2017 FREE Summer Concert Series Begins June 28th


Mark your calendars for 9 – Yes, 9!!  Wednesday night’s beginning June 29th and running through August for music and dancing under the stars at Michael Debbi Park in Richland.

The concerts begin at 7 pm until 9 pm (weather permitting).  They are performed at the Special Events Center Gazebo.  If it rains, the concert will be rescheduled to another date.  Affordable refreshments will be available.  Flyer coming soon.

Hot dogs, desserts and beverages will be sold. Bring your dancing shoes. Seating is available or bring your own lawn chairs. (weather permitting)

  • Wednesday, June 28th – John Clark – Little Big Band
  • Wednesday, July 5th – Joe Kelly – Tear It Up
  • Wednesday, July 12th – In High Gear
  • Wednesday, July 19th  – Poor Mouth Henry
  • Wednesday, July 26th – Kenny I Entertainment
  • Wednesday, August 2nd- Lonnie Youngblood
  • Wednesday, August 9th –  45 RPM Oldies Concert
  • Wednesday, August 16th – Ed Rodriquez – Ten Eddy Drive
  • Wednesday, August 23rd – Dr. Cheeko
  • Wednesday, August 30th – Reserved for Rain Date

This schedule is subject to change.

Tree Monument Dedication is Saturday, May 27th 12 Noon – Saw Mill Park, Richland

On Saturday May 27, 2017 at twelve o’clock noon, a special dedication will be made for the Tree Monument –perhaps the most “Unusual Tree” in the state of New Jersey. Located in Saw Mill Park in Richland Village a mighty white oak tree stood for 235 years (approx. 1780-2015) next to a Saw Mill that led the way for the once mighty railroads to crisscross here in Richland, Buena Vista Township. When time took the life of this tree, it still had 125 ft. wing span.

Our community searched for ideas to allow this otherwise dead tree to live on. The idea of a Tree Monument was born with the guidance of Mayor Chuck Chiarello and the Township Committee in honor of the 150th Anniversary of Buena Vista Township. It would be a tree that depicted the Township’s history and yet transformed into a contemporary piece of art. With the help of local tree surgeon Gary Heitz and a talented chainsaw artist by the name of Brian Ackley the Tree Monument was born. After almost a year of planning, the tree will be unveiled at the 3rd Annual Richland Village Festival which also serves as an official Sesquicentennial Event for the Township’s 150th Birthday.

A 600 year-old giant white oak tree recently died in a church cemetery in Basking Ridge, NJ. That tree was cut down except for the stump where a memorial stone will be placed and some of the wood will be used to build furniture to furnish the church it sat next to and the Township Hall in Basking Ridge.
The concept of our Tree Monument was to allow the tree to remain standing and be a lasting memorial for its days of glory.

Over $20,000 was raised from the community to complete the project which included the trimming, carving, paving, fencing, , and planting of seven young white oak trees.

We humbly ask for your presence at the dedication to celebrate the life of this new Tree Monument which depicts almost 40 different carvings that show the past and modern history of what we call home, Buena Vista Township.

Saw Mill Park is just over an acre in size and features a children’s play train, a real Pennsylvania Railroad Steel Caboose from the 1930’s, a gazebo, a Veteran’s and a 9-11 Memorial along with benches. The tree is lit at night and has already attracted hundreds of visitors during the construction phase. Visitors may also stop in to the Patcong Valley Model Railroad Building Lobby and see an original painting of the Saw Mill that once stood on this site and a white oak tree that stood nearby. The painting was done by a family member of the early settlers in Richland Village in the late 1800’s.

Come help us celebrate at 12 Noon Saturday, May 27, 2017. Small samples of the original tree will be given to those in attendance and a special commemorative puzzle will be given to the first 150 people who show up for the dedication (Limit one per family). A special puzzle designed by the Missing Piece Puzzle Company and Photographer Dave Griffin both who are based in Richland Village, will be given away. It resembles a post card, see below.

The ceremony is part of a larger day of family activities including a 100 Vendor Toy Show, Huge Car Show, Classic Car Parade, Train Rides on the Cape May Sea Shore Lines, Live Music featuring three bands, fun things for the children, over 16 food vendors and over 40 other vendors/crafters and much more!

The Buena Historical Society Invites You To A Presentation On Local Meat Markets

The Buena Historical Society invites you to a presentation on local meat markets on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Buena Vista Township Municipal Building, located at 890 Harding Highway, Buena.

Presentations by Larry Bertacchi whose grandfather Mario began & sons Paul & George took over in the late 40’s and Charlie Tarquinio whose grandfather Lou began & son Biagio “Buzzie” took over.

Program to include photo and artifacts display.

Refreshments & coffee will be served.  Any questions, please contact Debra Casazza at 856-466-4654.

Buena Vista Township’s Annual Independence Day Festival is Coming

Photo Credit: Daily Journal

This year’s Annual Independence Day Festival will be held on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at Michael Debbi Park from 3pm until Fireworks! The rain date for the event is Saturday, July 8th.

Always a family fun filled day kicked off with a Fire Truck Parade down Cedar Avenue. Events and Music throughout the day including some of the annual favorites such as Fireman’s Water Barrel Fights and a Beautiful display of fireworks.

Applications for Crafters and Vendors are available at our Website and through the Mayor’s Office at 856-697-2100 Ext 8.

More information to follow.

Buena Regional High School Crowns this Year’s Mr. Buena

On Thursday, April 6. Buena Regional High School was given a treat as twelve senior boys competed for the Title of Mr. Buena 2017.

The show provided laughter and excitement as the Disney Theme was well known amongst the crowd and made for easy audience involvement.

The contestants competed in Casual Wear, Talent, Formal Wear along with Question and Answer. The pageant showed tremendous school spirit and great team effort in a wonderful production.

The winner was Mr. July Will Murphy and his court 1st Runner Up Mr. October Adriance Adderley and 2nd Runner Up Jake Maxwell.

150th Sesquicentennial Town Celebration Come Join Our Birthday Party! 

The final touches are coming together for the 150th Sesquicentennial Celebration and Birthday Party!

On Saturday, May 27th from 10 – 7PM Buena Vista Township will celebrate 150 years of history at Saw Mill Park in Richland! At 12 Noon, a special dedication of our Tree Monument will be presented in front of all. The Chainsaw Carved Tree Monument features over 30 Carvings depicting the Town’s History.

Crafters, Vendors and Merchants of all kinds will be in the park all day. Food trucks of every different variety will line Main Avenue with the smells of smoked barbecue filling the air from The First Baptist Church of Richland Men’s Fellowship.

The Annual Toy Show with over 100 Vendors will be the talk of the town in front of It’s a Toy Store on Route 40.

The South Jersey Mustang Club will have its Car Show with hundreds of cars on display accompanied by Stewarts Root beer and their very own traveling LIVE radio show from WVLT 92.1 Lite in Vineland. There will also be a classic car parade featuring these cars, starting at 9:30am down Cedar Avenue to Saw Mill Park in Richland.

Musical Entertainment will be played throughout the festival all day featuring Ten Eddy Drive 11am-1pm, Pour Mouth Henry 1:30pm to 3:30pm and Jazz Band Eddie Morgan’s Jazz Trio REKD 4 Jazz 4pm-6pm!

Fun for the whole family with Two Bounce Houses, a Rock Wall and Bubble Balls for the kids.

Adult Beverages from the Tombstone Grill Beer Wagon!

A fifty/fifty will take place later in the day giving one lucky winner some Memorial Day Cash! Come Celebrate our Towns 150th Birthday with us and be a part of History!

For more information, contact Kristie Knapp in the Mayor’s Office at 856-697-2100 Ext. 8.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMUNITY CENTER REPORT – MAY 2017

This is the time of the year when we start completing our spring clean-ups and begin thinking of some DIY projects we want to get done. Very shortly we will spend more and more time outside enjoying the spring temperatures while our winter blues wear off. Remember to prioritize safety in your upcoming projects and protect yourselves in the upcoming warm weather.

I’ve included a fun “spring quiz” link :http://www.lifescript.com/quizzes/fun/are_you_spring_safety_savvy.aspx?gclid=CK2I0rzWwtMCFVNMDQodv30AuA&trans=1&du=1&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Connect+Quizzes+1+-+SEARCH&utm_content=0%3E40149%3EAre+You+Spring+Safety+Savvy%3F&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=spring+safety&ef_id=VzSRLAAAAWfJt88r:20170426174522:s

On April 22nd, we hosted our 2nd Annual Comcast Cares Day with our gardening partners Impact Harvest. Although the weather was not very cooperative, we were able to clean and beautify Wilder Hines Park, raking leaves, removing branches and debris, cleaning the walking path and raking the baseball field. All in all, we had 68 volunteers of all ages working diligently in the park during the day. We also expanded our Community Garden, building 7 raised beds in which we will plant cucumbers, watermelon, zucchini, and potatoes. We will also have basil, parsley, kale, carrots and lettuce in the garden, as well as strawberries and blueberries this year. I want to thank all the volunteers, Larry’s II (our caterer), Impact Harvest Support Team and Comcast for a great productive day promoting volunteerism and community spirit.

Coming up soon on Saturday May 13th, we will have our Annual Mother’s Day Breakfast for all the area mothers. We are encouraging interested Mom’s to contact us and confirm your attendance. As an added benefit to Mom’s special day we will have an arts and craft project for children to make Mom a special gift to go along with her breakfast. Call or email us at 609-704-7262 or MLKCenter@BuenaVistaNJ.com.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Center is 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. This is our busy time of the year and weekends are filling up fast. For more information on available dates and costs contact the MLK Center or Buena Vista Township’s Clerk’s office.

Batter Up! An Opening Day Celebration will be held in Wilder Hines Park to kick off the Old Timers Softball season on Sunday May 21st at 12 noon. All are invited to come out and enjoy a great Sunday afternoon softball game. Games will be played weekly on Sunday’s at 1pm through the season in the Wilder Hines and Michael Debbie Parks.

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, complete homework assignments, or group projects. The MLK Center has free WiFi service and our computer lab is always open for public use. Our Community Center is also a great resource to find out the various local events or programs going on in your area.

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, BMA personal fitness training every Monday, Tuesday and Friday by appointment, and ZUMBA classes every Friday night 6pm and Saturday morning at 9am. 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! We also have an array of board games for all families to enjoy. If you have any questions about any activities or programs, we can be reached at 609-704-7262 or email us. MLKCenter@BuenaVistaNJ.com.

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 of the civils rights movement in South Jersey. Also on display is “Jet, Black, Brown and Tan” the legacy of John H Johnson and in the gallery the works of Lawrence Faust.

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