The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) is pleased to invite the public to its Peach Festival Celebration on Sunday, August 14, 2022 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The festival will take place at the Randolph Museum, located at 630 Millbrook Avenue at the entrance to Freedom Park.
Enjoy a tour of the museum, fresh peaches from Sun High Orchard, and peach punch!
The society wishes to thank Sun High Orchard and Weis Market in Randolph for their assistance with this event.
Two Residents Become Eagle Scouts
Posted: July 28, 2022
During the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Event held at the Randolph Community Center on Sunday, July 24, 2022, two Randolph residents received proclamations from Mayor Marie Potter on behalf of the township council in recognition of their achievement of the Eagle Scout rank earlier this year: Aidan Christopher Jackson and Aden Katz.
As Boy Scouts of America with Troop #50, Mr. Jackson had been a member for twelve years before earning the rank of Eagle Scout on January 25, 2022, and Mr. Katz was a member for seven years prior to his promotion to Eagle Scout on January 16, 2022. Both young men earned their ranks through completion of projects that will have lasting impacts for the community.
Mr. Jackson led a project that will benefit the users of the new Veterans Community Park. After discussing several ideas with Randolph Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Russ Newman, they agreed on installing a much-needed bike rack next to the pavilion. After providing management at the Home Depot and Landi Landscaping a description of the proposed work and list of necessary tools and materials, both businesses (along with one customer) contributed monetary donations, store credit and material, and Landi Landscaping delivered everything at no cost. The bike rack project took approximately 148 hours to complete and is a wonderful addition to Veterans Park that will be used by visitors for many years to come.
Mr. Katz earned his Eagle Scout Award by doing a project that will benefit the children of Fernbrook Elementary School. After discussing various project ideas with the school, it was decided that building a sensory walkway running adjacent to the existing walkway to the playground would be a unique and beneficial addition. He approached management at the Home Depot with his description of the project, who generously donated all the material needed for the frame and other materials. Relying on experience he gained by helping other Eagle Scouts with their projects, Mr. Katz then led a volunteer contingent of fellow scouts and family members in constructing an 8-foot by 4-foot walkway complete with divided sections designed to engage the senses. The sensory walkway took two days to construct and is now greatly enjoyed by the students of Fernbrook School.
In achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Katz have reached the zenith of scouting and are a source of pride and inspiration for all of Randolph. Both young men deserve recognition and congratulations for their exceptional achievements!
Senior Freeze Property Tax Reimbursement
Posted: July 19, 2022
The deadline for homeowners to file 2021 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) applications is October 31, 2022.
This program reimburses eligible senior citizens and disabled persons for property tax increases. The amount of the reimbursement, according to the state, is the difference between the amount of property taxes that were due and paid for the “base year” (the first year that you met all the eligibility requirements) and the amount due and paid for the current year for which you are applying for the reimbursement, provided the amount paid for the current year was greater.
2021 Eligibility Requirements
You (or your spouse/civil union partner) were:
65 or older on December31, 2020; or
Actually receiving federal Social Security disability payments (not benefit payments received on behalf of someone else) on or before December 31, 2020, and through December 31, 2021.
You lived in New Jersey continuously since December 31, 2010, or earlier, as either a homeowner or a renter.
Homeowners: You owned and lived in your home since December 31, 2017, or earlier (and you still owned and lived in that home on December 31, 2021).
Mobile Homeowners: You leased a site in a mobile home park where you placed a manufactured or mobile home that you owned since December 31, 2017, or earlier (and still lived in that home/leased the site on December 31, 2021).
Exception: If you moved from one New Jersey property to another and received a reimbursement for your previous residence for the last full year you lived there, you may qualify for an exception. More information.
Property Tax/Site Fees
Homeowners: The 2020 property taxes due on your home must have been paid by June 1, 2021, and the 2021 property taxes must have been paid by June 1, 2022.
Mobile Homeowners: Your site fees must have been paid by December 31 of each year respectively.
Your total annual income (combined if you were married or in a civil union and lived in the same home) for 2020 was $92,969 or less and for 2021 was $94,178 or less.
*Life Estate (Life Tenancy) You are considered the owner of the property if you have life estate rights or hold a lease for 99 years or more. You must include with your application a copy of an official document (e.g., deed, lease, etc.) establishing your right to occupy the property.
If you have additional questions about the Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) Program, please refer to the contact information below:
Senior Freeze Infoline: 1-800-882-6597 to check the status of a filed application, order an application, and ask questions.
Automated Infoline: 1-800-323-4400 to listen to prerecorded information.
Installation of a 6” plastic gas main and residential gas service is underway in and along Park Avenue, Pleasant Hill Road, Ironia Road and Righter Road. Locations are as follows:
Park Avenue from Sussex Turnpike to Pleasant Hill Road
Pleasant Hill Road from Spring Brook Drive to Ironia Road and Golf Course Road in Chester Township
Righter Road from Park Avenue to existing gas main in Roxbury Township
Construction will require a single lane, flagger controlled closures of Park Avenue. Construction on other roads within the project area may require road closures with detours as necessary. Expect delays or plan alternate routes.
Estimated construction completion date is November 11, 2022, subject to change based on unforeseen conditions.
Future Residential/Commercial Gas Connections:
Residential and commercial property owners who want to connect their homes or buildings with a new natural gas service once the gas main installation is completed for this area should contact NJNG. Gas expansion on Kirkbridge Drive, James Road and Logan Road are part of a separate future gas expansion project. Other adjacent streets to this project may also be part of a future gas expansion, but property owners should reach out to NJNG to request.
For property owners on Park Avenue, all new gas service connections to these properties must be completed prior to April 2023 as the township is scheduled to repave Park Avenue at that time.
HSOR to Host Randolph Reminisces Programs
Posted: July 7, 2022
The Historical Society of Old Randolph (HSOR) is pleased to offer the following Randolph Reminisces programs. The programs are open to the public free of admission charge, though donations are always gratefully accepted. The programs will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Randolph Museum, which is located at the Millbrook Avenue entrance to Brundage Park in Randolph.
September 12, 2022
Many years ago, Mr. Ken Trowbridge worked at the Mount Hope Mine, located in Rockaway Township. This mine dates back to the Revolutionary War when rich iron ore was vital to the Continental Army for making weapons. Mining continued at this mine throughout the 1800s and 1900s, and in 1944, modern facilities were erected on the site to accommodate the strong demand for iron during World War II.
July 11, 2022
Mr. Al Heath, currently a trustee to The Historical Society of Old Randolph, grew up in Victory Gardens. Al will share his life experiences about Victory Gardens, the borough and community named for the gardens that loyal Americans planted to assist with food for the war effort during the 1940s. We are expecting a large crowd for this presentation and will be holding it outside on the museum lawn (weather permitting). Please bring a lawn chair with you.
Come and explore our museum and learn more about our local history!