A musical August marked by a touching remembrance is coming to an end, making way for a busy September, with affordable housing, trash pickup, and other issues on the horizon.
First, however, please remember that September 7 marks the reopening of our schools (with a kindergarten orientation on September 6 and an RBR freshman orientation on August 30). So please drive safely, particularly in light of renewed efforts by parents to encourage Markham Place and Point Road school children to walk or bike to school. For parents interested in the “Walking School Bus” program, in which volunteers will lead groups of walkers and bikers to school, please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30 e0a48aaab2aa4ff2-lswalking to sign up your children and/or volunteer to help.
Looking back quickly, our Sunday concerts in the field behind Borough Hall were again a success, as was our third National Night Out, in which our Police Department hosted demonstrations, served food and refreshments, and met and mingled with residents in this anti-crime and community relations effort.
Thanks to our recreation program and the LSPD (helped out by our fire and EMS volunteers) for going the extra mile to make Little Silver the special community we know it to be.
And thanks also to all those, especially Kevin Akey, who created and dedicated a “Pollinator Meadow” at the Community Garden to the memory of Linda Goff, a long-time volunteer, gardener, and editor of this newsletter who we lost too soon just about a year ago. Well deserved and very fitting.
Looking forward, the Borough Council will host a special meeting at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall on September 13 to help educate the public about the obligation of Little Silver (and all New Jersey municipalities) to provide for the construction of low and moderate income housing.
In a town like Little Silver, which lacks vacant, buildable lots, that obligation poses a challenge, but the failure to do so exposes it to a “developer’s remedy” lawsuit, in which a developer could seek to override local zoning and planning authority and compel its construction.
Like many municipalities, Little Silver joined a consortium of towns to seek court protection from such lawsuits, which means that it must have a suitable plan to allow its “fair share” of affordable housing to be built. It is a complex issue with a long history, and our expert will be on hand to offer an overview, answer questions, and to gather community input. The governing body will also discuss in September the possibility of going from three zones to two for trash collection, and eliminating Saturday collections entirely. The Saturday collections in particular have been a source of irritation for some, and are among other considerations as the governing body looks at its contracting options.
In other town-wide issues, in answer to some who have asked, Verizon has advised that it is not willing to move its antenna from the new tower at borough hall, which is subject to a long-term lease, but that it is willing to cooperate in exploring potential efforts to improve its appearance. The borough also continues to monitor the tower’s emissions, which are well within federal safety standards, and to explore restricting use of the tower by other carriers.
In community news, Little Silver Men’s Softball will sponsor a fundraising softball tournament on September 16 at 2 p.m. on Borough and Library fields to benefit little Lily Ince, who is battling a difficult disease. Her mom, Lindsey Thompson Ince, is a second grade teacher in town. We wish the family all the best, and encourage everyone to attend (there will be live music, food, refreshments and children’s games), as Point Road squares off against Markham Place in support of our own in difficult times.
Also coming in September, the second vintage and antique car show at the Parker Homestead on September 24 from 10 to 3 which will include music, food and ice cream. Sponsored by Contemporary Motor Cars, a 50-50 will benefit the historic Homestead.
And looking way ahead to November, the annual White Road Cup football classic between Little Silver and Shrewsbury has been rechristened to The Peninsula Playoff Championship, and will now include Rumson and Fair Haven. The event is scheduled for November 24 at the Count Basie Field in Red Bank. Register online by November 1 at www.therivalryseries.com. Stay tuned for further information.
Lastly, if you find yourself in Borough Hall, please say hello to our newest employee, Lauren J. Greifenstein. Lauren is an administrative assistant working in the clerk’s office. Welcome Lauren!
On behalf of the governing body, we wish everyone a happy Labor Day and smooth sailing into the fall season ahead. As always, please call borough hall with any concerns, or contact me directly by calling my home phone at (732) 576-8595, or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert C. Neff, Jr.
Mayor, Borough of Little Silver