This year, in effort to expand our community involvement, myself and others have developed several opportunities for our residents. These opportunities include, our satellite library, our CALL•it hotline, and our community garden.
The satellite library which took off mid summer was held every Wednesday 4-8pm at 55 Reid St. This gave residents on the other side of town the opportunity to meet some of our librarians, read a book, do some crafts, and use the computers, they had an occasional movie night. The borough is hoping to see the satellite library re-open again in the fall.
Our CALL•it hotline (732) 570-4548, has given residents the opportunity to call in and give the borough some feedback. This becomes helpful to the borough in serving you, the resident. Many people have commented on positives and negatives here in town and the borough benefits in knowing how you feel! I recommend using this hotline and leaving a message, if you’re interested in volunteering, if you have an idea for future events, or even to just tell us what is being done wrong. The hotline has received calls about not receiving the Monthly Buzz newsletter in electric bills on time, and that has pushed the communications committee to get policy and protocols to ensure promptness. All of this takes time, but it also shows that you are noticing our small efforts. Starting in 2018, the communications committee will be opening up our Monthly Buzz to the community to post events and for others to advertise as well.
The Green team had an amazing kick-off meeting geared to gauge interest for a community garden! On the morning of September 16 with the leadership of Denise Bautista, a presentation was delivered to a packed room of residents interested in getting involved. Other towns have had a lot of success in forming a community garden, and the borough would love to bring that type of sustainable projects to our town. Based upon the turnout, we will be holding other efforts and I welcome anyone that loves gardening or wants to be a part of learning how to, to get involved in this project. Being a part of it has already been satisfying for me. We’re starting to get things done in South River and I encourage all residents to get involved in something that catches your interest.