MADISON, NJ—Residents will officially have two more weeks to grab fresh produce from local farmers at the Madison Farmer’s Market, which will return to town this year thanks to a resolution approved last night by the Mayor and Council at their last April meeting.

Previously ending in mid-October, the season will now run every Thursday, 2-7 p.m., from June 1 to Oct. 26. The market, a project of the Downtown Development Commission, will return to its home on Central Ave. between Main Street and Cook Ave. once again this year.

“The market has been growing over the last few years,” Councilwoman Maureen Byrne said. Extending the season “will allow us to all stock up on apples and pumpkins in anticipation of the fall,” Byrne said.

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Madison’s own farmer, Tracee Palmer, who raises goats at her home on Park Ave., will also be back at the market this year selling goat milk soaps and other related products.

Owen Armstrong, 8, of Torey J. Sabatini School, was commended at Monday’s meeting for winning the May Day t-shirt design contest. The design, which features a large, bright yellow sunflower, will be printed on about 1,000 t-shirts that will be distributed to May Day volunteers Saturday, May 6 during the upcoming town-wide cleanup day.

The $1.5 million utility dividend, which may result in credits on residents’ electric bills and was included in the newly approved 2017 town budget, will be implemented May 1, the council announced Monday.

Mayor Conley proclaimed this week, April 24-28, as the Week of the Young Child, a time to focus “attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.”

Two honorees, Harriet McCarter of the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center on East Street and Alison Kentos of the Northwest Chapter of the NJ Association for the Education of Young Children, were recognized at Monday’s meeting for their work with youngsters in the area.

“The work that we do really, truly lays the foundation in mind, body and spirit (that) all of the children get from the great schools we have here,” McCarter said. “More importantly it enables them to go on as future citizens to lead balanced, happy and fulfilling lives.”  

A moment of silence was observed for Joe Chiarolanzio, 63, a long-time Madison resident and co-owner of Romanelli’s Pizza & Italian Eatery on Lincoln Place for more than 40 years, who passed away last week.