BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.--November 4, 2019-- Make sure you catch up on Township news in the monthly “Berkeley Heights October 2019 Newsletter” that was just  emailed 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: 

  • Fall Leaf Collection: As the leaves fall, we know many residents are anxious to find out when exactly their bagged leaves will be picked up. Please check here for the township section-by-section schedule, and adhere to the pickup guidelines. This is for LEAF pickup ONLY; no branches, vines, grass, metal or any other material will be accepted. To find which Section your street is on, please go to: http://www.berkeleyheights.gov/sections.

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  • LOSAP Vote Tuesday, November 5: LOSAP is a Length of Service Award Program that offers financial rewards, based upon longevity of service to the community, mainly to emergency services volunteers in communities across the country. LOSAP can provide significant cost savings to municipalities that would otherwise have to pay salaries and benefits for full-time emergency responders. The pension-like program is also intended to assist emergency service organizations in the recruitment and retention of members. For the volunteers of the BHVRS, this LOSAP program would help cover out-of-pocket expenses such as fuel, auto expenses, and seasonal clothing. Question #2 on the ballot for the election Tuesday, November 5, asks voters to vote on the LOSAP question. Don’t forget to vote! More information is available on the Township website and the BH Volunteer Rescue Squad website.

  • Municipal Complex Update: On Tuesday, October 29 at the Town Council meeting, there was discussion about placing solar canopies in the commuter parking lot that will save approximately $25,000 in year one and about $1.5 million in utility costs over the life of the project. The canopies will also help to protect cars against snow, rain and sun. 

  • Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are needed for our Recycling Task Force, Environmental Commission, Grants Committee, Historic Preservation Committee, Commuter Task Force and Senior Citizen Advisory Board. Please visit the Township website to learn more and to submit your application.

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

  • Berkeley Heights Communication Committee: @BerkeleyHeightsGov is now on Instagram! In order to connect with residents in more ways, we’ve now launched the Berkeley Heights Instagram account (blue checked - official!). The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee will post the latest on town news, services, events and more! Follow us @berkeleyheightsgov!

  • Grants Committee: The Grants Committee has identified a great grant opportunity for seniors due in December and is working with seniors to look for a project they are wishing for. Additionally, the Township received an $84,000 grant from Union County in October for historic preservation, to go toward shoring up the Littell-Lord Museum’s foundation. There are also still a few openings on this committee for interested BH citizens to fill.

  • Berkeley Heights Planning Board: On October 2, the Board reviewed the Mondelli Property plan which is being developed by Elite Properties. The Affordable Housing portion of that project will be absorbed by another Elite Property (formerly known as Berkeley Florist). Also, there was an informal concept review for a minor subdivision on Mountain Avenue. At the October 16th meeting, an application for a 104,784 square foot 2-story warehouse and office space on Industrial Road was heard. The application was deemed a good application for a business that operates on Snyder Ave. and is looking to expand with this new building. It passed with just a single 'no' vote. At the next meeting on November 5, there will be an application with changes from 2018 with regard to a subdivision on Longview Ave.

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

  • Woodruff School PTO Autumn Market- November 5th from 6-9pm: Please join us for a fun night of holiday shopping at William Woodruff School (55 Briarwood Dr W) featuring over 30 tables of your favorite local vendors. Mingle with friends, shop from local businesses, sample delicious food and support Woodruff School. Admission is free and all are welcome! For more information, contact Jennifer Battista at jenbattnyc@gmail.com.

  • Summit YMCA's Annual 'Laugh Out Loud' Charity Auction and Comedy Night Fundraiser- November 15 at 7:30 pm: Join them for a night of laughter as they raise funds to support the community and the impactful local YMCA programs. Tickets and details on the YMCA website.

  • Indian Diwali Festival-November 16 from 2:30 - 4:30pm: Come celebrate the festival of light at the Berkeley Heights YMCA (550 Springfield Ave). Details on YMCA website.

  • Women's Club of Berkeley Heights- November 19 at 12pm: The next monthly meeting will be at the Y on Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights. We will hear from Elizabeth Girouard, a certified holistic health coach. She will present a program about the benefits of chocolate in our diet, titled “For the Love of Chocolate.” All are welcome.

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 or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.