Some recent news:

The Committee has recently been in discussions with the Borough Business Administrator and Attorney regarding the possible upgrading of the current Committee to full Commission status. Commission status would provide the HPC with the ability to weigh in on façade projects in the Borough involving designated historic properties and contributing structures in designated historic districts. The HPC has initiated a petition drive to gather resident signatures for presentation to the Borough Council requesting same. The drive began on April 27th at the Arbor Day Tree Fest which the Committee attended with a table. The Committee will also attend the Multi-Cultural Festival on May 18th to further gather support and signatures. 5/3/19

The Committee Chair and Borough Historian recently testified at the Borough Planning Board meeting of February 19. Objections were raised concerning the Felician University application before the board on the grounds of non-compliance with easements granted to both the State and County for monies received the restoration of Iviswold Castle. The Board Attorney acknowledged a letter from the County Historic Preservation Board requesting that no action be taken on the application until such time as the County can review the applicant’s request as it affects the Iviswold easements. 2/20/19

The Committee has recently advised the Rutherford Planning Board on its official position opposing the current application by Felician University for the construction of an athletic center on the Rutherford campus. The Committee feels that this project would have an adverse impact on the viewshed of the Iviswold Castle, a National and State registered historic site. The impact of the this project would also have a negative effect by encroaching on the grounds in front of this historic property, grounds on which the ashes of the Sammartinos, Fairleigh Dickinson University benefactors, were scattered after their deaths. The Committee also made a presentation to the full Planning Board on December 20, 2018 outlining our opposition and the impact that this project would have on Iviswold. 1/8/19

The Rutherford Historic Preservation Committee is in the process of updating its Historic Sites Inventory in the Borough and has completed re-photographing all homes presently on the survey. Recent meetings by the Committee have added 18 more homes and a request has been made to the Planning Board for an extension of the Ridge Road Historic District. The Committee expects to send advisory letters to all owners of historic homes in the Borough apprising them of their status and what this means as well as outlining the work and mission of the Committee. 7/8/18   

The Rutherford Historic Preservation Committee has weighed in with the Borough Planning Board on the recent application by Felician University for the construction of an NCAA regulation gymnasium. This project may adversely affect the viewshed of the Iviswold Castle which is on the National and State Registers of historic places. 6/15/18

Nominations and voting has been completed by the Committee and the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards will be presented at the Borough Council meeting on May 8th in the Council Chambers. Congratulations to the owners of 456 Montross Ave., 237 Ridge Road and 249 Ridge Road. 4/29/18

Approval of new members to the Committee, Carol Calamari, Michelle Korosy and Rosario Mannino who represent a crossection of the real estate industry and buikding trades in the Borough-2/1/18

Annual Reorganization meeting of the Rutherford Historic Preservation Committee to vote on a new slate of officer for 2018. Newly elected officers are:John A. Trosky, Chairperson, Rod Leith, Vice Chairperson, Oksana Baczynskyj-Heimur, Treasurer, Leo Nakashian, Secretary-1/8/17

Planning Board Meeting concerning the possible designation of Meadow Road as "an area in need of redevelopment". This is the site of 12 Meadow Road, the last pre-revolutionary war home in the Borough-12/21/17

2017 Rutherford Historic Preservation Awards Presented to Three Local Homes-119 Wheaton Place, 67 Home Ave. and 136 East Pierrepont Ave. during the Borough Council meeting on 12/11/17

Bergen County Honors Groups for Historic Preservation - 5/6/17  

Rutherford to Kick Off Series Honoring WWI Centennial - 4/7/17

Home Demolitions On the Rise in Rutherford - - 8/16/16

Time Is On the Side of Rutherford's WW1 Monument - - 8/5/16

Rutherford Taking Baby Steps in Saving History - - 4/7/16