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We Always Knew Berkeley Heights Was A Special Place To Live

Bobbie Peer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 • 4:40pm

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The buzz and excitement spread quickly through Facebook, Twitter, and talk around Berkeley Heights as CNN Money published their latest ranking of "Best Places to Live, America's best small towns." 

"I am very proud at our Township's position in the recent CNN/Money ranking of the Best Place to Live," stated Mayor Joe Bruno.  "Berkeley Heights is #6 in the entire country, #2 on the east coast, and #1 in NJ.  To have jumped 39 positions is outstanding.  This is a town-wide honor because of our residents, our schools, our organizations, our businesses and our Township services and employees.  We are only 25 miles from Wall Street and 15 miles from Newark Liberty International Airport.  Contrary to the article, we have every major retailer within 10 minutes of our town including Short Hills Mall, Blue Star Shopping Center, and Watchung Square, not to mention the retail establishments we have here in town and in neighboring towns."  

Berkeley Heights schools are also top ranked among the public schools with Governor Livingston receiving the US News Silver Award and overall statewide ranking of #38. 

"I am delighted that Berkeley Heights has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Live in America," said Judy Rattner, superintendent of schools. "I am proud to be part of a community that takes great pride in everything we do. We always knew that Berkeley Heights was a special place and now the rest of America knows it also!"

American flags and the "Welcome to Berkeley Heights" banners proudly line Springfield Avenue.  Residents, businesses, and organizations are taking pride in Berkeley Heights and supporting the work of the Township and the Downtown Beautification Committee.  Soon, Springfield Avenue will be the home of the Primrose School, Chase Bank, and CVS.  Sidewalks will be lined with brick pavers and lantern style street lights.   A new downtown clock will be placed at Peppertown Park to welcome residents and visitors to downtown Berkeley Heights.  Supported by donations from the community.

Visit the Township website for information on how you can be part of the newest landmark by sponsoring a plaque on the base of the clock.  Midge Vicendese, lifetime resident and family owner of Berkeley Hardware and Paint proudly stated,  "Mark and I have always considered growing up in Berkeley Heights and being able to raise our children and work here a privilege. We couldn't be happier to see our little town in the top 10! "

Local Realtor with Barbara Lewis Homes, Barbara Lewis, also wasn't surprised by the latest CNN Money Ranking. "From the moment I came to Berkeley Heights and my crying kindergartener was greeted with open arms by Mary Kay McMillin, I've felt lucky to live here. Now my son thrives at the Union County Magnet High School and enjoys playing soccer at Governor Livingston. My other children recently had a great day at the Snyder Avenue spray park!"  
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