Little Silver has so much going on in November, including clean-ups and other opportunities to benefit and celebrate our community, that it’s hard to know where to start, so please read on for all the news.
First, the town is considering going to a two-zone pick up for both trash/recycling and brush and limb pickup . Doing so would eliminate Saturday morning trash pickup.
Under the new system, trash pickup would take place Monday and Thursday in one zone, and on Tuesday and Friday in the other zone. Both zones would continue to have every-other-week recycling pickup, always on Wednesday.
With respect to brush and limb pickup, residents would have either the first two weeks or the last two weeks of the month to put out brush and limbs. During the two-week period, brush and limbs would continuously be picked up in that zone.
Presently, with the three-zone system, some residents have Saturday morning trash pickup (to mixed reviews). In addition, all residents have just one week a month to put out brush and limbs, and the brush and limbs are then picked up the following week.
The intent of the proposal is to better serve the town’s goals: to make all pickups as convenient as possible for our residents, and to do the best we can to keep the streets clear, both for safety and aesthetic reasons. We must also comply with a state regulation requiring that brush and limb piles be removed within ten days, in order to prevent material from washing into storm drains.
If the proposed new schedule is approved by the governing body, a two to three month education process would take place before it would take effect.
Next, the cleanup opportunity : On November 3, the Environmental Commission is hosting a Nature Trails Clean Up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ending with pizza at the Woman’s Club. All are invited to enjoy the trails between Willow Drive and Point Road, with a meet-up place at the Willow Drive trail head. Gloves, bags and hand sanitizers are provided, with refreshments for all. The rain date is November 4, same time. For more information, go to littlesilver.org.
And for those following the restaurant/bar application before the Planning Board, the next hearing date is November 8 at 7 p.m. at Borough Hall, rescheduled from the October 18 date.
Other events coming up in November include our short, but heartfelt, Veteran’s Day observance in Memorial Park on November 11 at 11 am. Please come join us to honor those who serve.
In further honor of our veterans, Little Silver had a nice offer by long-time resident Trish McDerby to place wreaths at the monuments in Memorial Park on December 15. Trish is a volunteer with Wreaths Across America, which places wreaths, mostly on veterans’ graves, on that date, to remain up through the holidays.
So while the wreaths will certainly add to our downtown holiday decorations, when you see them, please think of the families who will have, or have had, an empty chair at the dinner table at that time of year.
Also in November: Election Day . Please vote on November 6, no matter your party affiliation or non-affiliation. Please call borough hall if you’re not sure where to cast your ballot.
Next, the classic, old Parker Farm pickup truck will return home to the 1875 barn at the Parker Homestead on November 10. From 9 a.m. to noon, the Homestead will be clearing a place for it, and welcomes all who would like to assist. Come get historically dirty in the name of preserving our heritage!
And back by popular demand, comedian/hypnotist Denny More will be appearing at 8 p.m. at the Woman’s Club on November 16. The funny man combines humor with hypnosis of willing audience participants, and was a big hit last year. There is no charge, but a $10 donation is suggested, since the event is sponsored by the Recreation Committee.
Lastly, the Rivalry Series, a family-friendly football tournament for teams of all ages involving area towns, will take place on November 23 (Black Friday) at the Count Basie Field in Red Bank. Go to www.therivalryseries.com for more details. Proceeds will benefit Lunch Break .
Looking back to October, successful events included the Little Silver Fire Department’s annual Halloween Parade and the Little Silver PTO’s Little Silver 5K – one of their biggest fundraisers, this year celebrating its 25 th anniversary. And the inaugural, musical Ramble on the front lawn of the Parker Homestead drew a big crowd, thanks to the efforts of Dave Ballard and the Honey Badgers, along with other local talent. Local for an encore in the Spring.
On behalf of the governing body, we wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. If you have any concerns, please call borough hall at (732) 842-2400, or contact me directly by calling my home phone at (732) 576-8595, or emailing me at email@example.com.