BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.--September 27, 2019-- Make sure you catch up on Township news in the monthly “Berkeley Heights September 2019 Newsletter” that was emailed yesterday  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: 

  • Union County Confirms Case of EEE: The mosquito-borne virus was recently detected in a mosquito trap within Berkeley Heights Township. The trap is currently testing negative, but please remain vigilant with your precautions. Wear bug spray, cover up, and be especially vigilant at dawn and at dusk when mosquitoes are most active. The Township posts updates to the website.

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  • Fall Leaf Collection Begins Oct. 21: 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. 

  • Coffee & Conversation with the Mayor & Town Council: Mayor Devanney and Council members Cuoto and Yellin will participate in the second of 2019’s “listening sessions” on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. at Lower Columbia Park Pavilion.  All residents are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.

  • 2020 Census: The 2020 Census is underway. Please participate! The census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year and how many seats in Congress each state gets.

  • Senior Citizen Advisory Board Created: At the September 24 Township Council meeting, a Senior Citizen Advisory Board was created to advise the Mayor, Township Council and the Recreation Director on all matters relating to policies and programs which will serve all senior citizens in Berkeley Heights. More details about the new Advisory Board are available on the Township website. Interested residents are encouraged to apply to be a volunteer on the Board using the online volunteer application at the bottom of the Senior Advisory Board website page or by paper application available at Town Hall. 


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

  • Grants Committee: The Committee is waiting to hear about the two grants for Littell-Lord Farmhouse submitted over the summer. Additionally, members have been working to find grant opportunities to address Parks and Recreation, First Responder, Electric Charging Stations, and wastewater and sewer. The Committee is also creating a database for organizing opportunities and deadlines for future applications.

  • Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission: Thanks to a grant from Union County, Berkeley Heights is purchasing trees to plant along the right of way in the Township. There is no charge to the homeowner to plant the tree. Trees will be planted away from utility lines. If you would like to request a tree, please email: EC@bhtwp.com or call 908-464-2700, extension 2116. Deadline: October 30, 2019

  • Berkeley Heights Planning Board: The last three meetings of the Planning Board focused on the Mill Creek development off of Lone Pine Drive. This planned development is part of the Township's Affordable Housing settlement with the State. The Mill Creek proposal includes an easement through the Chemtrade neighboring property for emergency access. Chemtrade objected to the proposed emergency access easement. After significant discussion, the Planning Board took action and the Mill Creek plan was accepted by a majority vote, 5-2.

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

  • Berkeley Heights Education Foundation Color Fun-October 5:  The foundation is hosting a Color Fun Run on Saturday, October 5 from 10am to 12pm at Columbia Park. The main events of the day will be a kiddie color dash for ages one to five and a family 1.5 mile color run for all ages followed by a DJ Dance party. Entry fee includes one color packet and access to all on-site activities (adults $10; children $15).

  • Union County Offers Free Scrap Metal Recycling on October 3 and 19: Scrap metal drop off will be accepted Thursday, October 3 and Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Scrap metal from any municipality may be brought to either of the following drop-off centers: Cranford: Emergency Services/Traffic Enforcement, 151 Kenilworth Boulevard and Rahway: Service Yard in Rahway River Park (near swimming pool), St. Georges Avenue

  • Governor Livingston HS in Berkeley Heights Holds Fall Clothing Drive- October 19: On Saturday, October 19th, Governor Livingston High School PTO will hold its semi-annual clothing drive. Help support the PTO by donating clothing, sneakers, shoes, scarves, gloves, handbags, backpacks, belts, small toys and games, bedding, towels, curtains, stuffed animals and dolls. All donations MUST be in plastic bags. No loose items. 

  • Berkeley Heights PBA#144 Trunk or Treat- October 26: Berkeley Heights PBA#144 invites the children of Berkeley Heights to join us in the Police Department parking lot on Saturday, October 26. Come in customer and go trunk to trunk to collect treats! 

  • Seniors Halloween Party 2019-October 31: The Senior Citizens of Berkeley Heights are planning a Halloween Party with a complete luncheon (Prime Rib), DJ and dancing, and a glass of complimentary wine. Cash bar will be available.  The cost is $41.00 for club members and $46/00 for non club members. The event will take place at Primavera Regency, Valley Road, Stirling, NJ beginning at 12:00pm. Please contact Joan Luciano at 908.665.9604 for reservations. All payments must be received by October 8.

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 http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/191/Communications-Committee, or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.