CLARK, NJ - In the wake of violence against police in Dallas, Texas, Mayor Sal Bonaccorso took a moment at the Clark Township Council meeting to express his gratitude to members of the Clark community who have shown random acts of kindness to Clark police.

“To see our community coming to our police department bringing food, flowers and a host of things…this town is filled with a lot of great human beings that really appreciate our police department,” Bonaccorso said.

The Clark Fire Department advises residents to check the batteries in their fire alarm systems. The fire department responded to 60 alarms in July, and several were caused by signals given off from low batteries, councilman and fire department liaison Al Barr said.

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The Township of Clark Workshop Council meeting originally scheduled for August 1 was moved to August 15.

Certificates were awarded to Craig Abrams of Springfield and Susan Alacchi, Angel Albanese, Tonya Scott-Cole, Lisa Simonetti, and Ivan Simonetti of Clark for completing Clark’s Community Emergency Response Training Program (CERT). The program provides training in general emergency preparedness, basic fire safety and medical operations, and light search and rescue.

In other news, Bonaccorso said the Clark 12U boys travel baseball team advanced in the tournament games at the Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament, but were eliminated in the “sweet sixteen.” Their last game was on Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Cooperstown, New York.

The last day of the Clark summer recreation program was last week, Councilman Bill Smith said. With 1208 registered kids, this was a record-breaking year, he said.  About 700 kids attended the program daily.

Councilman Pat O’Connor reported on the Clark Volunteer Emergency Squad’s 75th anniversary dinner, which was held on Aug. 13.  During the dinner, it was announced that the squad’s average emergency response time was just under seven minutes. This was noteworthy because the squad members are volunteers who do not live at the squad house, O’Connor said.

The council approved a resolution to enter into a contract with Rivers Edge Contracting for the collection and disposal of leaves. This year’s rate is $3.40 per cubic yard, which is slightly less expensive than last year’s price.