Pam Hersh

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Park Partners Program, a winning formula for the community, yields five grants for 2019

Five Highland Park community service initiatives created by Highland Park residents each won a $2,000 grant from Park Partners –  a Highland Park Borough-sponsored, “give-back” program for its residents. More than 250 Highland Park residents selected the winners from a pool of 12 projects in a competitive voting session on February 17, 2019.  The grant winners are tasked with completing a project that serves the needs and interests of the Highland Park residents. “I’m so impressed with the mix of
projects supported by our residents and awarded Park Partners grants,” said
Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler. “Our 2019 Park Partners grants will advance
environmental protection, engage residents in arts initiatives, help decrease
hunger, support local non-profits, and increase cultural awareness. READ MORE

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Main Street honors Franco Juricic, devoted to his family, his community, Pancreatic Awareness, and the HP 5K

Main Street Highland Park’s staff and board
members have added one more reason why Highland Park’s 5K Race is known
statewide as a community event with soul. This year the race is honoring the
life of Franco Juricic, who died on March 6, 2019 from pancreatic cancer. As in years past, the 5k registration fees and sponsorship
proceeds are donated to Highland Park’s 
community groups, including: the Highland Park Library, Recreation
Department, Fire Department, First Aid Squad, and Police Department. For the 2019
Highland Park 5K, an additional charity – pancreatic cancer research – will benefit
from the generosity of Highland Park residents through a separate fundraising
effort spearheaded by the 5k Race Committee and Main Street. Franco Juricic and his whole family have been
5k runners since the beginning 11 years ago. READ MORE

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Franco Juricic Turned his Personal Tragedy into an Exhilarating Victory for Humanity

Franco Paul Juricic of Highland Park may have lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on March 6, 2019, but won a great eternal victory for the resilience, spirituality, and dignity of human kind. He not only was a beloved husband and father, but also a beloved citizen in his community and advocate for helping others with pancreatic cancer by raising awareness about the need for dedicating resources to finding a cure. In his honor, the Sunday, May 5, 2019, Highland Park 5k race, is being dedicated to his memory by mobilizing runners and the entire town to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN). The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The entrance fee for the 5k race as in the past goes to support a variety of community organizations, but the generous runners and community members have stepped up with extra funds for the PCAN. READ MORE

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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

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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

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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

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