We’re pleased to have as our speaker Tenafly Police Chief Robert Chamberlain. Come to our first meeting of the 2017 Chamber Year. the meeting will be held in the Clinton Inn Palmers Crossing Wine Tasting Room at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, December 8 at 6 pm
Start: Washington & Tenafly Rds
Finish : Huyler Park
We will again be holding our Holiday Parade to Celebrate Our Differences Together. We will march behind the Tenafly fire truck up Washington to Huyler Park. There we will hear Tenafly High School’s Madrigal Singers, have a brief presentation or prayer from representatives of area religions and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. Children will receive a small present from Santa or Sparky the Fire dog.
This month’s meeting will be at the Clinton Inn (Wine Tasting Room in Palmer’s Crossing) at 6:30 pm Wednesday November 2.
We will be discussing Street Fair plans, the Boro Parking Trial, Town-wide window Paintings and the elections/annual dinner.
Sample of theme of window paintings. Each will be customized for the business.
NOTICE: SATURDAY ONLY – St Fair portion closed due to forecasted high winds. Food Festival is still on and the St Fair will be back tomorrow. Looking for things to do – See the Tenafly Library Edible Book Festival or the St Thomas Armenian Church Bazaar (indoors) today.
Make your reservations NOW for the feasts at our local restaurants – Axia Tavernia (10th Anniversary Celebration), Europe Café & Grill, Kinara Indian Restaurant, Mr Wok & Sushi, Sayola Tapas Restaurant Tea Garden. Menus here.
VENDOR APPLICATIONS CLOSED (FULL) – If you want a booth at the fair fill out the application below & send it and your payment immediately to Street Fairs LLC, 208 Lenox Ave, 101 Westfield, NJ 07090. You must be a paid 2016 member of the Tenafly Chamber to get the discount. Please make sure you read the rules carefully. Make the town happy – keep all booth paraphernalia off the grass in Huyler Park and your booth off the road by 6 pm.
The Tenafly Chamber is happy to again support the Center For Food Action and the Office of Concern with convenient food collections at member businesses. Non-perishable goods and diapers are gratefully accepted. Look for a bright yellow poster at member businesses.
Sept 10 – East Madision Dental – Day of Free Dental Care
EMD offers a day of free dental care to those in need Sept 10. Registration begins at 8:30 am at their office at 101 Piermont Road. The first 45 people will each receive 1 procedure.
2:00PM – 7:00PM
ALL YOU CAN EAT
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
CLAMS, MUSSELS, STEAK, SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS,
HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, CHICKEN,
SODA, BEER & MUCH MORE
$25.00 IN ADVANCE – $30.00 AFTER AUGUST 31st
$15.00 YOUNG ADULTS 10-17 – CHILDREN UNDER 10 FREE
September 21 Rotary Club of Tenafly Charity Golf Tournament
(click link above for registration)
11:00 am Valley Brook Golf Course Rivervalle, NJ
18 holes of golf with cart
Prizes & Contest
5 pm Dinner for Non-players
September 22 – Cooktique – Michael Aram Event
2- 4 pm 9 West Railroad Ave.
Michael Arum appearance & signing. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Englewood Hospital.
We celebrated our donation to improve Huyler Park with a Dance Party! It was a great success – although a bit hot.
This is primarily a working meeting to discuss requesting a Vacancy Maintenance Ordinance to insure that vacant business do not blight our business district.
The tentative text of the letter to the council is:
Dear Tenafly Mayor & Council:
The Tenafly NJ Chamber of Commerce, as the representative of Tenafly business owners, would like you to consider implementing a Vacancy Maintenance Ordinance for businesses. Vacant businesses in disrepair depress the traffic to surrounding businesses. Towns that have successful revitalization programs minimize the impact of vacant businesses by
- requiring immediate registration (30 days) to assist with enforcement and to facilitate rapid re-rental by providing a central place to determine the appropriate person to direct inquiries to;
- requiring maintenance of the building and property in a pristine condition;and after a suitable time,
- increasing the safety inspections to insure that neglected problems do not create a safety hazard for adjoining businesses.
Quite often new regulation is seen as a solution in search of a problem. Please note that there are several properties (pictures attached) that have been vacant for years and look like it. Also, it is not always easy to determine the correct contact for a business. There have been 3 local business owners that have been interested in renting a vacant business in Tenafly. All three had great difficulty trying to determine the appropriate person to contact with inquiries.
In an effort to avoid excessive regulation of landlords looking to rerent their properties promptly, we suggest keeping in mind that it normally takes at least 3 months to rent a commercial space.
Two vacancy maintenance ordinances from other towns are included as samples.
The President & Board Tenafly NJ Chamber of Commerce
Coming mid- July – Speaker dedication in Huyler Park
Come Dance in the Streets to celebrate the installation of a permanent speaker system for Huyler Park. The event for those of you who have dreamed of going to Summer Swing Night at Lincoln Center.
Tenafly Dumpling Festival
Thank you for dumpling donations to:
Europé Café & Grill
Kinara Indian Restaurant
La Promenade (most people would call them raspberry-filled cronut holes)
Mr. Wok & Sushi
Tenafly Kosher Deli
Sept 7 6:30 pm
We’re hoping to have a networking party at Sayola Restaurant. Check back for details.
June 2015 Downtown NJ Annual Conference
An interesting presentation of things large towns are doing to reinvigorate their business area. DowntownNJ notes 2015.
Nice advertising for Chamber members – pictures of our awards event are up on Bergen.com. Thank you to John Barrett who stepped in for Senator Weinberg when she fell ill and a special thank you to Axia for sponsoring the event – the food was incredible.
Wednesday, March 2
We are pleased to announce that Senator Weinberg will be honored at our March 2 Networking Party. Free for paid members; $20 prepaid/$25 at door for others.
Please RSVP/Pay here.
We will also be honoring those members selected as 201 Magazine’s Best of Bergen:
Best Yoga Studio Fireshaper
Best Vietnamese Restaurant Simply Vietnamese
Best Dry Cleaners Dutch Cleaners
Best Cheese Store Chez Cheeze
Best Paint Store Benjamin Brothers, Inc.
Best Nature Center Tenafly Nature Center
Best Tennis Courts Tenafly Racquet
Favorite Restaurant Expert Pick Simply Vietnamese
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades