Please come to a very special Borough Council meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall.
Council will honor a number of individuals who have contributed much to our community over the years, including former Mayor Ron Sworen who retires as Hunterdon County freeholder on Dec. 31; long-time Frenchtown physician Dr. Lawrence King, who recently retired; and members of the borough police department, fire company and CERT team. We’ll also hold a ceremonial swearing in of our newest police officer.
At the same meeting, Council may take the first steps to accept from George Michael the riverbank property just north of the bridge keeper’s house. You’ll recall that part of the River Mills redeveloper’s agreement included transfer of that property to the borough.   Our attorney has been working to clear some problems with the title in advance of accepting ownership of what I’ve dubbed “Sunbeam Park” – although the park has no official name yet. (We’ll get that done after Jan. 1.)
There are other discussions on the agenda that you won’t want to miss, including the possible awarding of a contract to repair the pedestrian bridge in Borough Park; a resolution to disband the CERT in favor of joining the Hunterdon County CERT organization, and plans for the DPW to continue to collect brush, twigs and branches left after Hurricane Sandy and to continue to pick up leaves.
In addition, I’d like to invite you to help usher in the holiday season this weekend with a traditional Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and Frenchtown’s first-ever Chanukah Menorah lighting ceremony, both at the corner of Harrison and Bridge streets at the TDBank parking lot. Members of the Frenchtown Business and Professional Association put up the tree and decorated it today, Sunday, Dec. 2 and the Lions Club holiday lights were strung this morning by Century Link volunteers. Chabad of Hunterdon will lead the Menorah Lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. There will be donuts and potato latkes for all. As of my writing, the FBPA had not yet set the date and time of the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
See you Wednesday night.

ps: It turns out that the turtle found sunning itself on a rock in the Nishisackawick Creek by construction workers wasn’t an endangered wood turtle. It was a common snapping turtle. Nevertheless, it was safely moved to another area where it would not be disturbed.