Welcome to our new Web site.
We've made a number of changes -- some major, some minor -- that we think help present our information better. We've reduced the number of pages, and changed the organization of articles. Most of the content from our former site has transferred here, so if you don't see something you've read before, it may be on another page.
We hope you like what you see. As always, we're eager to hear your feedback.
See our Recreation Page for this month's TAA Update as well as details on these stories:
• WCTT News;
• 15th Annual Spring Craft Show; and more.
Our Environment Page has these stories:
• Hunterdon County Master Gardeners' Helpline;
• URWA & SBWA Merge; and more.
See our History Page for news about the Historical Society's Next Program.
See our Kids Page for news about:
•Chabad of Hunterdon County Hebrew School; and more
Our Library Page features:
• the latest News From Your Library, and
• Friends of the Library Update.
Plus, there's lots more all over the site, so take a look around.
Attention All Tewksbury Township Residents
Please be advised the numbering of all principle structures located within the Township is required. This is a matter of Public Safety. In the case of an emergency a difference in minutes can mean the difference between life and death. House numbers are imperative for a quick reference. The more camouflaged and hard to find the numbers are, the longer it will take emergency personnel to arrive at the scene. All signs should be placed at the end of each driveway, whether it be the intersection of a public road or common driveway with other residential locations.
As per Township Ordinance 15.04.040 General Requirements;
The following requirements shall apply to all numbers to be installed, in order to provide the greatest degree of identification of the property so as to assist any persons thereon:
A. The identification number(s) shall be no less than three inches in height, and of durable and clearly visible material. The identification number(s) shall be Arabic.
B. The number(s) shall be of reflective material or of sufficient visible contrast to the background material to be easily discernible at night with aid of an emergency vehicle spotlight.
C. All number(s) shall be mounted so that they face the access road to the property containing the principal building and shall be maintained by the owner of the property so as to be unobstructed by trees, shrubs and other vegetation or otherwise. (Ord. 5-92 § 4)
Tom Anderson, Township Fire Marshall
Tom Holmes, Police Chief
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Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze)
Residents applying for NJ Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze) must meet all of the following Requirements for eligibility:
- You were age 65 or older as of December 31, 2012, or if under age 65, you were receiving Federal Social Security disability benefits as of December 31, 2012, and December 31, 2013; and
- You have lived in New Jersey continuously since December 31, 2002, or earlier, as either a homeowner or a renter; and
- You have owned and lived in your home (or have leased a site in a Mobile home park for a manufactured or mobile home that you own) since December 31, 2009, or earlier; and
- You paid the full amount of the 2012 property taxes due on your home by June 1, 2013, and paid the 2013 property taxes by June 1, 2014; and
- Your total annual income for 2012 did not exceed $82,880* and for 2013 did not exceed $84,289.* Note: With very few exceptions, all income received during the year must be taken into account to determine eligibility (including social security, pension income, etc.)*
Eligibility requirements, including income limits, and benefits available under this program may be changed by the State Budget. Any changes to the 2013 eligibility requirements will not be finalized until the completion of the State Budget that must be adopted by July 1, 2014.
For more information visit then NJ Division of Taxation website: www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/ptr/index.shtml, or phone the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline: 1-800-882-6597.
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Tax Deductions Available
Tewksbury residents may be eligible for one or more of the following Income Tax deductions outlined below. For detailed information, see the NJ Division of Taxation website, or consult your tax professional.
$250 Property Tax Deduction for Veterans Or Surviving Spouses
N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.10 et seq.
Two hundred fifty dollars ($250) may be deducted each year from taxes due on the real
or personal property of qualified war veterans or their unmarried surviving spouses. In 1999, a
constitutional amendment increased the deduction from $50 to $100 for 2000; $150 for 2001; $200 for 2002 and $250 per year thereafter.
To qualify, you must be an honorably discharged US Armed Forces war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a war veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of a serviceperson who served in time of war and died while on active duty. You must be a property owner and a legal resident of New Jersey and, where applicable, prove that the deceased veteran or serviceperson was a legal resident of New Jersey. Claim Form V.S.S must be filed with your municipal tax assessor or collector.
Full Property Tax Exemption For 100% Disabled Veterans Or Surviving Spouses
N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.30 et seq. 100% permanently and totally disabled war veterans or the unmarried surviving spouses of such disabled war veterans are granted a full property tax exemption on their dwelling house and the lot on which it is situated.
To qualify, you must be an honorably discharged disabled veteran who had active service in time of war in the US Armed Forces, or the unmarried surviving spouse of such a disabled veteran. Unmarried surviving spouses of servicepersons who died in active service in time of war also qualify. Wartime service connected disability must be certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA.)
You must be the full or partial owner and a permanent resident in the dwelling and legal resident of New Jersey. In the case of surviving spouses, the deceased spouse must also have been a legal resident of New Jersey. Claim Form D.V.S.S.E. must be filed with your municipal tax assessor.
$250 Real Property Tax Deduction For Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons Or Surviving Spouses
N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.40 et seq.
An annual $250 deduction from real property taxes is provided for the dwelling of a qualified senior citizen, disabled person or their surviving spouse.
To qualify, you must be age 65 or older, or a permanently and totally disabled individual or the unmarried surviving spouse, age 55 or more, of such person. You must be a legal resident of New Jersey for one year immediately prior to October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested. You must be an owner of and a permanent resident in the dwelling on October 1 of the year before the year for which the deduction is requested. Income may be no more than $10,000 during the year for which the deduction is claimed, excluding with restrictions, monies received from social security, Federal and State pension, disability and retirement programs.
Claim Form PTD must be filed with your municipal tax assessor or collector. Additionally, Form PD5, Annual Post-Tax Year Income Statement must be filed with your tax collector each year after initial qualification.
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Federation Business Networking Breakfast
Despite wintery conditions, The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties held a successful Business Networking Group breakfast hosted by The Adult Day Center of Somerset County, in Bridgewater, and sponsored by Cerminara Architect, on Thursday, February 6th. Over 40 professional individuals with businesses throughout the Central NJ area braved icy roads to attend the breakfast.
The Jewish Federation holds several Business Networking Group (BNG) events throughout the year to provide an opportunity for professionals who wish to expand their contacts. Ken Kaplan and Michael Lehner, co-chairs of the BNG Committee, welcomed everyone, and Federation Executive Director Diane Naar began with a brief overview of the services that the Federation provides. The Adult Day Center was one of the programs that the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Division supported last year. All participants gave a 30-second summary about their profession work.
A certificate of appreciation was presented to the sponsor of the event, Carmine Cerminara of Cerminara Architect. Carmine and his wife Suzanne were warmly thanked for their kind assistance. Mr. Cerminara described his personal connection to the Adult Day Center as well as the work his architectural firm is involved in.
Jeff Macaulay, Executive Director of the Adult Day Center, outlined the range of services provided to senior residents of the Center, including financial assistance to those in need of care, family respite services, as well as social interaction activities.
Steve Lieberman, President of the Jewish Federation, offered his thanks to all in attendance, spoke about the Federation’s commitment to help people in need and spoke about how proud he is to be able to lead an organization that makes such a significant impact.
The Business Networking Group is chaired by Kenneth M. Kaplan, Esq., founder of Kaplan Law LLC and Board Member of the Jewish Federation, and Michael B. Lehner, CPA/ABV, CFE, ASA, Principal, Litigation and Valuation Services, zbt Certified Public Accounting & Consulting, LLC.
Consider sponsoring a future Business Networking Group. Sponsorship allows your business an opportunity to present your business at the event, and there are many marketing benefits, including logo placement on all promotional materials, a featured spot and linkage on the Federation website, recognition in pre- and post-event articles and advertisements published in the Speaker, the Jewish Federation print and digital newsletter.
For more information about the Business Networking Group or sponsorships, contact Diane Naar, at 908-725-6994, ext 202.
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Organic Food Co-op
Shares are now available in the Purple Dragon organic food co-op, now operating in Tewksbury.
Deliveries take place on alternate Saturdays, every two weeks. No shopping necessary, your order is pre-selected and hand-picked. Each delivery will contain two shopping bags full of local and non-local certified organic and ecologically grown fruit and produce, such as: ecologically grown NY Gala apples and Devoe pears, organic acorn squash, Canadian Brussels sprouts, baby bok choi, broccoli, carrots, romaine lettuce hearts, Mexican cucumbers, grape tomatoes, Ecuadorean bananas and a Costa Rican pineapple.
For more information, contact Jennifer Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 908-303-8708, or visit www.purpledragon.com.
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Tewksbury Senior Scholarship
The Women’s Club of Tewksbury Township (WCTT) awards a scholarship each year to a graduating senior who resides in Tewksbury. This year the Education Committee selected Caleigh Connor and Angela D'Amiento from an outstanding applicant pool. Caleigh and Angela have distinguished themselves by being high achieving scholars, proven leaders and active participants in long term community service The awards were given to the honorees during a luncheon held at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club. We congratulate Caleigh and Angela, wishing them well as they embark on their college education, Caleigh to Fairfield University and Angela to The College of New Jersey.
Dotty Gaal Memorial Scholarship
The Women's Club of Tewksbury has also been asked to administer a scholarship established by the family and friends of Dotty Gaal. Dotty's passing left a void not only in her family but in the Women's Club as well. Dotty had been an active member of the club, bringing her intellect, scholarship, artistic talent, love for humanity and our earth to every activity in which she participated.
The first Dotty Gaal Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to graduating senior Clare Moariarty. Clare embodies all the virtues Dotty exemplified. In keeping with Dotty's environmental concerns the scholarship essay required the applicant to "Pick a situation related to science in Tewksbury Township and explain in detail, in 350 words or less, how you would improve the situation.” Clare identified a major problem, keeping our water supply viable while dealing with massive runoff. She presented several practical and imaginative ways to solve the problem.
We congratulate Clare on her accomplishments and wish her well as she heads to Clemson University to pursue a degree in Civil / Environmental Engineering.
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Volunteer Guardians: There For Our Adults Alone
Imagine not being able to pay your bills, arrange medical appointments, or handle legal issues, and having no family able to assist you when you have to make important life decisions.
Volunteer Guardianship One-on-One, Inc. coordinates volunteers to provide compassionate and complete guardianship services to adults who have no willing family members or friends, and who have been determined by the court to be in need of such personal services.
The New Jersey Office of the Public Guardian had handled these types of cases until the mid-1990's, when budget restrictions caused a moratorium to be placed on new cases. Hunterdon County Surrogate Susan Hoffman and attorney Anthony Serra developed the concept of using volunteers in a structured way to meet this need.
A Guardian is an individual who has been appointed by the court to make life decisions for another person whom a judge determines to be “incapacitated.” A Guardian may be a family member, a neighbor, a friend, or a professional guardian. Important issues such as where to live and how to manage their finances become the responsibility of the Guardian.
Volunteer Guardians are “never alone”. Before being assigned a ward, a volunteer becomes thoroughly familiar with the policies and procedures included in the “Volunteer Handbook,“ and has the opportunity of earning the Registered Guardian (RG) credential. Volunteer Guardians can draw on the assistance of volunteer professionals, individuals, and social service agencies.
For more information, contact Michael Swerdloff,
Director of Volunteers, at 788-4893, ext 718.
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County Clerk's Corner
Planning a summer vacation and need a passport? Since June 1, 2009, U.S. government rules require all U.S. citizens entering the USA at sea (cruises) or land ports (Canada) of entry to have a passport. Nobody wants to help you get your passport more than the staff at the Hunterdon County Clerk’s office. We do not require an appointment. In addition to our normal M-F business hours, we will be open the following Saturdays from 9:00am–1:00pm: July 6th, August 3rd, August 10th. Forms and information are available online at www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/countyclerk.htm. Phone our office at 908-788-1221 if you have any questions.
Hunterdon County Veteran Id Card!
Veterans can file their DD-214 Discharge papers with their County Clerk’s office. Filing this form affords the veteran the security of knowing that his/her records are permanently recorded.
When recording your DD-214, we offer a County Veteran Identification Card that provides the Veteran’s name, address and file number of the recorded DD-214. This service is FREE OF CHARGE to all honorably discharged Hunterdon County Veterans. This card can be an easy reference that may be used at a future date to obtain a certified copy of your discharge papers if a situation arises where they cannot be located quickly.
Any discharge documents on file with the County Clerk are considered confidential and can only be accessed by a veteran or their family.
We encourage you to visit the Clerk’s office with your original DD-214 (copies may not be recorded). At the Clerk’s office, your DD-214 is recorded, the original is returned to you immediately and a Veteran’s ID Card is issued.
My staff and I are here to serve you. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments, questions, concerns or suggestions.
Mary H. Melfi
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The Tewksbury Township Committee is seeking input, comments, and suggestions from Township residents regarding the current format and use of the Township's website, www.tewksburytwp.net.
Please provide any comments you may have regarding the website, how its is currently used and any suggested changes you would like to see to Committeeman Louis DiMare.
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Notes from the Fire Official
Important Information Regarding Open Burns/Bonfires
In accordance with the Uniform Fire Code of the State of New Jersey, Section N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7(a),3 (i), all bonfires and open burns require a New Jersey State Forest Fire Permit and aType 1 Permit from your local municipality in order to conduct such an activity.
An “Open Burning Regulations” packet contains all of the information needed in order to apply for and obtain open burn permits. The packets are available at the Municipal Building, located at 169 Old Turnpike Road, Monday through Friday between 8:30AM–4:00PM. Included in the packet is an “Application for Fire and Safety Permit” which needs to be completed and submitted to our office along with the $42 application fee and a copy of the State permit before an open burn permit can be processed. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please feel free to contact me at 908-328-3020.
FIRE/SAFETY INSPECTIONS REQUIRED
The State of New Jersey requires a Certificate of Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detector and Fire Extinguisher Inspection prior to the closing of a sale of residence and also prior to a change of tenant in a rental property. To schedule an inspection, apply at the Tewksbury Township Administration Building, 169 Old Turnpike Road.
A closing cannot occur without the Certificate of Inspection. A fine may be issued if a tenant moves in prior to the inspection, in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.
Tewksbury Township Fire Official
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Oldwick Fire Company Serves You
Established in 1938, the Oldwick Fire Company (OFC) currently responds to 150 calls per year. This volunteer organization of thirty-five members relies on its two pumper trucks, a tanker/pumper, and a brush truck to serve Tewksbury Township.
Monthly meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 8:00PM at the firehouse, on Oldwick Road (rt 523), south of Oldwick. Their office phone number is 439-2514 (dial 911 for emergencies). New Members are always welcome.
BANQUET HALL OPEN
The Oldwick Fire Company’s new banquet hall is now available to host your next event. The facility can handle events up to 200 people. The banquet hall is suitable for weddings, business meetings, organization or club meetings, birthday parties, instructional seminars, or classes such as karate, dance etc.
The banquet hall is in the lower level of the Oldwick Fire House, at the intersection of Routes 517 and 523, and offers beautiful woodland views in its surprisingly secluded setting.
For more information, or to book your event, phone 439-2514, or drop a note to:
Oldwick Fire Company
attn Banquet Hall Committee
PO Box 83
Oldwick, NJ 08858.
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Zion Lutheran Seeks Information
Zion Lutheran Church in Oldwick will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2014, and is now compiling its extensive archives into a database that will be accessible on its Web site. Among its many historical documents are the church’s charter from King George III, and 1749 deeds from Ralph Smith, the primary landholder of “Smithfield”, renamed “New Germantown” in the 1750s, and then “Oldwick” during World War I.
The church’s Historical Committee is seeking to identify additional historical documents or photographs that can be added to the database. For example: a steeple, added in 1854, was blown down in 1888, but the church has been unable to find a photograph of it. If any readers have early documents or photographs that the church could copy, please contact the Historical Committee at:
Zion Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 41
Oldwick, NJ 08858, telephone 439-2040.
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Letters to the Editor
The Tewksbury Family Assistance Fund (TFAF) would like to thank the people of Tewksbury for their continued support. Due to the exceptionally generous and caring members of our community, every year the TFAF is able to make life easier for struggling residents.
The fund has raised more than $27,000 since September. In addition, many families participated in the annual Bake and Gourmet Freezer Sale by donating delicious, homemade fare. The TFAF has distributed over $16,000 this year for necessities such as groceries and heating bills.
The TFAF has helped families in need by providing discreet financial support and has distributed over $325,000 since its inception. Any resident in need may be referred to the program through the Old Turnpike School and Tewksbury Elementary School nurses or principals.
It’s not too late to join us in giving your neighbors a helping hand. To make a donation, please make checks payable to the Tewksbury Family Assistance Fund and send to P.O. Box 321, Oldwick, NJ 08858. Or visit www.facebook.com/tewksburyfamilyassitancefund to donate through PayPal.
The TFAF Board of Directors
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The deadline for next month's issue of The Tewksbury Times (on paper) is always the 15th of this month. Notices can be e-mailed to us or sent by US Mail to:
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Oldwick, NJ 08858
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