Police & Fire

Fairfield Council Recognizes Volunteer Fire Department for Assistance in Plane Crash

Denise Cafone, clerk; Joseph Catenaro, administrator; Michael McGlynn, council president; James Gasparini, mayor; Dennis Galvin, attorney, Joseph Cifelli, councilman; and Thomas Morgan, councilman. Credits: Gail Bottone

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

West Essex Football's Brian O'Neill Signs Letter of Intent to Play at University of Pennsylvania

February 9, 2017

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — After years of excellence in the middle of a stout West Essex Knights defense, Brian O’Neill, a linebacker from Roseland, has decided to take his career to the next level, committing to play college football for the University of Pennsylvania.

O’Neill has been named an All-Conference player for the past three seasons, and has been an All-Essex County ...

Verona High School Junior Facilitates Protest Amid Secretary of Education Vote

February 18, 2017

VERONA, N.J.- Verona High School junior Izzy Williams recently organized a protest at Verona Park against the nomination of Betsy Devos, President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee.

From 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., about 200 people gathered to the protest with signs saying, “No to Devos,” “Dump Devos,” and “K-12 Not for Sale” to ...

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen

February 15, 2017

To the Editor:

There has been much discussion recently about representatives in our government who pretend to represent their constituents, but who have been corrupted by special interest groups or blind self-interest. Unfortunately, in the 11th District, we have one such politician who, by his actions, is a significant part of the problem that we have in the federal government.

Route 10 Lane Closures Required for Resurfacing and Signal Improvement Project

February 16, 2017

LIVINGSTON & WEST ORANGE, NJ — New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced the start of a resurfacing project on Route 10 that will require single-lane closures between Livingston and West Orange in Essex County as the project advances beginning Friday, Feb. 17.

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays and continuing for several weeks, NJDOT contractor Schifano ...

A Heartbreak Kid

It hurts.

 

She was sobbing pretty hard when she said it, so it came out more as a halting stutter.  It hu . . . hu . . . hu . . . rts. 

 

My arms were wrapped around her and her head was buried in my shoulder as she cried.  She was just a little girl the last time I comforted her like this.  Now she is a young woman.  

 

With a broken ...