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. Moving along towards Spring, March and April bring a variety of stories as well.
All stories are listed in alphabetical order of the section table at the top of the site:
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
- According to Niche.com, Springfield was ranked as one of the 100 best places to live in NJ for 2019.
- Valley Bank opened its Springfield location at the site of the old TD Bank, and also made a charitable contribution to Springfield HOPE.
- Springfield Girl Scout Sarah Rodrick was the second of three girls in town to go for her gold award, focusing on a series of exercise programs to get residents healthy.
- She was joined by Samantha Knee, who took on healthy eating as the topic of her gold award project.
- Attendees at Springfield's Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael heard a talk from Fraidy Reiss, an advocate working to outlaw child and underage marriage in the United States. Reiss also shared her story of escaping an underage marriage to an abusive husband.
- Springfield Ninja Kira Hoffer finally unveiled her American Ninja Warrior Junior run, and sat down with TAPinto Springfield to talk more about it.
- The softball scoreboard at Chisholm Community Center was repaired just in time for the start of the rec. softball season.
- Easter joy was in the air during the annual Easter egg hunt and kite festival.
- The Springfield Rotary Club's Taste of the Town event gave residents a chance to try a variety of food and drinks.
- Caldwell School students got the chance to tour Springfield's Revolutionary War past, in an annual rite of passage.
- Sarah Rodrick was also able to present her donation of athletic equipment to the Springfield Rec. Department to help keep kids active.
- Springfield Police and Firefighters took to the court against schoolteachers to help fundraise for new playground equipment at Caldwell School.
- Springfield Peer leaders participated in a county-wide effort to prevent teen suicide.
- Springfield Police Captain Bill Cieri and Town Engineer Sam Mardini were both honored for their work.
- Mardini would also be honored again at a Springfield Township Committee meeting.
POLICE AND FIRE:
- Springfield's firemen invited TAPinto Springfield along as they practiced bail-out training at the firehouse.
- An off-duty Springfield Policeman was able to catch a wallet thief police had been looking for.
- Officer Hope Arthur was sworn in at a Springfield Township meeting
RELIGIONS AND SPIRITUALITY:
- Rabbi Israel Dresner, a freedom rider and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was honored at Sha'arey Shalom for his work in civil rights.
- The community also held a vigil to remeber those impacted by the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.
- The Jonathan Dayton Lacrosse Team played its first game in program history, a win over Pasaic Valley.
- Johnathan Dayton Track and Field standout Caitlyn McTernan signed her letter of intent for Lafyette College, surrounded by friends and family.
Tomorrow, May and June...