BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.--August 29, 2019-- Make sure you catch up on Township news in the monthly “Berkeley Heights August 2019 Newsletter” that was emailed earlier today to subscribed residents and available on the Township website.  Created by the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee, the mission of the newsletter is to provide residents with a quick and easy summary of what’s happening in town. 

This month’s Township highlights include: 

  • Drainage Study Has Begun-- The township has received initial aerial survey information for the area around Orchard Lane, Emerson Lane, Mercier Place and Old Farm Road, which is the root cause of many of the water issues experienced by residents in that area and down the hill, across Mountain Ave, on Kings Court, Cornell Avenue, Hillcrest Avenue, Arden Court and surrounding areas. The study will lay the foundation for an improved paving and drainage system in the area; it will take about six months to complete. Meanwhile, designs have begun for the small drainage pocket projects that we are completing as part of a 2019 Union County Infrastructure and Municipal Aid Grant. These projects will be located in the areas of Pine Grove, Cedar Green, and Scott Avenue.

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  • Repaving-- The township has begun designs on the road paving project soon-to-begin on Briarwood Drive East and West, Ridgewood Place, and Fay Place. The plan is to award this job at a Council meeting in September. Additionally, the Sawmill & Cornell Paving job, to be paid for partially with a NJDOT local aid grant, has been awarded; contracts are ready to be signed. A preconstruction meeting will be held after Labor Day. Affected residents will be notified by the contractor about start dates and other details as project nears.

  • New Turf at Snyder Field-- Take a drive by Snyder Park to see the progress of the Union County turf replacement project! Recreation Director Tom Barton has been working with Union County to get this done; currently turfed multi-purpose fields are being upgraded with funds approved by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. There are also plans to turf a baseball field in the facility that is currently natural grass. The returfing of the multi-use field is expected to be completed by the end of this year, and turfing of the baseball field by early 2020.

  • Township Council Holds Municipal Complex Builder Accountable--At its August 20 meeting, the Township Council voted unanimously to pull resolutions relating to the new municipal complex until a full analysis of the builder’s delayed schedule is completed. One resolution authorized the extension of contracts and funding for Mast, the construction management company overseeing the project; architectural firm Arcari & Iovino; and geotechnical engineering firm Melick-Tully. Those contract extensions reflected revised and delayed schedules that Epic, the builder, has presented the township. The other resolution included a change order to reflect changes made to the police space, as well as authorizing payment to certain subcontractors for work relating to the finding of hydrocarbon, asphalt millings and garbage, and asbestos. Mast is conducting a full analysis of Epic’s delayed schedule; those results will be presented to the Township after Labor Day.

  • Electronic & Styrofoam Recycling Sept. 7-- Electronics and #6 Styrofoam Recycling takes place once again on Saturday, September 7, 9 am-12 noon, at the DPW Garage on Berkeley Avenue (first street on the right off of Park Ave behind Town Hall & the Police Station). Reminder that it’s the first Saturday of every month!  Please bring your driver’s license to prove residency.


In addition, the newsletter highlights the efforts of some of the Township Boards, Committees and Commissions including:

  • Downtown Beautification Committee: Food Lovers Rejoice: September 8-15 is the Third Annual Berkeley Heights Restaurant Week: Discover new favorite restaurants and take advantage of special deals during the third annual Berkeley Heights Restaurant Week, September 8 – 15. This community event inspires people to gather around the table and connect over good food as summer ends and the pace of life picks up. Visit experiencebh.com to view all participating establishments and special offers, learn more about babysitting services, and download the event Passport.

  • Grants Committee--The Committee wrote the two grants over the last month for the Littell-Lord Farmhouse rehabilitation. The first grant will allow the town to remove all the artifacts from the farmhouse and store them so rehabilitation can commence. The town will be notified by Union County in October. The other grant was the Preserve Union County grant. The committee researched historic preservation criteria, analyzed and prioritized needs of the Littell-Lord house and completed the application. A resolution on August 20th was passed as the township will be required to match funds if we get the grant. The matching funds are not coming from taxpayer dollars, but rather from a fund generated from past rental income of the other property on the Farmstead.

  • Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission: Berkeley Heights Vegan Fest 2019, Sept. 20 - 22, 2019- This FREE three-day festival is produced by the Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission and Sustainable Berkeley Heights, features events for the whole family. Learn more about how to engage in mindful, healthy practices for your physical and mental well-being and how your daily actions and choices can benefit you, your family, and the planet from an environmental perspective. Just for attending, you could win free gifts from our generous sponsors. To sign up to submit an appetizer, main course, or dessert entry in the Vegan Cook-Off, or to get further details and directions to each event, please visit https://www.sustainablebh.org/home/veganfest-2019 or https://www.berkeleyheights.gov/387/Vegan-Fest.

Don’t miss out on these upcoming community events such as:

  • Berkeley Heights Fire Department Annual Dinner--On Saturday, September 7, the BH Fire Department is hosting their 8th Annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Fire House (411 Hamilton Ave) from 6pm to 9pm. The cost to attend is $15 for adults, $7 for children under 8 and $10 for seniors. All proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire department!

  • First Responders Night Out--The event is rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature the Idol Kings. Bring the whole family to meet your local first responders from the Berkeley Heights Fire Department, Police and Rescue Squad. 

  • Berkeley Heights 5K Charity Road Race and Fitness Walk--Don’t miss the annual BH5K on Sunday, September 15! The race begins at 9:30 am at Memorial Field. The 1.5 mile Fitness Walk will start at 9:35 am (immediately after the start of 5K).  Registration is already open at BerkeleyHeights5k.com. 

Residents can sign up here to receive the email newsletter or pick up a paper copy at Town Hall, the Library or at Senior meetings.  Please send any comments or suggestions to BHCommunications@bhtwp.com

The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee Founded in 2010, the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) is an all-volunteer committee consisting of business owners, community leaders, and residents of Berkeley Heights Township. The BHCC’s mission is to maximize the transparency of Township activities as well as promote both public and private sector initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for local community members. For more information, visit the Township’s website at BerkeleyHeights.gov  or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.