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Downtown Bernardsville (Bernardsville Special Events, Inc)

Bernardsville Special Events, Inc (operating as Downtown Bernardsville) is 501(c)4 non profit organization fully devoted to the revitalization efforts of Downtown Bernardsville. We are currently seeking accreditation with Main Street New Jersey, to take place in 2020. Downtown Bernardsville seeks growth through the Main Street 4-Point Approach to encourage a stronger downtown and more vibrant community. This organization offers support for our local economy, provides additional resources to bolster downtown activities, conducts annual special events, and seeks to rebuild a strong sense of pride in our community.

Over the past 10+ years, Bernardsville’s downtown has seen a decline in businesses occupying the storefront locations. Similarly to many communities in New Jersey, this decline begins to affect more than aesthetics but property values, the livelihood of business owners, school systems and more. Receiving accreditation with Main Street New Jersey will guide Bernardsville with resources to, over time, welcome new businesses in our empty storefronts and encourage residents and non residents to shop, dine, and experience Bernardsville as a thriving community.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Olivia Manning

The president and founder of Bernardsville Special Events, Olivia is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She started her career in restaurants at 18 and has conducted every level of event management since. From planning and managing events, to cooking and providing service for an array of catering events. During this time, Olivia spent 3 years in corporate marketing, developing an affinity for buyer behaviors and promotional tactics. She is currently the marketing director for the Wavelength Companies, including Wavelength Audio Video and Wavelength Automotive in Bernardsville and Basking Ridge.

Jerry Rizzo

Bernardsville Special Events graphic design and digital media contributor, Jerry is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a focus in business. From the National Basketball Association to the Fortune 100, he has served in digital marketing and communication roles. Jerry is interested in bridging the gap between the physical and digital downtown in ways that help strengthen the community and the local economy. Jerry is currently a senior communications specialist for Honeywell International in Morris Plains, New Jersey. He has been a Bernardsville resident for five years.

Bob Frawley

Bob serves as a contributing member to BSE's effort and manages our non profit entity.

Tim Manning

Tim is the Chair of the Downtown Bernardsville Community Alliance and serves both the businesses and residents of our community. He owns Wavelength Audio Video in Downtown Bernardsville, a home automation business offering clients simple or heavily integrated smart home and commercial technology systems. Tim is a Bernardsville resident for over 20 years and is passionate about making our community thrive.

Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer is the Chair of the Dad's Day Dash 5K event and a Bernardsville resident and owner of MSBH Fitness & Wellness. She received her degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers University. She is a Certified Exercise Physiologist from ACSM, Certified Personal Trainer from ACE, Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Weight Training Specialist from AFAA, Certified Spinning® Instructor from Mad Dogg Athletics and am AED, CPR and First Aid trained.

Mary Jane Canose

Mary Jane is Bernardsville Borough's Mayor and a Bernardsville resident. She assists Bernardsville Special Events as a borough liaison and is chair of Bernardsville Restaurant Week.

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