West Caldwell Residents Address Council with Concerns of Mosquitos and Tree Removal


WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Two residents of West Caldwell attended the mayor and council meeting on Tuesday to discuss issues affecting their daily lives as well as those in the community.

First to come forward was Donna Cataliotti, who was concerned that the township does not have an ordinance preventing the removal of healthy trees on private property. Following the removal of multiple healthy trees on her neighbor's property, she decided to look into this matter to see what could be done to prevent this from happening again.

“I did some research and many nearby towns already have this policy in existence such as Caldwell, Roseland, Fairfield, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells and Livingston,” she said.

Sign Up for E-News

Cataliotti said she believes West Caldwell needs to take the necessary steps to prevent the removal of healthy trees not only because of the beauty they provide, but also because they help improve the air quality, prevent soil erosion, increase property values and provide shade and privacy on private properties.

“I don’t see there being a downside to adopting this policy,” she also said.

Cataliotti drafted an ordinance similar to the policy in place in neighboring towns, which was given to members of the council. Council President Michael Docteroff said he would look it over and discuss it with the rest of the council members.

The following matter brought to the attention of the council was regarding the mosquito population in West Caldwell and neighboring towns.

According to Dana Hunter, the mosquito population has increased significantly over the past 15 years for a variety of reasons. In previous years, Essex County had a water management program that cleaned out the storm drains to help prevent the mosquito population from increasing.

If storm drains are not properly cleaned out, she said, storm water cannot properly drain into the Passaic River.

“What is happening now is a massive explosion of flood water mosquitoes,” she said. “These mosquitos will lay thousands of eggs and breed in those pockets of water (collecting in the storm drains) and resurface the next year.”

She also explained that because larva readings were not taken this year, there were no steps taken to cut down on the mosquito population before the end of the winter.

According to Hunter, this is a huge problem in Morris County as well and it could be beneficial for Essex County officials to team up with Morris County to try and solve this problem.

“You are absolutely right, but what I think needs to be done is we should be hitting up the county in the winter because not much will happen this season,” said Docteroff. “We need to be more proactive in January and February. We could contact the county now also.”

During the regular meeting, council members also discussed a variety of routine matters including committee reports and multiple resolutions.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

10% OFF at Advantage Pest Control

March 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Advantage Pest Control is now offering 10% OFF new termite services. Call now to take advantage of this limit time offer! Call and ask for the "TAP DISCOUNT" (973) 736-1007

"We combine our knowledge of construction and termite biology so we can offer the right options for treatment to fit any situation and budget. We feature Termidor termiticide ...

Hundreds Cheer on Marchers and Bands at 67th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Even a week’s delay caused by a massive snowstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of the large crowd of spectators who cheered on the marchers and bands who participated in West Orange’s 67th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday.

Wending their way up Main Street were more than 25 bands, including marching bands from northern New Jersey high ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, March 21, 10:15 AM

Fairfield Free Public Library, Fairfield

Playtime for Tots

Arts & Entertainment Education

Wed, March 21, 4:30 PM

Fairfield Free Public Library, Fairfield

Italian Language Classes



Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Conference Room A/B, First Floor, Livingston

Colon Cancer Screening Education Program at Saint ...

Health & Wellness

Valyrian Steel: Where is it All? Should We Still Care?

There is a glaring hole in recent Game of Thrones seasons that needs to be addressed: the ability of Valyrian steel to destroy White Walkers has not been acknowledged since before Jon Snow’s death.

In fact, it hasn’t been mentioned since the Season Five finale when Jon Snow reveals this discovery to Sam Tarly. Jon has cared about little more than the war between the living and ...

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

March 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Anyone at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m. might have been exposed to measles and should contact their health care provider, according to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDH).

The NJDH has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles—a highly contagious ...


Oct 15, 1925 - Mar 15, 2018
Born in Orange, New Jersey  Resided in Fairfield, New Jersey  
Read more
- Mar 14, 2018
Obituary for Anne M. Gaeta (Corona) Anne M. Gaeta, nee Corona, 86, of Roseland, NJ, beloved ...
Read more
- Mar 11, 2018
Walter E. Hanley, Jr., 82, of Fairfield, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Beloved ...
Read more
Dec 11, 1941 - Mar 13, 2018
Roslyn Elaine Prosperi (nee Flexer),76, of Fairfield, NJ, passed away on Tuesday March 13, 2018.
Read more
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - The Honorable Robert L. Reiher, 83, of Bonita Springs, FL and Ocean Beach, NJ, ...
Read more
  WEST CALDWELL, NJ - After a long illness, 6 years old Juliana Rose Donnelly died ...
Read more
WEST ESSEX, NJ - Thomas (Tom) A. Callahan Sr. passed away at the age of 73 at his home in ...
Read more
William Francis Verhaegen, Jr., of Aliso Viejo, California, died suddenly at Saddleback Memorial ...
Read more

Former Rumson Student Arrested for Possessing MSR-15 Patrol Rifle, Silencer, Explosive Chemicals

March 19, 2018

MONMOUTH, NJ — A former Rumson High School student, Maximilien Reynolds, 19, was arrested in Ithaca, NY, and charged with Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device/Silencer, False Statement in Acquisition of a Firearm and False Statement in Required Firearm Record.

Specifically, he is alleged to have possessed an MSR-15 Patrol ...

Coffee, Tea or Fleas?

Two ducks are on a flight to Miami.  The first duck says to the second, “you flying south for the winter?”  The second duck replies, “Oh wow, a talking emotional support duck!”


Pa rum pum.


There have been a lot of news stories lately about animals traveling on airplanes.  Some are humorous, like the woman who recently tried to bring ...