Government

December 7, 2018

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Michael Bange, Manager of Field Operations at New Jersey American Water, came to the Tuesday, Dec. 4 council work session to request a road opening permit on Pembrook Road. The water company plans to replace the 72-year old water main. The current six inch diameter pipe is ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Councilwoman Rachel Pater is spearheading a new program to assist veterans, elderly and disabled borough residents. She introduced the idea of the “snowbuddy” program at the Tuesday, Dec. 4 council work session. The idea is to pair two volunteers to shovel snow at the home of ...

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  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The success of the 2018 Governor Livingston Highlander Marching Band was celebrated at Tuesday’s meeting of the Township Council. Mayor Robert Woodruff acknowledged and honored marching band members sitting in the council chambers before he presented a proclamation ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – There are “no magic bullets” to fix Mountainside’s traffic woes, said Joe Fishinger of NV5, the company that conducted the traffic study on the busy borough intersections. Fishinger provided findings of his draft traffic study at the Tuesday, Dec. 4 council working session. The ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ – At Thursday's Union County Freeholders meeting, Mayor Paul Mirabelli and Councilwoman Rachel Pater accepted a check for $38,500 on behalf of the Borough of Mountainside from the 2018 Kids Recreation Trust Fund for resurfacing, fencing, and backboard posts at Echo Brook basketball ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mayor Paul Mirabelli read proclamations in recognition of Red Ribbon Week and Band Appreciation Week at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 council meeting. Councilman Glenn Mortimer also read a proclamation to recognize World Polio Day. “Red Ribbon Week started in 1985 with a group of ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The lawsuit against the borough by several Police Department employees continues to rock the council meetings. Mayor Paul Mirabelli gave an update in the form of a written statement regarding the ongoing lawsuit at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 council meeting. Meanwhile, the cost of the ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ – Visitors to the downtown have 98 free parking spaces accessible to them, at least for now. The long-awaited reconstruction of a Parking Lot 7, at the intersection of Central and Lenox avenues, is nearly complete and the lot is open, the municipality announced Wednesday. The ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council celebrated the Mountainside Youth Baseball 8U team which captured the District, Regional and State Championship titles this season. Mayor Paul Mirabelli read a proclamation in the team’s honor at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 council meeting. The Mountainside ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) personally delivered a $297,673 grant from the Department of Justice Congressman office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), to Berkeley Heights on Thursday afternoon.The grant will fund training of staff and students on security ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mayor Paul Mirabelli announced a busy mid-October weekend with multiple community events taking place on Oct. 12-13 at the Tuesday, Oct. 2 Borough Council work session. The fall Pickleball tournament is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 at the Mountainside tennis courts. The ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council substituted David Paris for Robert Verry as the Hearing Officer for disciplinary charges of certain members of the Mountainside Police Department at its Tuesday, Sep. 18 meeting. The council had appointed retired Police Chief Robert Verry as hearing officer ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council appointed Rachel Pater to serve Councilwoman Wendy Fech-Caccamo’s remaining term at its Tuesday, Sep. 18 meeting. Pater also stepped in to run for Fech-Caccamo’s council seat in the upcoming elections. Fech-Caccamo resigned from the council due to health ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council authorized the appointment of Robert Verry as Hearing Officer and appointed Zanny Lopez as Deputy Court Administrator at its Tuesday, Sept. 4 working session. Borough Attorney John Post noted that Verry, “a well-qualified individual,” has been employed in ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - According to Union County  2018 Election List on the Union County website, Wendy Fech-Caccamo withdrew her name from the Republican ticket for Mountainside Borough Council as of August 29, 2018. Fech-Caccamo told TAPinto Mountainside that she withdrew her name based on the ...

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HILLSIDE, NJ - While New Jersey lurches toward legalizing recreational marijuana, one Newark lawmaker is leading the conversation against it.  State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex), who on Monday hosted a town hall in Hillside, believes the current legalization bill would lead to more foreclosures in ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Borough Council recognized Mountainside resident Jensen Butler for his effort to help fund research for patients suffering from rare cancers. Mayor Paul Mirabelli read a proclamation in Butler’s honor at the Tuesday, Aug. 21 meeting. Butler, a recent graduate of Florida ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Since the allegations of long-going sexual harassment and unprofessional behavior at the Mountainside Police Department surfaced, a steady stream of residents have shown up at the council meetings to vent their frustration and demand explanations. Several infuriated residents ...

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    MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — The ribbon is cut, opening The Watchung Reservation Sensory Trail, the first of its kind in the county, and the most extensive such trail in the nation.  The sensory trail is a 0.3 mile loop with a central gazebo.  Interpretive signage on the trail includes two ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A festive ribbon cutting will mark the first-ever Sensory Trail at the Watchung Reservation and in the county. The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, at the head of the trail, behind the Trailside Nature and Science Center. The trail will be open and ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Mayor Shelley Brindle spoke about the Westfield Police Department during her update at Tuesday night’s town council meeting, saying that a car crash involving a police captain's daughter and the abrupt retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1 were unrelated, and that an ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - The borough is one of 20 Union County municipalities to be awarded a Union County Library Grant of $3,750.  The grants are designed to assist public libraries with funding that enriches and supports children’s programming. This year’s awards will cover the cost of children’s ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Mayor Paul Mirabelli read a statement regarding the allegations of misconduct within the Mountainside Police Department at the Monday, July 23 meeting. During the public comment session several residents came forward with concerns of the lawsuits’ impact on property ...

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The definition of a free country is where the government does not control what people say or do for political reasons and where people can express their opinions without punishment. The transition from a totalitarian state to a free country will be long and slow. In a 2017 report Freedom ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Planning Board heard a proposal for a three-story mixed-use development on South Avenue at Westfield Avenue at its meeting Monday night.  “Circle Plaza of Westfield,” located near the traffic circle and across the street from the train station, would contain 30 ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - After a nearly three-year long shutdown, the Morris Ave Bridge has reopened to cars, bikes, and pedestrians.  With fanfare and excitement, the first cars made their way across the span after a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 29 at 5:30 pm.   Elected city and state officials, City ...

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  BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Another development included in the township’s court-approved affordable housing settlement has received preliminary and final site plan approval from the planning board. Wednesday, June 20, the board voted to approve the all rental, 196-unit age-restricted ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith attended a gun safety package bill signing ceremony at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton on Wednesday with Governor Phil Murphy. Mayor Smith joined a bipartisan group of local and state elected officials, as well as members of Moms Demand Action of Union ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There’s something new and shiny in downtown Berkeley Heights, at the corner of Springfield and Plainfield avenues - a digital sign. Township Administrator John Bussiculo asked residents to check out the sign during the June 12 council meeting. It was running the sample ...

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WARREN, NJ - Judge Miller granted Warren Township’s motion for approval on Friday, June 8 of the proposed 100% affordable family rental housing development on Lindbergh Avenue that is to be built by PIRHL Acquisitions, LLC.  On Monday, June 11, the Warren Township Planning Board heard testimony ...

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