Kenilworth Memo From The Mayor

Hello Kenilworthians, I hope the Summer months were good to everyone, but now it’s time to get ready for the fall season! That means back to school kids, and that means a busy schedule of events and happenings throughout the Borough. Before we get into the timeline of events I want to remind you to be careful when you are going about your day and always if you see something say something.
Not that I plan to be pessimistic, but just a reminder that forecasters are warning that an Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th, is already off to a fast start and could continue to be extremely active. Now we have all been through some bad storms before and the best way to get through these is to be prepared! Have a plan, stock up on fresh batteries, candles, water and make sure the gas tank is topped off. In the event of a bad storm, the Borough will do it’s upmost to maintain lines of communication to keep you informed. However, our Emergency personnel need your help to be our eyes and ears to your neighborhoods. I have seen our community come together during the worst of storms and I have no doubt that no matter what Mother Nature may throw at us, we will persevere. If you have not done so already, sign up for the Borough of Kenilworth’s Swift 911 system to get information via landline phone or to cell phones. Sign up is free and is located on our Kenilworth Borough website. Our goal is to get everyone signed up. For your convenience, we have information and a sign-up center at the Senior Center and the Kenilworth Library to help those who need assistance. In times of crisis, the ability to get information quickly and accurately is imperative. This system allows the authorities to reach as many people as possible.
Here are some important dates for September:
September 4: Labor Day Observed.
September 7: Back to school! Please remember to be careful while driving. The Boulevard and Monroe Avenue gets congested during drop-off and pick-up. Drive cautiously and obey all traffic laws. At designated crosswalks pedestrians have the right-of-way. Drivers must come to a full stop and pay attention to our crossing guards.
September 9: David Brearley HS Project Graduation 2018 presents the Food Truck Festival from 11 am-5pm at the Harding School Loop 426 Boulevard featuring some great Vendors from snacks to desserts. Cost is only $5 per person, Children 5 and under are free.
September 11: It was on this day in 2001, our world was forever changed. Keep those that lost their lives on this tragic day and our Warriors who continue to fight the War on Terror in your hearts and prayers. Never Forget.
September 22: The Kenilworth Historical Society invites you to the Kenilworth VFW on 33 North 21st Street for a Dinner and Show to hear The Music of the 60’s by the “British Invasion Years” Band. $60 Admission gets a live 2-hour performance and a 3-course dinner buffet; 50/50 raffle and gift auction will also be held during the evening. Advance registration by September 8th is requested. Tickets/info call 908-709-0434 or 908-709-0391. Tickets are also on sale at Especially Yours Florist (13 N 20th St). Proceeds will benefit the Oswald J. Nitschke House Museum & Cultural Arts Center to help defray the cost of an elevator that makes the site fully accessible.
September 23: David Brearley HS Project Graduation 2018 presents the music of Sinatra performed by Chris Jago at the Kenilworth VFW. All the sights and the sounds of “Old Blue Eyes” for your entertainment. $25 per person, you can bring your own snacks and food. Coffee, tea, and dessert will be provided. For tickets call Darlene (908) 447-9421 or email Joan at You can also purchase tickets at Especially Yours Florist on N 20ths St.
During the whole month of September the Kenilworth Public Library has a ton of events for children and adults alike. Check it out at for more details
One last thing, if you’re hungry and want to be part of a worthy cause stop in at the Kenilworth Diner anytime during the month and order a “Mason Burger special.” That’s a bacon cheeseburger with waffle fries. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a memorial at the park in memory of our very own Mason Stein.
As always visit our website at for more details about these events and more.
In closing, I want to say how proud and honored I am to live and raise my family in this great town. With all the horrible things going on in this great nation and abroad I am grateful that we have people here that treat each other the best they can with dignity and respect. We have our problems at times but it is nothing that good communication and understanding cannot overcome. As you go through your month, think about this as we are all human beings. But it is being human that makes our society flourish and prosper. We are all in this together. Treat each other as you wish to be treated.
God Bless you all and God Bless America