Change in Mayor Sought by West Orange Residents

January 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Statement by Town Resident Richard Groves:

“Many town residents and I have grown increasingly tired of the municipal failures of the current West Orange municipal leadership, its lack of inclusion within its administration and find certain actions questionable. Some of us find that our property taxes are now higher than our mortgages at a time when armed robberies have increased and projects such as the “Edison Battery Factory Redevelopment” on Main Street stagnate for years. The laundry list continues to grow. Suffice it to say that many of us feel that the time for change is now.

Over the past several months, some residents and I have searched for someone new to lead this township as mayor.  We found one person with the experience, track record and knowledge of the West Orange experience necessary to produce the changes we require and deserve. This individual is Former Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, who has but for a few years essentially been a lifelong resident of West Orange.

Sign Up for E-News

While in office, Eldridge Hawkins stood up for tax payers and made the tough decisions to work across the political aisle and pushed for changes in state policies as Chairman of the NJ State League of Municipalities Management Reform Committee.  His efforts along with that of many others made great strides in controlling costs and tax increases. In addition to the savings from these policy changes and cost cutting measures, Mayor Hawkins was successful in acquiring over $100,000,000 in outside funding or revenue sources to further the city’s redevelopment, protection of tax payers and reduction of crime by over 22%.

As an alternative to the current West Orange Administration, Eldridge Hawkins is the right candidate and the only one with the practical experience as a Mayor. He is a Retired West Orange Police Officer and has an MBA from Seton Hall University. Based in part on the aforementioned, several residents and I reached out to Mayor Hawkins and asked him to consider running.  His response was simple "If you can show me the support, I’ll consider it."

Debrah Mapson, Joe Sorbino and I hosted a meet and greet for Eldridge recently at China Gourmet on Eagle Rock Ave., which was well attended. People came with questions and left satisfied with his answers. He also dispelled any notion that he actually received over $100,000 in salary from different positions while in Orange. I have personally viewed his W-2's which were posted on facebook showing each year (2008- 2012) he made less than $35,000 from the City of Orange.

In an effort to move forward in this process, Eldridge has approved the formation of an exploratory committee for his candidacy as Mayor of West Orange. Many people have signed up to participate and we encourage more individuals to join us for positive change, as together we can make a difference. I am calling on all West Orange citizens to go to eldridgehawkins.com to express your support.”

Statement by Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.:         

“I am honored and humbled that West Orange residents would consider having me as their Mayor.  To serve as an elected official in the town in which I was raised would be a great honor. I remember playing mountain top soccer and tee-ball when I was younger, attending St Joseph’s School, Redwood School and eventually Seton Hall Prep all here in West Orange. This town has a great history that I would love the opportunity to carry forward and take to new heights. This however, can't be done alone. It will take all of us through coalitions and partnerships to insure West Orange’s future as a wonderful place in which to live, work and raise a family. So, as we evaluate this opportunity, I do so with an open mind to doing things differently and embracing those who once stood as my political opponents. Regardless of what the future holds I will remain grateful to those residents who would seek to have me be a partner in the Progress of West Orange.”

Statement by Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr:
 
"I am encouraged that during the last 30 days the reception to my possible candidacy has been quite positive. I thank the members of the exploratory committee for continued hard work and dedication as we continue to build momentum for positive change in West Orange."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Montclair Residents Fill Buses Bound for Women's March on Washington

January 22, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair and surrounding areas residents loaded onto buses during the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, Jan. 21 headed for Washington, DC.

Buses chartered by several organizations and individuals, including Montclair-based Blue WaveNJ left from the campus of Montclair High School at about 4:00 a.m. There was an air of excitement as ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0cebd162cc2d40edab37_screen_shot_2017-01-05_at_2.25.40_pm

Mon, January 23, 6:30 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair

Education

Carousel_image_f88e1e157ea7ade2425b_mini_magick20170115-8047-1b287c8

Mon, January 23, 6:30 PM

West Orange Public Library, West Orange

West Orange Preschool Fair 1/23

Community Calendar Education

Carousel_image_4d80854f4b5c252ca5b6_supernet

Wed, January 25, 6:30 PM

The Newark Club - Metropolitan Room, Newark

ACG NJ Joint Super Networking Party, January 25th ...

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Food & Drink

Women's March on Washington: Why, and Why Now

January 19, 2017

As Donald Trump’s inauguration draws near, a number of groups are planning various events and rallies – perhaps most notably, the Women’s March on Washington. I have read a number of opinion pieces and spoken to many people about the March, and several questions and criticisms seem to consistently arise. I would like to address some two of the major themes.

(Q) The election ...

Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner in Livingston

January 21, 2017

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills (JLOSH), an organization of women developed as civic and community leaders creating lasting community impact, is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at Cedar Hill Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, in Livingston.

Event attire is cocktail and complimentary valet parking will be ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Shayne Apple on Guitar

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight Shayne Apple, a fifth grader at Riker Hill Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Shayne also plays trombone in the school band and participates in the school choir. According to his mother, Sharon, Shayne was inspired to pick up guitar not long after his father decided to learn the same ...

Step Right Up

Let’s make America the Greatest Show on Earth Again.

 

I was very sad to learn that after 146 years of big-top entertainment the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding its tent and leaving town.

 

This comes a year after the circus, due to mounting pressures from animal rights activists, got rid of the elephants.

 

It is not really ...