Mendham Township, NJ

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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 the Mayor – February 2017
-- Honoring Our Volunteers --
More than 150 township residents serve as volunteers in the Mendham Township Fire Department, the First Aid Squad, the Office of Emergency Management, the Environmental Commission, the Mendham Township Library, the Recreation Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Planning Board, the Historical Preservation Committee, the Board of Health, the Tree Protection Committee, Mendham TV, the Wildlife Committee, and more. And that doesn’t include the scores of individuals who volunteer in the schools, at special events, with the Scouts, with organizations that focus on community service – the list goes on and on.

Without their contributions of time, skill and resources, we would be hard-pressed at best to keep critical town government functions running smoothly and to maintain the quality of life that makes Mendham Township such a wonderful place to live.
The Township Committee honored these volunteers at a special reception on February 7, and despite dense fog that night, more than 50 came to enjoy food, drink, and camaraderie. (See the photo montage on the Home page.)

A few days after that occasion, I was reminded again of the special personal qualities, as well as the commitment and sacrifices, that these volunteers give to our community.

I had the privilege of attending the celebration of life for a very special volunteer – John McDonough III of Ralston Engine Company No. 1. John passed away at the age of 68 after a tough battle with cancer. I was honored to meet his family and to hear the thoughts of Father Michael Drury who officiated at the celebration of life at St. Luke Church in Long Valley.

“Father Mike’s” words raised the concept of volunteerism to a much higher level. He talked about integrity – a quality that all of us would want to be remembered for. Integrity demonstrates itself in many ways. For a volunteer like John (or any volunteer for that matter), integrity is acknowledged in commitment, dedication, and reliability.

In a sense, all volunteers are champions, whether they are fighting fires, rescuing the injured, protecting our land and water, enriching our residents through books and programs or enhancing the quality of life in myriad ways in Mendham Township. So to all volunteers, feel proud that you are a hero. We should all be grateful to these dedicated volunteers and thank them for their service and contributions – not only at events like the Volunteer Appreciation Reception – but all year long.

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Each month in 2017, this “Letter from the Mayor” will share happenings and volunteer opportunities in and around Mendham Township on the town’s website. Town Hall will add items as they come up, so please visit often to keep up with the latest news from your local government – and to learn how you, too, can contribute to our home town as a volunteer.

Upcoming Events:

Learn about costume jewelry's fascinating history with expert Marilyn Visakay. Mendham Township Library Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00pm, see how jewelry has been affected by societal sensibilities, national movements, pop culture, fads, disasters, scientific advances and world wars. Registration is required. Please call us at 973-543-4018 or email us at
to register.

On behalf of Mayor Diana Orban Brown and the Mendham Township Committee you are invited to a town hall-style meeting on Friday February 24, 2017. This meeting will focus on the recreational needs and interests of local residents.  The meeting will begin at 6:30pm at the Municipal Building.  Please confirm your attendance via email to the Township Clerk at:
 Saturday, April 15th, the Mendham Business Association will host high school juniors and seniors in the Mendhams for an Apprentice Day. Local businesses will invite students into their business and the students will experience how a business operates.  Please contact the Mendham Business Association to register by April 5th.   
Space is limited; call 973-543-2145.
Spring Brush pickup will begin on Monday, April 17th; DPW will begin on the east side of the Township and work west through town.

Other News:

The Mendham Township Recreation Commission in partnership with the West Morris Junior Women's Club is excited to announce that the first fundraiser for the ReBUILD Ralston Playground is up and running! You can purchase a brick or make a tax-deductible donation by visiting their website

Mendham Township's Emergency Alert System allows you to receive notifications via phone calls, text messaging, e-mail and more based on locations you care about. This system will be used to notify you regarding severe weather, flooding, gas leaks, police activity and more. To sign up for notifications, click here:

MAST purchased a new vehicle for their curb-to-curb transportation service.  Mendham Borough and Township residents 60 years of age and over and 18 years of age and over who are disabled can schedule rides for medical appointments, including physical therapy, as well as a once weekly ride to ShopRite in Chester. To schedule your ride, or for more information click here:

The Township’s Public Health Nurse Jennifer Lawlor, RN, will be at the Municipal Building to provide free blood pressure screenings, health information, referrals, and resources to Township residents the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from
8:30 am to 4:30 pm. No appointment is necessary. Please feel free to stop by! 




Diana M. Orban Brown
Mayor of Mendham Township

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