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Downtown Washington Goes Global: Borough Charitable Initiative Spearheads Outreach Effort to Support Students In Ghana

WASHINGTON (Oct. 27, 2016) - A charitable effort based here in Washington Borough is reaching out across the ocean to provide support and resources for students in Africa.  Ghana 4E is a local non-profit organization with a mission to educate and empower Ghanaian students through computer education.  By providing access to computers and technology, Ghana 4E connects students with the resources they need to become self-sufficient.

"Our vision is to provide a viable vehicle to teach computer skills, earn a living, and help other Ghanaians do the same," says Ghana 4E Director Kathy LaCorte, who also owns and runs Kathy's Kove & Kafe on Washington Avenue in the downtown section of the Borough.  "Through the generous donations from people in the Borough and throughout Warren County, we are building a site in Ghana to hold computer classes, repair equipment, and create a sustainable model for students to empower their commuity by passing the skills they've acquired on to others."

Every Friday night, Ghana 4E holds a fundraising dinner at Kathy's Kove & Kafe from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., followed by an open mic from 7 to 10 p.m.  Ghana 4E also accepts donations of laptop and desktop computers, manuals, flat screen monitors, and other accessories, in addition to monetary contributions and donations of clothing, shoes, sandals, and non-perishable food. In addition, an art exhibit is being showcased at 13 West Washington Avenue, culminating in a special reception to be held on November 5th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art sales will support Ghana 4E.

Washington B.I.D. Celebrates New Business Openings with Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2016) - Esoteric Jiu Jitsu, Washington Borough’s first Jiu Jitsu academy, and M Galleries, the Borough's newest art gallery, held grand opening ribbon cutting ceremonies this past weekend. 

The day kicked off with a ribbon cutting and expo at Esoteric Jiu Jitsu, featuring a raffle for free classes and a t-shirt giveaway for those who sign up for classes.  Following the expo, a children’s class and demonstration gave visitors a taste of the techniques and skills involved in this increasingly popular discipline.

Afterwards, the festivities moved down the street as M Galleries launched their ceremonial opening with a ribbon cutting of their own, followed by an open house, refreshments, and art-making stations for adults and children. Visitors were able to come in and create drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, and coloring sheets.

M Galleries, which already offers regular exhibits, is also currently scheduling art classes for children and adults. Artists wishing to consider their work for exhibit are encouraged to come by the gallery, located at 67 East Washington Avenue, with samples.  And for more information about Esoteric Jiu Jitsu academy, be sure to visit www.esotericjiujitsu.com.

Warren County Dental Center Holds Community Outreach Events

WASHINGTON (Aug. 16, 2015) - Washington BID member Warren County Dental Center took part in this past weekend's Oxford Community Day.  The staff are also excited to announce that they will be on hand at this year's Festival In The Borough on September 24, where they plan on bringing their Prize Wheel, with the one-dollar donations for each spin being awarded to a local non-profit organization.  

For Oxford Day, Prize Wheel proceeds were donated to Oxford's youth archery team.  At the Festival In The Borough, they will be giving away a host of items from their Prize Wheel, including free exams, cleaning, and X-Rays, in addition to frisbees, t-shirts, hats, water bottles, bumpers stickers, pens, and smile care kits.  Warren County Dental Center is located at 113 Belvidere Avenue, and is owned by Dr. Lauren Cannavo and her husband Christopher.  They've been open since last June, having taken over the practice of Dr. Griffith.  

For more information about Warren County Dental Center, call (908) 689-9787, and to get info about this year's Festival In The Borough, call the Washington Borough Business Improvement District at (908) 689-4800.

Weather Preparedness Update from JCP&L

The summer’s ongoing hot and humid weather continues to support the potential for severe thunder and lightning storms.   Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is closely monitoring today’s developing weather conditions.  JCP&L has additional line, forestry and hazard dispatch crews on hand and is prepared to activate its storm restoration plan should outages occur. 


In the event outages occur due to severe weather, customers without power are encouraged to report their outage by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com, or by texting out to 544487.   

Customers should immediately report downed wires to 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or call their local police or fire department.  JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity.  Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris.  Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops. 

JCP&L also reminds customers to take precautions when using generators during power outages.  Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service.  However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician.  When operating a generator, the power coming from the home should always be disconnected.  Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back into the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers. 

JCP&L customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive weather updates in advance of major storms and updates on scheduled or extended power outages.  Visit www.firstenergycorp.com/connect to enroll.  

Pictured, left to right,  Donna Drewes, Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey, Josephine Noone, Washington Borough Councilwoman, Lisa Gleason, Corporate Responsibility Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, PSEG, and Rick Dovey, Chair, Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees.

Borough Awarded Sustainability Grant

WASHINGTON (May 12, 2016 ) - Washington Borough was recently awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey capacity-building grant funded by the PSEG Foundation for its efforts in providing a valuable service to the community.

The Washington grant is going to the Washington Borough Green Team in cooperation with the Washington Borough Business Improvement District (BID) to expand the Washington Borough Farmers’ Market. With combined efforts, they hope to attract more people to the downtown and promote local farmers and small businesses.

The farmers’ market, kicking off on June 4 with a Green Festival, offers a wide range of offerings, including certified naturally grown fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised pork, lamb and chicken, fresh eggs, local honey products, fresh cut flowers, baked goods, and hand-crafted jewelry, candles, soaps and gifts.

“We are very excited about this grant,” said Josephine Noone, Borough Councilwoman and a coordinator of the Green Team and the farmers’ market. “The grant will help us promote the farmers’ market more effectively with increased advertising and promotion.  It will also allow us to include more musical entertainment and other special attractions during the season.

“We are really looking forward to a terrific farmers’ market this year,” added Noone. “We have an excellent variety of vendors. We welcome back our regular customers and look forward to seeing a lot of new faces. Our market will bring more foot traffic to the downtown area and increase sales for local businesses, which is a big part of why we have the farmers’ market.”

In addition to the Sustainable Jersey grant, the farmers’ market also is supported by Smith Tractor, the Washington Diner, and St. Luke’s Warren Campus.

“These [Sustainable Jersey] grants support green teams and municipalities working to bring innovative sustainability projects forward that will shape the future of their residents for years to come,” said Donna Drewes, who co-directs Sustainable Jersey with Randall Solomon. She extended her congratulations to all of the towns that received grants. “The grants we’re awarding today will also help build capacity as municipalities move sustainability programs forward.”

Various grants were distributed by the PSEG Foundation to fund a variety of projects across the state, including reclaiming paved surfaces for community gardens, protecting community tree cover, water conservation, green infrastructure, natural resources protection, park revitalization, promoting healthy lifestyles and green team capacity building.


Washington BID to honor founding member Marian Bredin

WASHINGTON (Dec. 15, 2015) - Marian Bredin, who is a founding member of the Washington Business Improvement District (WBID), will be honored by the WBID at its annual Business Recognition Meeting on Tuesday Feb. 4.

Bredin has served on the WBID Board of Directors since its inception in 2003, but was instrumental in the formation of the organization prior to that as well. Bredin, who has held multiple Executive Board posts over the years, most recently as treasurer, did not run for re-election this year.

The Recognition Reception will be held at the Mediterranean Bistro, 301 W. Washington Avenue (Route 57), from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $$$$ each. Among the sponsors for this event are Home Instead Senior Care.

Bredin is the owner of Good Impressions Printing and Mailing, starting out when there were very few women business leaders in Warren County. Good Impressions, which also publishes the highly-regarded Messenger, has been in the Borough for over 35 years. 

"Marian Bredin has been a beacon of the WBID," said Monika Hamburger, President of the WBID Board of Directors. "Her vision and unending energy has helped to make the WBID a successful organization. We are very appreciative of her efforts with the WBID and while we wish her good luck, we will surely miss her as one of our leaders."

"Marian is a special woman," said longtime WBID Executive Board member Ed Rossi.,the only remaining original member of the board. "She has given 110 percent to the WBID. She doesn't say no. She leads by example." 

Bredin, a longtime resident,  in fact has been a business leader throughout the county having served on various business organizations. She has been honored numerous times over the years.

Always giving, Bredin has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations in various ways, supporting various golf outings, tricky trays and other fundraisers. She is also an active member of the Hackettstown Rotary Club which she joined many years ago when Good Impressions also had a Hackettstown shop.

Through Bredin's direct or indirect involvement children, special needs individuals, needy families, seniors, and so many others have benefited. It is safe to say that thousands of people over the years have benefited from Bredin's efforts. 

The Washington BID, meanwhile, is certainly thankful for having Marian Bredin on board all these years. While she is not the type to seek out attention or thanks, it is clear that she has quietly made a major impact on the Washington business community.

For ticket and reservation information about this event, visit www.washingtonbid.org or call 908-689-4800.

Landmark Washington clock gets a face-lift

Posing by the newly repaired clock in downtown Washington are, from left: Jim Scovell, president, Washington Kiwanis; Josephine Noone, councilwoman; and John Monteverde, executive director, Washington Business Improvement District.

The Washington Kiwanis was instrumental in donating funds to reprogram and reset the clock to the correct time, as well as replacing bulbs and sealing the base. The Antique Style four-faced tower clock has been an iconic landmark in the downtown for several years. 

Stylin' Dogs

It was a Dog Day in August with the recent ribbon cutting ceremony at Misty’s Pet Grooming and Boutique with (left to right): Josephine Noone, Councilwoman; Lisa Carchesio, owner of Misty’s Pet Grooming and Boutique; Dianne Brooks, a client from Washington; and John Monteverde, Executive Director of the Washington Business Improvement District. Lisa is holding Misty, the namesake for her business; and Dianne is holding Tika, her 2-1/2 year old Shih Tzu, freshly groomed. The full-service pet grooming shop washes, cuts hair and nails, and can to any and all pet grooming services.  Misty's is located at 74 E. Washington Avenue. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 8 am - 5 pm. Phone # 908-835-7882.

John Monteverde Named Executive Director of WBID

WASHINGTON (April 8, 2015) - The Washington Borough Business Improvement District (WBID) has appointed John Monteverde as its new Executive Director. 


Monteverde has been involved in various business organizations in the Warren County region for many years.  He provides the WBID with executive leadership in a career spanning many different sectors.    


"John's professional experience, from the corporate world to small and medium sized businesses, will be beneficial for our greater business community," said Monika Hamburger, president of the WBID's Board of Directors. "John brings a wealth of business acumen,  resources and experience to the Washington Business Improvement District. He has many innovative ideas and is the perfect Executive Director to guide our organization forward.  The WBID Board of Directors, along with the Washington Borough Council,  look forward to working with John for a strong public-private partnership."