), took that lesson to heart and raised $1,000 for The Market Street Mission (www.marketstreet.org), a Morristown haven for the needy for more than ...

Kick Off for the Relay for Life of Berkeley Heights, Mountainside, New Providence & Summit 

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There will be a Kick Off for Relay for Life on Thursday, March 1st. It will be held at the Gov. Livingston High School Cafeteria at 7pm.  The theme of Kick Off is Back TO GL - we envision a future that is cancer free. Everything you need to know about Relay for Life will be presented in an interactive setting. Relay ...

We Need More Women Like Colleen Mahr in Municipal, County and State Government

February 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I’m proud to support Colleen Mahr for Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee  (UCDC) and am encouraging my Scotch Plains peers to join me.

I was a first time candidate wanting to make a difference in my hometown of Scotch Plains, when Mayor Mahr of neighboring Fanwood stepped in to help me campaign and win my election to be Councilwoman three years ago.

Democratic Party Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Not Recognizing Colleen Mahr's Talents

Dear Editor:

Mayor Colleen Mahr has been a valuable friend to the Township of Cranford. Whether it’s offering advice and assistance during devastating flood cleanup, supporting the Mayor's Council on the Rahway River, or her insight and assistance in meeting our affordable housing obligations, Mayor Mahr is always there for Cranford.

Colleen’s fairness and integrity is ...

Colleen Mahr Is The Leader Our Party Needs

Dear Editor:

My name is Patti Murgo. I am Committeewoman in Linden’s Eighth Ward. I am a life-long  DEMOCRAT, a party activist, and a believer in what being a democrat stands for. Last week, I received a piece of literature from our municipal chairman, Nick Scutari, regarding his “plans” for the County Democratic Party if he is elected county chairman.

Mr.

Chatham Borough Police Chief Crosson has Retired; Captain Gibbons is Acting Commander

February 12, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Phil Crosson Jr., who has been a member of the Chatham Borough Police Department since 1992, retired from his position as the police chief on Feb. 1.

"It came on pretty quickly," Crosson said when reached by phone on Sunday. "I was on vacation for six weeks and I bought a business. I came back for one day and retired."

According to Crosson, ...

‘Reefer Madness’ Comes to Chatham Borough Council; Cannabis Advocates Make Pitch for Chatham Marijuana Shop

February 14, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - A group of pro-cannabis activists came to the Borough of Chatham Council meeting on Monday night and used the public commentary portion of the meeting to ask the council to support a marijuana dispensary in town.

The advocates, who say they have attended more than 80 town meetings to inform about the benefits of medical cannabis, mentioned the 1936 movie "Reefer ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, February 20

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, February 21

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Wed, February 21, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

The Underground Railroad Documentary

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, February 22

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Thu, February 22, 6:00 PM

UCEDC, Cranford

Next Level Business Planning

Business & Finance

Fri, February 23

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Invest Like a Tortoise -- Not Like a Hare

Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” is a perfect metaphor for the way people go about investing their money. As you recall in the fable, the hare brags about his ability to beat the tortoise and is overly confident about winning. In the investment world, the hare is someone who thinks he or she is great at selecting “winners” and avoiding “losers.” The ...