Mayor's Round Table Discusses Affordable Housing and Volunteerism in Berkeley Heights and Much More

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mayor's Round Table is a monthly show hosted by Dr. Donald DeFabio, who sits with Mayor Robert Woodruff to talk about current issues that affect the township as well as answer questions submitted by citizens. 

Included in this episode, Mayor Woodruff provides an update on Affordable Housing, Volunteerism and much more.

  • Fields -- Township purchased a tractor in excess of $100,000, enabling the DPW to cut time of cutting. 
  • Affordable Housing -- May 30, the Township has their final court hearing seeking court approval that the Township has met all responsibilities that have been set with respect to Berkeley Heights. They are seeking a Judgement of Repose.
    • Project updates
      • Locust Avenue 55+ project will start demolition within 30 days. They have submitted a plan. Apartments could be three stories high. 
      • Kings Property -- plans will be submitted to Planning Board soon.
      • Movie Theater -- same architect as Kings Property, which is important. This architect will run one style into the other. 
  • Roads 
    • Springfield Avenue is a county road and has been done.
    • Snyder Avenue will begin shortly after school closes.
    • Roads in general -- Township has given a purchase order for $1 million of work. Roads will be done in accordance to the condition of the road. 
    • County -- Bridge on Springfield Avenue near Trap Rock and Firestone will undergo extensive repair. It could take as long as two months. County will begin work in July. Will address how to keep traffic flowing. 
  • Community Pool has been taken over by the Summit Area YMCA. They have undertaken an extensive project.
  • Memorial Day Parade put on by the Recreation Department's Special Events Committee -- Monday, May 29th and begins at 9:30 a.m. The parade starts on Locust Avenue and proceeds down Snyder Avenue then Springfield Avenue and ends at Veterans Memorial Park.
  • Peppertown Park First Ever Bocce Tournament -- June 10, Individual or team registrations accepted. In the spirit of the Italian Heritage. 
  • Hometown Heroes -- honoring hometown heroes in Berkeley Heights. 
  • Volunteerism and Community Service 
    • Rubber Ducky -- June 3 at Passaic Park
    • Veterans Park, from that, we have the Hometown Heroes
    • Peppertown Park 
    • Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 29
    • Suburban Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, June 26
    • Restaurant Week in September
    • Summer Concerts
    • Mt. Carmel Festival
  • Berkeley Heights Youth Police Academy
  • Fire Department, Rotary Club and Township Council program to "Save a Life." They have addressed the senior citizens about installation of smoke detectors with a 10 year battery. Rotary also sponsors a Medic Alert Program.
  • Downtown Beautification Committee -- Experience Berkeley Heights Banners
  • Condolence to the family of Jerry Kuzmick for his recent passing.


Berkeley Heights Here and Now: Mayor, municipal offices will provide updates and the Communications Committee wants the citizens to be heard, wants to hear from the businesses and wants to hear from the community organizations. 

The show will be aired on Comcast 34 and Fios 47: 

  • Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays at 8 a.m.
  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 7 p.m.

The show will also be shown through this column on TAP into Berkeley Heights and the Township Website. (A DVD will be placed at the Public Library.)

Citizens of Berkeley Heights are welcome to email a question for the "Ask the Mayor a Question" segment of the  show. Your email must state your full name, postal address and phone number. 

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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