Mayor Owen Henry
A Message from Mayor Henry
Dear Old Bridge Residents;
With Memorial Day just past us and more residents getting vaccinated, we can look forward to a splendid summer and lots of enjoyment, relaxation, and time with our families. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy these lazy, hazy summer days in all of our beautiful parks in Old Bridge with playground and picnic areas to utilize for our parties and barbeques.
June is Graduation month and I wish to extend my sincere congratulations to all of the graduates, in all of our schools here in Old Bridge. These children and young adults are our future and I wish them the best as they move on to high school and college and go out into the world to begin their life’s journey.
I would like to acknowledge thirteen-year-old resident Meghan Valanzola who is looking to strengthen and unite our community with her Old Bridge Kindness Challenge. To participate, follow the challenge on Twitter @OBKindness21 and post your acts of kindness now through June 16th.
Morris Habitat for Humanity is hosting the “Home is Where Hope Begins” Virtual Breakfast on Thursday, June 10 from 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. I invite you to tune in to the live-streaming event, hosted by WABC-TV reporter Toni Yates, and learn more about how Morris Habitat is bringing its 36-year proven track record of building safe, decent affordable homes to Middlesex County with the start of 13 new homes in Old Bridge Township. Attendees will hear directly from Habitat homeowner families who will share their stories, as well as myself, honorees, volunteers, and sponsors who are making Morris Habitat’s life-changing work possible. Registration is free at the following link: https://morrishabitat.salsalabs.org/virtualbreakfast2021.
The month of June is recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month. Our nation was founded upon the declaration that all people are created equal, and they have the right to be treated based on their value as human beings. I urge all of our residents to respect and honor our diverse community and celebrate and build a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance.
Another event this month is Juneteenth, celebrated every year on June 19th. This day of freedom and liberation is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is imperative that we learn from history. Allow this day to be a celebration of uniqueness and place differences aside.
Most notably this month, we celebrate Father’s Day, a day to honor all of our fathers who so selflessly go to work every day to make a living for their families, and who in their spare time volunteer in all of the various activities available for their children in the township. There are no words that can express the love of a father and the love that we all have for them. Happy Father’s Day!
On a final note, now that we are at the beginning of the summer break, please be mindful of the increased number of kids playing outside, particularly near the parks, out riding their bikes, or walking in the streets and having fun. Stay alert when driving and riding your bike so we can ensure that everybody has a great, safe, healthy summer.
To All Old Bridgers - enjoy the start of summer, relax, and take a break!
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.