SPRINGFIELD, NJ - There was lots of networking at the monthly meeting Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Mike Scalera, Co-chair of the Springfield Patriot Chamber of Commerce reminded those attending the meeting that being a member of the Springfield Patriot Chamber allows you to get member prices at other Chamber networking events. The yearly fee is $100.

Scalera then told the group that the pace of new businesses opening in Springfield has really picked up.   He said, “Where three years ago we used to do one ribbon cutting a month, we are now doing three to four ribbon cuttings a month.  Companies are doing their marketing analysis and choosing Springfield.” 

He reported that Sky Zone will have their ribbon cutting and grand opening Saturday from 11:00 a.m. ot 1:00 p.m.  Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park located at 25 route 22 East.   Scalera also gave a detailed discussion on the three redevelopment projects in various stages of approval on Morris Avenue.

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Police Chief John Cook detailed police activity for the last few months. The first incident discussed was about an armed robber that held up a gas station on Route 22 in Springfield.  He was apprehended by Springfield police. The perpetrator was implicated in 24 other robberies in New Jersey.  Suspects were also arrested for a break-in at a Mountain Avenue business. The Chief enumerated other crimes in the Township and then stated, “The members of our force have been doing a good job investigating and closing out the cases.”  

The guest speaker, Todd A. Smith is a business coach and author. He did a short presentation of his most recent book “First and Ten on the Twenty..., Is It Football, Business or Life?".

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