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Tax Appeals, Master Plan Discussed at Clark Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Clark Township Business Administrator discusses topics of interest to Clark businesses at the the monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting. Credits: E. Clee
Networking opportunities at the Clark Chamber of Commerce meeting. Credits: E. Clee
The February meeting of the Clark Chamber of Commerce was hosted by the Holiday Inn. Credits: E. Clee
Officials from the township, board of education and police department share information of interest to business owners at the Clark Chamber of Commerce meeting. Credits: E. Clee
Business owners share ideas over breakfast at the Clark Chamber of Commerce meeting. Credits: E. Clee
The Clark Chamber of Commerce is a member of the Gateway Chamber of Commerce. Credits: E. Clee
Clark Chamber of Commerce members have an opportunity to introduce themselves and their business at the beginning of each chamber meeting. Credits: E. Clee

CLARK, NJ - Township Business Administrator John Laezza explained a looming million dollar shortfall in tax revenue to local business owners at the Clark Chamber of Commerce meeting held at the Holiday Inn in late February. 

“This is going to be a tough year for the taxpayers of Clark,” Laezza said. At the core of the issue is a negotiated settlement with Racer Trust, the current owner of the Hyatt Hills Golf Complex. After a protracted legal battle,  the township agreed to refund the company charged with managing post-bankruptcy General Motors properties $804,000.  Read more about the settlement.

Laezza said the township is also undergoing a reevaluation of its land-use master plan. “The new plans will include a reconfiguration of the downtown with mix-use apartments and stores rezoned for just that purpose,” he said.    

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The Clark Chamber of Commerce meets monthly, under the leadership of executive co-chairpersons Michele Murphy and Wayne Zuhl. Laezza's update came after a round of introductions by all present.

Doreen Babis, Supervisor of Special Services for the Clark School District, thanked the community for their support of a local charity event benefiting the schools.  She asked local businesses to consider employment opportunities that Clark’s special education students could learn about. Students would be on site with a chaperone, and volunteer their time while learning about jobs in the community that they might want to consider in the future. Businesses interested in working with students can email

The meeting was hosted by Edna Perez of Access Self Storage in Clark.  Perez explained that Access is a full service facility with climate-controlled units, drive-up units, parking spots, moving supplies and an information center for planning a move.  

The Clark Chamber of Commerce is part of the Gateway Chamber of Commerce, which boasts membership of over 1,200.   Visitors are welcome to attend the monthly Clark meeting.  For more information about the Clark Chamber of Commerce, contact (908) 352-0900 or send an email to

Businesses of all sizes and disciplines are encouraged to attend the meetings to network and learn about the Clark business environment. Attendees at the most recent meeting include :

Paul Abramson Solarkal Cranford
Susan Anger-Gaul Paul Davis Restoration Union
Vincent  Avantagiato TransAmerica Clark
Doreen Babis Clark Schools Clark
Anthony  Battaglia Kad Associates Colonia
Alvin Barr Clark Township Council Clark
Kim Decker Fanwood - SP YMCA Scotch Plains
Steve Flood  Scomage Information Services Scotch Plains
Lori Hyman Holiday Inn Clark
Britteny Mack UCC Foundation Cranford
Pedro Matos  Clark Chief of Police Clark
Michele Murphy Columbia Bank Clark
Edna Perez Access Self Storage Clark
Bidisa Rai Gateway Chamber of Commerce Elizabeth
Cindy Tomasso Michael Tomasso Contracting Clark
Wayne Zuhl Hallmark Realtors Clark
Glenn Zuhl 2K Printing & Promotions Roselle Park

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