Articles Archive for June 2012
I am writing to invite you to the Annual Fireworks Show on Monday, July 2nd at 7:30pm. This year’s event is expected to be a spectacular show. There will be a special performance by the cast members of the bergenPAC musical Children of Eden, as well as a DJ and other musical entertainment. Vendors will be on hand serving a variety of delicious food and drinks.
Please join me and gather at Dwight Morrow High School’s front lawn in celebration of Independence Day. Join in the fun and celebrate the true meaning of Independence Day with a community as diverse as Englewood, New Jersey.
I am happy to keep the July 4th celebrations alive here in Englewood as we celebrate with our annual fireworks show. I would also like to thank Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for sponsoring this year’s fireworks as well as our volunteers who made this event possible for Englewood. I am pleased that our community has come together as one in order to make this great event happen. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Parking will be available in and around Dwight Morrow High School at 274 Knickerbocker Road in Englewood. The event is open to all who would like to attend and attendees are urged to arrive early as the program will begin promptly. I urge everyone to arrive early as this promises to be a very big event with a big bang at the end!
Mayor Frank Huttle III
FREE Englewood Fireworks
Monday, July 2, 2012
Dwight Morrow High School
274 Knickerbocker Road
Englewood, New Jersey 07631
In early June there was an exciting meeting held with the Englewood planning board members, City council members, residents and leaders of the community on the New Master Plan— Planning Englewood’s Future. The attendees of this meeting have been hard at work serving as a catalyst to engage the entire community in the first of three public meetings for the New Master Plan for Englewood. The first citywide focus group will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00PM at the Community Baptist Church at 224 First Street in Englewood. The next two meetings will be held in September and November at two different locations in the City. Times and places to be announced.
The strength of our community is its diversity; and its strength is enhanced when we join together as one community in one place to plan our City’s future. We have been overwhelmed by the response to this new community driven approach toward planning for Englewood’s future. It’s intended to inform the community where the opportunities are but also where the compromises are. Wednesday evening is to be an important first event in an Englewood-wide, civic exercise based on broad participation and interactive discussion among residents.
Simply stated, this is a City wide focus group and it has worked in major cities and other government entities around the country.
Each resident is an integral part of Englewood’s one community. The Master Plan is the blueprint for our City’s future and its vision will impact every facet of the quality of life in our community. We would urge you to join us at this important public meeting as your voice should be heard. Click here for the PDF of the flyer for the public meeting and please feel free to distribute it via email. For more information go to www.englewoodone.com.
I look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening. Join us, participate, be informed and let your voice be heard.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
Englewood mayor hopes public hearing will help guide city’s master plan
Huttle is urging residents to attend a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss the city’s master plan, a blueprint for developing city property.
Municipalities are required to renew their master plans every six years. Englewood last renewed its master plan in 2009, but Huttle called the revision a “direct copy job” of the previous plan. He said the economic climate has changed so drastically since 2009 that a new master plan is needed.
“We’re taking a completely fresh look,” he said. “Whatever the people want, I’m OK with that.”
The public hearing, set for 7 p.m. at Community Baptist Church on First Street, will be unlike other forums, Huttle said. Rather than having residents sound off at a microphone, they will break into work groups with officials and discuss ideas in a roundtable format.
“It’s the first time we’re approaching it in this way,” he said. “We’re trying to embrace the whole community.”
The city has hired three firms to develop its master plan. Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit advisory group in the tri-state area, will help the city with its community involvement efforts, Huttle said. Brown & Keener, an urban design and planning firm in Philadelphia, will serve as planning consultants. Urban Partners, a Philadelphia consulting firm on urban projects, will analyze the economic impact of the proposals, he said.
The master plan will be a key factor in redeveloping the shuttered Lincoln School, on West EnglewoodAvenue across from Mackay Park next to the fire department. The city bought the building in 2003 and the district vacated it in 2008. Since then, it has been a target for vandals, thieves and squatters. Ideas for reusing the building have included a charter school, a community center and housing.
The City of Englewood is updating its Master Plan for 2013 which will set objectives and the policies that will shape Englewood’s future.
The new Master Plan will allow Englewood to maximize opportunities available to it based on its location and assets while also taking a proactive approach to avoiding some of the pitfalls that other towns have experienced. There is a webpage dedicated to the Master Plan.
You will find the most up-to-date information on the Plan on the link to the Master Plan page on the City’s website, which can be found at www.cityofenglewood.org.
Our first public hearing on the Master Plan will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00PM at the Community Baptist Church at 224 First Street in Englewood. We need participation from a large portion of Englewood’s diverse community. The more input received, the richer and more enduring the Master Plan will be. Please make plans to attend this important public meeting and urge your neighbors and fellow residents to attend.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
The agenda for the next City Council Workshop Meeting is now available. Click here to download a pdf of the agenda.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in this past Memorial Day, the parade, ceremony and
festivities, it was one of the largest turnouts we’ve had in years. Whenever, I am able to be part of an
event where Englewood comes together as one community, it makes me proud to be the Mayor and a
resident of our great City.
We sometime think of Memorial Day as the beginning of summer and it is, especially given the warm
weather last Monday. Though the day certainly serves as this kind of marker, we must never forget that
it is a solemn day meant to mark the dedication of those who serve our Country in uniform, some of
whom have made the ultimate sacrifice.
We as a City have always made sure to honor those men and women who have served and sacrificed
for us all. In fact, an indelible part of the City is “the monument” something we see everyday. That
monument, which honors the war dead of Englewood, is an embodiment of the City’s commitment to
making sure that we never forget. We again renewed that commitment together as one community on
Memorial Day 2012, and it was a wonderful day.
I would also like to thank all of the members of the Englewood Police and Fire Departments and
Ambulance Corp. as well as uniformed service members who participated and made a special
contribution to the parade and ceremony. And, last but certainly not least, someone without whom we
could not have a Memorial Day in Englewood – Olga Mosciaro. Olga, whose father served in the First
World War, is a living embodiment of patriotism and the spirit of remembrance that underlies Memorial
Day. Not only that, she organizes the whole parade and ceremony! So thank you Olga for all you do for
the City and for our Veterans and Service Men and Women.
Please all have a safe and wonderful summer and stay tuned for some exciting updates of things
happening in the City.
Frank Huttle III
City of Englewood