CLARK, NJ - Members of the Clark Chamber of Commerce were treated to breakfast during a recent meeting hosted by the town of Clark.  Mayor Sal Bonaccorso addressed chamber members and provided updates on township business.

 Bonaccorso told members about plans to break ground on a playground with the Where Angels Play Organization later in year.  He invited members of the chamber to consider making a contribution to the project.  One chamber member made a motion to have the Clark Chamber of Commerce make the first donation to the park. 

In other news Bonaccorso shared business happenings including the upcoming construction of a new CVS on the former site of Jack’s Tavern and the Planning Board’s evaluation of the old A&P (Foodtown) property on Westfield Ave. as a possible site in need of redevelopment.

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“It’s been sitting vacant for ten years and it’s a complete eyesore and we feel it’s time to take it and do something constructive down there,” said Bonaccorso.  “I think we can finally move toward making that Westfield corridor a true downtown.”

Police Chief Pedro Matos shared that suspects were taken into custody in the case of the armed robbery at a Clark convenience store.  He also reported no other such incidents have occurred to businesses in Clark in the first three months of the year.

Matos told members that motor vehicles thefts are on the rise in Union and Essex Counties this year.  There have been seven more this year over the last in Clark.   These and multiple car burglaries in town are related to vehicles being left unlocked during the overnight hours said Matos. 

In one case, Matos said an unlocked vehicle had a garage opener in it which suspects used to enter a home.  “Luckily the homeowner heard the garage door and confronted the suspect in the garage at which time the intruder ran and fled in a stolen vehicle,” said Matos.  “ Clark police pursued the suspect in a chase which broke off for safety reasons after traveling north on the Garden State Parkway.”

Ed Grande, Superintendent of the Clark Schools shared news of new security policies in place at all distrcit schools in light of recent national events.  Grande praised the efficiency and the partnership of the Clark Police department in keeping the students, teachers and staff safe.

Jim Coyle President of the Gateway Chamber of Commerce brought attention to the upcoming Mayor’s Dinner on April 12.  At this event mayors from around Union County are invited to speak about their town.  In addition the chamber does a spoof on the Academy Awards by presenting a Mayor and a Business Administrator of the Year Award and a Best Speaker of the Evening Award.

Coyle said Mayor Bonaccorso is the only mayor to win the award twice.  Bonaccorso is nominated again this year.   Clark’s Business Administrator John Laezza has won the annual award twice too. “This is a testament to how business friendly this administration is and how they work with you,” said Coyle about township leaders. 

The Clark Chamber of Commerce is part of the Gateway Chamber of Commerce which boasts membership of over 1,200.   Meetings are held monthly in Clark.  Visitors are welcome.  For more information about attending the next meeting, contact (908) 352-0900 or send an email to info@gatewaychamber.com

Businesses of all sizes and disciplines join local town officials in monthly meetings.  Here are just some of the recent attendees:

Paul

Abramson

Solarkal

Cranford

Anthony

 Battaglia

Kad Associates

Colonia

Sal

Bonaccorso

Mayor - Town of Clark

Clark

Vivian

Colon

Homewood Suites

Cranford

Jim

Coyle

Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth

Elroy

Darden

Legal Shield

Woodbridge

Kim

Decker

Fanwood - SP YMCA

SPF

Peter

Floersch

PKF O'Connor Davies LLP

Cranford

Stephen

Giamboi

Home point Financial

Cranford

Ed

Grande

Clark Schools

Clark

Charlene

Hayden

Clark Library

Clark

Stephen

Johnson

Columbia Bank

Clark

Karen

Kamichoff

Holiday Inn

Clark

Megan

Kociolek

Clark Public Library

Clark

John

Laezza

Clark BA

Clark

Barbara

Lospinoso

First Integrity Title

Kenilworth

Robert

Manfredonia

OSI Technology

Warren

Tricia

Matropietro

Family Chiropractic of Clark

Clark

Pedro

Matos

Clark PD

Clark

Anthony

Mattera

Fusion Employer Services

Mountainside

Christine

Migton

The John M Migton Foundation

Clark

Joan

Migton

The John M Migton Foundation/ Boxwood Junction

Clark

Michele

Murphy

Columbia Bank

Clark

Edna

Perez

Access Self-Storage

Clark

Bidisa

Rai

Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth

Micheel

 Ruiz

Kerry

Clark

Melissa

Serritella

Samsel & Associates Real Estate Services

Clark

Bernadetia

Shehata

Columbia Bank

Clark

Chuck

Soos

Jersey Lanes

Linden

Alan

Tennant

Edward Jones

Clark

Jim

Tretola

Care Patrol  NJ

Springfield

Wayne

Zuhl

Hallmark Realtors

Clark

Glenn

Zuhl

2K Printing & Promotions

Roselle Park