Main Street Highland Park Wins Prestigious Award from Downtown New Jersey

Main Street Highland Park was among the downtown organizations in New Jersey honored last week at Downtown New Jersey’s annual conference at the end of January, 2021. Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) celebrated placemaking projects and initiatives intended to help New Jersey small businesses and downtowns survive and thrive during the shutdown and capacity limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The awards were presented at a virtual ceremony during the New Jersey Downtown Conference last week. “Keep feet on the street” has always been the motto of Main StreetHighland Park, which won in the category of Early Action/Small Organization. In March, when the pandemic got serious, the organization’s staff and volunteers, in partnership with local businesses and the Borough of Highland Park, got to work to make sure people could keep coming downtown in a way that made them feel safe. READ MORE

Murphy Announces Highland Park’s LaTourette as Acting Commissioner of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Governor Phil Murphy today announced that Shawn LaTourette will serve as Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) beginning on January 16. LaTourette, currently the Department’s Deputy Commissioner, takes the helm from Catherine R. McCabe, who will retire from public service on January 15 having spent more than 40 years protecting the environment, including three years as DEP Commissioner. LaTourette will serve as Acting Commissioner until a permanent replacement for McCabe is identified. READ MORE

HP Borough Council Reorganizes; Mayor Gives ‘State of the Town’ Speech and Swears in Two Members

Highland Park Mayor Gayle Brill Mittler began her “state of the town” speech at the January 5, 2021 Borough Council Reorganization meeting (virtual) with the words: “What a wild year this was!” And her comments came one day before one of the wildest days of the century, when a mob stormed the Capitol in the nation’s capital. But her speech was most inspiring after the horrific scene of January 6, 2021, because it reaffirmed order and principles and a determination to what is best for the residents of Highland Park. Two Councilmembers – Elsie Foster and Matthew Hersh – were sworn in at the meeting, replacing Councilwoman Susie Welkovits who tragically died a few months ago, and Councilman Josh Fine who retired from Council. ————————————————————————————————————–

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Highland-Park-Based, All-Male-Dance Troupe ’10 Hairy Legs’ Folds Its Legs and Dissolves

10HL TO DISSOLVE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2020 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HONORS OUR WORK WITH A COMPLETE ARCHIVE

Letter from 10 Hairy Legs Administrative Leaders:10 Hairy Legs will legally dissolve on December 31, 2020 as a result of the Covid19 pandemic. The company has been on hiatus since April 1, 2020 when all current and future engagements were cancelled. Thank you one and all for your tremendous support of our mission and vision during our tenure. We will miss you and wish you and your loved ones a bright future when dance reemerges and the pandemic is defeated.You embraced our achievements during our 8-year history as a male repertory dance company: we produced the commissioning of 17 works and curated 13 works by a diverse group of choreographers; commissioned 7 original scores; toured nationally and internationally serving more than 65,000 patrons and 16,000 students and educators. The company produced 7 consecutive annual New York Seasons. READ MORE

Stop & Shop Launches Pickup at the Highland Park Store

Customers Can Shop Online at StopandShop.com and Pickup Their Grocery Order from the Comfort of Their Vehicle

Stop & Shop continues to provide New Jersey residents with faster and more convenient ways to shop, announcing a new Pickup location in Highland Park at 424 Raritan Avenue. Shoppers will be able to place an order at www.stopandshop.com, or on the Stop & Shop mobile app, head to the store, and have a Stop & Shop associate load their groceries right into their car. To schedule a Pickup, customers can visit www.stopandshop.com, or the Stop & Shop mobile app, click on ‘order online’ and select “Pickup” at one’s preferred store. Shoppers can then head to the store at their chosen Pickup time, park in a designated Pickup spot, and call to let the store team know they have arrived. Stop & Shop team members will then deliver the order right to their car. READ MORE

Share the joy of the season in Highland Park by supporting downtown events and shops

The Holiday Season in Highland Park – which officially began last week with a spectacular outdoor Nutcracker Suite dance performance – kicks into high gear on Friday, Nov 26. Share the joy of the season and support the small business community by attending the Farmers Market, the Artisan Market, shopping local with all sorts of discounts, and participating in the Gingerbread House contest. Black Friday Farmers Market 212 RARITAN AVE (OUTDOORS)

Friday – Nov. 27, 11 AM – 4:30 PMMusic from Roux Bedrosian, 3 PM – 4:30 PM (weather permitting)

Holiday Artisan Market 212 RARITAN AVE (OUTDOORS)

Saturday – Nov. 28, 1 PM – 7 PMMusic from Michael Lawton, 4 PM – 7 PM (weather permitting)

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Personal Perspective: Downtown Highland Park came alive with live ballet from the “Nutcracker” by American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School

The Nutcracker, the thrilling ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, has been a joyful element of my Christmas season for nearly every Christmas since 1964, when the American Repertory Ballet (ARB), formerly Princeton Ballet, made the ballet an annual holiday tradition. I have seen the production an estimated 150 times at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, State Theater in New Brunswick, and the War Memorial in Trenton – not only because it gives me goose bumps, but also (full disclosure number one) because my daughter and my granddaughter have danced in dozens of productions. This year, COVID-19 positioned itself to be the Grinch that would steal the 2020 holiday sweet treat from not only my family, but also countless other families throughout New Jersey. But ARB and the students of its affiliated Princeton Ballet School (PBS) teamed up with Main Street Highland Park (MSHP) in a perfect pas de deux to thwart the Grinch. On Saturday afternoon, Nov 21, ARB, PBS and MSHP produced Princeton Ballet School’s Nutcracker Suite – outside, with masks, with technical dance excellence, and with unbridled joy, in front of audience members, sitting socially distant, with masks and without paying a penny for a truly inspiring show. READ MORE

Elections for Highland Park residents offer no drama – until you get to the Office of the U.S. President

In Highland Park’s uncontested Borough Council election, Matthew Hersh was elected to a three-year term beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. Matt returns to council, after serving on council from 2016-2018,  reluctantly resigning because of a job conflict. Now having a different job, he is very pleased to be able to work once again on behalf of his community. And incumbent Elsie Foster, who has been a council member since 2000, was elected to another three-year term. READ MORE

The Big Treat for Halloween Was an Extra Hour of Sleep – Set Those Clocks Back

Finally, something to celebrate in 2020. The weather on Saturday, October 31, 2020 was perfect for Highland Park’s hundreds of trick-or-treaters and their parents enjoying the holiday in the sunshine, albeit under a cloud of COVID protocols. But most had no problem adjusting to the new normal of Halloween 2020 that featured creativity not only in costume but also in candy delivery. Particularly happy features of the day were: the candy chutes shooting candy from the porches into the bags of the trick-or-treaters; all the candy (this year many full-size bars!) left on tables and stoops outside of homes; and adults and kids reveling in seeing their friends non-virtually for the first time in months. Because of masks, the smiles were hidden, but the eyes sparkled with excitement. READ MORE

Main Street Highland Park Offers a Halloween Week that will be a treat for everyone – while avoiding all mischief from COVID-19.

MASKS ARE A MUST! And we aren’t just talking about Halloween costume masks – you have to have a cloth or medical mask covering both your mouth and nose even if you are also wearing a costume mask. Keep your neighbors safe! STAY OUTDOORS AND SIX FEET APART AT ALL TIMES! Please do not go door-to-door inside businesses; help keep our business owners safe. READ MORE