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January Springfield Patriot Chamber Meeting: BID in talks with Township to Bond for Streetscape

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Springfield Patriot Chamber of Commerce crowd #1 Credits: Ellen Dickson
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Eliot Merkin showing Chamber application Credits: Ellen Dickson
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Scott Seidel, Co-Chair of the Chamber, speaking at the meeting. On his left is the other Co-Chair, Mike Scalera Credits: Ellen Dickson
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Springfield Patriot Chamber of Commerce crowd #2 Credits: Ellen Dickson
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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Springfield's Hilton Garden Inn has proven to be a popular location for the monthly Patriot Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) meetings. Thirty plus attendees today were treated to a continental breakfast provided by ConnectOne Bank. Each month a different business or organization has the opportunity to sponsor breakfast.

Community reports were given. Township administrator Ziad Shehady reported that the Township Committee is now having workshop sessions on the Monday preceding the second Tuesday of the month for more informal discussion of upcoming township business. He encouraged the public to attend.  Budget discussions are underway for the $32 million budget and the financing provided by $29 million to be raised in taxes.

Scott Seidel, Co-Chair of the Chamber, announced that at the last Business Improvement District meeting (BID) the decision was made to work with the Township to bond the remaining money needed to complete the streetscape along Mountain Avenue down to Cioffi’s Delicatessen. It also was mentioned that the “Church Mall” project has been approved and the “Gomes” project is moving forward. Discussions are ongoing with the Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection.

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Michael Scalera, Co-Chair of the Chamber, announced that the ribbon cutting for Kidde Academy on Route 22 east in Springfield would take place Thursday at 11 a.m.. An opening celebration “Dance Party” would be held on  Saturday, January 27 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Representatives of various community groups were present to give updates and announce upcoming events.

The next Chamber meeting is scheduled for February 22nd, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Route 22 west in Springfield.

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