Editor's Note: Rebecca Greene is a trustee on the Board of Directors for the Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce.
GLEN ROCK, NJ - As part of the borough's "re-start" effort after the COVID-19 shutdown, the borough has revitalized the long vacant alcove area on Rock Road adjacent to the old NJ.com office space.
On June 24, Mayor Kristine Morieko praised council president Amy Martin, and council members Mary Barchetto and Teresa Gilbreath, who she said has done "so much outreach to businesses."
"They took the mantle and ran with it," Morieko said. "So many have been quick to say, look what Ridgewood did."
The Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce has paid staff while the Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce is all volunteer.
"We did this on our time and our energy," Morieko said of the council members, speaking of the beautification of the alcove.
The borough continues to have $50,000 unutilized funds in a budget line to renovate the alcove, received approximately two years ago.
Councilwoman Gilbreath said she did "quite a bit of outreach" and maintains there are still "gaps in direction" from the state as businesses reopen after the COVID-19 shutdown.
The alcove revitalization is part of the borough's Looking Forward Committee, which in turn developed "Re-Start Glen Rock." The borough has promised promotional materials for stores with window decals and a checklist to assist business owners with re-opening procedures and details on how to operate in the COVID-19 climate as the state opens and virus cases decline.