BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - From July 10 through September of 2018, residents and visitors to Downtown Berkeley Heights will be treated to a history lesson. A series of banners depicting game-changing inventions, beloved landmarks, and local traditions celebrate those things that are unique to Berkeley Heights.
The Berkeley Heights Downtown Beautification Committee (DBC), the Historical Society of Berkeley Heights, and Nokia Bell Labs collaborated on this project. Ann Bartholomew, a Berkeley Heights resident and talented artist, volunteered her time to design the banners. The Department of Public Works hung the banners.
Here are the extraordinary inventions, landmarks, and traditions commemorated by banners:
The Nokia Bell Labs campus located in Berkeley Heights has been the site of numerous technical breakthroughs and products that have shaped today’s tech-driven world. Ann Bartholomew’s banner designs celebrate the Solar Cell, Transistor, Laser, Digital Camera, Telstar Satellite, C Programming Language, and Unix Operating System.
Berkeley Heights residents turn out in force for our Governor Livingston Highlanders sports teams and band and wear tartan with pride. That inspired the Highlander Pride banner. The Feast of Mount Carmel tradition dates back 109 years and now draw thousands to Berkeley Heights each year.
Julie Lloyd, chair of the DBC, said: “We are so excited to show off these wonderful aspects of Berkeley Heights to residents and visitors. There is a rich history here and we wanted to help people understand and appreciate that. The banner project also highlights how well our Town works together-- our businesses, our Town employees, and of course, our volunteers. We extend a special thanks to Daniel Palladino at the Historical Society of Berkeley Heights and Ed Eckert at Nokia Bell Labs, our early collaborators and supporters of this project.”
Nokia Bell Labs paid for the production of the inventions banners. Monies raised by the DBC through ornament sales and other fundraising activities paid for the traditions and landmark banners.