Main Street HP Hosts Annual Meeting Nov. 14 to Highlight its Initiatives for a Vibrant Downtown

Please be advised that the Main Street Highland Park Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Highland Park Senior/Youth Center, 220 S 6th Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904. The public is welcome to attend to learn about and provide input to the strategies/initiatives for creating an exciting and sustainable Highland Park downtown environment. Main Street Highland Park (“MSHP”) is a non-profit community development organization that manages the downtown Business District for the benefit of the merchants, business owners  and residents of Highland Park. As a dedicated advocate for the downtown, Main Street leverages its budget resources and relationships on behalf of its constituent members to bring about change that would not otherwise be possible. Main Street Highland Park’s numerous programs improve the image of downtown Highland Park, focusing on its commercial assets, visual appeal, safety and desirability as a destination for business, for shopping, dining and fun. READ MORE

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