Classic Car Show June 10th

Chester’s 18th Annual Classic Car Show

Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

On Sunday, June 10th, Chester will be bursting with Classic Cars and Trucks along Historic Downtown Main Street! 

This Thrilling Motor Exhibit is FREE to the public and includes a display of the finest classics, customs, muscle, special interest, antiques, pro street cars and more!

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am: Exhibitors Register their Vehicles at the Top of Perry Street.
  • 10:00 am – 4:00pm: Show Times
  • 4:00 pm: Trophies awarded at the top of Perry Street.
    (Note: Vehicle must be registered and the owner and vehicle must be present to be eligible for trophy.)

*Plus All Day Shopping, Dining, and Exploring throughout Chester*

Trophy Categories:
• Best Engine
• Best Truck
• Best Paint
• People’s Choice
• Best in Show
• Top 5 Winner

Musical entertainment includes DJ-Doc South. Portion of proceeds to benefit Eric Koby Adoption Fund.

Stroll Chester’s charming, brick-lined sidewalks with over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. For brand-name shopping and additional dining, visit The Streets of Chester Shopping Center. There is something for everyone here in Historic Chester, NJ! Visit for complete details.
Questions? Contact Toni Perry at

Chester Craft Fair June 2nd and 3rd

Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Spring Chester Craft Show, being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd, 2018 from 10:00-5:00.

Ranked in Top 60 craft shows IN THE COUNTRY, with over 160 ARTISTS from around the region…and 25 NEW ARTISANS!

Admission: $4.00.  No dogs/pets allowed.


Experience a wide variety of handmade items including traditional craft, fine art and country crafts.  Find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list as well as beautiful handcrafted furnishings for your home.

Be sure to stroll through Historic Chester and visit over 80 unique shops and eateries which are just steps away from the show. You will discover a wonderful selection of antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections and wonderful eateries. There is something for everyone in Historic Chester, NJ

For complete details, visit

Annual Memorial Day Commemoration May 28th

Annual Memorial Day Commemoration May 28, 11am, Maysey Memorial, Main St. Chester Borough, NJ

Chester will remember those in the Armed Forces who died while serving their country on “Decoration Day,” or as it is better known today, “Memorial Day.” People from the community will gather on Main Street in Chester Borough to watch the procession, listen to inspiring stories, hear moving speeches and patriotic musical arrays. Participants will also experience the rattling rifle salute and moving taps, as we honor those who gave all for our country, on this very important day. The event will take place on Monday, May 28th, 2018 at 11am at Maysey Memorial/Memorial Park in the center of town and will feature Mayor Janet Hoven as the Master of Ceremonies, with remarks from members of the American Legion Post 342 Chester, and Mayor Marcia Asdal from Chester Township. The West Morris Community Band under the direction of Gary Quam will provide music for the event along with vocal soloist & Chester resident, Mary Bolio. Our own Chester Volunteer Fire Company #1, Chester Police, and Chester Volunteer First Aid Squad will be present to honor our veterans, along with local scout troops sporting color guard and full uniform attire. Members of the American Legion will perform the ceremonious Laying of the Wreaths and Roll Call of Chester Fallen Soldiers. The event is sponsored by the Borough of Chester in conjunction with American Legion Post 342, Chester. Anyone who served or is currently serving in the Armed Forces is invited to walk in the procession to pay their thanks and should gather at the Gazebo on Main Street at 10:45am. For more details about the event please contact Recreation Director at:

Chester First Aid Squad seeks volunteers

From the Chester First Aid Squad: “Want to make a significant impact on our community? Join our team of volunteers at the Chester First Aid Squad! Whether as a driver, EMT or EMR, volunteering with us is one of the most rewarding things you can do for the community. Email us at to learn more about becoming a member.”

Chester Borough Names Property at 50 North Road

The Chester Borough Council Has unanimously voted to name the Open Space property at 50 North Road, the Seward Hill Preserve. The Preserve, purchased by the Borough in 2009 from Alcatel-Lucent, consists of 64 acres, which are restricted to passive recreation. There are an additional 22 acres on the parcel which are owned by the municipality and the buildings house the municipal offices and department of public works in addition to the Chester Board of Education.

The prominent feature of the property is Seward Hill.  The Seward Family dates back to the 1700s in Chester.  According to Chester, New Jersey A Scrapbook of History by Frances Greenidge (1974), Obiadiah Seward was a “Black River Patriot” in the Revolutionary War. The Seward Farm was passed down in the Seward family until it was sold to the pastor of the Chester Congregational Church, sometime around 1801.  A portion of an old “Seward” house can still be seen on Seward Place in Chester Borough.  The original Seward Farm was known as the “Welcome Home Farm.”

In 1928, Bell Telephone Laboratories purchased what by then was referred to as Seward’s Hill, as an outdoor testing site.  According to Mrs. Greenidge, the spot was chosen “for its altitude of over a thousand feet, and for its ‘particularly good wind exposure on open wires.’’’ In 1929, the original “telephone pole forest” was installed.

At some point, John and Willard Apgar, decedents of early settlers of Chester, decided to erect a Christmas Star on the Hill, which remains a tradition to this day.  Mrs. Greenidge also mentioned that the Bell Lab employees enjoyed working on the property and one of them brought in a high powered telescope and placed it on the Hill.  It is said that on a clear day, the men could count 33 stories of the Empire State Building.

Today, the Seward Hill Preserve is home to a trails system which winds its way through Chester Township and Borough.  Native plantings dot the landscape and wildlife freely roam its environs.

A Letter from Mayor Janet Hoven

Mayor Hoven addresses the community on issues such as the recent storms, brush collection, solid waste collection, budget, spring and summer happenings, and openings on commissions. Please take a few minutes to read about the storm recovery and other topics. Click here to access the newsletter. (Must open up this post to access link.)

Storm Update, March 7th


Heaviest snow this afternoon
From Chester Police: Please stay off roads until further notice. Conditions rapidly deteriorating. Shelter in place.
JCP&L late afternoon report: “For the safety of our workers, we have ceased work until the weather is more favorable except for life and limb emergencies.
We are getting more outages from today’s snow storm. Again, we will work to restore customers from the first storm before today’s except where safety dictates.
Our current outage counts do not necessarily reflect the work done today and also reflect ongoing current outages.
JCP&L has restored power to more than 242,000 of the nearly 272,000 customers in New Jersey affected by the recent storm that inflicted widespread damage on its facilities. More than 4,100 employees and contractors – including about 1,500 line workers – are now involved in the massive effort and will continue working until full restoration is achieved. An additional 200 line workers are arriving in New Jersey today from Virginia. Approximately 29,000 customers remain out of service, primarily in Hunterdon, Morris, Warren and Sussex counties.
As part of its storm restoration process, JCP&L has taken the following steps:
• Ramped up storm updates on social media and on the company website. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at or online at
• Aired radio ads telling customers how to prepare for storms
• Initiated update calls with officials
• Activated its Emergency Command Center
• Activated its Incident Command System
• Communicated with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators, and local officials about storm restoration efforts
• Staffed additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch officesAfter local power lines are repaired and put back in service, damage to individual
customer service wires may become apparent. Customers are reminded that if their neighbor’s power is on and theirs is not, the problem may be isolated to their individual service, and service to the neighbor could be fed from a different circuit. Customers are encouraged to report such problems, even at this latter stage in the restoration process.
JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report downed wires to their utility at 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877)”
Trash pickup:
Blue Diamond Disposal will pick up garbage tomorrow (Thursday 3/8) in Chester Township.  Recycling collection has not yet been modified; assume Friday pickup until we hear otherwise.
Chester Borough Recycling collection has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 8th.  Recycling cans must be curbside by 7 am.

From today’s Mayors’ Call with JCP&L:

  • JCP&L repeatedly assured us that the customers who have been without power the longest are their top priority, even through today’s snowstorm.
  • Despite JCP&L’s automated system constantly giving bad info, residents without power should continue to call every day to report the outage.
  • Providing accurate estimates of when power will come back on is fluid and is often altered based on differences between what was expected when the initial damage assessment was done and the extent of the damage that is actually discovered once the work crews arrive.  They have discovered more broken poles and more complex damage once they arrive on the scene than what was initially reported in the early hours and days after the storm hit.
  • JCP&L has been using helicopters to help assess damage, but in areas with heavy tree canopies, like Chester Township,  they’ve been using drones. Drones have been reported on Cromwell Avenue off Pleasant Hill Road. The drones are not being used to verify outages. They are not being operated from miles away but are being used within the line of sight of the operators.
During these daily conference calls with JCP&L, NJ mayors do not receive updates on individual towns or streets, even when we ask for such information. The mayors are as frustrated as the residents as to the lack of information.
Our Police Chief is working tirelessly in the name of public safety to get the roads open and power restored. The Mayors and Police Chief are in constant contact. Even though the information we put out may not be what you are looking for, it’s all we have.
We wish to thank everyone for the feedback you’ve been sending our way. We’ll be working with JCP&L and other elected county and state officials, as well as our own Borough and Township staff  to determine how we could improve procedures and information in the event of another serious weather event.
We thank you for your patience and kindness both to each other and to the workers who are on the ground.
Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township
Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough