Thursday, May 16, 2013
It will cost $475,000 to build the new public park on Ridgeway Avenue on about four acres of property the township says is in disrepair.
West Orange Township has proposed a new park in the St. Cloud neighborhood on Ridge Avenue, costing $475,000, funded by the Open Space Trust Fund. “It is our hope that this space will become a beautiful addition to the neighborhood that will be enjoyed for many years to come,” Mayor Robert Parisi said. According to the proposal, the approximate four acres of land acquired in 2006 from Northfield Associates LLC, is currently in disrepair. On May 7, the township council approved a bond ordinance, on first reading, to allocate $475,00 to the Open Space Trust Fund to build the park. The second reading is set for May 21, which, if approved, would allow construction to start immediately and finish by August. The proposed plan, posted on the …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Councilman Joe Krakoviak gives recap of Township Council meeting on May 7.
- On Patch
Sunday, May 12
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Township Council approves new Property Tax Rewards Program that will encourage residents to shop at local by giving property tax credit from percent of purchases on participating businesses.
The West Orange Council approved the first steps of a new Property Tax Program to encourage residents to locally in Tuesday night's meeting. The new initiative will give residents discounts at local participating businesses in the form of an annual property tax credit for West Orange property owners. The approved resolution allows the township to move forward to find sponsors for the program to start within the next few months. Administered by Fincredit Inc., the program will use a reward card, sponsored by a local bank or business, that will track residents' purchases throughout town. When people shop at a local business, the card will be swiped and a percentage of the purchase will go a reduction in property taxes. The discount …
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie picks up endorsement at Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove.
Gov. Chris Christie accepted the endorsement of the Association of Chiefs of Police of Essex County Friday surrounded by law enforcement officials at the Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove. The association, which represents the 22 municipalities in Essex, voted unanimously last month to endorse the governor in his bid for re-election, said President Michael Bramhall, police chief of West Caldwell. “Your conviction and forthrightness have been a welcome and needed addition to our state,” Bramhall said. “You have performed great under pressure situations like Hurricane Irene and superstorm Sandy. We believe that you will continue to put the needs of the citizens of New Jersey first." Christie seeks a second term and is the …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The $1.2 million ad buy shows road to New Jerseyans' optimism in their state.
In Gov. Chris Christie's first television ad of his 2013 re-election campaign, the governor's leadership style is credited for renewing New Jersey residents' pride in their state after years of overtaxation and too much government spending. "Jersey Proud" shows how bipartisan reforms have helped "to strengthen New Jersey's future," according to the Christie campaign.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Kim Guadagno visited members at the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled Wellness, Art and Enrichment Center on Monday.
New Jersey's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno stopped into West Orange's Wellness, Art and Enrichment, WAE, Center Monday just to see what the center is all about. The lieutenant governor was welcomed to the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled center by members and staff, who showed Guadagno what goes on at the center. According to program manager Renee Rolzenlogen, the center focuses on holistic treatment for adults with disabilities. Through spoken word, live theater and art, the center allows members to express themselves in whichever way they want, she said. The members performed a comedy skit and afterwards Guadagno toured the center and spoke with members about their artwork and sculptures, followed by a spoken-word session. …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Report says cost to repair all 908 spans would exceed $874 million.
Essex County’s aging bridges are in need of repair, but the cost to do the work would exceed $874 million, a new report released Monday shows. Of the county’s 908 bridges, about 4 percent have been rated structurally deficient, according to a report on the issue-driven website NJ Spotlight. Additionally, 1-in-5, or 20 percent of the bridges are considered to be functionally obsolete and not in line with current lane and shoulder standards, or occasionally flood, according to National Bridge Inventory data. The average age of an Essex County bridge is 50 years old. About one in four bridges in the state are either in poor condition or unable to handle current traffic loads, the data shows. Each bridge was rated based on structure, …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
State senator, governor fuel old feud over judicial appointments.
Governor Chris Christie told the Essex County Bar Association Wednesday morning state Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, is the reason judicial appointments in the state are deadlocked, according to a published report. The governor said because of Codey 12 to 15 judges will not be appointed during a breakfast at McLoone's Boathouse in West Orange, according to an NJ.com report. Codey later disputed the allegations saying three years ago Christie made a deal with Essex County but has not honored it, the report said. “He had his crew block appointments, so once again he has no respect for the truth,” the state sentor told the website.