August 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to the August edition of the Bordentown Township Banner!
Our goal is to keep residents, friends, and neighbors informed about the latest Township news and events.

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Trash Collection Update

The Township has been working closely with our garbage company on improving service and ensuring timeliness and efficiency of garbage pick-up. We’ve seen improvement over the last few weeks, and we will continue to hold our garbage company accountable to the contract. Please help us by making sure your garbage can is in a place that is accessible and not blocked by other vehicles, trees, etc.

Also please make sure not to mix recyclables or other bulk items (like white goods, electrical supplies, or excessive brush). The Township Recycling Center at 266 Crosswicks Street is open daily for all recycled items.

Additional information on garbage pick-up can be found on the Township’s website.

Bordentown Township Public Works Offers Brush Pick-Up

Bordentown Township Public Works is offering brush pick-up for residents. Scheduled brush pick-ups take place every Tuesday. Call 609-291-2133 or email [email protected] to schedule your pick-up.

View the list of requirements for accepted brush and how to schedule your pick-up by visiting this link.

Bulk Waste Collection – Call in for Pick Up by Thursday!

Residents must call to schedule a bulk waste collection. Call 609-291-2133 or send an email to [email protected] with your address and the types of items to be collected. Bulk waste collection will still be twice a month and, depending on the zone in which you live, bulky items will either be collected the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month (Zone 1) or the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month (Zones 2 and 3). Due to the upcoming summer hours, requests for the Monday bulk pick up must be received by 3 p.m. the Thursday before.

Find your zone and see the schedule by visiting this link or scanning the QR code. Bordentown Township thanks you for your cooperation!

Bulk Waste Collection Update for 2023

Thank you for Attending National Night Out!

Bordentown Township thanks residents for attending this year’s National Night Out celebration in Joseph Lawrence Park. National Night Out’s mission is to strengthen police and community partnerships. Learn more about National Night Out by visiting

Bordentown Township Officers Charity Fund Dinner
Tuesday, August 22

The Bordentown Township Officers Charity Fund invites everyone to the 1st Annual Benefit Dinner. This dinner is being held on Tuesday, August 22 at Jimmy’s American Grill with seating at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The all-you-can-eat buffet is $30 per person (including tax and gratuity, alcoholic beverages not included).

The Bordentown Township Officers Charity Fund is a tax-exempt non-profit organization which exists solely for charitable purposes. Since its inception in 2017 the BTOCF has donated over $95,000 to various recipients in the Bordentown area.

To purchase tickets please scan the QR code or email Police Clerk Amy Antelis at [email protected]. Join for a night of great food and philanthropy!

Officers Charity Fund Dinner

6th Annual Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic
Friday, September 15

Save the date! Bordentown Township’s Annual Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic takes place on Friday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Community Center (3 Municipal Drive).

Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic

Flag Retirement Ceremony
Saturday, September 23

Mark your calendars! Bordentown Township will host a Flag Retirement Ceremony at Northern Community Park on Saturday, September 23 beginning at 11 a.m. Residents are encouraged to bring their flags to assure proper disposal.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

Annual Fall Shredder Day
Saturday, September 30

Bordentown City and Township will host a Shredder Day on Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Public Works Garage (266 Crosswicks Road).

Annual Fall Shredder Day

Bordentown Township Fall Festival
Saturday October 14

The Bordentown Township Fall Festival is Saturday, October 14! Interested in selling your crafts during the event? Contact the Mayor’s office: (609)-298-2800 ext. 2109.

Fall Festival

Your Township Government Update

Please join us in welcoming new Bordentown Township Police Department Officers Andrew Addison, Patrick Carey, and Christian Cardinale who graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy on July 13, after 21 weeks of intense training. All three will now begin their field training in our patrol division, and we are very excited to have them as members of our team!  

Officers Andrew Addison, Patrick Carey, and Christian Cardinale

Pictured (L-R): Christian Cardinale, Patrick Carey and Andrew Addison.

In June, Mayor Benowitz presented two proclamations. The first recognized the month of May as Older Americans Month in which the Township thanked and recognized the contributions of our senior citizens. The second proclaimed June 19 as Juneteenth. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston Texas learned they were free. For the third year, Township employees were given a day off in honor of Juneteenth, as it is recognized as both a State and Federal holiday.

The Township Committee adopted several resolutions at its July 17 meeting necessary for the running of the Township. Among them were several releases of escrow and bonds which are collected from developers and applicants before the Planning Board. The Township renewed its annual agreement with the Bordentown Regional School District to provide a Student Resource Officer and a Class III Special Law Enforcement Officer for the upcoming school year. The Township Committee authorized an electronic tax sale for all taxes not paid in 2022. It will be held in October.

Planning for the new Municipal Complex continues. The design of the complex is entering its final stages and bids are being reviewed for the demolition of the Township-owned properties at 765 and 803 Farnsworth Road.

The 2022 Road Improvement Program is finishing up. Resurfacing road work was performed at Willow, Locust, Sweetbriar and Taconic Roads. The road improvements to Groveville Road between Route 206 and Northern Community Park are commencing. The design of road improvements to Holloway Lane and Williamsburg Drive are being developed.

A bond ordinance was adopted in July to allow for capital purchases including trucks and a trailer for the Public Works Department and a vehicle for the Office of Emergency Management and for capital projects including Bonnie Lane stormwater improvements, a roof structure for the recycling yard, park improvements, and road improvements to Vine Way, Shady Lane, Arlington Road, and Thorntown Lane.

Two additional NJ Transit bus stops on West Burlington Street between Union Street and the I-295 overpass near the Juvenile Medium Security Facility are being considered via Ordinance #2023-09. A public hearing on this ordinance will be held at the August 21 Township Committee meeting.


Your Township Community Development Updates

The Planning Board met on July 13, 2023, and went through administrative items such as approving resolutions and minutes of previous meetings. The July 27, 2023 meeting was cancelled as no applications were on the docket. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Board is August 10, 2023. Please be reminded that all agendas of the Planning Board, along with application materials, can be found on the Township Planning Board website.

The Township is currently updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan (“OSRP”) element of the Master Plan. The update is required in order for the Township to be eligible for grants and additional funding from Green Acres. Township Engineer Fred Turek and Julia Mueser presented a draft version of the plan before the Township Committee at its July 17, 2023 meeting. The next public meeting on the OSRP will be held virtually via the Zoom platform on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 6 p.m. The meeting can be accessed via this link.

Draft copies of the plan can be found here. Everyone is encouraged to attend the virtual meeting and provide comments during the public participation portion of the meeting. 

Bordentown Township Water Meter Replacement

All individual water meters inside every home and commercial building in Bordentown City and Township will be upgraded using state funds, at no cost to the customer.

Over the coming weeks, residents will receive letters from the contractor – Lenegan Plumbing & Heating LLC – containing detailed instructions on how to schedule your appointment for replacement of the water meter. Prior to scheduling your appointment, please make sure your water meter is accessible and that the isolation valve (turn off valve at meter) is operational.

To schedule your appointment now, please call 1(855) 892-3830 or visit

We thank you for your cooperation as we work towards improving the quality and efficiency of the water that residents rely on for critical everyday needs.

For more information, please contact the Bordentown City Water Department:

Safe Summer

Hello Bordy!

The Bordentown Township’s mascot naming contest is complete, and we are pleased to introduce “Bordy”, the first police department mascot in the State of New Jersey. This mascot will continue to enrich Bordentown Township community policing efforts.

The Township thanks everyone for their fun, clever and catchy name suggestions! If you would like to schedule Bordy to appear at a community event, please contact Police Clerk Nicole Bencivengo at [email protected].

Check out the official Bordentown Township Police Department Mascot Announcement Video.

Hello Bordy!

Bordentown Township & City Police Departments
Present Operation Safe Summer

Bordentown Township and Bordentown City Police Departments have partnered with local ice cream shops to promote bike helmet safety for children. Officers will issue free ice cream ‘tickets’ to children who demonstrate safe riding habits by wearing their helmets while on bicycles, scooters, and skateboards.

The tickets can be redeemed at the Bordentown Creamery located in Bordentown Township, and The Candy Jar by 1892, located in Bordentown City. The program will run until the end of the summer and both Bordentown Township Chief Pesce and Bordentown City Chief Lafferty hope that it will encourage children to wear helmets while riding their bikes to prevent traumatic brain injuries. This program is also a great way for local youth to interact with the police in a positive way.

In New Jersey, anyone under the age of 17 is required to wear a helmet when cycling, roller-skating, or skateboarding. Injuries can happen anywhere, including parks, bike paths and driveways – so anyone and everyone riding a bicycle should wear a helmet.

Every year, individuals are killed or seriously injured while riding bicycles. According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, serious head injuries are the most common cause of death among bicyclists. This can be easily prevented by wearing a helmet.

Safe Summer

Say Hello to the Hybrid Bass!

The State Department of Environment Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife added a hybrid bass to the pond at Northern Community Park during the Fishing Derby.

This fish, which can potentially grow to a size that can break state records, was hatched at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery. The current size record for the Hybrid Bass is 17 pounds and 12 ounces.

The Hybrid Bass is a mix of spotted bass and white bass and can be fished on a catch and release basis. If you catch this Hybrid Bass, please take a photo before releasing it and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #BordentownHybridBass.

Hybrid Bass

Bordentown Township Police Department
Vacation Security Checks for Residents

Planning a vacation in 2023? Leave your worries behind and have the Bordentown Township Police Department perform a security check of your home so you can have peace of mind and enjoy your trip. Download the necessary form from the Bordentown Township website.

Lightning Safety Reminder

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Due to the recent increased number of thunderstorms, Bordentown Township would like to remind everyone about lightning safety. Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or an afternoon at the pool, gather your things and seek shelter at the first sign of a storm. By the time you hear thunder or see lightning, you’re already in danger. You do not want to be the tallest object in an open field or stand under a tall tree. Learn more by visiting

Lightning Safety Reminder

Interested in Volunteering For Habitat for Humanity?

There are volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Check out this link for more information.

Summer Hours

Town Hall’s summer hours are in effect through Labor Day. Township offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, Town Hall is open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Bordentown Township Public Works summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

Summer Hours

Veteran State and County Medal Application

Veterans interested in learning how to get their State and County Medals can access easy-to-fill-out forms on the Bordentown Township website. The Veteran Advisory Committee hopes this allows eligible veterans easier access to their earned medals. Please contact [email protected] for assistance with filling out the forms.  

Veteran State and County Medal Application

Veteran Advisory Committee Offers
Email Address to Assist Veterans

Are you or do you know a Veteran in need of assistance with their benefits or other related issues? The Veteran Advisory Committee is happy to help through their email address! Contact [email protected] for assistance.

Veteran Advisory Committee Offers 
NEW Email Address to Assist Veterans

Upcoming August Meetings:

For agendas and last-minute changes or cancellations, be sure to check the agenda and minutes page on the Bordentown Township website.

Township Committee Meetings:
Monday, August 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Township Committee meetings are held at the Municipal Building.

Environmental Commission Meeting:
Tuesday, August 22 @ 7:30 p.m.
Environmental Commission Meetings are being held virtually via Zoom. See agenda for access link.

Senior Citizen Club Meetings:
Monday, August 7 @ 12:30 p.m.
Senior Citizen Club Meetings are held at the Senior Community Center,
3 Municipal Drive.

Veteran Advisory Committee Meetings
September 5 @ 7 p.m.
(Please note, the August meeting has been cancelled).
Veteran’s Advisory Committee Meetings are held at Senior Community Center,
3 Municipal Drive.


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Civic Ready

Residents are encouraged to sign up for CivicReady alerts from Burlington County. Receive real-time alerts and notifications when you sign up. Learn more by visiting this link.

Civic Ready

Helpful Links

Bordentown Township Website:
NJ Department of Health Website:
Burlington County Website:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website: