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Mayor Diana Orban Brown
(Expires 12/31/2017)

Township of Mendham
Incorporated March 29, 1749
          PO Box 520 Brookside, New Jersey 07926
(973) 543-4555   fax (973) 543-6630
Greetings from Town Hall – March 2017

Mendham Township Selects its New Chief of Police

The Township Committee is pleased and gratified to announce the selection of Ross Johnson, a police officer since 2004 and a Mendham Township resident, as the new Chief of Police of the Mendham Township Police Department, effective March 13.

Chief Johnson’s promotion came after a month-long process, which included written essays by each of the candidates, oral testing by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and interviews by the Township Committee.

Mendham Township is fortunate to have a Police Department whose members are exceptionally professional, well trained and dedicated. With such talent on the force, the selection this year of a new Chief of Police was a difficult, but all-important task, of your Township Committee.

Chief Johnson, in addition to turning in an excellent performance during the promotional process, is a natural for the position, having served as Officer in Charge following the retirement in April 2016 of Steven Crawford, our former Chief.

Chief Johnson has been a resident of Mendham Township since moving here with his family from Summit in 1995. He attended Salisbury School in Salisbury, CT, graduated from Gettysburg College, and along the line decided that public service was his calling. He joined Brookside Engine Company No. 1 in 1996 and served as a line officer for seven years, including Chief in 2009-2010. He also was an EMT with our First Aid Squad for 12 years and an officer for four of those years.

He joined the Mendham Township Police Department in 2004, and quickly demonstrated his leadership skills, with promotions to Sergeant in 2008 and to Lieutenant in 2014. As Chief, he pledges to emphasize training, community relations and better communications and outreach with our town’s organizations. He says he wants the Mendham Township Police Department “to be seen as partners providing the best service possible to our citizens.”
Congratulations to Chief Johnson, to the Police Department and to the residents of Mendham Township.

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Here are some events coming up in the weeks ahead:
Family Drumming Circle Tuesday, March 14th, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Brookside Community Club
Join us for a fun evening of drumming led by Mark Wood of Wood N’ Drums.  The program is for children in K+ and their families. Space is limited and registration is required. Call (973) 543-4018 or email us. This substance-free event is sponsored by the Municipal Alliance of the Mendhams as part of the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Love Coffee?  Mendham Township Library Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Explore coffee with us, from the bean on a tree to drinking a nice hot cup of Joe.  Join us for a discussion and tasting of coffee.  Understand the different coffee trees and practices for obtaining the best blend.  Learn secrets of the trade and ways to get people hooked.  Meet Tom Lloyd, our coffee expert to learn everything you wanted to know about coffee and more. Sign up at the Library to learn all about coffee.
Community Well Testing
Pick up the Kits: Saturday, April 1st from 9:00 – 12:00pm  
Drop off the Kits: Monday, April 3rd from 7:00 – 10:00am Mendham Township Municipal Building, 2 W Main St, Brookside, NJ. 
Felted Mini-Easter Bunnies & Chicks Wednesday, April 5th, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Sign up to learn how to make felted mini Easter critters, bunnies, chicks, eggs, etc.  We will use roving wool and needles to create cute little animals.  No sewing is necessary to complete the project.  All supplies will be provided by the library.  No experience is necessary and all levels are welcome.  Instructions will be simple and easy to follow.  Sign up at the Library to have some fun learning to felt together.
Alexander Hamilton Thursday, April 6th ~7:00-8:00 p.m. Join us for a detailed review of the life of Alexander Hamilton from his birth to his death given by Nolan Asch, one of seven official Alexander Hamilton National Advocates.  Explore the importance of Alexander Hamilton to the founding of the United States and his relevancy to today.  Recognize the extraordinary contributions of Alexander Hamilton in the creation and implementation of the U.S. government and economic systems.Please call us at 973-543-4018 or email to register.

Come Celebrate Mendham TV’s 10th Anniversary!

Mendham TV, our local community access television station (Channel 22 Verizon/ Channel 29 Comcast).

10th Annual Mendies Hall of Fame Award Ceremony and Fund Raiser
Friday April 7th  ~ 6:30-10:30pm 
 Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 at the door at Brookside Community Club: 1 East Main St Brookside.
Honoring Brookside Engine Company, Jim Baglin and the "Mendham Fundraisers".

Tickets can be obtained at Lakeland Bank, Provident Bank, Wicker Basket, Brookside Post Office, Boro Offices and Township Offices.

Great Buffet dinner, beer/wine, desserts, Silent Auction and dancing!
This is Mendham’s TV’s principal fundraiser and Silent Auction donations from the community are most welcome. Your donation will be acknowledged the night of the event as well as on the television station and the subsequent TV program that will be run throughout the year. Email for details.

36th Spring Antiques Show & Sale Saturday April 8th 10-5pm and Sunday April 9th 11-4pm.
West Morris Mendham High School, sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Mendhams. Admission donation $7.00.

April 12th is the last day to change your party affiliation before the June 6th election!
For more voter information and registration deadlines visit the Township Clerk’s page on our website or click here:

The Township Spring Brush Pickup will begin on Monday April 17th.

Free native tree seedlings will be available to Mendham Township residents on Saturday, April 29th as part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. This program helps communities replace trees damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. From 10am to noon, residents will be able to pick up tree seedlings at the Town Hall parking lot.




Diana M. Orban Brown
Mayor of Mendham Township

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