2015 HARDING DOG FESTIVAL
SATURDAY | SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION: $20 per family with or without a dog
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS
MAIL REGISTRATION WITH CHECK PAYABLE TO:
Harding Township Civic Association
PO BOX 72 | NEW VERNON, NJ 07976
NO DOG BUT WILL ATTEND: _________
PLEASE CONTACT ME TO VOLUNTEER_________
HT DOG LICENSE #___________________for dogs 7 months and older
HT DOG LICENSE #___________________for dogs 7 months and older
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR
The registrants hereby waive, release and discharge from any and all liability, for injury damage or loss to persons, animals or property the following entities:
(i) The sponsors of the Harding Township Fall Dog Festival;
(ii) Harding Township; and
(iii) Each of their respective employees, officers, and volunteers.
2015 HARDING DOG FESTIVAL
POLO GROUNDS 9 HARTLEY FARMS ROAD
SITE OF WORLD’S LARGEST ONE-DAY DOG SHOW
FUN FOR ALL. NO DOG NECESSARY.
ALL DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH.
12PM SIGN IN 12:30 EVENTS BEGIN
DISPLAYS & DEM0NSTRATIONS
ASK THE TRAINER
ST. HUBERT’S: ON-SITE ADOPTION;
AGILITY & OBEDIENCE DEMONSTRATIONS & BUDDY BOUTIQUE
MORRIS ANIMAL INN: GADGETS; PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH YOUR DOG
MUSICAL MUTTS, PUP POTATO RACE
CUTEST, FUNNIEST, LOOK-LIKE-OWNER
DEMONSTRATE YOUR OWN DOG TRICKS
GOOD BEHAVIOR CLASS – EASY
OBEDIENCE CLASS – CHALLENGING
FOOD & BEVERAGE STAND
The Harding Township Committee announced today the opening of the
Traphagen Tennis Courts, on time, on budget and just in time for the
July 4th weekend.
The Harding Township Recreation Association, (HTRA) will oversee this
new tennis facility.
“This is a banner day for the residents of Harding” said Mayor
Nicolas Platt in a prepared statement. “This is all thanks to the
generous gift of the family of the late Ross E. Traphagen. It was
simply too expensive of an undertaking for the Township Committee so
the project was put off year after year" Platt said. Laura Traphagen
announced the family’s $85,000 gift on November 30, 2014, the day
after the re-dedication of the newly renovated Kirby Municipal
Building by simply saying “it is time to give back to a town my
father loved.” These new courts replace the ones installed over 34
years ago at the time the municipal building was constructed. They
have been unusable for over a decade.
But these are not just ordinary tennis courts. The family insisted
to exacting manufacturing specs. and to have these courts replicate
the professional surface and special multilayer coatings found in
Flushing Meadows, Queens, home of the U.S. Open. Even the surface
paint colors are identical. It costs more but it is certainly
something we can be proud of” Platt said.
Nicole Lacz, MD. Co-President of HTRA stated "we are very excited to
be involved with such a magnificent facility and look forward to
integrating tennis into our youth programs. We also plan to install a
high end glass basketball backboard in the next couple of weeks so
when tennis is not being played, people can engage in a half-court
basketball game. The location of this facility is also perfect. We
have wonderful parking and access to the to the Kemmerer Library, not
to mention the amazing views. We cannot ask for more".
HTRA is also excited to announce that court time can now be
"reserved" by going to their website www.htra.info.
The HTRA and the Township Committee are planning to have an official
“ribbon cutting” event on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10:00
am- 2:00 pm. “This is right after the U.S. Open, and we will have
professional players coming and playing some exhibition matches. We
already have two players signed up" Mayor Platt says. "We don’t
have bleachers, so we will encourage everyone to bring lawn chairs
and have a picnic” says Dr. Lacz. “We also may introduce the
idea of the HTRA sponsoring a “Harding Open Tennis Tournament” so
we can have matches between some of the neighboring towns", Lacz
said. "Now we have these beautiful courts. There is no limit to what
we can do."
HARDING TOWNSHIP POLICE
The Harding Township Police Department encourages all drivers to not drive distracted. Recent studies of crashes involving younger drivers disclosed that 58% resulted in the driver being distracted. Cell phone texting and conversations, looking at something inside the vehicle for six seconds or more, reaching for an item, grooming and looking outside in another direction are common causes of accidents. Researchers advise that about 963,000 drivers aged 16 to 19 were involved in police reported crashes during 2013. These crashes resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2865 deaths. Set the example and encourage your children to drive safely, put the phone away and obey all traffic laws. Please, speak to your children about the possible consequences of improper behavior while driving. For more information, please contact Police headquarters at 973-455-0500 and speak with any officer. Have a safe Spring! Mark Giansanti – Chief of Police
Community Donation Drive
Annual Holiday Party
Harding Township/Green Village Bridle Path Association (HT/GV BPA) held its annual Holiday Party and membership meeting on December 7th at the Tunis-Ellicks House.
The business portion of the meeting was the election of the Leadership for 2015 with the following results:
Vice President Megan Finkle
Secretary Victoria Sroka
Treasurer Mare Olsen
Trusteees at Large:
Joanna Bleigh, Ingrid Johnston, Miriam Scully, Jamime Miller, Kathleen Young
The remainder of the evening, which was most of it, was spent celebrating friendship and the holiday spirit. The general purpose of the Bridle Path Association is to promote the retention, reclamation and maintenance of the network of trails throughout Harding Township. More information can be obtained by visiting the website: www.bridlepath.org.
On Sunday November 30, Kirby Hall, Harding's municipal building was re-dedicated. A much needed renovation of the building is nearing completion. The land and funds for the building were a gift from Marian and Allan Kirby to the people of Harding many years ago. Following in that tradition, the Kirby Foundation donated the money for the current renovation.
Mayor Nicolas Platt and Jefferson Walker Kirby, of the Kirby Foundation and a current Harding resident, made short speeches, both of which touched on interesting early Harding history. The texts are included below. After their comments, a couple dozen members of the Kirby family, led by Jefferson Walker Kirby, pulled a rope that unveiled the new sign which will grace the Blue Mill Road entrance to the municipal grounds.
“Much gratitude is due the Kirby Foundation and family for this gift which benefits us all.”
Remark by Mayor Nicolas Platt
Good afternoon. On behalf of my colleagues on the Township Committee, welcome.
It is wonderful to have such a nice turnout. As I look out I see many elected officials, families and friends and of course, our residents.
I always like to start out any event by making a few remarks about Harding Township’s unique history.
Over 92 years ago, the residents of this town, mostly farmers, watched what was going on in neighboring communities and collectively decided everything was moving too fast. Instead, they decided to embrace their agricultural heritage and go it alone. So, in 1922, they seceded from Passaic Township. Named their new town after the then sitting President (Warren G. Harding) and never looked back. If there are any doubts about the wisdom of this courageous move, just look around you. But the story could have ended quite differently if the new Township’s business plan relied primarily on only tax revenue to make it work. It didn’t. Instead, they anchored their independence on pay as you go and the concept of volunteerism and the generosity of its residents, which is why we are all here this afternoon.
During a critical stage in our development, it became apparent that the Town was in need of a place to conduct its business. Planning began in 1974 and in 1980, this magnificent building was dedicated. The Kirby family volunteered their time and the financial resources of the F.M. Kirby Foundation to make this happen.
We love this building. In fact, we love it almost too much. After 34 years, the interior spaces had become worn and tired and once again, the Foundation awarded the Township of Harding a grant to assist us in covering some of the cost of those renovations.
There are way too many people to thank. Whether it is Gail McKane, our Administrator who oversaw the project on top of an already healthy work load, or the sign maker outside of Buffalo, New York who worked over a weekend to make sure the sign arrived here on time. This project became a matter of personal pride for everyone. The spirit of volunteerism and giving is the core of what makes this town work and that was embodied in this entire project.
In a few minutes, the Township Committee will be inviting members of the Kirby family to grab hold of the rope that is on the floor leading out to the Atrium. It will unveil a new sign that will grace the front entrance for what we expect will be for at least the next 34 years. Before the family are asked to pull on the rope, I would like to invite Jeff, a grandson of Marian and Allan Kirby, a director of the F.M. Kirby Foundation and a Harding resident to say a few words and introduce all the members of the family that are here this afternoon.
Remarks by Jefferson Walker Kirby
My father, Fred Kirby, could never understand a wedding being scheduled for a Saturday during college football season. I am sure many here feel the same way about building rededications on NFL Sundays, so this will be brief.
Members of our family have lived in Harding Township nonstop for about 75 years. That makes us relative newcomers compared to some here, but it's a pretty good stretch nonetheless. Today, we have with us former, current or soon to be residents Allan Kirby (a son of Marian and Allan Kirby), his daughter Jessie Lee and her daughter Marian, and his son Coray with his son Brush; my mother, Walker Kirby; my cousin Wade Kirby, his wife Linda and their three boys Croft, Reed and Taylor; my brother Dillard, who is President of the F.M. Kirby Foundation, and his wife Adrienne and their daughter Lizzie; and my wife Karen and two of our children Jane and Sam.
Thank you, Nic, for allowing us an opportunity to celebrate today. This building is a tribute to a community and its civic heart, soul and mind. We are all indebted to the good women and men who work in these offices; who serve in the various departments and upon the many committees that administer and guide our common good; who within and outside these walls strive to protect us; who staff our polling stations on election day; who monitor, manage and steward our magnificent open space; and who serve the community in myriad other ways. This building is a beehive of activity among such officials and volunteers, not to mention the many, many citizens with whom they interface year round.
A few weeks ago, I was in the basement of Kemmerer Library donating blood. When done, I wandered through the stacks of books on the first floor and came upon a record of Town Council meetings for most of the 20th century. I was curious to see what may have been going on when my family first came to Harding. There was a single accounting for the period 1934-39, and it included the following information:
The Town Council consisted of Chairman Fred Mullen, John Quinn and Leland Baird. Harold Emery was appointed Patrolman half-time and road maintenance worker the other half. In an emergency he laid down his shovel and picked up his gun. The Police Station was the Emery kitchen where his wife, Edith, answered calls and, if needed, she turned on the porch light for Harold to see as he passed on his rounds using his own car, for which he received an allowance of $6 per month. Patrolman Emery was named Chief in 1936 and requested the Town Council to pressure the State for a "flashing beacon signal" at the dangerous intersections: Lee's Hill, Blue Mill, Glen Alpin and Village Roads. Four years later, the State complied. The municipal budget during those years was about $37,000 annually.
This is a vignette into the Harding Township to which Marian and Allan Kirby relocated from Wilkes-Barre, PA. And we are so glad they did. While a lot has changed in the intervening years, Harding has retained much of the charm that was attractive to them back then.
Our family and the F. M. Kirby Foundation are proud to have been associated with the original construction of this Municipal Building. Today, like the facility around us that pride is refreshed and sparkles anew.