KENILWORTH, NJ - Spring is here! But at the time of this writing we have a little snow to melt first! While we had a mid-March storm that brought icy sleet and snow it was far less than the 24” that was expected. Kudos to the DPW and Police for doing a good job as always. This was a difficult storm to plow as because it iced very quickly, hampering efforts to get snow moved off the roadways, a special thank you to the residents who complied with the snow ordinance and got their vehicle off the roadways and to the many that checked on their neighbors during the event.

So one more time, and hopefully the last time, let’s talk recycling. I’ve noticed there is still a little confusion as to when each side of town is supposed to put out recycling. I understand that the DPW schedule on-line reflects the old schedule and we will be updating this as soon as possible. We did not update as we were unsure if the system would be workable, but I believe to alleviate this issue we need to get it out as quickly as possible. So to review for the month of April and May we are still alternating each week north side and south side. April 4 and 18 will be north side pickup and April  11 and 25 will be south side pick up. May 2, 16 and 30 will be north side pickup and May 9 and 23 will be south side pick up. Remember, if you are a town resident Kenilworth does offer and option to drop off at the DPW yard until 3 pm, please check to make sure someone if available at the yard. Again Kenilworthians, thank you for being patient and understanding through this. And thank you for getting the word out to some who didn’t get the reverse 911 phone messages or weren’t on social media pages in our effort to get everyone the information.

This is also a repeat from last month, but one I think is worth writing again. Kenilworth utilizes the Swift 911 system to get information via landline phone or to cell phones if you wish. Sign up is free and is located on our Kenilworth Borough website.  Our goal is to get everyone signed up and we will have information and a sign-up center at the Seniors as well as the Library so we can help those who might be confused as how to do it. In times of crisis, the ability to get information quickly and accurately is imperative, this system allows the authorities to reach as many people as possible.

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We have some big things happening in Kenilworth this month here are some important dates and events on the Calendar for the Month of April;

April 1: The Kenilworth Historical society is having a Rockvale Shopping Outlets Bus Trip (Lancaster, Pa.)   Saturday, April 1st Motor coach transport: approximately 6 hrs. of shopping time. More than 80 outlet stores offering up to 75% off retail prices on high-end/popular brands (coupons and outlet map provided). Tickets are $48 and the bus departs Kenilworth 8 AM and returns about 8 PM

 

April 8: We have two yearly exciting events:

In the morning is our Annual Easter Egg hunt for the kids, see the Kenilworth Recreation Page, kenilworthrec.com, for more details.

Annual Opening Day at the Kenilworth Little League! The Parade starts at 1 PM sharp starting at St. Theresa’s parking lot and ending at the Little League Field on 14th street.

April 18:  While tax day is on the 15th because of the weekend, the final day for taxes will be on the 18th so all you procrastinators get a couple of extra days to give Uncle Sam his share.

April 19: North side Bulk pick up commences.

April 22: The Kenilworth Historical Society is hosting "An Elegant Victorian Tea with a Contemporary Flair" at Kenilworth Gospel Chapel - 557 Newark Ave., Kenilworth. An elegant Victorian Tea complete with tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and a gift auction. Featured program by renowned "Victorian Lady Lisa" will show the fascination transition of Victorian era attire into modern "Steampunk" fashion. Saturday, April 22 at noon, tickets are $30.

April 26: South side Bulk pick up commences.

As always visit our website at www.kenilworthborough.org for more details about these events and more.

With the nicer approaching part of our make sure to get out get a little exercise and visit our businesses throughout the borough. Please be careful when walking or biking, stay visible to vehicles, just because you see them doesn’t mean they see you.

Thank you to everyone out there for being a part of Kenilworth, every little bit counts; from helpful suggestions for making our town better and safer to the everyday citizens checking on your neighbors. Let’s not forget our municipal employees giving extra effort to our residents. Remember we are all in this together.

Please stay safe Kenilworth!

God Bless you all and God Bless America