FAIRFIELD, NJ — Seventeen volunteers from the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department responded to a plane crash on the West Caldwell/Fairfield border, according to Township Council President Michael McGlynn

At the council meeting on Monday, McGlynn reported that the pilot was saved by two nearby pedestrians and was transferred to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. According to McGlynn, the pilot is recovering.

The crash occurred on Saturday about 12:45 p.m. in a residential area approximately a mile south of the Essex County Airport. The pilot was alone flying a Hawker Beachcraft Bonanza. There were no injuries on the ground, and no homes were damaged in the incident.

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McGlynn also reported that the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department received a total of 31 calls this month, one of which was a fire on Voelker Road that was contained to the garage.

In other news, Councilman Thomas Morgan announced on Monday that the Fairfield Municipal Alliance Committee recently met to plan upcoming events that will be announced at a later date.

Councilman John LaForgia reported that Dr. Lenny Russo is now the chairman of the recreation commission with Barbara Fritz as vice-chairman. LaForgia gave a special thank you to former chairman Peter Franzi for his service. Franzi still remains on the commission.

LaForgia added that the recreation commission is sponsoring a cardiac screening day for children ages 8 to 18 on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the recreation center at 221 Hollywood Avenue from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is a $35 fee, and registration is required. See details on the township website on the parks and recreation page.

“We are proactive when it comes to tests for children’s health and safety,” said LaForgia, who also said that for the past six years, recreation has been testing children for concussions.

LaForgia added that all coaches must be fingerprinted and certified.

As for the township planning board, William Galese is the new chairman, and Thomas Waldron is the new vice chairman. Waldron was thanked for his leadership as chairman last year.

Gasparini informed the council that the Fairfield Township Library Board is now interviewing for a new director and will be hiring a new landscape architect.