Mayor's Corner

April 15, 2021

It’s refreshing to see many Township residents outside again enjoying the beautiful Spring weather. Your Township government is busy with many activities during this time of year, including preparing and presenting the municipal budget, managing the pandemic and ensuring we are mindful of our debt ...

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As I was out running the streets of the Township this morning, I felt hopeful as snow drifts are fading into patches of green grass. Optimism abounds for a return to some normalcy as we creep closer to managing life with three vaccines and Spring is three weeks away.  February proved to be both ...

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As December comes to an end, so does 2020. It has been a tough year, but December had some highlights including a much-needed snow day for our children and perhaps ourselves.  The Township employees finally moved into our new building. It’s wonderful to work in a new space and in a beautiful ...

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We are nearing the end of 2020, and what a year it has been! Resiliency and strength-- two words never had more meaning than in the last 8+ months.  November proved to be one of our most grueling as we navigate through the second wave of the pandemic as a Township, witnessing a significant ...

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Covid-19 can’t keep down this bustling little town down! Though the leaves are changing, we are working to get through the Fall all the while ensuring the health and safety of all our residents. Here’s a recap of October’s activity from the Mayor’s seat…  I am proud to have acted as a catalyst ...

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Fall is upon us and our children have gone back to in-person learning, at least partially. The year 2020 has proved to be quite a challenge and continues to test us daily! You have probably seen the pictures and read the story in TAPinto. Last Monday, Sept. 21, construction crews were preparing ...

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It is great to witness Township residents returning to some normalcy. We were able to send off our Governor Livingston High School seniors with a beautiful graduation ceremony and organized youth sports have returned! As a parent of a senior and a baseball/softball mom, I certainly feel July has ...

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It’s been a few months, and I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. As we transition into Phase Two of the Governor’s Plan to reopen New Jersey, Berkeley Heights is a bustle with activity, too. This article is a bit long, but there is a need to communicate a lot of important information ...

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Over the last nearly 18 months of my administration, we have faced some difficult topics, challenges and unimaginable events.  Yet, in the middle of a pandemic, a senseless, horrific act of violence was committed, and another African American life was lost. This pierces the soul of America, ...

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We Are Taking a Conservative Approach to the Potential COVID-19 Financial Impacts These are uncharted waters. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to explain to the residents some of the financial concerns that the Council and I are contemplating during this tumultuous time.  Typically, the ...

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Beautifully colored leaves on the trees quickly turned to colder temperatures and in a blink of an eye, a new year began!  In December, at the Township Council meeting, the governing body unanimously ratified a shared service agreement with the County of Union for emergency dispatch services.

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Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! The question I receive most frequently, “is work still going on at the Municipal Complex?” The answer is a resounding, YES! The majority of the construction has and will be on the interior until the weather warms. Additionally, there has been a great ...

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In December of 2018, I highlighted a number of issues regarding staffing, duties and responsibilities, efficiencies and other matters that could improve the delivery of services within our Department of Public Works (DPW) for our Township residents. Some of the areas needed better management and ...

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Happy New Year! I hope all residents enjoyed the holiday season and endured what seems to be the onslaught of illnesses plaguing the Township! This year, 2020, will bring the final construction of the municipal complex which will provide for administrative, police, recreation, library and senior ...

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It is my privilege to present the 2020 State of the Township address. I want to take a moment to recognize this historic moment.  For the first time in history, Berkeley Heights has a majority of women elected on its governing body.   It’s hard to believe that one year ago, I was sworn in as ...

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Last Monday’s unexpected snow storm didn’t seem to slow down progress on the Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex. By the end of the week, the exterior sheathing was visible from most vantage points of the building. We continue to hope for good weather that will allow full construction to continue.

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Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to ALL!  Work continued on the municipal complex this week with the exception of Thursday due to the holiday. The inclement weather expected for the beginning of this week could have an impact on construction. I am hopeful that the severity of the storm is less than ...

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Perhaps many of you have noticed the crane on site at the municipal complex on your way to the train station or downtown this week. It has been an exciting time with the installation of the roof panels and framing of the windows. By Friday, residents could see the building really taking shape.

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Construction continued on the municipal complex this week. Luckily, the weather has continued to cooperate. The photographs below provide a great visual and demonstrate the work completed as of November 15, 2019. Hope you enjoy, as I do, looking at the weekly progress. Detailed bulleted report ...

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Temperatures have fallen in the last few days and winter is upon us. Despite the cold, we are fortunate that progress has continued on the municipal complex. As an outdoor runner, I have enjoyed watching the building seemingly and magically rising out of the north. You can get a great view of the ...

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Hard to believe that it is already November! The weather has cooperated, and we continue to make progress on our municipal building. Perhaps you have walked or driven by the municipal complex at night recently. As you probably noticed not only does the building look aesthetically pleasing, but ...

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Another great week of progress was made in the construction of our new municipal complex. The building will house our administration offices, recreation space, library, police station and space for our seniors. On Tuesday at our next Council meeting, we will discuss placing solar canopies in the ...

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October has proven to be a busy season. As the leaves change from shades of green to yellow, red and orange, our Township is abuzz with activity and planning for the future of Berkeley Heights. Finally getting plans off the books and into the field, we hired our engineer to conduct a drainage ...

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We are always trying to find more ways to communicate with the community. Some of the feedback we received from our residents this weekend is that they would like a variety of channels to get information about the municipal complex that is currently under construction. I will provide information ...

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I am sure many residents have read or heard about the recent positive testing for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare mosquito borne virus, near the Emerson Lane area of the Township. While this is a rare virus, it is a very serious one that requires our attention. I too am a parent and ...

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Hopefully you are enjoying these warm, wonderful days.  As the hectic schedule of school ending gave way to the hectic start to summer – and we threw ourselves into get our town’s finances in order, grants committee up and running, moved our many redevelopment projects forward, and rebooted our ...

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January 1st seems like a distant memory. It has been an exciting and busy first 100 days.  My administration created a shared service with the County of Union for our interim DPW director which has allowed us to repair the roadway and install drainage in areas like the lower Columbia road behind ...

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Spring is around the corner, and we’re working hard to continue to deliver services to the residents of Berkeley Heights and increase communication. We want to further utilize social media to open up government to the residents and increase your sense of connectedness to your local ...

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Edited: Feb. 20, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. We heard your concerns loud and clear. The front line in making improvements to Berkeley Heights neighborhoods needed to start with what you see each and every day.  Our roads, our storm debris response, snow plowing and park maintenance all contribute to basic ...

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As your new Mayor, I am excited to be working with all residents to write the next chapter of our town’s history. That new chapter began on January 1, where I was ceremonially sworn in as Mayor by a large group of Berkeley Heights girls who had volunteered to help elect me. As the first woman to be ...

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