SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Parking on Meadowbrook Lane will likely be limited to daytime hours following an initial vote from the Board of Trustees.
The board met Monday night at SOPAC to shed light on crimes issues and “sketchy behavior” associated with overnight parking on Meadowbrook Lane. Because the area is not residential, regulating the parking will be purely for the benefit of the community, said Trustee Sheena Collum.
“At the time being, it is of zero consequence to anyone who is using it for parking by the train station,” Collum said.
The parking restriction would prevent parking during overnight hours, which Collum assured would be for the benefit of the community’s safety.
The board will vote on whether to adopt the ordinance in the next meeting.
The board also announced two upcoming events involving the village and Seton Hall communities: Seniors Prom and South by South Orange.
Nan Samons, of South Orange Seniors (S.O.S.), one of the hosts of Senior Prom, spoke briefly about the event.
It will be held in the Chancellors Suite at Seton Hall University on April 25. Admission is only granted to those who are 65 or older, residents of South Orange and who bring one can of food. Seton Hall’s Division of Volunteer Efforts (D.O.V.E.), partnering with S.O.S., will cater and provide music and other entertainment for the prom. To attend you must R.S.V.P. by March 17.
Trustee Steve Schnall announced the inaugural South by South Orange festival. The event is a local play on South by Southwest.
“It will be a combination of music, conferences around innovation and creativity, and cultural arts,” Schnall said.
Both the Village of South Orange and Seton Hall are banding together to make the event successful. The theme of this year’s event is Causing Collisions. South by South Orange is scheduled for the last weekend in June and will take place at SOPAC, Seton Hall, and various locations around the village.
In other action, the board:
- Announced the initiative to reward young citizens for good behavior by giving them a citation and coupons for ice cream and pizza.
- Announced new free services like the home security survey and bicycle registration, to promote protection for homes and property. To arrange one of these services, call (973) 363-3000 x7802.
- Announced March Village Madness. This event from March 15 to April 5 encourages residents to save receipts from their trips to local businesses, in an attempt to win $500 in gift cards from South Orange merchants and support the Seton Hall Women’s Basketball team. For more information visit www.sovillagecenter.org.
- Announced South Orange restaurant week, which will be from April 6-12. Restaurants will offer 15 percent off their menu, excluding alcohol. For more information visit www.sovillagecenter.org.
- Passed three ordinances, one of which focused on the rehabilitation designation of the village which will result in short-term tax abatements for eligible properties.
- Upcoming promotions in the police and fire departments were alluded to and will be announced at the next Public Safety Committee meeting.
- Schnall announced plans for an all-inclusive village calendar.