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The Mendham Township Committee introduced an ordinance that would allow for funds to be allocated for the removal of dangerous trees. MENDHAM, NJ — Ash trees have been dying at increased rates in Mendham Township, according to a representative of the Mendham Township Tree Protection Committee.Concerns over public safety and the increase in dying trees have led the Mendham Township Committee to introduce an ordinance that would allow for funds to be allocated for the removal of dangerous and infected trees.The ord...
MENDHAM, NJ — Ash trees have been dying at increased rates in Mendham Township, according to a representative of the Mendham Township Tree Protection Committee.
Concerns over public safety and the increase in dying trees have led the Mendham Township Committee to introduce an ordinance that would allow for funds to be allocated for the removal of dangerous and infected trees.
The ordinance would authorize the township to use money from the Open Space Trust Fund to cut, remove, or otherwise make safe parts of open space and recreation areas traversed by trails and hiking paths open to the public.
At the July 24 committee meeting, Brian Hays, a representative of the Mendham Township Tree Protection Committee, told the mayor and committee members that the township's infection rate has been steadily increasing over the years.
Hays warned against increased activity from the emerald ash borer beetle and asked residents to check their trees for this destructive infestation. This invasive species kills ash trees by tunneling through the bark, disrupting the tree's vascular system, and preventing nutrients from reaching the leaves.
Infested ash trees can quickly deteriorate and become dangerous, with limbs falling on your personal property, your neighbor's personal property, sidewalks and roadways.
According to Hayes, the Tree Protection Committee was awarded a grant five years ago to inventory all of Mendham Township's roads for ash trees. When they finished the survey, the total was around 5,000.
"Because of the scope of the problem and the number of trees, the township committee passed an ordinance, placing the responsibility of removing the dead or hazardous trees in the township right of way on the property owner," Hays said.
According to Hayes, leaving the burden in the hands of the public was causing concern among the committee due to the rapid progression of ash tree disease. "Considering the potential liability in the event of an injury or death, it makes sense to address the trees with advanced deterioration as soon as possible," Hays said.
The ordinance, which the committee must yet approve, would limit the town's use of Open Space Trust Fund money to six months. Officials stated that the funds might also be utilized to educate the public and issue cautions about wild or distant regions where tree removal is impractical.
According to the municipality, the ordinance was necessary since the cost of managing and cutting down potentially hundreds of ash trees exceeded the usual municipal budget's restrictions.
The ash tree now accounts for approximately 10 percent of the tree canopy in Mendham Township, and the disease is expected to wipe off all of those trees over time as the disease spreads.
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MENDHAM, NJ — Hilltop Elementary School was among nine schools in New Jersey and about 350 nationwide named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023 by the U.S. Department of Education.The education department stated in a news release that schools were given the distinction based on overall academic performance or development in bridging achievement disparities between student gr...
MENDHAM, NJ — Hilltop Elementary School was among nine schools in New Jersey and about 350 nationwide named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023 by the U.S. Department of Education.
The education department stated in a news release that schools were given the distinction based on overall academic performance or development in bridging achievement disparities between student groups on examinations.
Hilltop Elementary School, located at 12 Hilltop Road in Mendham Borough, is the only Morris County school to make the list.
"Becoming a member of the 40th cohort of the National Blue Ribbon Schools is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Hilltop Elementary School community. This prestigious award affirms the values and mission of our elementary school, which endeavors to create a community filled with lifelong learners who strive for personal growth and academic excellence and act as responsible citizens who contribute to an ever-changing world," Superintendent of Schools Mitzi N. Morillo said.
This is not the first time this year that the Mendham Borough School District has been noticed by the Department of Education, this spring, two of the top 30 best-scoring schools in New Jersey’s school report cards were in Mendham Borough.
"Mountain View Middle School was named the longest-standing New Jersey School to Watch last year, and Hilltop Elementary School has received a New Jersey School of Character redesignation. These are examples of how we balance academic rigor with character development and social-emotional learning, providing the balance children need," Morillo previously told Patch. "It would be naive to think that a ranking could encompass what makes the Mendham Borough schools outstanding. Our work is never done."
The Mendham Borough School District is a public school district that serves roughly 483 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from Mendham Borough.
Here are the nine Blue Ribbon honorees from New Jersey:
According to the education department, honoree schools share a few traits. Leaders in the school uphold high standards for everyone and communicate their vision of greatness.
The Department added that these schools value and support teachers and staff with professional learning and are efficient and innovative. Students work hard to succeed, and schools use data to guide instruction.
The Department recognizes all schools in one of two categories, based on student scores and graduation rates:
"Being recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School is rewarding and motivating to continue our journey as we build upon excellence. Congratulations to our students, teachers, administrators, parents, and members of the Board of Education; we share this accomplishment with all of you," Morillo said.
MENDHAM, NJ — Following numerous meetings and debates between residents and township committee members, the next phase of the Mosle Field lighting plan has been assigned to an official ad hoc committee.On Sept. 11, the Mendham Township Committee approved a resolution appointing members of the community to an ad hoc committee, whose purpose is to propose a solution to the Township Committee that the residents and the Twin Boro Bears football and cheerleading program are satisfied with.Up until now, the council and recreati...
MENDHAM, NJ — Following numerous meetings and debates between residents and township committee members, the next phase of the Mosle Field lighting plan has been assigned to an official ad hoc committee.
On Sept. 11, the Mendham Township Committee approved a resolution appointing members of the community to an ad hoc committee, whose purpose is to propose a solution to the Township Committee that the residents and the Twin Boro Bears football and cheerleading program are satisfied with.
Up until now, the council and recreation department have been leading the debate on the contentious Mosle Athletic Field project, which calls for the replacement of existing portable diesel-fueled lights with 90-degree downstream lights, as well as the installation of new lights in the Mosle Recreation Area parking lot.
The Twin Boro Bears football and cheerleading program and the Mendham Chester Patriots baseball and softball program, both of which serve over 500 youth athletes, now use the fields.
Despite the fact that the committee approved a resolution to add lights to Mosle Field on May 22, the committee has since made the decision to table the subject until further notice.
An environmental impact study was conducted earlier this summer, but numerous people expressed reservations about its trustworthiness after finding that the study was a desktop evaluation, which meant that the team had never stepped foot on the fields.
The council has recently said that they would consider authorizing a more thorough study to further analyze any environmental implications. However, before the study can be finished, a final agreement ordinance and a bond ordinance must be passed.
According to the township, the ad hoc committee will include the Recreation Director (non-voting), an at-large member of the Mendham Township community appointed directly by the Township Committee, two Township Committee members, one Environmental Commission Representative, one Wildlife Committee Representative, two Township residents from the Mosle neighborhood, and two Twin Boro Bears representatives.
The group will have until Nov. 27 to propose a solution to the Township Committee on how to proceed with the project proposal.
According to officials, the Mosle Athletic Field project has been drastically cut back since the first design and currently involves lighting modifications to the football field and parking lot.
The Committee explicitly proposes that six additional 30-foot-tall, downstream, permanent LED light poles be installed around the parking lot to mitigate any safety concerns associated with the parking lot's present low-light or dark circumstances.
Four new 60-foot-tall, downstream-facing, permanent LED light poles will also be constructed around Mosle Field to replace the present portable diesel-powered HID light towers.
The project will not alter the field layouts or configurations, and the department is collaborating with the township engineer to investigate if renewable energy sources, such as solar, may be used.
Mendham Township Teams Up to Upgrade School Lunch In partnership with Pomptonian Food Services, Mendham aims to provide more diverse and enriching food to students. Mendham Township, N.J.- This fall, Mendham Township School District (MTSD) collaborated with their already partner, Pomptonian Food Services to upgrade lunch in Mendham. Teaming up means Mendham can serve a broader, healthier array of food to students with a new in-house chef. Likewise, the partnership comes with a new onli...
Mendham Township Teams Up to Upgrade School Lunch
In partnership with Pomptonian Food Services, Mendham aims to provide more diverse and enriching food to students.
Mendham Township, N.J.- This fall, Mendham Township School District (MTSD) collaborated with their already partner, Pomptonian Food Services to upgrade lunch in Mendham. Teaming up means Mendham can serve a broader, healthier array of food to students with a new in-house chef. Likewise, the partnership comes with a new online pay service to make parents’ lives easier when paying for lunch.
Pomptonian Food Services has been in the business of providing quality meals to schools for over 60 years. The company prides itself on serving up the best food for the best price. At Mendham, Pomptonian offerings will include fresh fruits and veggies (including a new salad bar with tuna, chicken, eggs, cheese and more), as well as all-natural options from Boars Head brand deli meats and cheeses. Even the snacks are healthy and delicious with various low and non-fat options for milk, whole wheat and gluten-free selections, and no high fructose corn syrup added.
These options supplement a creative chef’s menu, put together by MTSD’s newest addition to campus: Chef Vinny Gagliastro. Chef Vinny will be in the kitchen all week to prepare special dishes that can be ordered for a slightly higher price than normal lunches, ranging from $5.75 to $6.50 per meal. Dishes on the special list span classic Italian chicken parm sandwiches and baked ziti to stir-fried fajita tacos and pineapple glazed teriyaki chicken served over rice.
“I’m very excited to start cooking at Mendham. I’m lucky that I get to share my love for food with the kids,” said Chef Gagliastro. “We’ve been working hard on putting this new menu together, and it’s going to be exciting to see how the kids enjoy it.”
Not only will MTSD families have more options for their student’s lunches, but it’s now easier to order online through the new My School Bucks online system. The setup for an account is user friendly, allowing parents to directly deposit lunch money into their child’s account on their smart phone/mobile app and desktop.
“We know our kids are learning and growing quickly and need the best food as fuel to keep them going. Therefore, we want our parents to feel good about their children purchasing lunch on our campus,” says MTSD Superintendent, Sal Constantino, Ed.D. “We want our students to feel energized and ready to tackle the rest of their day after eating lunch with us. With all the new options we have on the menu, I’ll be stopping by the cafeteria myself for lunch.”
To learn more about the new options in the cafeteria and keep up with the latest MTSD news, check out Mendhamtwp.org. Details about food choices, special menu items and payment options can be found on the cafeteria page.
The Mendham Township Committee will be hosting an open forum to discuss the revised Backer Farm variance plan. |Updated Sat, Oct 14, 2023 at 12:58 am ETMENDHAM, NJ — Mendham Township officials will be hosting an open forum to discuss revisions to the Backer Farm variance plan.Backer Farm, a local family-run preserved farm, has been coming up against criticism from Mendham residents as it seeks to add a brewery operation on its property, with citizens protesting potential environmental and cultural impacts....
|Updated Sat, Oct 14, 2023 at 12:58 am ET
MENDHAM, NJ — Mendham Township officials will be hosting an open forum to discuss revisions to the Backer Farm variance plan.
Backer Farm, a local family-run preserved farm, has been coming up against criticism from Mendham residents as it seeks to add a brewery operation on its property, with citizens protesting potential environmental and cultural impacts.
The public forum is planned for Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Mendham Township Middle School, all-purpose room, 16 Washington Valley Road, Brookside.
The hearing will be live-streamed via the Zoom platform, but only in-person attendees will be able to make comments. Attendees will have six minutes for each issue to offer their remarks, township officials said.
Attorneys, engineers, and other professionals who desire to speak should provide written reports ahead of time. Attorneys representing parties may speak but must identify their clients ahead of time if practicable. Clients who are represented by such attorneys will be unable to answer because the attorney is speaking on their behalf.
The public session will allow for the community to discuss individual issues or the amended variance plan.
The proposed outline for each topic discussion is as follows:
Backer Farm has been seeking permission to establish a brewery operation on their property, which currently has produce and livestock. The farm's plan was approved by the Mendham Township Zoning Board of Adjustment in February 2022 with a 5-2 vote.
According to Frank Pinto, Backer Farm's project manager and spokesperson, the Backers have hired a number of professionals to help them maintain the project's integrity. Among the professionals hired were a civil engineer, a land use planner, a professional wetlands scientist, and a farmland preservation expert.
The Backer family, who have been in the Mendham community for more than 90 years, said that they intend to use a public water system for all brewery operations, with wastewater trucked off-site once a month.
Below are the topics that will be addressed:
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