HESNA PFEIFFER AWARD FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Call for Nominations
Hesna Pfeiffer, a long time HTCA Trustee and Thumbnail editor, was
fiercely dedicated to the mission of the Civic Association -- to foster an
informed and engaged citizenry. Last year, to honor her legacy upon her
untimely passing, the trustees renamed the annual Distinguished Citizen
Award to the Hesna Pfeiffer Award for Civic Engagement. Along with
renaming the award, the trustees broadened the scope of the award to
recognize individuals or groups whose more recent actions have benefited
Harding Township; this way we can celebrate selfless actions of citizens
of all ages - young, old and in between.
We ask our readers to reflect on the past year and recognize a person or
group you feel has contributed to making Harding a great place. Your
nomination for the 2016 Hesna Pfeiffer Award for Civic Engagement, along
with a brief explanation, should be e-mailed to
HTCA at PO Box 72, New Vernon, NJ 07976.
HARDING TREES PROJECT
The Harding Trees Project is a new initiative with the objective of bringing
about a substantial increase in the number of trees in the township. The
mission of the project is to protect and foster the rural image of Harding
Township through an abundance of trees.
The project is to consist of two phases and is to be financed through
Phase I will be to replace trees lost due to adverse weather conditions,
such as hurricanes, or through infestations by insects or fungi. In this
context, special attention will have to be placed on our efforts to control
the anticipated problem of the Emerald Ash Bore (EAB), a separate
Phase II will be to increase the number of trees in the township.
The number of trees lost is estimated at 700, which will have to be
confirmed by an audit. They will have to be replaced with mature trees,
over a period of 5 years, at a cost of $100 per tree, or $70,000. An attempt
will be made, with a local nursery, to conclude a long term supply contract
covering the project.
The project obviously is in its start-up phase and much work needs to be
done to get it rolling. At this moment a committee is being established. It
will have its first meeting in the first half of January, 2016. Residents
interested in joining the project, may wish to call Karl Meister at (973) 605