Mayor’s Update January 2020
Dear Mendham Residents and Business Owners,
We are already off to a fresh New Year start celebrating the Roaring 20’s again and we have some terrific plans for 2020.
First, I want to start off the year with gratitude for living in such a special and engaging town. Most importantly I want to thank all of you. Most of the work that gets done for our municipal government business is done through volunteerism. That doesn’t include the residents that sit on our school boards, oversee our sport programs, help run our church programs, and so on. Thank you to those of you who have served, are serving, and have put community service at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list.
I also want to send a special thank you to Borough Administrator Joyce Bushman and her entire team. It is our hardworking and diligent staff that have saved hardworking taxpayers over $100,000 in 2019 by streamlining our phone system, implementing energy savings programs and reviewing and revising contracts.
As a former Marine, Councilman John Andrews is our very own Veteran’s Affairs specialist. He and Councilman Steve Andrew have organized our Memorial Day Commemoration and the Pastime Club’s Veteran’s Day Celebration. John would like to me share with you that this year his not-for-profit, which benefits veterans, will be organizing a Veteran’s banner drive. You may have noticed that other New Jersey towns have placed banners on their utility poles honoring their hometown Veterans. John will organize a similar program in the Borough, and he will be looking for banner sponsors. He has already begun the research to make certain that we leave no Veteran behind!
One of the things so many people love about Mendham is the historic aspects of our town. January ushers in a special opportunity to celebrate a piece of history: Robinson Drug and Compounding Center will celebrate their 150th anniversary! As a very young girl I remember my Grandparents taking me to Robinson’s for ice cream sodas where we would sit and spin on the stools at the soda fountain. Robinson Drug Shop was established in 1870 by the Robinson family. It was first called Robinson & Garabrant, a general supply store. In the early part of the 1900s Leo Robinson became a pharmacist and turned Robinson & Garabrant into Mendham Pharmacy. When Leo Robinson's son Reggie took over the establishment he changed the name of the pharmacy to Robinson Drug Shop - and the name has been part of the establishment ever since. When it was time for Reggie Robinson to retire, he sold the pharmacy to the Graef Family. The Graef family managed Robinson’s for a few years along with Reggie Robinson. In 1978, the Graef family decided to sell the business to Mr. Kenneth Hodge, D.Ph. Mr. Hodge was a huge advocate in establishing the Mendham Business Association and modern pharmacy practice. Upon Mr. Hodge’s retirement, D.H. John Kim, PharmD, FAARFM took over the pharmacy on October 1, 2012. Dr. Kim has been modernizing the pharmacy services that Robinson Drug offers and it now includes full-service custom compounding, holistic pharmacy practice, wellness consultation, and specialty pharmacy services. Congratulations to Robinson Drug and Compounding Center and to everyone who has played a part in its remarkable history!
As usual I have too much to say for my little column. Please visit our website for wonderful news regarding our new Botti Pavilion and field.
Happy New Year to you all.
Christine Serrano Glassner
Mayor, Mendham Borough