Senator Jim Whelan Leaves a Legacy

On Thursday, hundreds will gather to pay their respects and offer words of inspiration to the memory of Sen. Jim Whelan. He leaves a legacy that impacted Atlantic City, Atlantic County, the region and the state.
I remember him most as a fellow mayor.

Someone you could depend on and look up to. Many remember him as a lifeguard, athlete, teacher, coach, councilman, assemblyman and, of course, two-term state senator. A career that spanned a lifetime.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I cannot attend Thursday’s memorial service due to my health, but my thoughts and prayers will be there to remember a man who contributed a lasting legacy.

He was a true public servant.

Mayor Chuck Chiarello
Buena Vista Township

Catch This Month in Photo News Including New Fire Truck for Richland

Richland Volunteer Fire Company added a new member to their fleet. A Rosenbauer 3000 Gallon Tender Freightliner. A grant of $23,500 was received to purchase the equipment for the new truck. Mayor Chuck Chiarello said, “we are happy any time that government funds can help the local firefighters in our community.”

A Special Thank You to the men and women of NJ State Police Troop A for their continued support and protection here in Buena Vista Township.


Michael Debbi Parks Infamous Dance Floor has seen its fill. After a successful summer concert season, the dance floor was ruined in a rain storm before a 7pm performance. We are sad to see it go, but are already in the works of replacing it for next year’s summer concert series! Shine up your shoes because it’s going to need some breaking in!

Kenny I Entertainment was new to the lineup during Buena Vista Township’s Summer Concert Series this year. He hit it out of the park with his talented team of musicians and signing.


Fire Trucks in Collings Lakes, lined the streets in memory of Deputy Chief Edwin R. Jones on July 18, 2017.




Stop by “The Tree Monument” in Saw Mill Park in Richland to pick up a copy of the Self-Guided Tour Brochure and take a walk around the tree. Over 40 Chainsaw Carvings to view, and even a hidden symbol. Can you find it?

Buildable Land for Sale by Auction; Three Lots Approved for Single-Family Home

Are you looking to build a single-family home in Buena Vista Township? The Township has three (3) prime residential lots for sale that are ready to be built on.

The Township of Buena Vista will sell the following real property not needed for public use to the highest bidder on September 11, 2017 at 5:30PM, Buena Vista Township Municipal Building, 890 Harding Highway, Buena, NJ 08310. Conditions of Sale can be obtained online at  and at the Township Clerk’s Office, 890 Harding Highway, Buena, NJ 08310, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00AM and 4:30PM.


For questions, contact Lisa A. Tilton, Township Clerk at (856) 697-2100 ext. 11.

BLOCK 3801, LOT 10
LOCATION: 268 Pancoast Mill Road (Contains Structures on Property)
BUILDABLE: Property has approval for a Single-Family Home.
BUYER RESPONSIBILITY: Buyer is responsible for
Zoning Permit(s) and Building Permit(s)
SIZE: 5.96 Acres
MINIMUM BID: $91,200

BLOCK 4302, LOT 3.01
LOCATION: 563 Railroad Boulevard (Vacant)
BUILDABLE: Property has Pinelands and Board approval for a Single-Family Home. BUYER RESPONSIBILITY: Buyer is responsible for Zoning Permit(s) and Building Permit(s)
SIZE: 3.20 Acres
MINIMUM BID: $65,400

BLOCK 4502, LOT 2
LOCATION: Pine Street (Vacant)
BUILDABLE: Property has Pinelands and Board approval for a Single-Family Home. BUYER RESPONSIBILITY: Buyer is responsible for Zoning Permit(s) and Building Permit(s)
SIZE: 3.20 Acres
MINIMUM BID: $65,400

Written by: Lisa A. Tilton, Township Clerk

Calling All Veterans! Come Visit Buena Regional High School!!!

It’s that time of the year again to start thinking about Veterans Day. The Veterans Committee will be setting a date for our Vets to visit Buena Regional High School. Last year was a great success.

The students were eager to hear how and why we served our country. After school starts we will set a date in November.

Any Veterans who would like to participate please contact the Township Clerk’s Office at 856-697-2100 Ext 1.

Written by: Veterans Advisory Board Chairman John Armato

Public Works Drop-Off Center; Certain Vehicles Parking Restriction; Trapping Feral Cats

Drop-Off Convenience Center at Public Works Yard

The Convenience Center is open to all Township residents on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Public Works Yard located at 430 Union Road between 8 am & 12 noon (some holidays may cause dates to change). Items Accepted at No Charge are: appliances, metals, motor oil, brush/leaves in biodegradable Kraft-type bags, recyclables, e-waste (computers and televisions), auto/light truck tires (rims must be removed) limit up to 4, truck/farm equipment tires (rims must be removed) limit up to 2 per month.  The Township reserves the right to limit quantities and to refuse unacceptable items and you must be able to unload yourself.  For questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (856) 692-4121.

Parking of Certain Vehicles in Residential Districts Restricted

Per Ordinance No. 43-2017, no commercial vehicles, meeting certain characteristics, shall be parked on the roadway(s) in a residential zone at any time.  Certain vehicles are exempt such as fire trucks, school buses (with certain criteria), van(s) and pick-up truck(s). For questions, please contact the Township Clerks Office at (856) 697-2100 ext. 11.

Trapping of Feral Cats

Do you have overwhelming number of feral cats hanging around your property or neighborhood? Shore Animal Control is here to help. As the Township’s contracted Animal Control, they will trap feral cats and work with agencies that participate in spaying and neutering the cats for release. To set up trapping, please contact Shore Animal Control at 1-800-351-1822.

Written by: Lisa A. Tilton, Township Clerk

Environmental Commission Works on Community Projects

Not an Actual Image of the Trails

At the Independence Day Festival on Sunday July 3, 2017 the Environmental Commission distributed three boxes of peaches to Buena Vista township residents donated by Muzzarelli Farms as well as a produce basket and gift certificate raffled off to participants.

Another produce basket was raffled off donated by Bertuzzi’s market. Another contributor Levari’s farm market donated A large variety of plants and herbs for any resident to take Home.

Also, two projects the environmental commission is working on: one is the revitalization of the trail located in Michael Debbi Park in Richland and the second is the creation of a 3, 2 and one-mile trails that will be located behind the Collings Lake Elementary School. These trails are scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2018.

Written by: Environmental Committee Chairman John Williams

Local Business “Missing Piece Puzzle Company” to be Featured on TV Show “Elementary”

Great things are happening in Buena Vista Township! Local business, The Missing Piece Puzzle Company will be providing a puzzle as a clue for an episode in the new season of the TV Series Elementary!

The clue will be view in episode 5 on prime-time television. This is a huge accomplishment and level of recognition that Buena Vista Township could not be more proud of.

Tune in for episode 5 scheduled to air during the new season in early fall on CBS.

Buena Vista Township Hosting American Red Cross Blood Drive in October 

On Wednesday, October 18th Buena Vista Township will be hosting a blood drive at the Township Hall from 2pm to 7pm.

The American Red Cross will be collecting blood from any and all residents and members of other Township’s throughout the afternoon.

The event will be held in the court room of our Township Hall at 890 Harding Highway, Buena, NJ 08310.

For additional information regarding the event, please contact the Clerk’s Office at 856-697-2100 Ext. 1 or go to to register for the drive and enter Sponsor Code of “Buena Vista”.


It’s “Back to School” time again and most kids will be returning to school within the next few days. Here are a few “back to school” tips for parents from that should help you with your kid’s excitement and anxiety during this time:

  1. 1. Meet the new teacher. Maybe send a note or email. Try to find a picture on the school’s website.
  2. 2. Tour the school.  Take advantage of an “open house” or “freshman day”
  3. 3. Connect up with friends in the same grade. Contact parents from last year’s class and refresh relationships. Discuss potential carpools or new scheduling.
  4. 4. Make sure you have all of your supplies. Kids will need many supplies for their new school year, try to incorporate items your kids want as well as insure they have all the required supplies.
  5. 5. Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans. Be aware that some kids will be feeling anxious or nervous about returning to school, open up conversations with your kids to ease their worries.
  6. 6. 6. Ease into the routine. Practice the new schedule a few days before the first day of school. Get your children prepared to wake up at a set time again.

Good luck in the new school year!

WeCare Committee pictured

The Dr Martin Luther King Center hosted the 2nd Annual Community Fun Day on Saturday August 19th. The event, which is sponsored by “We Care,” the MLK’s peer leadership group, and First Union Baptist Church (Newtonville) is held every year on the 3rd Saturday in August. Many family games and activities filled the day, along with a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, face painting, free haircuts and giveaways. School aged children in attendance also received free school bags and supplies.  Our local 1st responders from the Newtonville Vol Fire Company and Buena Vista Township EMS were also in attendance.

The MLK Center has rescheduled our 4th Annual Veterans Breakfast. This year it will be held on Saturday September 30th at 10am. All Veterans are welcomed to our breakfast as our way to appreciate your service and sacrifice for our country. Many stories are told and the veterans have a great time meeting up with old friends and making new ones.

Upcoming events in September at the MLK Center:

  • • Monday September 4th– Labor Day (Township and MLK Center closed)
  • • Wednesday September 6th 1-4pm – Food Pantry
  • • Thursday September 14th – Board of Elections – Poll Worker Training 5-7pm
  • • Wednesday September 13th 1-4pm – Food Pantry
  • • Saturday September 30th – 10-11:30am – 4th Annual Veterans Breakfast

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center and Wilder Hines Park are available for your next family reunion, birthday party or baby shower. We have a large community room with a capacity of 125 people, a full kitchen and pavilion outside in the park that would be a wonderful place for your next family celebration. For more information on available dates and costs contact the MLK Center or Buena Vista Township’s Clerk’s office.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center is open daily from 11am-7pm weekdays. You can take the free Route 54/40 shuttle to come to the Center and meet up with your friends to play board games, cards, or just watch some television in our air-conditioned facility. The MLK Center has free WIFI service and our computer lab is always open for public use.

Current activities at the MLK Center include: The Seniors of Newtonville Area meet every Wednesday at 10am, MLK Peer leadership group (teenagers) meets weekly every Thursday at 6:30pm and ZUMBA classes every Friday night 6pm.  Story Time with Mrs. Cocoa meets the 2nd and 4th Friday’s during the month and now is also broadcast on Facebook Live on her Facebook page! If you have any questions about any activities or programs, we can be reached at 609-704-7262 or email us.

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey is also located within the Dr. Martin Luther King Center. Tours can be arranged by calling 609-350-6662. The current exhibit “A Time for Change” shows the involvement and events of the civils rights movement that occurred in South Jersey. Also on display is “Jet, Black, Brown and Tan” the legacy of John H Johnson, a new exhibit “Black Cowboys and Buffalo Solders” and the artwork of Leonard Faust is featured in the main gallery. The PRINCE exhibit and tribute to Muhammad Ali is in the Roberta J Corbitt Community Room.

Quentin Profile Picby Quentin McClendon, Director

“The Tree Monument” Brochure Available 

On May 27, 2017 as part of the 3rd Annual Richland Village Festival, the official dedication of “The Tree Monument” was held at 12 noon with a crowd of over 200 in attendance. “The Tree Monument” can be viewed daily in Saw Mill Park on US Route 40 in Richland Village.

“The Tree Monument” depicts almost 40 different carvings that show the past and modern history of what we call home, Buena Vista Township.

It was dedicated in time for the 150th Birthday of Buena Vista Township. A self-guided tour brochure can be found on our Township website at, you can print the brochure or stop by the Township Hall to obtain a copy.

Tour Guide Page 1

It is well worth the tour to learn about your townships history and to see “The Most Unusual Tree in the State of New Jersey”.