BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- When Bernardsville Mayor Mary Jane Canose drives back into town from the south, she sees an eyesore that she believes could stand some improving.
"When you come into town from Mt. Airy Road, you come over the bridge and you see those ugly cement walls with nothing on them," Mayor Canose said.
The launching of the new Cultural Arts Committee will, the mayor hopes, facilitate changing that view in favor of something more aesthetically pleasing.
"We just started a Cultural Arts Committee in town," she said. "Having that, we hope, will get people working on making things look nicer and giving people activities to enjoy."
The drab walls which greet anyone entering the borough by driving over the bridge on Mt. Airy Road are due for some beautification, according to Canose.
"We want to get murals painted on those cement walls," she said. "We will have the art club from Bernards High School involved, and people will be able to sign up to help paint the murals. That gets the community involved."
A new business in town is also set to provide some assistance.
"Sherwin-Williams agreed to donate the paint," said Canose, adding that the Downtown Bernardsville Committee is working on building community and business ties. "We will have a meeting Oct. 17 in the high school to hear people voice what that want in the project, then we hope it will get done next May."
Those who contribute to the project will be identified within the finished product.
"Once you have the design, you can get sponsors for it, and their names will be written into the mural," Canose said.