SPRINGFIELD, NJ — As the calendar year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at all the best stories from the past year in Springfield. The list starts in the first two months of the year.
All stories are listed in alphabetical order of the section table at the top of the site:
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT:
- The Springfield library hosted several programs, including a twofer of jazz and the Harlem Rennaisance as well as a Klezmer music concert for their fiftieth anniversary.
- Kay Coates Macrae, a long-time Springfield Resident, was awarded a 2019 Union County Women of Excellence Award.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
- All the way back in January, preparations were made to begin demolishing the Gomes property, located on Morris Avenue.
- Early in the year, Joe Pepe, a beloved member of the Springfield community, passed away at the age of 84.
- The Springfield Historical Society showcased a letter signed by George Washington at their annual President's Day open house.
- The Springfield First Aid Squad named their lounge in memory of the late Daniel Kalem, a long-time crew member who had passed away.
- On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Springfield residents came together for their annual vigil for peace.
- Springfield Girl Scout Caity McTernan presented for her chance at obtaining the Girl Scout Gold Award.
- Springfield's residents learned about Black History in Union County during a presentation in early February.
- The year began with three new Springfield BOE members being sworn in.
- The Springfield School District selected their teachers of the year for Walton, Sandmeier, Caldwell, Gaudineer and Dayton (plus one district nurse).
- Springfield's residents spoke to the BOE about what they saw as a lack of librarians in the district.
- The Jonathan Dayton Cross-Country Team was honored by the BOE for their conference win.
- After the government shutdown, Cioffi's of Springfield delivered meals to TSA agents who had been working without pay.
- Temple Sha'arey Shalom in Springfield worked with Bridges to help pack meals for families in need.
- The two newest members of the Springfield Township Committee were sworn in during the reorganization meeting.
- Long-time Springfield CFO Michael Quick announced his retirement. He was joined in retirement by another long-tenured town employee, Engineer Sam Mardini.
- John Bussiculo was appointed as new township administrator, as outgoing interim administrator John Cook was thanked for his efforts.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
- For one Springfield family, their son's diagnosis of Dup15q was a chance to raise awareness and connect with others living with the same condition.
- The newest members of the Springfield First Aid Squad were sworn in early in the year.
POLICE AND FIRE:
- Springfield policemen and firemen were both sworn in/promoted at the beginning of the year.
- Jonathan Dayton Boys Basketball had a major hot streak to start the year.
- The ice hockey team got back to the playoffs for the first time in several seasons.
Tomorrow; March and April