FIRST MONTGOMERY TRAILS DAY – 6/04/18
Montgomery Township hosted its first annual Trails Day on Sat., June 2nd, based out of Mill Pond Park. Residents were treated to healthy snacks and had their pick of adventures, from an Arboretum Stroll, to a fun bike with the Montgomery Twp. Bike Patrol, to a guided hike which included birding tips and sightings of the brilliant Indigo Bunting. A self-guided tour for mobile devices is still available on the Twp. website. Stay tuned for new adventures on Montgomery’s 37 miles of beautiful trails next year!
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY 2018 – 5/28/18
Montgomery Township’s Memorial Day Flag-Lowering Ceremony on Monday, May 28th was an inspirational and solemn event honoring those U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who gave their all, so all can be free.
Held at the Veterans Memorial in Montgomery Veterans Park, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts raised and then lowered the American flag, and a moving rendition of “Taps” by trumpeter Mati Orlow-Ng ended the ceremony.
Speakers who shared a few words at the brief ceremony included Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee Chairperson Peter Rayner, Reverend Chris Heitkamp of Harlingen Reformed Church, Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, and Mayor Mark Conforti, who read the names of all servicemen and servicewomen who gave their lives during active service to the United States.
This event was organized by the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee.
MEET THE MAYOR 2018 BREAKFAST – 3/28/18
Mayor Mark Conforti, Deputy Mayor Christine Madrid, Township Administrator Donato Nieman and other officials and staff were joined by a dynamic group of Montgomery business people for breakfast and a conversation about Township government at work and to discuss any and all matters “Montgomery.”. Held March 28th, 2018 at Cherry Valley Clubhouse. Organized by the Montgomery Business Association.
2018 MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP REORGANIZATION MTG – 01/08/18
A swearing-in ceremony opened the first Montgomery Township Committee meeting of 2018 on January 8th.
Mark Conforti was selected by the members to serve as mayor for 2018 and Christine Madrid was chosen as deputy mayor. The Montgomery mayor and deputy mayor are chosen each year from among the elected Committee by the vote of all five members.
Sadaf Jaffer, a newly elected member, was sworn in as a Committee member by Township Attorney Kristine Hadinger.
Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, a former mayor of Montgomery Township, swore in Mark Conforti to the office of Mayor and Senator Kip Bateman administered the oath of office to Deputy Mayor Christine Madrid.
The Montgomery Township Committee expressed their commitment to continued fiscal responsibility and high quality public service.
On the morning of December 19, 2017 the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee, Montgomery School District administrators, Rolling Thunder representatives, students, teachers and many honored guests dedicated a special street sign at the front entrance to Montgomery High School. The entrance is now dubbed, “1st Lt. Ashley Henderson-Huff Memorial Drive”.
HOLIDAY SINGALONG 2017 – 12/04/17
The 2017 Montgomery Holiday Singalong and Tree Lighting Ceremony was a huge success and a festive celebration of the December holidays! Families and friends gathered around the tree outside of the Otto Kaufman Community Center to sing in the Winter holidays. Everyone then came inside to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and dancing, not to mention a special visit from Frosty the Snowman. Music was enjoyed by all and performed by Pastor Tony, Steve Heckel & Pastor Tony’s godson Dylan Bogger. Thank you to everyone that attended – it was a fun–filled evening for all! Click on a photo to enlarge, then right or left click through the gallery.
VETERANS DAY 2018 CEREMONY – 11/11/17
Marking the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Montgomery Township came together last Saturday to honor its veterans at the Township’s Memorial. Braving chilly but sunny weather, the turn-out at Montgomery Veterans Park was among the highest ever for Montgomery’s 7th annual Veterans Day Observance. Themes running through the day’s events included appreciation of the honorable role veterans have played in our country’s and township’s history and awareness of the issues veterans face today.
WOODS EDGE PARK RIBBON CUTTING – 10/27/17
About to cut the ribbon celebrating improvements to Woods Edge Park last Friday are (l to r): Open Space Coordinator Lauren Wasilauski, Parks Foreman John Snyder, resident Maddi Trzaska, Mayor Ed Trzaska, Committeeman Mark Conforti, Rec Com. Chairman Stephen Shueh, County Freeholder and former mayor Mark Caliguire, Planning Dir. Lori Savron, Rec Director Karen Zimmerman, and Township CFO Mike Pitts. Read release: conta.cc/2z6mUix More photos at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskqCinXC
MONTGOMERY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY – 5/29/17
Despite the rainy, chilly weather, the Memorial Day service in Montgomery Twp. 5/29 was a well-attended, inspirational and solemn acknowledgement of those U.S. servicemen and servicewoman who gave their all, so all can be free. After a tribute with speakers at the Veterans Memorial, a dedication of the refurbished 9-11 Memorial and raising of its flag by officials, ended the ceremony. The lives of local residents lost on 9-11-01 were acknowledged. Speakers included Montgomery Veterans Memorial Com. Chair Mike Maloney, Somerset Cty Freeholder Mark Caliguire, Mayor Ed Trzaska, Committeewoman Pat Graham, Administrator Donato Nieman, 9-11 Responder Eric Bulger, and former MVMC Committee member Hugette Castaneda. Event organized by MVMC.
MONTGOMERY TWP. COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION – 1/05/17
The Montgomery Township Committee renewed their commitment to continued fiscal responsibility and high quality public service at their reorganization meeting January 5th.
Ed Trzaska was selected among their ranks to serve as mayor this year and Rich Smith was chosen as deputy mayor. The same seasoned team will continue to lead Montgomery with the swearing-in of recently re-elected members Ed Trzaska and Patricia Graham.
The Montgomery mayor and deputy mayor are chosen each year from among the elected Committee by the vote of all five members. Newly chosen mayor Ed Trzaska, was re-elected last fall to serve on Township Committee. He served as mayor in 2012 and 2013 and as deputy mayor in 2014 and 2015. Deputy Mayor Rich Smith, who first entered office in 2012 and who served as mayor in 2014, begins the third year of his current term. Re-elected Committee member Patricia Graham served as mayor last year and as deputy mayor in 2012-13. Committeewoman Christine Madrid and Committeeman Mark Conforti are both in the second year of their terms of office. Ms. Madrid was Montgomery’s mayor in 2015. Each member is elected in staggered fashion to serve for 3 years.
Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, a former mayor of Montgomery Township, swore newly re-elected member Ed Trzaska into office and Senator Kip Bateman administered the oath of office to re-elected Committee member Patricia Graham.
New Jersey State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli administered the mayoral oath of office to Ed Trzaska and NJ Senator Kip Bateman administered the oath of office to Deputy Mayor Rich Smith.
MONTGOMERY VETERANS DAY 2016 – 11/11/16
The Montgomery community made a good showing to honor our military veterans Nov. 11th at a procession and ceremony at the Memorial in Montgomery Veterans Park. The featured speaker was Montgomery Twp. Police Officer Christopher Jaeger, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and member of the N.J. Army National Guard with 23 years of service. Freeholder Mark Caliguire, MVMC, assisted in the unveiling of a POW / MIA Chair of Honor, organized by Rolling Thunder (N.J. Chapter). Deputy Mayor Ed Trzaska also offered remarks. Master of Ceremonies was Peter Rayner, MVMC, and an invocation was offered up by Rev. Anthony Godlefski of MUMC. The Montgomery High School Marching Band, Boy Scout Troops 46 & 850 & Cub Scout Pack 850, Girl Scout Troops, first responders from Fire Co. 1 & 2, and MEMS, and many other volunteers participated in this year’s observance. The event was organized by the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee, Mike Maloney, Chairman.
CAPTAIN PALMER’S RETIREMENT – 9/28/16
On Wednesday, September 28th a congratulatory breakfast was held in honor of Police Director/Captain Robert Palmer, upon his announced retirement (9/30) from the police force after 38 years of public service. Speakers who honored Captain Palmer included Somerset County Freeholder and former mayor Mark Caliguire, current Montgomery Twp. Administrator Donato Nieman, and Dan Livak, Retired Franklin Twp. Police Chief, Recording Secretary for the Somerset County Chiefs of Police, and Business Administrator for the Somerset County Parks Commission.
MONTGOMERY FUNFEST 2016 – 9/25/16
Funfest was a day of fun for everyone! The fair included more than a hundred-fifty booths showcasing local businesses, art, contemporary crafts, culinary delights, helicopter rides, hot air balloon ride, games of chance, live entertainment, expanded inflatable rides and games area for children. This second annual free community festival was held at the Princeton Airport and was produced by the Montgomery Business Association (MBA). The event highlighted “Shop Local” area businesses, many of whom are local residents. See you next year!
MONTGOMERY FIREWORKS 2016 – 6/30/16
Montgomery Township’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular went off without a hitch June 30, 2016. Jazz quintet Perfectly Sharp opened at 6 pm, a troupe from The Dance Factory strutted their moves, and Just Duet – And Friends rocked the crowd past sundown. Siana Villaverde singing God Bless America and the Star Spangled Banner gave us chills before the highlight of the evening – fireworks and lots of them! The grand finale was especially long, loud and grander than ever, which we didn’t think was possible!
BREAKFAST WITH THE MAYOR 2016 – 03/23/16
The Montgomery Business Association on March 23rd invited Mayor Pat Graham and Montgomery Twp. staff to present and field questions from township business persons at a breakfast held at the Cherry Valley Clubhouse. There was lively discourse on topics ranging from the Township’s energy aggregation program to temporary business signs to walkability initiatives and new residential developments in Montgomery.
SENIOR DANCING WITH THE STARS 2016 – 02/19/16
It was quite a competition at the first annual Montgomery Seniors Dancing with the Stars! Couples paired off to demonstrate their fancy footwork in the gym at the Otto Kaufman Community Center in styles from ballroom to boogie woogie. The judges had a very difficult task but in the end it was the Bugle Boy and his gal Angie who took first prize. Everyone cannot wait to start practicing for next year!
MONTGOMERY TWP. COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION – 01/07/16
A seasoned group of experienced leaders will steer Montgomery Township in 2016. Patricia Graham was tapped to serve as mayor this year and Ed Trzaska was selected for deputy mayor when the Montgomery Township Committee held its annual reorganization meeting on January 7.
In Montgomery the mayor and deputy mayor are chosen from among the elected Committee each year by the votes of all five members. A newly elected member, Mark Conforti, was sworn in for 2016. Christina Madrid was also sworn in for a new term as a committee member. Ms. Madrid served as Montgomery’s mayor in 2015. Rich Smith continues his term on the Committee in 2016.
Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, a former mayor of Montgomery Township, administered the mayoral oath of office to newly elected officials Christine Madrid and Mark Conforti.
New Jersey State Senator Kip Bateman administered the mayoral oath of office to Patricia Graham and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli administered the oath of office to Deputy Mayor Ed Trzaska.
MONTGOMERY VETERANS DAY CEREMONY – 11/11/15
The Montgomery community showed its appreciation for our military veterans at a procession and ceremony November 11th in Montgomery Veterans Park. Featured speaker was Augustus Dante, a Vietnam War era veteran, and a leader of Rolling Thunder (N.J. Chapter), which increases awareness of the issue of POW-MIAs. Mayor Christine Madrid also offered remarks. The event was organized by the Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee. Chairman and former Mayor Robert Kress was a primary organizer and made remarks. The Montgomery High School Marching Band, Boy Scout Troops 46 & 850, Girl Scout Troop 61215, first responders from Fire Co. 1 & 2, and MEMS, and many other volunteers participated in this year’s very moving observance.
MINUTE TO WIN IT! – 10/23/15
Its hard to describe the excitement and spirited fun when Hillsborough and Montgomery Seniors duked it out, gameshow style, for a 6th year of “Minute to Win It” Oct. 23, 2015. OKCC gym was packed and seniors were joined in competition by two student classes – Mrs. Weiner’s 4th grade class from Montgomery and Mrs. Wright’s 4th graders from Hillsborough. Also new this year, Mayor Christine Madrid served as a referee, along with Hillsborough Administrator Anthony Ferrera. Beloved gym teacher Johnny Rooney cracked jokes as the master of ceremonies, bantering with Senior Center Director Denise Crowley who still managed to calmly explained the rules. Timed, competitive tasks included being the first team to spin all the tp off toilet paper rolls; remove tissues from a box one-by-one; or ‘applestack’. And although Hillsborough’s side battled valiantly and waved mops and signs saying, “Mop the Floor with Montgomery”, this year Montgomery took the trophy home in a close call. Everyone won with the delicious lunch that followed and had lots of great stories to tell until next year! The event was organized by both senior centers and sponsored by the Montgomery/Rocky Hill and Hillsborough Rotary Clubs. Many more photos at https://flic.kr/s/aHskndMft1
#BARKINTHEPARK – 10/10/15
Montgomery Girl Scout Troop 60625’s Underdog Silver Award Team hosted a grand reopening celebration for the new Montgomery Township Dog Park on October 10th. The event featured dog-themed prizes from local businesses, and scout-led contests like best trick, doggy parade, and the dog fun jump competition. Dozens of dogs and their owners came out to enjoy the park and to meet some new friends. The purpose of #Barkinthepark was to showcase improvements to the dog park, including new fencing from the township, and dog jumps constructed by the Girl Scouts. See many more photos on our Flickr page at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskiQudyK
MONTGOMERY FUNFEST – 09/13/15
Officials turned out to support and enjoy “Montgomery FunFest” – a new annual event from The Montgomery Business Assoc. & Economic Dev. Commission with the purpose of bolstering local business and building community in Montgomery Twp. Pictured (l to r) are: Assemblyman of the 16th District Jack Ciattarelli, Montgomery Twp. Administrator Donato Nieman, Planning Board Chair Mark Conforti, Montgomery Business Assoc. President Lorette Pruden, Freeholder Director Mark Caliguire (a former Montgomery mayor), Montgomery Mayor Christine Madrid, Mayor Madrid’s two children, Liam and Cassie, and Montgomery Committeeman Rich Smith, liaison to the Montgomery Economic Development Commission.
MONTGOMERY FIREWORKS ’15 – 07/01/15
SKILLMAN PARK OPENING RIBBON CUTTING – 04/23/15
EARTH DAY FAIR – 4/19/15
ARBOR DAY – 4/17/15
2015 MONTGOMERY TWP. COMMITTEE REORGANIZATION – 01/06/14
2014 MONTGOMERY VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE – 11/11/14
Montgomery Township’s Veterans Memorial Committee (MVMC) did a fine job of planning this year’s Veteran’s Day Procession to and Observance at the Veterans Memorial at Montgomery Park. The event began at 3 pm on November 11th with Montgomery Police Capt. James Curry playing “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes. Next was a procession down Harlingen Road led by the flagbearers of Fire Company #2 which included the Montgomery High School Marching Band, Montgomery Emergency Medical Services, and both Montgomery Fire Co. #1 and #2.
Back at the Memorial, Montgomery Boy Scout Troop # 850 presented the colors and the marching band performed the national anthem. Co-chair Robert Kress made opening remarks, and co-chair Louise Wilson introduced first speaker, Navy Veteran Peter Rayner, a former Business Administrator of Montgomery Township. The next speaker was highly decorated Col. Emil Philibosian. Many veterans and their families and others who felt appreciation for U.S. veterans attended the event. The Montgomery High School Marching band played several stirring renditions. Mayor Richard Smith made closing remarks. Taps was played by a selection of brass from the marching band. A color guard from Troop 850 retired the colors to close the ceremony.
TRUE VALUE HARDWARE RIBBON CUTTING – 10/03/2014
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP FIREWORKS 2014 – 7/01/2014
SPECIAL OLYMPICS USA CYCLING IN SKILLMAN PARK – 6/19/2014
ARBOR DAY – 4/04/2014
BREAKFAST WITH THE MAYOR – 2/2014
SEEN AROUND TOWN – 12/31/2013