Fairfield to Install Three-Way Stop Signs at Four Township Intersections

Fairfield Mayor James Gasparini accepts an automated external defibrillator (AED) from Linda Vitrone and Maureen Boulanger from Atlantic Health System. Credits: Gail Bottone
Maureen Boulanger, from Atlantic Health System, speaks to Fairfield's mayor and council on the Atlantic Health System's Cardiac Project Heartbeat. Credits: Gail Bottone

FAIRFIELD, NJ — Drivers traveling Big Piece Road in Fairfield will soon notice three-way stop signs at four designated intersections.

The Fairfield Township mayor and council passed an ordinance on Monday night amending the township code entitled “Multi-Way Stops.”

There will be a stop sign on each end of Big Piece Road where it meets Sylvan and a stop sign on Sylvan Road entering Big Piece Road, according to the ordinance. Stop signs will also be placed on each end of Big Piece Road at Winfield Court as well as on Winfield Court entering Big Piece Road.

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Other designated intersections along Big Piece Road will be at Dell Court and Kennedy Drive.

There will also be stop signs where Kennedy Drive meets Holly Drive and where Esposito Drive meets Crestwood Drive.

Mayor James Gasparini said that the stop signs are intended to deter speeding and promote safety. He said that stop signs were better than speed bumps in deterring speeding and that other three-way stop signs in town have worked out well.

According to the New Jersey Drivers’ Manual, at these intersections, each driver should yield to the driver on his or her right side.

In other traffic-related news, Gasparini reported that on Sept. 16 in Target’s parking lot, certified technicians installed about 40 child car seats. He encouraged those who were not able to attend the event to still get their child’s car seat properly installed at the Fairfield Police Department.

“If residents missed this event, they do not have to wait for the next one in order to have their child’s safety seat installed,” he said. “They can simply call the police department and ask for Sgt. Niemiec and make a private appointment.”

A Touch-a-Truck event was coordinated by the Fairfield Library and took place on Sept. 21. The event involved the police and fire departments and the fire prevention and public works departments, along with the West Essex First Aid Squad and Crigers Towing. The mayor said that more than 100 children had the opportunity to see the emergency vehicles up close and meet members of each department.

The Fairfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee, will be participating in a national initiative called Coffee with a Cop on Oct. 4 at Manhattan Bagel from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Officers will be on hand to meet and greet the community over a cup of coffee and to speak about community issues and to learn more about each other.

On Saturday, Sept. 30 at 12:00 p.m., the police and fire departments will be facing off in a charity softball game in the Battle of the Badges at the Fairfield Recreation Complex. All are encouraged to attend.

During the council meeting, Maureen Boulanger, marketing manager for Atlantic Health System, and Linda Vitrone, supervisor of Atlantic Paramedics, presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the township as part of the Atlantic Health System’s Cardiac Project Heartbeat. The project’s mission is to educate and empower communities to respond to cardiac emergencies and potentially save lives.

An AED is a portable, computerized device that instructs a user to deliver an electric shock to get a heart beating normally after a cardiac event.

As part of this initiative, Atlantic Health System is providing AEDs to New Jersey communities and organizations and providing training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of AEDs.

It was stated that if a person suffering from a cardiac event receives immediate medical treatment and is transported to a hospital, the person is more likely to survive and have fewer long-term complications.

Boulanger spoke about 29-year-old New Jersey resident Haley Breen, who was saved by first responders using an AED and who was treated at Morristown Medical Center.

She explained that when Breen was 29, she unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest due to a rare, previously undiagnosed heart arrhythmia. Her fiancée immediately administered CPR and called the local police.

Upon arrival, they used an AED to stabilize Breen’s heartbeat. She was then transported to Morristown Medical Center, where she underwent surgery and received an internal defibrillator.

“In an effort to further save the lives of patients like Breen, Atlantic Health System created Cardiac Project Heartbeat,” said Boulanger.

In other news, it was announced during the meeting that the Senior Citizen Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event is free for all Fairfield senior citizens. For reservations and transportation, contact Fairfield Recreation at 973-882-2700 Ext. 2510 by Oct. 18.

Fairfield’s annual Trunk or Treat event will be held at the Recreation Center on Halloween from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Car registration is required. More information on this will be on the town and recreation websites.

The next council meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Gasparini announced that council meetings will be only once a month from now on, to be held on the fourth Monday of each month with the exception of December, which will have meetings on the second and fourth Monday.

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