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A compilation of recent news articles about the Morris Canal/Greenway. If you find a story you'd like to see posted, email tritter@njtpa.org.

NJ.com, 7/28/17. MONTVILLE -- Folks take a canoe trip on the Morris Canal in Montville in this photo from 1918. OK, this isn't really a news article, but it's a cool photo!


The Record, 7/25/17
    LITTLE FALLS — Passaic County officials are proposing a footbridge for the Peckman Preserve of the Morris Canal Greenway, part of a larger effort to create bike and pedestrian routes along the former Morris Canal right-of-way.  The 100-foot long, 10-foot wide steel bridge would be constructed in the southern section of the Peckman Preserve, between Wilmore and Cedar Grove roads, and connect the Peckman Preserve Trail to Wilmore Road/Memorial Park.


TapInto.Net, 7/18/17
    LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Planners and engineers from Passaic County were recently on hand at a special meeting at the Little Falls Civic Center to discuss the installment of a bridge that will be placed over the Peckman River in order to complete the Morris Canal Greenway, which spans hundreds of miles throughout Northern New Jersey.  The goal of the project is to create a passive recreational pathway along the route of the Morris Canal, according to Jason Simmons, senior environmental planner for the Passaic County Planning Department. Considered a historic site, the Morris Canal was started in 1831 and stretched approximately 102 miles long. It became one of the state's first major transportation systems, which was eventually overshadowed by the railroad system, and then by interstate highways.

TapInto.Net, 7/13/17. 
    ROXBURY, NJ – Three historic buildings in Roxbury – the King Homestead in Ledgewood, the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad train station in Landing and the Ledgewood Baptist Church – have been recommended to each receive more than $100,000 in grant money for preservation projects, it was announced Wednesday. The buildings are among 25 historic sites in Morris County being recommended to share $2.9 million in grants through the county’s 2017 Preservation Trust Fund. The recommendations were made to the county freeholders by the trust fund review board.

NJ Herald, 7/12/17.
    STANHOPE -- Pathways to Stanhope's elementary and Lenape Valley schools will be getting lights as part of a $825,000 grant approved for the borough by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority on Tuesday.
The money comes from the Transportation Alternatives Program run by the Federal Highway Administration and flows through the state DOT to the three regional planning authorities. The funding includes $615,000 over the next several years to the Division of Parks and Forestry for trail and Morris Canal improvements at Waterloo Village in Byram.

TapInto.net, 7/11/17.
    LITTLE FALLS, NJ - An open house will be held on Tuesday, July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Little Falls Civic Center, 19 Warren St. to discuss the proposed Peckman River Bridge Crossing along the path of the Morris Canal Greenway. For more information, contact assistant county planner Jason Miranda at jasonmi@passaicountynj.org, visit https://www.facebook.com/MorrisCanalGreenway/ or visit http://www.passaiccountynj.org/morriscanalgreenway.


TapInto.net, 7/11/17.
    ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury Township will receive a $909,000 state grant that will help it complete the Main Street improvement project in Succasunna and create a bicycle lane between Black River Park and Route 46, it was announced today. The project is one of 27 approved July 11 for funding by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees, according to the authority. The NJTPA will award $19.46 million in grants to fund pedestrian and bicycle facilities, trails, improved access to transit and historical preservation, it said.

NJ.com, 6/8/17
    Arts and history will meet at a cultural crossroads this weekend in Warren County. The inaugural -- and free -- "ParkFest @ Bread Lock Park" on Saturday will combine music, art, literature and aspects of local transportation history at the spot along the former Morris Canal, according to a county news release.

Sparta Independent, 6/6/17
    STANHOPE – Waterloo Village’s transportation heritage will again come alive at the 11th annual Waterloo Canal Day Festival on June 24 (rain date June 25), sponsored by the Canal Society of New Jersey and the NJDEP Division of Parks and Forestry. The Canal Society will offer similar Canal Days two Saturdays a month through the summer and into the fall, on July 8 and 22, August 5 and 26, September 9 and 23, and October 14 and 28. All of these special days will feature musical entertainment, tours of village buildings, boat rides, and merchandise sales, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canal Society volunteers will be on hand to talk about the area’s history and offer hands-on activities. Waterloo Village is located on Waterloo Road at Exit 25 off of Route I-80, Stanhope, NJ.


TapInto.Net, 5/16/17.
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Historical Society of Bloomfield, in collaboration with Bloomfield College, Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway Committee, and the Bloomfield Recreation Department, will present "The Story of the Morris Canal in Bloomfield: From its Heyday as Freight Transportation System to Modern Urban Greenway" at Bloomfield College on Tuesday May 23. "I am pleased that the Morris Canal is making a relevant comeback," said Carlos Pomares, Bloomfield Township's Councilman At-large. "As our community grows, offering the Morris Canal Greenway is much in tune with the expectations with today's society."


TapInto.Net 5/12/17.
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield's historic Berkeley Avenue Bridge official opened today in a ceremony attended by municipal and county dignitaries. Built in 1922, it was one of last bridges over what was then the Morris Canal. The new bridge is constructed to meet the transportation and safety requirements of the 21st Century.  


NorthJersey.com 5/13/17.
    The reconstruction of the Berkeley Avenue Bridge in Bloomfield has been a long time coming. “It was in the same place for 10 years,” observed Essex County Engineer Sanjeev Varghese. “Some people didn’t want the bridge. They just wanted the trail underneath.” The original structure's railing, for example, was salvaged and will be used for seating in the Wright's Field Park and on the Old Morris Canal trail below the bridge.


NorthJersey.com 3/8/17.
        Conservation groups are close to securing a key piece of land in Mahwah to connect two of the region’s largest parks. A few miles east, six towns recently banded together with hopes of converting a rail line into a trail that runs through the Northern Valley. And one of the largest planning agencies in the state is taking a significant step forward to turn the defunct Morris Canal into a 102-mile pathway from the Hudson River to the Delaware River.


Jersey Digs, 2/21/17. 
    ...Now, there is an effort by the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to link the recently developed properties to create a statewide greenway connecting Jersey City with Phillipsburg along the route of the former Morris Canal. According to a legal notice, the NJTPA “is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for consultant assistance to support development of a continuous greenway along the historic Morris Canal right-of-way” and “the effort will involve inventorying the entire route, conducting outreach, and preparing design guidelines and recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian use”.

WFMZ.com, 1/21/17.
    PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Outdoor enthusiasts can now take a historic walk in Phillipsburg as the town opens the first part of a canal greenway that will eventually connect New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The cut of a ribbon, plenty of people walking, and a lot of history on South Main Street in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

Lehigh Valley Live, 1/20/17.
    The Morris Canal is intertwined not just with Phillipsburg's history, but that of Jim Lee Jr.'s family. His great-grandfather piloted a boat on the state-spanning canal that accelerated the town's growth in the 1830s. His grandmother was born on a canal boat. A conch shell used by his ancestors to signal their approach to lock-tenders is his family's most cherished artifact, he said. And on Friday, the name of his great-grandfather's boat -- Rachael 713 -- was added to the replica unveiled along a now-open section of the Morris Canal Greenway.

NJ Herald, 1/15/17.  The Tenant House is a three-story stone, two-family dwelling partially set into the hillside overlooking Old Waterloo Road as it faces the Morris Canal and the Musconetcong River. It is also one of the oldest surviving buildings in the village. The Tenant House appears to have been constructed in the 1840s, based on map references and physical architectural evidence.

Lehigh Valley Live, 1/12/17.
  In its heyday, the Morris Canal stretched 102 miles from one side of New Jersey to the other. And next week, a section in Phillipsburg will officially re-open. In a sense. The town plans a ribbon-cutting to mark the completion of its section of the Morris Canal Greenway, a historic trail that Mayor Stephen Ellis said is a first for the town.

TapInto.net, 12/14/16. 
    LITTLE FALLS, N.J - At Tuesday night's Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders public meeting, Mayor-Elect James Damiano of Little Falls stood before on the behalf of township residents and requested a suspension on a proposed project on Browertown Road. Damiano stated the residents living on Browertown Road have many concerns and frustrations that their properties will be shortened due to the construction of the project and the widening of the sidewalks, thus lowering their property values.

NorthJersey.com, 12/13/16. 
    LITTLE FALLS — Residents who live on Browertown Road and nearby streets are unhappy about a plan to add sidewalks and bike lanes on Browertown Road, which they say they weren’t properly notified about. According to the residents, the project will not improve safety for pedestrians who walk along the road. Instead, they said, it will cause their property values to decrease and will increase traffic and speeding on local side streets such as Lynn Place and Stewart Avenue.

Morning Call, 12/6/16.
     As Easton moves to position itself as a destination river town, local leaders have unveiled a proposal to turn a railroad trestle that crosses the Lehigh and Delaware rivers into a pedestrian and bike path that would connect the city to Phillipsburg. The trestle would also serve as a connector between the Delaware and Lehigh Trail and the Riverbank Trail and Morris Canal Trail in New Jersey.


TapInto.net. 10/27/16. 
    ROXBURY, N.J. - After it's inglorious end in the 1920s, the once miraculous Morris Canal was drained, paved, plowed under, ignored and forgotten in countless places across North Jersey.  History lovers who want to see its remains in Roxbury left alone are now concerned about a developer's plan to build a housing complex on land in Kenvil containing a section of the former engineering marvel.


New Jersey Hills/Mt. Olive Chronicle, 8/24/16.
    MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – Visitors can learn about Waterloo Village in a program hosted by the Canal Society of New Jersey and the state Department of Environmental Protection on Saturday, Aug. 27. Offered every other Saturday in the summer and early fall, programs are altered a bit on each of the Heritage Days Saturdays. 


New Jersey Hills, 8/10/16.
    ROCKAWAY – With a packed meeting room, the Morris Canal Greenway was center stage when the Borough Council met on July 28. Morristown resident Joe Macasek, president of The Canal Society of New Jersey, detailed the project. The Morris Canal Greenway Project is meant to preserve the remains of the historical Morris Canal and its surrounding natural environment from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River, to Jersey City on the Hudson River, to interpret canal sites to the public, and to offer recreational opportunities.

Patch.com, 8/3/16.
    This Saturday, visitors at the Waterloo Village will have various opportunities to experience 19th century port life at the Waterloo Village Heritage Days in Sussex County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Canal Society of New Jersey and the New Jersey DEP will host a Waterloo heritage day every other Saturday from Aug. 6 to Oct. 22. The activities offered will be slightly different depending on the day. There are around 200 guests who attend each heritage day, said Joe Macasek, the President of the Canal Society of New Jersey.


NJTPA.org, July 2016.
    The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Board of Trustees has approved $4.176 million for four trail projects and a regional bike share program. The Board voted on the Regional Transportation Alternatives Program (RTAP) funding at its July 11 meeting. The funds will support Morris Canal Greenway projects in Morris and Passaic counties, Union Transportation Trail projects in Monmouth and Ocean counties and Rutgers University’s bike share program.

The program’s goal is to fund projects that have a significant impact on the region and benefit multiple counties and municipalities. To qualify for funding, projects must cost more than $1 million and be ready for construction by September 30. The program is funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, using unobligated Transportation Enhancement funds from past transportation authorizations.

Wharton Borough in Morris County will receive $1.276 million for design and construction of phase 2A and 2B of the Morris Canal Lock 2 East Restoration Project. Once restored the site will be the state’s only fully functioning historic lock. Lock 2 East was one of 23 traditional locks and 23 inclined planes within the canal. It allowed barges to overcome an elevation change of 8 feet.

Passaic County will receive $700,000 to construct the Peckman River Crossing in Little Falls. Pedestrians and cyclists now cross at the southern end of the Peckman Preserve using Wilmore, East Lindsley and Cedar Grove roads. The pedestrian bridge was suggested as a safer alternative in the county’s 2011 Morris Canal Greenway Feasibility Study.

The Morris Canal, built between 1825 and 1831, was the world’s highest climbing canal at 1,674 feet. The canal is listed on the state and national registries of historic places.

NJ Herald, 7/26/16.
    Waterloo Village held its first Waterloo Village Heritage Day of the year on Saturday, opening the historic village for visitors to tour.


NJ.com, 7/23/16. 
    STANHOPE — Visitors to Waterloo Village can see what life was like for people in the days of the Morris Canal as volunteers from The Canal Society of New Jersey hold a series of Heritage Days from now until the fall. The programs, which started today, will run on every other Saturday and will include hands-on history events, including original music provided by the Long Hill String Band and narrated boat rides on the historic Morris Canal.


The Record, 7/13/16.
    In June 2015, the borough and the Passaic County Parks Department unveiled Pompton Aquatic Park, which is half of the trail system that winds along the Pequannock River from Lincoln Avenue near WGHT to the Joe Grill Filed sports complex on Willow Avenue. At the June 22 Borough Council meeting, Councilman Lloyd Kent said the municipality will be applying for a third grant to help pay for the construction of the remaining half of this trail, which will extend from the WGHT area along the Ramapo River to Mathes Avenue.


Daily Record, 6/27/16.
    BYRAM - To highlight the historic past of Waterloo Village, the Canal Society of New Jersey held its 10th Annual Waterloo Village Canal Day Festival on Saturday with a variety of fun family events, activities and entertainment. Since 2007, the Canal Society has made great strides in giving Waterloo Village back its former glory as a bustling canal town by opening the Village’s 20 historic buildings to interpret the everyday trades that were common during the 19th Century.


Independent Press/nj.com, 6/24/16.
    The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board recommended $2.7 million in county grants from the county's 2016 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect 32 historic sites in 19 towns across Morris County. Projects being funded this year, include: Lake Hopatcong Train Station, Roxbury, $215,571: This 1911 train station was built in the Jacobean style along the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and the Lackawanna Cutoff project. From the station, passengers could transfer to steamboats connecting to the Morris Canal. The building has a certificate of eligibility and is part of the Morris Canal National Register Historic District. This grant will provide for restoration of the clay tile roof.

New Jersey Hills, 6/24/16.
    ROXBURY TWP. – The Drakesville Historic District buildings, located on Main Street, Ledgewood, will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. Residents can delve into three centuries of local history at the Museums at Drakesville and see how the Morris Canal has shaped the landscape. Adjacent to the birthplace of the Morris Canal and Inclined Planes 2 and 3 East stand the circa1826, two and a half story, stucco stone King Store and Post Office and neighboring circa 1875 vernacular framed King House built by Theodore F. King. King was an influential entrepreneur and landowner. The Roxbury Historic Trust also offers tours for individuals and groups at other times by appointment.
For more information, contact the Roxbury Historic Trust Inc., 209 Main St, Ledgewood, N.J. 07852 or by phone at 973-927-7603 or 973-584-7903

Bloomfield Life/The Record, 5/19/16. 
    The township, along with the Recreation Department and the Bloomfield Morris Canal Greenway, celebrated Bloomfield’s newest park on Saturday. Morris Canal Park is located at Oak Tree Lane and Pierson Street, off Broughton Avenue.

NorthJersey.com/The Record, 5/4/16.
    "Three Iron Mines – Mt. Hope, Hibernia & Richards," in Rockaway Township, will be the subject of the next Glimpses of the Past History Series at the Montville Township Historical Society’s program on Monday, May 9, 7:30 p.m., in the Montville Township Senior House, 356 Main. Morris County emerged as a leading producer of iron ore after the American Revolution. The impact of the Morris Canal and the transportation infrastructure created a vehicle to get the iron product to market allowing easy distribution of the product.

New Jersey Hills/The Citizen, 4/26/16. 
    BOONTON – More than two dozen residents took a trip down one of the town’s memory lanes on Sunday. A special walking tour was organized and sponsored by the Boonton Historical Society. Since the 1950’s, the society has hosted tours of the local region, showing attendees what is left of Boonton’s historic past and what used to be prominent in town before many were born. Walkers were lead to places around the Grace Lord Park area and the Rockaway River that were once areas of the historic Morris Canal, as well as old sites that used to be iron works factories.

Independent Press, 4/6/16.
    Joseph Macasek, Chairman of the Canal Society of New Jersey. will speak at the Tuesday, April 19th Meeting of the Summit Old Guard. He will talk about the important role played by the Morris Canal during the 19th Century.

Baristanet, 3/14/16. 
    The Historical Society of Bloomfield will present The Morris Canal in Bloomfield slideshow presentation on Tuesday, March 22.
The slideshow of historic maps and photographs explores why the Morris Canal was important to the development of Bloomfield, why it is an important historic resource today, what remains of the canal and recent developments to interpret and preserve the canal as part of the statewide Morris Canal Greenway effort..

Paterson Times, 3/4/16. 
    After closing down a dangerous stretch of Barnes Street near Grand Street in the Stoney Road section, the Passaic County government spent $14,000 to create a pocket park called the Paterson Canal Park. Passaic County freeholder director Theodore “TJ” Best said the pocket park is a stop along the scenic Morris Canal Greenway which runs for almost 26 miles through Wayne, Paterson, Clifton, Woodland Park, Little Falls, Pompton Lakes, and Totowa.

NJDEP, 2/18/16. 
    TRENTON – The Christie Administration has approved 63 applications totaling $1,188,500 for recreational trail projects throughout New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.  The funds come from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program and are administered by the DEP’s Green Acres Program. See article for all projects awarded; three -- in Essex, Passaic, and Sussex counties -- are significant components of the Morris Canal Greenway effort.

The Record/Clifton Journal, 2/5/16. 
    In a world of planes, trains and automobiles, Clifton's Morris Canal Park is a reminder of simpler times. Morris Canal park is the Gem of the Week for its beauty and simplicity. The canal itself, a 102-mile stretch of land and water, began construction in 1825 as a way to assist the transportation of goods through present day Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties.

The Record/Bloomfield Life, 2/5/16.
    The reconstruction of Bloomfield's Berkeley Avenue Bridge, originally set for this week, has been rescheduled to start Monday Feb. 15, according to an Essex County government spokesman Anthony Puglisi. The Berkeley Avenue Bridge, built in 1922, spans the Second River and former Morris Canal.

Suburban News, 1/26/16.
    On Friday, Feb. 5, the Westfield Historical Society will host a presentation titled, "The Morris Canal: A Journey in Pictures" by Robert Barth, Past President of the Canal Society of New Jersey. Barth will take attendees on a tour of the Morris Canal, using historic photos.

The Record, 1/21/16.
  Beginning the first week of February, 15 months of construction will replace the historic Berkeley Avenue Bridge in Bloomfield, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and other officials announced Thursday. The bridge, spanning the Second River and the former Morris Canal, was constructed in 1922.


New Jersey Herald, 1/17/16.
    The village of Waterloo, located in Byram Township, along the Musconetcong River and the Sussex and Morris County border, has a rich and long history. Originally known as Andover Forge, this was a center of iron processing that received iron ore from the mines near Andover Borough. This very early industrial center was established before the American Revolution and continued until about 1830.

    
Revamping Boonton's boardwalk New Jersey Hills, 12/2/15. 

    
   
   
Eagle Scout projects improve Bloomfield's quality of life Bloomfield Life/NorthJersey.com, 10/15/15. 

  
"Bloomfield book's proceeds go to preservation"  NorthJersey.com, 10/1/15.     


"Community members help renovate historic houseEssex News Daily, 9/13/15.  
   
   
"Canals of New Jersey," TapInto.net, 7/24/15. 
    
"Morris County voices at NJ Preservation Conference, June 3-4," Independent Press, 5/21/15.

"Restoration work begins on the 18th-century Collins House," Essex News Daily, 5/13/15.

"Waterloo Friends group plans more restoration work," New Jersey Herald, 4/24/15.

"County puts $200,000 more towards Morris Canal Greenway in Paterson, Clifton," Paterson Times, 4/14/15.

"Baker Building breaks ground in Ward F," Hudson Reporter, 4/12/15.

"Plans afloat to improve Morris Canal in Pompton Lakes with park," Suburban Trends, 3/26/15.

"Passaic County plans three Morris Canal hikes," Paterson Times, 3/24/15.

"History of New Jersey canals at Macculloch Hall in Morristown," Morris News Bee, 3/23/15.

"Waterloo cleanup draws students statewide," New Jersey Herald, 3/20/15.

"Plans are being made to re-open Boonton’s boardwalk," Neighbor News, 2/25/15.

"Passaic County hopes to create park near Morris Canal with property from a land swap with Woodland Park," Passaic Valley Today, 2/19/15.

"Braille Trail opens in Mount Olive," Daily Record, 4/29/14.