Highland Park Matters – The Community Kiosk–Month of October

“Highland Park Matters” for Octobers features a bike safety event on Oct. 4, a fall festival and local restaurant food showcase Oct. 7, and town garage sale Oct. 6-7, estate planning forum Oct. 22, medication disposal initiative Oct. 27-28.

Youth Bike Safety Stars in All Wheeled Sports Rodeo on Oct. 4th

On Thursday, Oct.4, 4 to 6:30 p.m., the Highland Park Safe Walking and Cycling Committee (SWACC) is hosting its annual ‘All-Wheeled Sports Rodeo’ for children ages six and older. The Rodeo will provide children a chance to learn about bike safety essentials such as properly fitting helmets and a well-maintained bicycle, as well as the ‘rules of the road’ when riding. No registration is required and the event is free.

The event will be held in the parking lot of Bartle School at 435 Mansfield St. The lot can be accessed from the back on the school, on Benner Street. There will be no cars allowed in the lot during the event, so families should plan to walk or park on a nearby street. Children must wear a helmet to participate; a helmet will be provided if needed.

According to Trish Sanchez, chair of SWACC “Highland Park is a town that encourages walking and biking. We want to encourage children to learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety in a fun and engaging way.”

The event is supported by a number of local partners, including the Highland Park Police Department, Bartle School PTO, Keep Middlesex Moving, Safe Kids Middlesex from Robert Wood Johnson, MedCycle EMS, NJ Safe Routes to School, and the NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center. Many groups are providing giveaways such as bike reflectors, bells, and even helmets to encourage safe riding.

Susan Welkovits, Highland Park Borough Council liaison to the committee, added, “We could not host this event without the support of our many partners. Last year, they provided over 70 children with skills needed to help ride safely – and we hope to see even more participate this year!”


Highland Park Comes Alive on Sunday, Oct. 7 with a Pino’s Harvest Party Concurrent with Local Restaurant Food Festival

The Taste of Highland Park event promotes our wonderful local restaurants to the hundreds of people attending the Pino’s Harvest Block Party. 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event highlights Highland Park’s statewide reputation for excellent restaurants with a diverse flavor.

The event includes:

* Beer and wine garden, pumpkins, live music, open to the public, no charge to “hang out” at the block party
* The popular “Taste of Highland Park” featuring food from local restaurants. Participating restaurants will have tables and tents at the block party and give a “taste” of their cuisines to each customer who purchases a ticket to the tasting portion of the event.

Each restaurant will offer a “taste” of their cuisine for the cost of one (1) ticket, which can be purchased for $3 at the event. Buy as many “taste” tickets are you want, and the more you buy, the more you save! 1 ticket is $3, 5 tickets $14, 10 tickets $25, 25 tickets $50! Proceeds go back to our hard working Highland Park eateries!

The Annual Town-Wide Garage Sale on Oct. 6-7 Brings the Community Together

Don’t miss Highland Park’s annual town-wide garage sale, where Highland Park residents and businesses sell their stuff on their sidewalks and stoops, and others come to scoop up all the great bargains! Whether you’re looking to downsize and unclutter or you’re looking for great deals, Highland Park is the place to be during this two-day extravaganza.

DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS: Thousands of people come to Highland Park to shop for bargains every year during this weekend It’s a great opportunity to purge older merchandise while participating in a fun and festive town-wide event. If you are interested in signing up to have a sidewalk sale this weekend, please email HPGarageSale@gmail.com (or call the Garage Sale hotline at 732-249-1654) and include your business name, a contact name, address, email address, and phone number.

Free Estate Planning Presentation, Oct 22, 11am – Noon

What do the terms ‘estate planning’ and ‘power of attorney’ mean?

How can you plan ahead, so your wishes about your health and the things you value are known?

How can you avoid conflict in your family?

Join Highland Park attorney Rebecca Strub, of Strub Law LLC, for an informative presentation, Monday, Oct. 22, on how you can plan for the future, so your assets will go to those you love. Strubb Law LLC is endorsed by Avvo.com and Personal Family Lawyer.

This event will be held at the Highland Park Senior/Youth Center, 220 South 6th Ave.


Dispose of unused or expired medications, safely

The Highland Park Senior/Youth Center, in conjunction with the Highland Park Police Department, is conducting a collection of unused and expired medications on these dates and times;
> Saturday October 27th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
> Sunday October 28th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This collection will be held at the Highland Park Senior/Youth Center, 220 South 6th Ave.

Residents may drop off any unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medications. Please note: Needles or other sharp items will not be accepted.

This collection is held as part of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s National RX Take Back Day. According to a 2016 national survey on drug use and health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. Often, misused drugs come from home medicine cabinets.


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