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Posted on: July 25, 2019

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Mountain Ave Closure

Re-construction of the Mountain Ave. bridge, where Mountain intersects Sherbrook Drive, has begun. This work, done by Union County, requires that the stretch of Mountain Ave from Plainfield to Hillcrest needs to be CLOSED to all thru traffic for a period of approximately 60 days of the 4-month long project to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike. The work began on June 21.

Regular updates for the various phases of construction and their impact on traffic along this stretch of Mountain Avenue will be posted on the County of Union Bureau of Traffic Safety & Maintenance website if and when they become available. More information can also be found at TapInto.

Watchung Reservation Closure

W.R. Tracy Drive from Glenside Ave to the Loop in the Watchung Reservation is closed to through traffic due to construction by the County of Union. Work will consist of replacing the bridge that spans Lake Surprise. Full road closure 24/7 is necessary in the area of work to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike.

Regular updates for the various phases of construction and their impact on traffic will be posted on the County of Union Road Construction Bureau of Traffic Safety and Maintenance.

"Happening in the Heights"

Don’t miss the new regular weekly video series, “Happening in the Heights,” to find out what’s going on in town each weekend and in the upcoming weeks. These weekly videos are a team effort between the Communications Committee and our Township Business Administrator, Liza Viana. The two work together to make sure residents can easily find out about important Township updates and all the great community events going on in town each week.

New videos are posted on Thursday nights on the Township Facebook page as well as on the Township YouTube Channel. You can subscribe to the YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss any episodes. The features are a few minutes long, and highlight fun community events that you won’t want to miss.

Have an event you would like to feature? Please email the Communications Committee (BHCommunications@bhtwp.com) to let us know. Featured events need to be open to the public, and should be supporting local, non-profit organizations.  

FoodStock NJ Challenge!!

Berkeley Heights Township is collecting food to donate to the Little Flower Church Food Pantry. Overflow collections will be donated to the Linden Interfaith Network for Community Services. 

We are also challenging Scotch Plains (#FoodStockChallenge) to see which town can collect the most food, as part of our effort to support Foodstock, a grassroots 501 (c) 3 organization that assists with the needs of our less fortunate community members who are struggling to put food on their tables.

Foodstock’s goal is to collect 500,000 pounds of food this year! And this is where you can help!

Here’s how you can donate:

  • Drop off bags of food to Town Hall anytime from now through July 12th. The bin will be located at Police Dispatch, entrance facing the parking lot.
  • Request that bags be dropped off to you. A local volunteer will drop them off with specific instructions attached to the bags. Please request bags by emailing: brusso@bhtwp.com

Then just leave the filled bag(s) on your doorstep and they will be picked up the week of July 7 - July 12! Please let us know how many bags you would like.

Please fill the bags with non-perishable food donations. Little Flower has limited space; right now they can only accept: boxed milk, canned stew/soup & canned vegetables. All other items will be donated to the Linden organization. *ProTip: ShopRite’s “Can Can Sale” is going on from July 7-12, so you can stock up just in time to donate!

Please visit the Township website for all the scoop and Foodstock’s website for more information on the organization. 

Municipal Complex

Please check here for regular weekly updates and photos.

Recycling Schedule

REMINDER: The Township is now divided into two sections for recycling pickup. Snyder Avenue/Horseshoe Road is the dividing line between the East and West sides of Berkeley Heights.

Pickup will occur every other Wednesday for streets East of Snyder Ave (toward Summit) and every other Thursday for streets West of Snyder Avenue (toward Warren). Both sides of Snyder and Horseshoe will be picked up on Wednesdays. 

Full 2019 schedule with East & West dates is online.

Specific questions can be sent directly to Giordano at (service@gogreengiordano.com or call 800-216-2250) for the most up-to-date information.  Read a summary of Recycling "Do's and Don'ts".

July 2019 Recycling Dates:

  • EAST: July 10, 24
  • WEST: July 11, 25

Township Council Meeting Schedule

Township Council meetings take place at Town Hall (29 Park Avenue) at 7 pm. 

Upcoming Township Council meetings:

  • July 9, 23
  • August 20

Upcoming Planning Board meetings:

  • July 17
  • August 14

Committee & Board Updates

Berkeley Heights Planning Board

On June 19th after a comprehensive presentation plus Q&A session, the Planning Board approved the application for the property located at the site of the former Berkeley Florist (663 & 665 Springfield Ave), by the developer Elite Properties. The new development will now be called "Berkeley Crossing". The plans are for there to be 45 rental units (mostly 2 bedroom units with some 1 bedroom units as well) along with retail space.

This property was deemed as a non-condemnation area in need of redevelopment, adopted by the Township Council on May 8, 2019.

Please reach out to Connie Valenti, Board Secretary, at cvalenti@bhtwp.com, with any questions.

Berkeley Heights Environmental Commission

Residents Contribute 5,800 Pounds of Thin-Film Plastics in Trex Bins in Just One Year

In just one year, Berkeley Heights residents have crossed the milestone of contributing 5,778.79 pounds of thin-film plastics in Trex bins around town – almost three tons of thin film plastics that would otherwise have found their ways into landfills, waterways, and other places.

As it begins its second year overseeing the Trex Bins and thin-film plastics collecting program in town, the BHEC invites everyone to take the challenge: Reduce Your Use! This can be done just by foregoing the use of just one thin film plastic bag per week. The BHEC hopes that this challenge, combined with the continued use of the Trex Bins, will raise people’s awareness about their plastics use and will be the next step in the process of getting people to reduce their thin-film plastics consumption overall.

For additional information regarding the Berkeley Heights Trex Bins and thin film plastics recycling program, please visit the BHEC website.

Downtown BH Litter Clean Up and Shoe Donations- Sunday, June 30

Help kick off summer by helping to clean up our downtown! Val's Valiants, Sustainable Berkeley Heights, the BHEC, and the Downtown Beautification Committee invite you to join us in a litter clean up. Bags and reinforced gloves will be provided at no charge.  Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, as the ground could be muddy and as most plants - including poison ivy, etc. - are now in bloom. 

WHERE: Meet in the parking lot outside of Dunkin' Donuts.

WHEN:  Sunday, June 30

TIME:  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

COST: FREE!

ITEMS TO BRING: Just show up. Strollers, younger brothers and sisters, and dogs on leashes welcome! Val's Valiants will also be collecting old shoes!

Community Updates & Events

Berkeley Heights Community Pool - Berkeley Heights YMCA 

Looking for a pool this summer while the Berkeley Heights YMCA is under construction? Check out options on our website.

Senior Club Update (Ages 55+)

Weekly Meetings. Please join the "Seniors" at their weekly meetings - Tuesdays at 10:30am at Mount Carmel (56 River Road). All welcome, working or retired. Everyone 55 and over is invited and encouraged to attend our meetings, 2019 trips and loads of parties.

Berkeley Heights Education Foundation

Kelly Miller Circus- June 27-28

The Circus is in town! Shows are scheduled at Mount Carmel for:

  • Thursday, June 27th, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, June 27th, 8pm
  • Friday, June 28th, 5:30pm
  • Friday, June 28th, 8pm

General Admission: $25 adults, and $20 children (under 13) Infants on the lap of adult do not need a ticket. Tickets still available on the BH Ed Foundation website. Any questions? Feel free to contact us at circus@bhedfoundation.org

VicFest- Saturday, June 29, 9am - 4pm

Members of the Guidetti family and the Mount Carmel Society are hosting "VicFest 2019, a Truck, Auto & Bike Extravaganza” in honor Victor Guidetti III, who died suddenly on June 11, 2017.

Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Any and all donations, small or large, are gladly accepted and appreciated, with proceeds going to the Rolling Thunder Charities, Inc. There is no fee for entering a vehicle in the show, and each entry will receive a small door prize. Food, beverages and refreshments are at vendor’s charge.   

VicFest begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at Mt. Carmel Field, 56 River Road in Berkeley Heights. The rain date is June 30. 

Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad

The Rescue Squad always needs volunteers, both medical and auxiliary! Come to the Rescue Squad's new "Meet &Greet - Open House" every Tuesday from 7-9pm. Come meet our members, learn more about us and what it takes to join the Squad.  Free refreshments and ambulance tours too - bring the family! For additional information, visit their website or call (908) 464-0013.

Berkeley Heights Public Library 

July Events

  • Paper Plate Story Times (Ages 3-5)
  • Tuesdays, July 2, 16, 23 from 10:30 am to 11 am
  • Lizard Guys (All Ages)
  • Wednesday, July 3 from 2 to 2:45pm
  • Good Tyme String Band (All Ages)
  • Tuesday, July 9 from 10:30 to 11 am
  • Mother Goose on the Loose: Books, Music, Rhymes & Play  (Ages 0-24 months)
  • Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25 from 9:30 to 10 am 
  • Touch the Music: Hear the music, try the instruments (Pre K-Grade 2)
  • Wednesday, July 17 from 2 to 2:45pm
  • Tween Sewing Workshop: Make a Zippered pencil case (Sign-up required) (Ages 8-10)
  • Monday, July 22 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Peas and Carrots (Music) (Ages 0-5)
  • Friday, July 26 from 1:30 to 2:15 pm
  • Magic Show with Brian Richards (Family Program)
  • Tuesday, July 30 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm

Berkeley Heights Youth Police Academy

Berkeley Height Police Department Youth Academy 2019

Save the dates! Registration forms and full packet can be found here.

  • Grades 8-12 July 8-12
  • Grades 2-4 July 15-19
  • Grades 5-7 July 22-26
  • Grades 5-8 July 29-Aug 2 (For those who have previously attended BHPD Youth Academy)

Summer camps available in Berkeley Heights

All-Sports Camp

For children entering grades K through 8, The All-Sports Camp is the perfect blend of sports, recreational games and camaraderie from 9am to 1pm directed by Terry Hanratty, PE Teacher at GLHS. For more information, call (908) 896-6175.

Heights Cheerleading Camp

For girls entering grades K-9, The Heights Cheerleading Camp runs from 9am to 1pm and is directed by former and current GL Cheerleaders and Coaches. For more information, call (908) 896-6175.

Highlander Football Camp

For football players grades 3-9, Highlander Football Camp is designed to teach young players safe and proper Track & Field fundamentals as well as instill the characteristics that make up a Highlander. Running from June 24- 27th, the camp is directed by Head Football Coach at GL, Dan Guyton who can be reached at (908) 451-3173.

Highlander Track & Field Camp

For football players grades 3-9, Highlander Track & Field Camp is designed to teach young players safe and proper Football FUNdamentals as well as instill the characteristics that make up a Highlander. Running from July 15-18th, the camp is directed by Head Track and Field Coach at GL, Dan Guyton, who can be reached at (908) 451-3173.

Boy Scouts

Join Scouting! 

Berkeley Heights has a long-standing tradition of being a scout friendly town with many chartered Scouting organizations for young men and women. Troop 68 has been in Berkeley Heights since 1934 and has produced more than 110 Eagle Scouts over the years. Troop 68 prides itself in giving back to the community and enabling young members to learn valuable life skills along the way. The Troop has something for everyone; from high adventure camping to STEM. They meet Mondays at 7:30 pm @ Mary Kate McMillan School (651 Mountain Ave). Scouts is open to all young adults age 11-17. Stop by and come check them out! For further information, please contact Scoutmaster Richardson at PeterRichardson.BH68@troopmaster.email

Comments?  Suggestions? Please send them to: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com

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