Mayor Owen Henry
A Message from Mayor Henry
There’s a crisp in the air…welcome to Fall! The beautiful foliage and fall harvests abound. There is much going on in Old Bridge and I wanted to take this opportunity to update our residents on new businesses, numerous events and activities in our community.
I would like to welcome, Gabriella Siboni our new Township Clerk of Old Bridge Township. She brings a lot of knowledge and technology skills to a position that requires strong leadership, communication, organization and records management skills. Also, I want to acknowledge the hard work of Ms. Stella Ward, our retiring Municipal Clerk for her 22 years of dedicated service to our community.
We have realized four new businesses opening their doors in Old Bridge: Chick fil-A, KBS African and, Caribbean Market, Tractor Supply Co and Glow Car Wash. I would like to thank these establishments for selecting Old Bridge Township to do business in and assure them they will not be disappointed in their choice.
Each year, the Department of Parks and Recreation offers a variety of activities and events. These exciting recreational activities and events are for residents of all ages. The Fall 2020 Recreation Brochure for Old Bridge Township is available on our website at oldbridge.com.
A Special Paper Shredding event will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020. This event is being held at three locations; Cheesequake Village, Plaza Grande and Old Bridge Recycling Center. Only confidential documents will be accepted to be shredded with a maximum of two boxes per car.
As we head into Halloween, Old Bridge will be hosting a Pumpkin Carving Contest and Drive Through Display. Pumpkins can be dropped off on 10/29 and the Drive Through Display will be held on 10/30. For more information on our events, activities or to volunteer, please visit oldbridge.com.
Have a healthy and happy Halloween. Please continue to be safe, wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Thank you.
Mayor Owen Henry was born in Hoboken, NJ, 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 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
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 and hoping to one day be known as “The Person with the Most 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.