BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - When more businesses such as outdoor dining open in mid-June, visitors to Springfield Avenue in Downtown Berkeley Heights will be treated to the sight of baskets brimming with spring flowers.
The Downtown Beautification Committee first purchased the baskets mounted to light poles in 2018 under its Fill-a-Basket initiative. Since then, it has partnered with the local business community to raise the funds to fill these hanging baskets with blooms. Given the difficult circumstances facing many local businesses this year, the DBC turned to local residents and neighborhood groups to help create a more visually welcoming business district.
Councilwoman Jeanne Kingsley, a founding member of the Downtown Beautification Committee, said, “It was amazing to see how eagerly our residents embraced the opportunity to make our Downtown more welcoming and support our local businesses. We had more willing sponsors than baskets! The unflagging love and care of our residents and neighborhood organizations for Berkeley Heights continue to inspire me. We’re grateful to Hall’s Garden Center for donating the labor to plant these 14 baskets, and to the Berkeley Heights DPW staff, who will water the plants.”
The following residents and groups are sponsoring this season’s Fill-a-Basket plantings: Catherine DeBenedictis, Countryside Section of Berkeley Heights, Angie Devanney, Cathy Engelbert, Kingsley Family, Kostrowski Family, Lloyd Family, Gail Nelson and David Bona, Christine Reilly Family, Todd Scorzafava, Sherbrook Drive Neighborhood, Stony Hill Neighborhood, Varnerin Family, Anonymous – in honor of our first responders.
Because of their generosity, these baskets have been planted with a lovely mix of spring/summer flowers. Come fall, the DBC will coordinate cool weather plantings to last through January. If you or your neighborhood group would like to sponsor a basket planting in the fall, please contact DBC@bhtwp.com.