Our spring clean-up day fell prey to COVID-19, but now that New Jersey is on the mend, we thought it would be good to get back out there to help Blairstown shine!
The Blairstown Enhancement Committee is issuing a call for volunteers to show their hometown patriotism July 4 through 11 by participating in a summer clean-up event. A “Summer Sweep!”
Yes, there is always “sweeping” to be done, but there is always more. The idea is that we list “Jobs to be Done” around the town right here on Sign up Genius. Citizen Volunteers choose a task from the list they would like to tackle with their close friends and family in a safe and responsible manner.
If you don’t see something on the list, come up with your own clean-up idea and share the fruits of your labor.
No matter what project you tackle, be sure to take pictures of your group displaying your hometown pride and send them along to Together@blairstownBEC.com.
COVID-19 may have gotten us all down, but not out! Hang in there Blairstown! We got this!
Ravi Romano shared his perspectives on the state of real estate in northern Warren County as of October 2019. Ravi sees the Blairstown area as attracting folks with a special “flare” who enjoy the tranquil country life.
As the new BEC President, Dave Paulson took a few minutes to describe the purpose of the BEC and what his goals are for the group in the year head.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
This month’s CARE Meeting also drew a big crowd!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!