Update November 2017: The official Liberty Ridge web site can now be found at https://www.libertyridgenj.com. Please visit that site for information about the Neighborhood Association and our property manager, or contact
973-267-9000 Ext. 311
Taylor Management Company
80 South Jefferson Road 2nd Floor
Whippany, NJ 07981
November 2015: This is Jonathan Cloud, administrator for LibertyRidge.org.
I want to let you know that the official Liberty Ridge Neighborhood Association web site will be transitioning away from this domain, as part of the transition from MEM Property Management to Taylor Management as our management company. Taylor includes a web site for the neighborhood as part of their service.
This is also part of a transition in the LRNA Board. I and two other members have resigned as a result of several concerns — not including the transition to Taylor Management, which we all supported — and there will be a new election for 3 open positions at the annual meeting on November 17 at 7 p.m.
July 22, 2015: Join us for this year’s Hills Highlands Community Day at the pool this Saturday, July 25, 12-3 p.m., and plan to attend the Grand Opening of the new Signal Point Recreation Center on Saturday, August 1, from
Dec. 8, 2014: A majority of those attending tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting agreed that it’s time to do something about clearing the sidewalks in the neighborhood when it snows. Read the full story.
July 24, 2014: Come to the Hills Highlands Community Day this Sat. July 24 Noon – 3p.m.
June 9, 2014: The garage sale went ahead as planned on Saturday, but most people reported the traffic as extremely slow, perhaps because someone had stolen all of our signs — twice. See “Who Stole Our Signs?” and let us know if you think you might have spotted the thief.
April 28, 2014: Neighborhood Garage Sale Planned for June 7-8, 2014. The Board of Trustees is distributing a flier with the proposed garage sale dates and some important reminders for all residents. The full article is posted here.
January 25, 2014: NextDoor offers a new interactive site for Liberty Ridge residents: We’ve just added a “NextDoor” site, which offers a variety of interactive tools which I don’t have time to incorporate into this site. I invite you to sign up for it and check it out here if you’re interested in getting more connected with your neighbors.
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Dec. 8, 2014: A majority of those attending tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting agreed that it’s about time to do something about clearing the sidewalks in the neighborhood when it snows. It’s a safety issue, especially for our kids. It’s a quality of life issue, and could well impact home prices if prospective buyers visit our neighborhood when half the sidewalks are piled high with snow, and people have to walk on the street. And it seems the winters have been getting worse lately as far as ice and snow are concerned.
Technically, under New Jersey law, the responsibility belongs to the individual homeowner, and many towns require homeowners to shovel within 24-72 hours, with significant fines for non-compliance. Bernards Township has no ordinance, however, so it would up to the Association to require it, and enforce it.
All Hills-Highlands residents — which of course includes all of us in Liberty Ridge — are invited to the 3rd Annual Master Association Community Day, at the Hansom Road pool from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 24. Download the flyer: community_day_2014_flyer.
The Liberty Ridge Garage Sale was, for most residents, something of a bust. To begin with, even though the notice of the planned neighborhood-wide sale was mailed to everyone, many people seem to have failed to notice it; and when they did, they weren’t sure that it was actually going to happen. The management company received about a dozen responses, but in most cases those submitting the forms never received a confirmation.
Others seemingly got wind of the planned sale, but weren’t sure who to ask; a question about it was posed on the NextDoor site, and answered by someone who also wondered if it was happening before I could give it a definitive answer (and even then I was still uncertain as to whether it was both Saturday and Sunday, or just one day).
But perhaps the most important problem was that someone stole our nicely-printed signs. The management company had ordered up ten of them, in bright yellow, and put them up early in the neighborhood, in part in order to get the word out. A day later, they were all gone. Someone had gone around and removed every single one.
The Board of Trustees is distributing a flier announcing a neighborhood-wide garage sale for June 7th & 8th, 2014. The Board writes:
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the attached form send back to MEM by May 16th [Fax: 201- 377-9235 or E-mail: email@example.com]. We will reassess our plans once we have seen the level of interest so we encourage everyone to please respond.
In addition, the flier (download PDF here) adds the following “friendly reminders”:
As everyone gets ready for summer, please remember to:
- Keep your home and property in a good state of cleanliness and repair. This includes but is not limited to making sure that your home’s siding is clean, your trim remains painted, leaves are raked, etc.
- Trim trees/bushes to ensure that the sidewalks are not blocked by low-hanging branches.
- Please honor the property lines of our neighbors and don’t cut through someone’s property without permission.
- The cul-de-sacs are not for continuous or permanent parking.
- Get an approved variance before making any alteration or modification to the exterior of your home.
These are in response to the most common complaints and violations we hear about, including the growth of green algae on the siding of houses, trees obstructing sidewalks, people cutting through other people’s property to get to the Recreation Center, leaving cars overnight in the cup-de-sacs, and most significantly making modifications to their homes without neighborhood approval. Read more
We’ve just added a “NextDoor” site, which offers a variety of interactive tools which I don’t have time to incorporate into this site. I invite you to sign up for it and check it out here: https://nextdoor.com/invite/errmhdxxkjtswnvgaeej.
It offers classifieds, personal announcements, file and photo sharing, and other features. We hope to use to increase the level of social activity in the neighborhood. Some of us remember a much more active community atmosphere when we first moved in; in fact one of the things that attracted us was that the neighborhood was small enough to be develop close friends for our daughter while she was growing up, yet large enough to support nearby services. It also seemed very diverse and cosmopolitan, not a bland suburban neighborhood where everyone was trying to keep up with the Joneses. And we attended a great neighborhood-wide barbecue the summer we moved in.
This is the time of the year when we’re all bombarded by fliers for lawn care, but only a few are offering treatment that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. And even fewer of these companies have the appropriate certifications needed to use the traditional fertilizers.
The good news for us and our environment is that there have been significant improvements in organic programs both in terms of certification programs and products that have made organic solutions a real option. The Board of Trustees has started the conversion process by interviewing organic companies to take over the care of our common properties. As part of this process, we are asking for pricing for individual homeowners so that we can take advantage of our buying power. Stay tuned and we will let you know as soon as we have completed this process.
Check out this article about the concerns of the Bernards Township Environmental Commission and others. Organic solutions are really gaining momentum and there is a large volume of information on this topic. We strongly encourage you to investigate organic alternatives before making any final decisions on lawn care solutions for this upcoming season.
First pictures of the storm (digital photos taken by Ilana Cloud):
Tree down in Court 25
The Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to convert the detention basin off Honeyman Road into a more useful community facility, including the possibility of community vegetable gardens, a small plant nursery, native wildflower plantings, and possibly a small pond. The Board of Trustees would like your input.