Mayor Owen Henry
A Message from Mayor Henry
Dear Old Bridge Residents:
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is excited for the new school year and the events planned for September. I look forward to supporting our local sports teams and interacting with residents at the many activities planned around town. Please be mindful of the increased number of pedestrians, cars, and school buses on the road. Stay alert when driving, and be sure to obey the posted speed limit, especially in the school zones.
This month, we will honor those who lost their lives during the horrific attack on our country on September 11th, 2001. It is hard to believe we have hit the 20th Anniversary of this appalling event. Our yearly remembrance ceremony will be held at 6pm on Saturday, September 11th at the 9-11 Memorial Site located near the Library in the Municipal Complex. This solemn occasion allows us to honor and pay tribute to those local residents and all those who lost their lives during this devastating day in our history. We must never forget.
We will gather for a happier occasion during our annual Old Bridge Day on Saturday, September 25th from 12pm to 5pm at the Municipal Complex. The event features live entertainment, food, games, performances from local groups, vendor tables, and the opportunity to meet with Township and local government officials. Let’s hope for good weather!
I would like to acknowledge thirteen-year-old resident Meghan Valanzola who is looking to strengthen and unite our community by bringing back her Old Bridge Kindness Challenge. To participate, follow the challenge on Twitter @OBKindness and post your acts of kindness from September 9th through September 18th.
I also want to thank all of the residents who continue to show support to our local businesses. A wide variety of industries have chosen to call Old Bridge home because of all it has to offer. Residents are the best support system for our businesses, and I am joyous to see our business owners receive the support they deserve.
A reminder about recycling - The township is committed to educating our residents on the importance of recycling and we encourage everyone to participate as a way to help improve our environment. If you have not done so already, please download our handy free Recycle Coach app that allows you to get helpful information right on your smart phone. For more information, please feel free to visit www.oldbridge.com/recycling.
Please continue to be on the lookout for the All Around Old Bridge monthly publication to keep well informed of the new projects in town as well as family events that occur throughout the year. For more information, please also visit us here at www.oldbridge.com. Please continue to stay safe and be well.
Mayor Owen Henry
Mayor Owen Henry was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and moved to Old Bridge Township in 1961 with his family. Mayor Henry still resides in the same home his parents originally purchased.
As a student growing up in Old Bridge, Mayor Henry attended Voorhees Elementary School, St. Thomas the Apostle School and in 1977 Mayor Henry graduated from Cedar Ridge High School; now known as Old Bridge High School. Mayor Henry went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey) in 1981.
In 1996, Mayor Owen Henry established his own business, Owen Henry Contracting, Inc. The Company specializes in industrial building construction and maintenance, servicing the utility industry throughout the State of New Jersey. The Corporation is affiliated with The Association of Union Contractors and is signatory to the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee.
Mayor Owen Henry has volunteered his services to our community in several official roles. Mayor Henry served as an elected member of the Old Bridge Township Board of Education. Mayor Henry was appointed to the Old Bridge Planning Board and was an active member on the Old Bridge Environmental Commission.
Mayor Henry Honors:
Congregation Beth Ohr – 2018
Old Bridge Business Alliance – 2017
The Fillipino American Community – 2017, 2015 & 2012
ICOB Academy – 2014
New Jersey Clean Communities – 2013
Trenton State University for the Distinguished Alumni Award
Cedar Ridge High School – Wall of Fame 2012
Business Leader of the Year – 2008 by the Old Bridge Chamber of Commerce
Top 50 High School Football Players from Old Bridge – 2013
Mayor Henry believes it is very important to give back to a community which has given him so much. Privately, over the years, Mayor Henry has offered scholarships to many St. Thomas the Apostle graduates, as a chance to further their catholic school education, to attend a Catholic High School of their choice. The Mayor has contributed his talents fundraising for non-profit local causes, more specifically the Sayreville Association for Brain Injured Children. As a member of the Madison Township Historical Society, Mayor Henry has donated his materials and time for their restoration project.
Mayor Owen Henry has always set aside special time to be with his family and his two children Owen Jr. and Valerie. He is now the proud grandfather of Joseph Owen, who is the apple of his eye. In the Mayor’s spare time, one of Mayor Henry’s favorite past times is buying and selling Lionel Trains.
Mayor Henry’s wonderful Holiday train display in his office has become a beloved tradition for all to enjoy. Many residents just stop in and ask if they can take pictures of his set-up. It is most beautiful, and with four sets of trains running at the same time it is quite an accomplishment that will be remembered for years to come.