Election 2018 – an important uncontested contest for the future of democracy

And the big winner was – democracy. Congratulations to Highland Park residents for voting in record numbers for midterm elections even though the local contests were uncontested. The political slugfest between incumbent U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and businessman Bob Hugin generated about 900,000 more votes than New Jersey’s last Senate race, according to preliminary data. While official turnout figures aren’t yet available, vote tallies for the top race on this year’s ballot already show a 48 percent increase in votes cast compared to the 2014 midterm elections. This year’s race, a Menendez victory, saw 2,767,892 total votes, with 98 percent of precincts reporting. READ MORE

HP responds to anti-semetic horror with safety plans and “showing up for shul”

The “horrible violence at the synagogue in Pittsburgh,” in the words of Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler is a week old but still very much present in the minds of many Highland Park residents. “We have been left with a heightened sense of vulnerability and concern for our safety,” she said. Highland Park Council is unable to offer the spiritual and emotional support, but is acting to provide support in the public safety arena. Councilwoman Elsie Foster-Dublin (head of the Public Safety Committee) and the mayor consulted with our Police Chief Stephen Rizco about the steps that can be taken to bolster synagogue security in Highland Park. As an immediate measure, the police have increased drive-bys at our synagogues at times when services are held. READ MORE

Highland Park Matters: Mayor commits to shared services and tax stabilization

Highland Park Borough Mayor Gayle Brill Mitler sends the following message to all members of the community

Tax stabilization is the number one priority of my administration, not an easy task in this era of reduced State and Federal funding. As residents, we expect local government to keep taxes as low as possible. And while we realize that things like police and fire departments, a myriad of municipal services, and infrastructure maintenance come with significant costs, we don’t want local taxes to increase any more than is absolutely necessary. I get that. Afterall, I am a Highland Park resident too. READ MORE

Seeking artists and vendors to participate in renowned arts festival Sept. 16

Main Street Highland Park is seeking Central Jersey artists, crafters, businesses, vendors, and food vendors for Highland Park’s 14th annual arts street festival, Arts in the Park, on Sunday September 16, 2018.  This renowned festival showcases fine arts and crafts from all over the region and shines a spotlight on Highland Park’s vibrant, diverse, multi-faceted arts scene. What sets this arts fair apart from a general street fair is the fact that it is a juried art show with expert judges from throughout New Jersey. This annual celebration of the arts draws thousands (last year an estimated 10,000) of art enthusiasts to stroll through downtown Highland Park and enjoy artistic offerings, live music, food, and much more. Participants in the juried art show display and sell their work under tents along Raritan Avenue (Route 27) in Highland Park. READ MORE