SPRINGFIELD, NJ - During Tuesday's Township Committee meeting many calendar events were discussed.  They included:

On Monday May 28, the town will host the annual Memorial Day Parade honoring our veterans, coordinated by former Committewoman Geri Ann Bujnowski. The parade will originate at Veteran’s Memorial Park and continue up to the high school. The parade will feature a performance by the Jonathan Dayton High School Marching Band and Kean University Trolleys for Veterans and Seniors. After arriving at the high school, Elks club members will be handing out hot dogs and drinks to the crowd and there will be an exhibition baseball game on the turf field. This event is rain or shine. If it’s raining however, activities may be moved inside to the Chisholm Community Center.

Saturday, June 2 was proclaimed National Gun Violence Awareness Day. “A day to renew our commitment to reduce gun violence and pledge to all we can to keep firearms out of the wrong hands and encourage responsible gun ownership to help keep our Community safe.”

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Friday and Saturday, the 8 and 9, there will be an event called “Roots to River.” Over the past years, storms have been knocking down established trees throughout the state. Former Seton Hall professor Dr. Marian Glenn coordinated the event in association with the Rahway River Watershed Association. The public is invited to Meisel Pond to help plant trees, along with Union County workers and Springfield’s own DPW. Trees to be planted include trees that thrive in an environment where its roots can stay wet:

  • Pine Oak/Silky Dogwoods
  • Button Bush (also a good pollination plant)
  • 15 Sweetbay Magnolias (prevalent in southern NJ, but wanted to give it a shot up north)​
  • 15 Redbuds (colorful trees that are plentiful in this area)
  • Sycamores (emblematic of this part of the country)

This event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday and Monday, the 10 and 11.

Tuesday June 12 is Civics Day and the plan is to move the evening Township Committee meeting to 2 p.m. That way middle school students can attend and see how their local government operates. However, it is uncertain whether enough Committee members can make it during the work day to form a quorum, so this event is still tentative.

If the Township Meeting remains in the evening slot on June 12, former Governor Cody is scheduled to attend. He will be presenting the Township with two signs, one each to be placed at “an entrance to the town,” announcing that Springfield is a Stigma-Free Town.

Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, will also be the inaugural ceremony for our new Flag Retirement Box located at the parking lot in back of the Chisholm Community Center. This will be a place to put your old flags, so they can be properly disposed of with appropriate dignity deserving of the American flag.

Registration for the Jr. Police Academy remains opens until June 20.

The town-wide garage sale, always held just prior to bulk pick-up will be held on June 16 and 17.  Bulk pick-up is then scheduled for June 20 and 21.

Here are two more articles about Tuesday's Township Committee meeting:

Shehady Returns at Springfield Township Committee Meeting as ‘Government Watchdog’, Saks First Ave. Property Discussed

New Probationary Patrol Officer Michelle DiParisi Takes Oath at Springfield Township Committee Meeting and Other Matters

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