SPRINGFIELD, NJ – At the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday evening June 27, Springfield’s Township Committee made several public announcements and one important topic was discussed. One of the announcements was the start of Thursday Night Sounds which starts on June 29. It is a concert series that will be held every other Thursday night on Town Hall’s front lawn from 6:30-8:30 p.m. from June 29 -August 24.

Another announcement was the re-opening of Springfield’s own Farmers Market at its new location at the Springfield Free Public Library starting Monday July 3 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. On the first day of this opening, July 3, there will be three vendors that include: a food truck from a Puerto Rican restaurant in Union, Barbara’s Kitchen, and a baked good company, which they are still seeking out.

The important topic brought up at the meeting was regarding the safety of children and their exposure to social media.  The topic came up when Springfield resident and candidate for Township Committee, Chris Capodice, spoke in front of the Township Committee. Capodice said he signed a release form for his children at the beginning of camp.  The form only allows their picture to be taken by a member of the Springfield Recreation Department. His complaint was that an employee of the Township and not a member of the Recreation Department took a photo of himself and several of the campers, and then posted the picture to his own personal Facebook page.

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The Township Committee will continue to analyze the social media policy and come up with a resolution that will ensure children’s safety.

EDITOR'S NOTE

In a follow-up to the original story, Township Administrator Ziad Shehady provided the following clarification: 

Thanks for covering the meeting on Tuesday.  Your article yesterday states, "The form only allows their picture to be taken by a member of the Springfield Recreation Department."

This is not the case.  The form does not restrict who may take their picture.  It further states: "I give permission for my child’s photograph to be taken and used in local newspapers online or in print, and/or any Township of Springfield publications online or in print.​"

It was further clarified by the Township Attorney that the pool is a public space with no reasonable expectation of privacy and that anyone can take a photo of anyone on the pool grounds.

EDITOR'S NOTE #2
Christopher Capodice sent the Pool Camp Handbook issued by the Recreation Department and highlighted its social media policy, which follows:

Pool Camp on Social Media

As a result of a new township social media policy, and to protect your childrens privacy, we will

no longer be posting photos and updates on the Pool Camp page on Facebook. Please visit the

Springfield Community Pool page on Facebook for photos and updates about general pool

activities. Check your email account for email blasts about Pool Camp.