NUTLEY, NJ - After sitting idle for years, new leadership at Nutley's Van Riper Historical Trust has cleared the way for revitalization of what may very well be one of the four oldest homes in New Jersey.
The most visible sign of change was seen on a recent clean up day at the site on River Rd. The project saw teams of volunteers, both youth and adult, clear vegetative overgrowth and remove trash from the estate's grounds on a Sunday morning in September. As the Township of Nutley owns the home, a Nutley Parks and Recreation Department truck became the receptacle of the plant matter before proper disposal.
Over the course of the summer, the Van Riper Historic Trust set out on a new course of restoration and revitalization, with new leadership and innovations. The structure, believed to be the fourth oldest home in New Jersey, is in dire need of repair.
Dante Intindola, a Nutley High School graduate currently attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, was sworn in as the new president of the trust. Intindola's passion for history and the township has inspired a new attitude and dedication to action for the property.
In addition to inspiring residents to take action at the Van Riper itself, Intindola's leadership has inspired others within the organization to innovate. Awareness is already a hallmark of his term in office. Newly appointed board member Janice Fraser has created an active social media presence for Van Riper.
Additionally, membership communication is moving to electronic formats and financial support for the Van Riper Historic Trust can now be made with electronic payments. Individuals interested in supporting the revitalization financially can do with a few clicks by going to the Van Riper Donation Page. The Van Riper Historic Trust recognized as a 501(c)3 public charity by the IRS as well as PayPal, so all donations are fully tax-deductible.
Individuals interesting in learning more about the Van Riper House, are invited to like and follow them on Facebook at The Van Riper House. News about the house as well as meeting notices and special events are shared on a regular basis.
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