Borough of Little Silver
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Mayor's Message

April, 2019

 March was packed with activity, and lots more is on the horizon, including the first town-wide garage sale and more. But before we get to the news, let’s remember a great Little Silver volunteer who worked outside the spotlight to preserve our history.

 Not long ago, our historic items needed sorting and cataloguing, and Liz Hanson was working her way through dozens of bags and boxes of Parker Homestead items when she came across an old tin. She nearly threw it out, but the historical site’s volunteer archivist opened it first to be sure it contained nothing historically significant.

 Inside, Liz found a perfectly preserved set of colorful 1909 baseball cards, including a Ty Cobb, collected by a Parker family member 110 years ago. They came with packages of caramels, likely purchased at a local sweet shop.

 Now, residents who visit the Homestead during its many public events can enjoy the cards, always neatly displayed in a case, and looking as though they’d just been taken from those candy packages by a long-ago baseball fan.

The cards are part of the legacy that Elizabeth A. Hanson left as a member of the Board of Trustees of Parker Homestead-1665 Inc., the non-profit charged with restoring and operating the Homestead. Liz passed away in March after an illness, continuing to work for the Homestead until shortly before her death.

As she had during her entire tenure, she did so without personal fanfare, content in a job well done for her town. In fact, she was the Trustee who always presented (to someone else) the Homestead’s volunteer of the year award.

Liz will be missed by her beloved Little Silver Garden Club, the Homestead trustees, her rescue cat Daisy, and all who knew her. We extend the town’s sympathies to her husband, Bruce, and her entire family.

There will be a memorial celebration on April 28 from 2-4 p.m. at the Woman’s Club, across the street from the Homestead. Liz asked before her death that, in lieu of flowers or other gestures of sympathy, a donation be made to the Homestead. That can be done by visiting www.parkerhomestead-1665.org

We also understand that, in Liz’s honor, the Homestead trustees are working to establish a scholarship for high school seniors planning to attend college to study history or education. The amount? $1,665, of course. Rest in peace, Liz.

In Borough Council news, the governing body has passed, after multiple public discussions extending over two years, an ordinance banning point-of-sale single-use plastic bags (with certain exceptions, such as dry cleaning bags), polystyrene containers, and plastic straws.

The measure was not without controversy: all were concerned about the impact on our businesses, and some were skeptical of its purpose.

The Environmental Commission, however, felt that the ordinance – one of about 25 in the state at this writing – would become part of the movement toward a geographically broader ban on similar products that are difficult to recycle, break down slowly, and end up polluting the environment, especially our oceans and waterways.

Local business owners who spoke during the many public discussions felt that, if this was something that would help improve the environment, they would roll with it. Carvel was working with its corporate headquarters to comply even before passage, and Acme agreed to continue its popular plastic bag recycling program, to name just two.

The measure includes a six-month phase-in period, with the ability of any business having a problem complying to obtain another six-month extension.

So please remember that our businesses are always a great asset, and offer everything you need, but that now you have an extra incentive to shop local – to thank our businesses for supporting the environment.

Coming up, our annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. at the Markham Place Gazebo. Bunny photos at 12:30! This event, sponsored by PBA local 359, is always a hit. The rain date is April 14.

And on Sunday, April 7, the annual Parker Homestead Spring Clean-up will take place starting at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome. You can help out by doing what you’re able inside and out, and get a peek inside the Homestead, barns and all, in the process.

Finally, April 26 is Arbor Day . This year, our Shade Tree Commission marks the event by delivering hundreds of Spruce tree seedlings to Point Road School students on May 3. Properly cared for, those seedlings will flourish; there are two, now 13 years old, standing tall at Memorial Park.

There are also two dates in early May worth noting now.

First, the town will host its first-ever town-wide garage sale on May 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A permit is not required, but residents must call (732) 842-2400 by April 29 to register. The event will be widely advertised, and maps showing participating homes will be available.

 Also on May 4, at 1 p.m., marchers in the Spring Sports Parade will line up at the Firehouse and parade to Borough Field, where there will be free food, music, and huge inflatables. Athletes, wear your uniforms! Another great event organized by our Recreation Department.

 Finally, on behalf of the governing body, a big ‘thank you’ to all those who came out to support our volunteer Fire Department at its annual St. Patrick’s Day party. Volunteers with the LSFD, fire police, EMS and auxiliary put on a great event. It was a huge success, as was Environmental Day , hosted by the Environmental Commission, which again had great participation.

 Thank you, as well, to our Little Silver Shovels , a group of young volunteers who step up every year to help shovel the walks and driveways of our residents who could use a little extra muscle. This year, there were 59 requests for assistance, even with the relatively infrequent snow fall. Our shovelers help make the lives of others a little easier every year.

 On behalf of official Little Silver, we wish all of you a breezy, sunny April as we move toward warmer weather. As always, please call borough hall, (732) 842-2400, with any concerns, or contact me directly by calling my home phone at (732) 576-8595, or emailing me at bobneff80@gmail.com.