Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee announces new "Summer Reading in Lincoln Park" program ~ July 1 through August 30 ~ Mondays*Wednesdays*Fridays ~ 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee announces new "Summer Reading in Lincoln Park" program ~ July 1 through August 30 ~ Mondays*Wednesdays*Fridays ~ 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee, in partnership with the Rutherford Public Library and Rutherford employees, will offer a “Summer Reading in Lincoln Park” program.  The program will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, on July 1 through August 30, 2013.  The program will take place on the following dates:
July: 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31
August: 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30. is duckdice safe or scam?

Rutherford employees have been gracious enough to volunteer to transport a cart of books from the Rutherford Library to the Lincoln Park Gazebo at 10:30 a.m.  Residents are invited to peruse the cart to find their book of choice.  If borrowers are finished using their books on the same day, they are asked to return their items to the cart by 4:30 p.m., when it will be returned to the Library.  If adults would like to take a book home to finish it, they are welcome to do so.  The cart will not be staffed; this program is based on the honor system, and borrowers are asked to return books to the cart on the next program-day after they finish reading their books.     

Rutherford residents are invited to enjoy reading on a park bench, or bring their lounge chairs or even a blanket to comfortably enjoy some outdoor reading in beautiful Lincoln Park, located across the street from Rutherford Borough Hall. 

A variety of books, including children’s titles, will be available for residents’ reading pleasure.  Magazines will also be available. 

Thanks to a donation from Rutherford employees Barbara Bennett, Maureen Bigley, Carol Hanson, and Councilman Frank Nunziato, several sets of checkers and chess games will be available.  Residents are invited to take advantage of the permanent concrete game tables in Lincoln Park, and challenge friends to a game.

In case of rain, park patrons are asked to help preserve the books by placing the cover (located on the bottom shelf) over the cart.  In case of heavy rain in the morning, the cart may not be brought out.  In case of heavy rain during/forecast for the day, the cart may be returned to the Library early.

Residents are invited to get creative – host an outdoor Book Club meeting, or hold an outdoor poetry reading.  Students may even wish to work on their Summer Reading in the park.  Have fun.  Enjoy Summer 2013!

The Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee would like to offer special thanks to Rutherford Library Director Judah Hamer and Rutherford employee Barbara Bennett, who were instrumental in getting this program implemented.  Very special thanks to the Rutherford employees who will guide the cart to and from the park, too.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/rutherfordcommunity.

Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Forum to be held February 27, 2013

Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Forum to be held February 27, 2013

Councilwoman Kim Birdsall will host a Community/Quality of Life Forum on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Borough Hall Council Chambers from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  All Rutherford residents are invited to attend.  Members of the Community/Quality of Life Committee will also be in attendance. 

Congratulations to Lou Knigge, Rutherford Outstanding Citizen 2012!

Congratulations to Lou Knigge, Rutherford Outstanding Citizen 2012!

The Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee has selected Lou Knigge as the recipient of the Rutherford Outstanding Citizenship Award for 2012. 

            
Mr. Knigge was nominated for this award by his neighbor, Amy Bolliger. Following is her submission:
 
Louie is a major reason why my family and I love living in Rutherford as much as we do. He is an incredible neighbor & friend. He goes out of his way to help his fellow neighbors. I have come home from work countless times and he has taken in the trash for multiple people on our block!  If you ever have a pet in need, he is there.  One night, my children were very sick and I didn't even have to ask him to go to Rite Aid on Park Avenue for me to pick up their medications.  He drives elderly Rutherford citizens to doctors’ appointments, and whenever he meets someone who is lonely & free on a Saturday night, he takes them out to the Meadowlands. My family is always looking for the perfect gift to give Louie for all he does for us. We've given him lotto tickets, chocolates, and gift certificates to restaurants in town, but nothing ever seemed to be enough to us because he gives of himself constantly, even when he is not feeling well himself.  I believe this award would be the perfect way to recognize Louie's incredible neighborly ways - making Rutherford and our neighborhood just an amazing place to raise our
family.
 
The Community/Quality of Life Committee sought nominees who contributed to Rutherford's exceptional quality of life and went above and beyond in their contributions to the betterment of the Borough of Rutherford...in ways big or small. Committee members think Rutherford is a great town, and wanted to recognize one of its residents for making it an exceptional place to live. Lou definitely contributed to Rutherford's exceptional quality of life; he's always doing 'new' things to make his neighborhood a great place to live; he encourages strong pride in Rutherford; makes Rutherford an exceptional place to live; and helps his fellow Rutherfordians.
 
Mr. Knigge was presented with a certificate at the Rutherford Council Meeting on January 22, 2013. Mayor Joseph DeSalvo and Rutherford Council Members joined committee members Carolyn Smith, Christine Eustice, and David Pasquale in presenting Mr. Knigge with this award and thanking him for his contributions. Councilwoman Kimberly Birdsall serves as Council Liaison to the Community/Quality of Life Committee.
 
Thanks to all who submitted nominations for the Outstanding Citizen Award Program. Please be advised that future award programs will be announced here and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rutherfordcommunity.  

 

Rutherford Outstanding Citizenship Award 2012 to be presented at January 22 Council Meeting

Rutherford Outstanding Citizenship Award 2012 to be presented at January 22 Council Meeting

Due to a schedule change, the Rutherford Outstanding Citizenship Award 2012 will be presented at the Council Meeting on January 22, 2013, at 7 p.m. Thank you to all who submitted nominations!  Please refer back to this website or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RutherfordCommunity for calls for nominations for future awards.  Thank you.

Outstanding Citizenship Award 2012

Outstanding Citizenship Award 2012

The Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee is currently seeking nominations for the Outstanding Citizenship Award 2012.  Nominations may be submitted here through our committee website, www.rutherford-community.net, until midnight on January 13, 2013.  To submit your nomintation, please click here (or select the Outstanding Citizen nomination form under the Spot Light section to the right).  You will be prompted to contact us about the Outstanding Citizenship Award.  Please limit your entry to the equivalent of one page or less. 

The highest consideration will be given to nominees who demonstrate the values of the Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee’s mission statement: “The committee recognizes the Borough’s exceptional quality of life and hopes to strengthen it further by encouraging new initiatives that build on the excellence that is Rutherford.”  

Examples of successful nominees include those who may have:
- Promoted, supported, and coordinated events of interest with community groups
- Engaged in and encouraged community activism and pride
- Acted as an advocate for the community.  

In short, we are seeking nominees who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to the betterment of our Borough...in ways big or small.  We think Rutherford is a great town, and we’d like to recognize one of our residents for making it an exceptional place to live!

Nominees must meet the following requirements:
- Nominees must have been residents of Rutherford in 2012.
- Nominees must be 18 years of age or older.
- Nominees must not be an elected municipal official serving in 2012.  

The winner will be recognized at the January 29, 2013 Council Meeting. 

Please note that portions of this website are in the process of being updated.  Please refer to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RutherfordCommunity for current information, including any schedule changes or updates.

Also, if possible, please include contact information for your nominee.

Thank you.

Courage to Connect

Courage to Connect

Courage to Connect NJ Forum
 June 8th at Rutherford Boro Hall
hosted by the Rutherford Community/Quality of Life Committee
 

Where:
Rutherford Boro Hall
Council Chambers - 2nd Floor
176 Park Ave
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Please enter through the side door off the small parking lot on Donaldson Avenue.

 
When:
Wednesday June 8, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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What is Courage to Connect NJ?
Courage to Connect NJ is a non-profit 501c3 non-partisan organization whose purpose is to educate the public about the impact of "Home Rule", provide venues for public engagement and present a model connecting communities' administrative structures.
 
For more information, visit www.couragetoconnectnj.org.
 
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of consolidation for Bergen County?
 
The mission of Courage to Connect NJ Bergen County Chapter is to engage, enlighten and energize Bergen County residents to consider implementing the consolidation of the administrative structures of its communities.
 
Courage to Connect NJ Founder and Executive Director, Gina Genovese will provide a fresh perspective on the longstanding effect of "Home Rule" and how Bergen County residents can have a positive impact on the future of their municipal government.
 
 
Join us for this interesting and informational event!  Registration is free and easy!  Just click on the link below.
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If you can't attend but would like to find out how to host an event in your neighborhood, contact us at wendyworden@couragetoconnectnj.org.
 
Thank you and we hope to see you on June 8th at Rutherford Boro Hall.
 
Sincerely,
Courage to Connect NJ Bergen County
Board of Directors
Roberta Sonenfeld, Co-Chair
Wendy Worden, Co-Chair
Lynne Algrant
Sharon Goldstein
Andrew Gullestad
David Warshaw
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Future of Rutherford

Future of Rutherford

Question:  What are you most concerned about when looking to the future of the Borough?  How would you propose to address these concerns?

In addressing this difficult question, the majority of respondents (87.5%) cited two issues as primary in their concern for the future of the Borough.  They are as follows:

  • The prevailing disputatious nature of our elected officials.
  • Better (i.e., more effective) use of our escalating tax dollars.

Concerning the former, respondents were particularly specific about the need to end pervasive in-fighting.  62% of those responding indicated that a genuine, concerted effort is needed to develop a comprehensive plan that puts the Borough - and its continued well being - above partisan politics and personal ego.  Respondents agreed that making difficult decisions would not be easy.  But given the Boroughs precarious financial situation, decisions must be made, and made without regard to personal preference and party politics.

The concern over taxes drew less specific, more general concerns.  Chief among these was the concern on the part of 67% of the respondents that more seems to produce less in terms of community and social services available to residents.  The very aspects of the Borough's quality of life that make it so appealing are now in danger of disappearing.  Once again, respondents overwhelmingly expressed their concern over the continued lack of leadership on the part of our elected office in making the kinds of decisions that will help contain the escalating costs that are so detrimental to the future of the Borough.

It should be noted, however, that 100% of our respondents remain positive about the Borough and expressed pride in  its level of quality of life.  However, 96% of those who participated felt that serious changes must be made as soon as possible, and 58% expressed the desire for a more responsive Mayor and Council.  

Obviously the road to the future is not an easy one, but should everyone be willing to forebear, sacrifice and cooperate we can work to save what makes our Borough so uniquely livable. 

 

Would you like to get involved in the Rutherford community? If so, How?

Would you like to get involved in the Rutherford community? If so, How?

 Following are the results to the question: “Would you like to get involved in the Rutherford community? If so, How?”  This question is one of several found in the Rutherford Community Questionnaire.

 

Rough Statistics

About 50 % of the respondents answered this question.

About 33% of the respondents answered positively, of which 18% said they would like to get involved and 14% said the are currently involved.

About 11.5% answered negatively of which 4% gave age as a reason.

 

Areas of Voluntary Service

It bodes well that a third of the respondents either are willing to get involved or are currently involved in the community.

Those who are already involved cover a wide area of voluntary services: 

  • PTA
  • Girl Scouts
  • Little League
  • Recreation Department
  • Kip Center
  • Womans' Club
  • Garden Club
  • Assemble the jungle gym at Memorial Field
  • Friends of the Library
  • Community Chest

 

Stepping up to the Plate

One respondent “would love to see others step up to the plate and get involved. . . but for the good of the Rutherford community, not as a stepping stone to further personal agendas...”

Some of the ways in which respondents would like to get involved are:

  • Offer knowledge in stats and research methods
  • Volunteer time and effort in community events
  • advocate for existing progressive projects and trees
  • Run for Board of Education office
  • organize a recreation tennis team
  • Do something with library or parks
  • open a business on Park Avenue
  • Make Rutherford green
  • keep Rutherford clean
  • work with the Community Garden

 

Declining to Participate

Those respondents who declined to get involved in the community said simply “no”, “too many responsibilities”, or “not my job”. Others who may want to get involved declined due to being “too old” or of “advanced age”. 

 What if those currently involved in the community or those looking to get involved worked with these elders so that their advanced age would not serve as a barrier to their participation?

Responses to the Rutherford Community Questionnaire to be Published

Responses to the Rutherford Community Questionnaire to be Published

Starting in September we began to publish the results of the first Rutherford Community Questionnaire.  However, as with the best laid plans, life has a way of getting in the way, delaying further publication of the results.  Expect the result of questions three and four (as listed below) to be published in December and January.

 

Month Question
September

Would you like to get involved in the Rutherford community? If so, how?

December

What are you most concerned about when looking to the future of the Borough? How would you propose to address these concerns?

January

What are the best qualities that contribute to Rutherford's community life?

February

In an effort to support a better quality of life, what additional activities, organizations, or events would you suggest?

March

What needs the most improvement in our community?

April

What does the Borough offer that makes it unique from any other place you have lived?

May

What else would you like to share with us?

June

What does the term “community” mean to you?

 

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