At each of our monthly meetings we honor people(or a group) from our community for their accomplishments, contributions, or volunteer work. This past month we honored the Special Needs Athletic Program (SNAP) organization and their director Kimberle Strasser.

In 2006, Matthew and Zachary Certner, former Morris Township residents and graduates of Morristown High School, created the SNAP program when they were in middle and high school.  Their mission to create a culture of acceptance was carried out through the creation of sports clinics for children with special needs. They recruited eager and compassionate middle and high schoolers to become a “mentor” at these sports programs, which taught the fundamental skills of a variety of sports while also fostering  social interactions. The Certners were also passionate about educating others about disabilities and so in 2012, SNAP partnered with the Morris School District to bring “Disability Awareness Training” to each 3rd grade student. Their second mission of promoting awareness and empathy was developed through their “kids helping kids” motto and educational initiatives that still continues each year with Kim Strasser as the Director of SNAP for the past nine years. 

SNAP will be holding a public training session on April 25 from 4:00-5:00 PM to learn what it is like to have a disability, and I invite members of the public to join in this training. At this virtual "Disability Awareness" training session you will learn what it may feel like to have a disability. This awareness will lead to a greater compassion and understanding of those around us and most importantly, it will empower you to reach out or respond more positively to individuals with disabilities. Children ages 8 +, teens, adults, and families are all encouraged to participate! Click here to sign up! 
Seasonal yard-waste collection begins this month. The Township is divided into two zones and you can find your zone and pick-up date here.
The Township Committee will hold its next Regular Meeting this Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, as has been the practice since the start of the pandemic. The draft agenda can be found here and this link will be updated on Tuesday with the final Agenda.

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As always, if you have a question or comment to share with me please send me an email, jgrayzel@morristwp.com . I would love to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Jeff Grayzel
Mayor, Morris Township
MARCH 17, 2021 MORRIS TOWNSHIP MEETING RECAP

The Morris Township Committee convened for their third regular meeting of 2021 at 7:00 PM. The meeting was held virtually, as has been our practice during the pandemic. 
 
The full meeting agenda can be found here.
 
 
PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS
PROCLAMATION MARCH, 2021 - "NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH”
COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION - KIMBERLE STRASSER, DIRECTOR, SNAP
CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION FOR VOLUNTEERS – GAVIN FREY, ALEX GRAYZEL, NOAH MAROVITZ, LUKE POTAMIANIOS, AND IAN YOUNGELSON
 
ORDINANCES-INTRODUCTION: Full list of Introductory Ordinances can be found here and will be heard for final passage on Wed, April 21, 2021
 
ORDINANCES-PUBLIC HEARING & FINAL CONSIDERATION: Full list of Ordinances that were adopted (with the exception of 01-21, continued to a special meeting on Thurs, April 1 at 7 PM) can be found here.
 
RESOLUTIONS: The Committee took action on nineteen (19) Resolutions, the full Resolution list can be found here.
 
INTRODUCTION OF 2021 MUNICIPAL BUDGET (public hearing on April 21, 2021)
 
BID REPORTS:
OTE 2021-01: RAYNOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS
OTE 2021-02: JAMES STREET SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS
 
 
WATCH THE MEETING VIDEO
If you missed our 3/17/21 Meeting you can watch the recording on the Township’s YouTube channel. View the entire meeting video or click the individual links below for various sections of the meeting.
 
00:00:15​ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
00:00:53​ APPROVAL OF MINUTES
00:03:15​ PROCLAMATION MARCH, 2021 - " NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH”
00:05:15​ COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION - KIMBERLE STRASSER, DIRECTOR, SNAP AND CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION FOR VOLUNTEERS – GAVIN FREY, ALEX GRAYZEL, NOAH MAROVITZ, LUKE POTAMIANIOS, AND IAN YOUNGELSON
00:26:10​ PUBLIC COMMENT/INQUIRY
00:33:40​ ORDINANCES – PUBLIC HEARING AND FINAL CONSIDERATION
 00:33:51​ 01-21 REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR 340 MOUNT KEMBLE AVENUE
00:35:50​ 04-21 00:38:13​ 05-21 00:40:00​ 06-21 00:41:43​ 07-21
00:46:30​ ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION 00:46:40​ 08-21 00:51:28​ 09-21 00:53:50​ 10-21
00:56:30​ INTRODUCTION OF 2021 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
01:21:30​ BID REPORTS 01:26:34​ RESOLUTIONS
01:27:50​ GENERAL BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE
01:28:05​ STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS AND COMMENTARY BY TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
02:07:45​ PUBLIC COMMENT/INQUIRY
02:13:25​ CONSIDERATION OF MONTHLY REPORTS
02:13:45​ CLAIMS FOR PAYMENT - LIST OF BILLS AND VOUCHERS
02:14:45​ ADJOURNMENT
 
 
NEXT TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING DATE: Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm.
 
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If you would like more detail than this recap provides, you can now watch complete video of the Township Committee meetings here. 
 
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