As we welcome in the New Year, it’s natural to reflect on the year that’s passed. In 2019 we celebrated Harrison Township’s 175th Anniversary. I believe our township founders would be proud of how we honored our special little town with the wonderful party we threw for Harrison Township Day. It was only fitting to move this annual celebration of Harrison Township to Main Street for our 175th birthday. It was great to enjoy the festivities with so many of our residents.
In July we toasted our 175th Anniversary at our own William Heritage Winery. The yearlong celebration of Harrison Township culminated with the biggest and best Lights on Main ever! Special thanks to our Harrison Township team for making all the birthday celebrations so special in 2019.
This past year we also enjoyed a few firsts, including our inaugural Restaurant Week. This annual event will become a tradition and will showcase the delicious and varied dining in town. Another instantaneous new tradition was created with our Limited Edition Christmas Ornament. The inaugural 2019 ornament features Old Town Hall and the initial order of 200 sold out quickly. That’s no surprise and reflects the spirit and passion we all have for our hometown. So, more ornaments were ordered and they remain on sale now ($20) at the Clerks Window in the municipal building. Every year the ornament will feature a different site in town and we expect it to become a treasured keepsake or gift. All proceeds benefit our Beautification Committee.
This year also saw the one-year anniversary of Mullica H’ILL Connect; the Township Committee’s communication initiative that includes our Weekly E-Newsletter, Happening in the Hill, and active posting on the township’s Facebook. You can sign-up for Happening in the Hill here and follow us on Facebook here. We have consistently sought to up our game in communicating with our residents and this initiative has broken us through. We now have one of the best proactive connections with our residents in the region.
We can’t reflect on 2019 without mentioning the new Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill, which officially opened on December 15th. This state-of-the-art hospital is a game-changer for our community. There were also several new businesses established in town this past year, which I will highlight in the future. And, obviously, our 2019 story will forever include the Clearview High School Girls Field Hockey Team, who won their first state championship in school history. Congratulations girls! You made us proud.
Reminiscing about the past year makes me excited for all to come in 2020! But that’s an entire article in itself (which I’ll write about soon). Suffice it to say that there several great projects, new businesses and beautification efforts in the works.
For now I want to reiterate how very appreciative I am to serve as your Mayor, thank you for allowing me to do so. I am grateful for our wonderful township administrators, department heads and township team members who are so committed to serving the Harrison Township community. Thank you for all that you do every day throughout the year. Thank you to our businesses owners for their ever-expanding threads in the fabric of our community. And most of all, thanks to all of you, our residents, for making this such a special place to live and raise a family.
On behalf of the other members of our Township Committee, Deputy Mayor Don Heim, Committee members Julie DeLaurentis, John Williams, Jeff Jacques and incoming Committeeman Adam Wingate (January 2nd), I wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!
See you around town.