NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A large weekend party in a quiet borough street alarmed both the residents and borough officials. Councilman Matthew Cumiskey brought up the issue at the Monday, Aug. 17 Zoom meeting. Several residents also voiced their concerns regarding such large organized events.
While the borough continues to investigate the weekend gathering there is very little the borough can do to stop them, Mayor Al Morgan lamented. According to the investigation report the party was in compliance with Governor Murphy’s executive orders in regard to temperature checks, masks and social distancing. The party had ended around 9 p.m. And according to the report, there was no evidence of an admission charge. No charges have been filed against the person leasing the property.
Darby Court residents, however, paint a different picture regarding the weekend event. Scott Herman explained that prior to the past weekend everyone on the street was handed a leaflet depicting the upcoming event as a large graduation party. He said that there were approximately 75-80 cars parked on the street and each car had two to four people in them. According to his research, the party had been advertised on a website that required a registration and either a cash or credit fee.
Karen Canniffe also pointed out the smells and noise that emanated from the gathering. Nicole Babniak noticed inebriated revelers walking on her lawn and smoking marijuana while taking pictures with her house in the background. According to her the scene was disturbing.
Morgan was disappointed at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for not acting upon complaints. He noted that the event organizers are aware of every loophole in town ordinances and cleverly take advantage of them.
Both residents and Morgan expressed a hope that similar events will not take place in the future.
With regard to other news Morgan announced that there have been seven new cases of Covid-19 in the borough this week. Two of the new cases are high school students. Morgan noted that it appears that the virus came with residents who had vacationed outside the state. He asked that residents adhere to self-quarantine rules and cooperate with contact tracers.