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Denville Chamber Holds BBQ at Second Half on Main, Mayor Andes Speaks on Town Upgrades

Chamber of Commerce President Melissa Cook of Restyle Renew Designer Consignment Credits: Chris Manderioli
Denville Mayor Tom Andes speaks to the Chamber members Credits: Chris Manderioli

DENVILLE, NJ- The Denville Chamber of Commerce held their annual summer barbecue for members and guests on Wednesday, August 12.  The event, which is mainly a social one, was hosted by the Second Half on Main, located at 21 E. Main Street.

The Second Half served up succulent ribs and juicy burgers, along with many typical bbq salads and side dishes, that all had guests rushing back for seconds and thirds. 

Chamber President Melissa Cook, owner of Restyle Renew Designer Consignment, filled the group in on some upcoming Denville events, particularly the “Pink Witches Night Out”, which will take place the evening of Thursday, Oct. 22.  The event is a fun filled Breast Cancer awareness holiday themed event, which takes place throughout downtown Denville.

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Cook also reminded the group that Small Business Saturday will take place on November 29, and the Chamber will be promoting the event around town with lawn signs and advertising.

Mayor Tom Andes attended the BBQ, and took a few moments to speak to the group.

The Mayor began by briefing the group on some recreation upgrades within town, the first being the new athletic complex expansion, in which the town installed a new turf field at Veterans Memorial Park.

Mayor Andes added "Towards the end of September we are adding a walking path around Muriel Hepner pond. This park gets a lot of use especially around lunchtime so we're very excited about this improvement."

Andes then discussed and reviewed flood mitigation efforts, and some of the successes the town has had with the Rockaway River cleanups.

The Town has applied for and received some grants to help with the efforts, and Council members used networking efforts to earn themselves a $100,000 study that will be funded and carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Finally, Andes discussed downtown improvements. One modern improvement is a grant received by the town for an electric car charging station, which was the result of a Boy Scout project.  Plans are also in motion for the entire length of Broadway, both sides of the street, to be updated with new curbs with handicap cut outs, new sidewalks with pavers, lampposts with sound systems, and self watering flower planters.

The next chamber event will be a September breakfast meeting on Wednesday the 2nd, 7:45 AM at St. Francis, 122 Diamond Spring Road.

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