WHAT'S HAPPENING

BEC Reorganizes Board and Adds Operational Leadership Roles

On August 26, the BEC enacted a new organizational structure.
The goal of the structure is to care for the management of the non-profit’s administration and support needs while setting the stage for the success of Project Team Leaders from the community who will drive the projects they have a passion for. 

The official BEC Board of Directors now consists of:

  • Dave Paulson – President
  • Olga Brazaitis – Treasurer 
  • Theo Padavano – Secretary 

The Board will be supported by operational directors tending to key functions:

  • Kevin Doell – Communications 
  • Pat Kennedy – Fundraising
  • Cheryl Paulson – Membership 

Project Team Leaders will vary by project. 

Special thanks to Bob Law for his years of leadership as BEC President, as well as Sue Habermann, Gina Trish, and Luke Twomey for their service as board members. We look forward to continuing our work together on the many great projects ahead!

For insights on incoming BEC President Dave Paulson’s goals for the coming year, checkout the quick podcast interview with Kevin Doell.

Ashram Inaugural Flag Raising, July 4

Ashram Inaugural Flag Raising, July 4

A flag-raising ceremony at the Siddhachalam Jain ashram located on 111 Route 521, Blairstown, took place July 4. The beautiful new 35’ foot pole and flag was unfurled with great pride by Siddhachalam Trustees and Community and Township Council members. We are fortunate to have this beautiful sanctuary in our town and BEC looks forward to continuing working with the wonderful people of this community. To learn more about the Ashram visit www.siddhachalam.org.

Everything’s Ducky, July 4

Everything’s Ducky, July 4

Each year Blairstown celebrates Independence Day at Footbridge Park – a day filled with American spirit and pride and good-old fashioned fun. New Jersey Herald reported on the celebration.

After taking a year off, the July 4th Duck Race sponsored by Blairstown Rotary returned with the grand prize going to Jeanette Iurato. Blairstown Hose Company was the primary recipient of the proceeds. 

BEC member Bob Halberstadt

BEC member Bob Halberstadt

BEC member Bob Halberstadt became NJ’s (and possibly the country’s) oldest firefighter at the age of 78. Recently graduating from Warren County Fire Academy-Fifth Class with 200 hours of training under his belt, he received his New Jersey state Firefighter 1 certification last month. Turning 79 on July 4, Bob is now a volunteer for Blairstown Hose #1. In addition to 25 plus years of EMS experience, he is also Blairstown’s resident photographer and editor of Blairstown News. Great work Bob and thank you for your service.

Route 80

Route 80

NJ DOT is planning to build a retaining wall to guard against falling rocks along Interstate 80 through Delaware Water Gap. This will forever change the viewshed and beauty of the area and have severe impacts on local economies and communities, not to mention traffic flow, tourism and the potential impact on wildlife. Please join BEC in writing to federal and state transportation officials to appeal for more research into the impact of this project.

Opinions and concerns may be sent to:  Nicole R. Nason, Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, which is providing the funding for the project; and DOT Commissioner Diane Guttierrez-Scaccetti.

BES Gym Dedication

BES Gym Dedication

In memory of beloved Blairstown citizen and former Blairstown Elementary School (BES) Superintendent THOMAS C. GROSS, a dedication of the BES gymnasium took place June 8. The gym was named in his honor, paying homage to his 37 years serving as physical education teacher, principal and superintendent; his participation with many other local and state educational organizations; and his many years of service in the betterment of the Blairstown community (Blairstown Open Space Committee and BEC). 

Footbridge Gets A Facelift

Footbridge Gets A Facelift

Come check out the beautiful mural at Footbridge Park executed by Blair Academy’s LEAD’s class in May. In addition to cleaning debris in one of the coal bins and painting the mural, Blair students mulched the playground, planted trees, and contributed money toward repairing the playground set. 

Footbridge Renovation

Footbridge Renovation

Blair Academy’s LEAD’s class under the direction of faculty member Tyson Trish, will be renovating areas in Footbridge Park in May. Renovations include repairing the playground set, mulching the playground, and planting trees. In addition, the students will be cleaning debris by the coal bin, removing graffiti, and painting a mural on the bin.

Footbridge Park playground

LOCAL DOG CAST IN COMMERCIAL

LOCAL DOG CAST IN COMMERCIAL

Rosie, canine Blairstown resident, was recently cast in a Ralph Lauren commercial which was shot at a private Hardwick property. Obediently sitting in a boat alongside other models, Rosie can be seen in an upcoming RL fragrance commercial. The Hardwick home and pond were previously used in the 1990’s movie Prince of Tides starring Barbara Streisand and Nick Nolte.

New Eco-tourism Sign

New Eco-tourism Sign

A new sign featuring Eco-tourism in Blairstown will soon be installed on Route 94. Funded by Blairstown Rotary and designed by BEC, the new sign will replace the existing, rotting structure on Rt 94 (across from Buck Hill Brewery) and will swap places with the Blairstown Welcome sign previously designed & donated by the BEC.

Together We Can Do Great Things

Together We Can Do Great Things

This month’s CARE Meeting also drew a big crowd!

Highlights/Updates:

  • Greater Blairstown Family Support Group held two meetings this month. The group is open to family members or anyone dealing with a drug crisis. Meetings are held second & fourth Fridays, 7pm at the North Warren Counseling Center on Stillwater Road. FMI, contact Jim Perry at jjperry13@gmail.com.
  • PSA video for NW staff & students in the works
  • Main Street Cameras – Initiative between CARE & Blairstown PD as part of a “See Something, Say Something, Show Something” campaign.

To learn more about these & other CARE initiatives, come to our next meeting Monday, April 15th (Third Mondays) 7-8:30pm at 3 Water St. All welcome!