Larry Rosanio Honored; Caldwell Business Owner Says Town has a "Dead Vibe"

From left, Councilman John Coyle, Council President Richard Hauser, Larry Rosanio, Councilmen John Kelley, Thomas O'Donnell, Frank Rodgers, and Edward Durkin Jr.. Credits: Krysta Venturella

CALDWELL, NJ - Michael Colitti, Director of Recreation and Parks at the Borough of Roseland as well as president of the Camp Wyanokie Commission, presented the former owner of Vila Meats in Caldwell, Larry Rosanio, with a plaque on behalf of Camp Wyanokie and the surrounding community at last night's Caldwell Town Council meeting. Rosanio was presented with this plaque for his many years of generosity and meat donations for town wide barbeques and events.

“I’ve known Larry for many years,” said Colitti. “Throughout the years he has always been and still is a very generous person. No matter who you talk to, if they mention Larry, it is the first thing they say. How generous he is and what a big heart he has and how he cares for people.”

The borough then presented Rosanio with a clock award. Council President Richard Hauser read the plaque describing Rosanio as a generous benefactor of many Caldwell community organizations.

Larry Rosanio on left receiving a plaque from Michael Colitti. Credit: Krysta Venturella

“Thank everybody,” said Rosanio. "It’s been my pleasure.”

West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr. and West Caldwell Councilman and firefighter Thomas O’Hern also gave a warm thank you to Rosanio on behalf of the West Caldwell community. O’Hern, who was a member of the Camp Wyanokie Commission for his first two years on council, wished Rosanio best of luck, and noted that he is really appreciated.

Reporting on Camp Wyanokie, Colitti said that the camp has made significant improvements over the last five years, including a revamp of the shelter area and dam, new roofing and facilities on site having been brought up to code. Due to an “off schedule of billing,” the budget for 2013 will be more than the budget for 2012.

West Essex area residents enjoy the Camp Wyanokie surroundings. 
Credit: Mike Motyka, Camp Wyanokie

Due to an illness, Mayor Ann Dassing was unable to attend last night’s meeting; Hauser ran the meeting in the mayor’s absence.

During the ordinance portion of the meeting, Councilman Edward Durkin, Jr. brought up his serious concerns regarding the introduction of an ordinance involving an “open government platform” in which council members should be involved in employment matters. Durkin stated that he wants to be equally involved in the hiring and firing of employees. Councilman Frank Rodgers remarked that while he would not want to be involved in the hiring of a new lifeguard, for instance, he would like the choice on an instance-by-instance basis. Durkin, Rodgers and Councilman John Kelley voted no on the ordinance and it was not introduced.

Borough Administrator Paul M. Carelli reported that he is researching an upgrade to the borough emergency contact system which is centered on text messaging, telephone calls and email. Later during the public comment portion of the meeting, resident Douglas Piazza questioned the governing body about televising council meetings and why it is still not in place. He noted that the system is fully paid for and would benefit residents who wish to view the meetings. Piazza also noted that through the system, the borough could send out emergency alerts via video messages; the system also has the ability to email and text residents. Piazza said that the video system would address merchant exposure to the public along with new customer recruitment issues, as it enables the borough to generate its own content, including business features, at no additional costs.

Kelley said that the borough has received a grant for the televised system, and he asked Carelli to put it on his priority list and "get the ball rolling" on implementation.

Councilman Thomas O'Donnell encouraged Caldwell residents to support the Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department and Caldwell Police. He let it be known that he himself had donated $100 to each of the departments.

Dale Schultz Lazarovitch, owner of My Daughter’s Closet located on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, presented an issue to the council. She said that the “town is dead” and does not have a “vibe.” A tenant since May, Lazarovitch has a problem with parking and the fact that council members have not visited her, and there was not a “welcoming wagon.” She stated that the council should walk the streets of the town any Saturday afternoon to see for themselves the "quiet" town and maybe stop into the businesses just to say hello.

Lazarovitch also said that as a small business owner, she cannot afford the steep cost of $400 per year parking permit, and she moves her car from public parking every three hours to avoid ticketing. She asked the council to make efforts to enliven the town and increase foot traffic, noting that as a college town there should be more energy. She also said that her lease is up next month and that she is looking at possible locations in Montclair, but would like to avoid that if possible. Lazarovitch also cited that the borough website list of businesses is outdated, and perhaps if it is was updated, borough businesses will see an increase in customers.

Kelley remarked that the town needs more individuals such as Lazarovitch, who are creative and have energy, and he plans to work with her to implement ideas to increase foot traffic to the borough’s businesses.

For further information:
Borough of Caldwell
Mayor: Ann Dassing
1 Provost Square
Caldwell, N.J. 07006

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