WEST CALDWELL, NJ – An ordinance authorizing the leasing of certain capital equipment for West Caldwell’s usage from the Essex County Improvement Authority was unanimously passed during this week’s township council meeting.

According to the ordinance, some of the items include a snowplows/salter, John Deere tractor, large dump truck, marked SUV, message board, fire engine and Fire Department equipment.  Mayor Joseph Tempesta stated that it was a good opportunity “to take advantage of low interest rates at this time.”

At the start of the meeting, Council President Joseph Cecere called for a moment of silence to remember and honor those lost in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Noting that West Caldwell residents were among those lost that day, Cecere thanked all the first responders who assisted after the attack and stayed for months on the site. 

Prior to sending West Caldwell Fire Truck #11 to a remembrance ceremony in Jersey City on Tuesday, Fire Chief Michael Luker reminded residents that the truck and its crew were deployed on that fateful day to assist Jersey City.

In other news, during his committee report, Councilman Stanley Hladik thanked Councilman Michael Crudele for his participation with the Board of Health, addressing issues concerning vaping. 

Hladik noted the illnesses that has recently been associated with vaping and informed all that James Caldwell High School’s peer leadership program will be providing information to the student body.

“You do not know what you’re ingesting, and that is a problem,” said Tempesta.

During his public safety report, Councilman Stephen Wolsky provided an update on the near completion of the traffic light installation at Central Avenue and Stonybrook Road. Stating that a speed hump had been removed as the Orton Road Bridge was nearing completion, Wolsky requested that the county liaison in attendance to confirm when that would be reinstalled.

Councilman Michael Docteroff reported that 2019 was a very successful pool year and that the community very much enjoyed the season. He added that attendance increased due to less rain than previous years and said he would provide a more detailed report once finalized by the West Caldwell Department of Recreation.

Councilman Michael Crudele stated that Camp Wyanoke also had a very successful summer and is now accessible via a Google search. He added that the lake currently has a low level of water, which makes it a great time to go fishing.

Crudele wished to apprise the community and raise awareness for a project he and his family, have been participating in for more than a year. 

Over the last 14 months, the Crudele family—and in particular his daughter, Julia, who is a junior at James Caldwell High School—has fostered “Xina,” a German Sheppard puppy, in order to train her as a seeing-eye dog.  Crudele encouraged other residents to become a part of this “very special program” with the Seeing Eye Institute in Morristown, where puppies are assigned to “foster families” who raise and socialize the dogs in preparation for their formal training.

Veterinarian and associated costs, including food, are picked up by the association. More information can be found on Seeingeye.org and essexpuppyclub.com.

In a brief update regarding upcoming recreational events, Councilwoman Kathy Canale reported that soccer begins on Saturday; Halloween events will take place on Oct. 26; and the senior citizen programs will now expand to include residents from other nearby towns.

Mayor Tempesta

During his mayor’s report, Tempest announced that the next council meeting on Sept. 24 will begin at 6:30 p.m., as the council meeting will be hosting an open house for newcomers that evening. 

Anyone who has moved to West Caldwell within the last two years is welcome and encouraged to attend the event in order to meet local officials and to gather information about the community and its services.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Essex County liaison announced some upcoming events that included the following:

  • Shred It Day & Tire Recycling – Saturday, September 14th (99 West Bradford Avenue, Cedar Grove)
  • Essex County Senior Wellness Day Tuesday, September 24th (Codey Arena)
  • Fall Family Festival Day – Saturday, September 28th (Roseland Environmental Center)
  • Ales ‘N Tails – OKTOBERFEST – Saturday, October 5th (Turtle Back Zoo)
  • Strut Your Mutt Costume Parades & Contests - Saturday October 19th (various county dog parks)
  • Safe Howl-O-Ween – Thursday, October 31st (Turtle Back Zoo)

For a complete list of events and other information, visit essexcountynj.org.