WEST CALDWELL, NJ — A resolution was unanimously passed during Tuesday’s West Caldwell Township Council meeting that authorized an application for the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Fiscal Grant for the period of July 2020 to June 2025.

Councilman Michael Crudele announced that the West Caldwell Municipal Alliance Committee has joined the battle to fight drug and alcohol abuse. He commented that “hosting underage drinking parties is becoming more and more acceptable” and that raising awareness to the outcomes of such actions is paramount. He specifically noted that using vaping devices to smoke marijuana is extremely dangerous.

“This is not like old marijuana,” he said. “There are now chemicals imbedded in the products that can cause psychosis and the onset of schizophrenia.”

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According to Crudele, the municipal alliance is also partnering with the guidance counselors at James Caldwell High School and The Bridge to continue to raise awareness in the community of the dangers of vaping and to prevent underage drinking.

In other news, the council also passed an ordinance on second reading to supplement an existing zoning section to include language defining a “steep slope.”

Mayor Joseph Tempesta noted that the township planner advised the governing body that the requirement for the addendum was “specifically related to comply with the township’s COAH obligations.”

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Councilman Stephen Wolsky reported that the township’s Trunk or Treat event was a huge success with more than 1,500 community members attending.

“We didn’t expect that much of a turnout and everyone pitched in,” he said. “Folks were raving about it on social media.”

Wolsky also congratulated Acting Police Chief Captain Dennis Capriglione on a very successful first-time event.

Capriglione took the opportunity to announce that the West Caldwell Police Department is conducting a coat drive with Jersey Cares Coat Drive until Dec. 2, stating that drop-off bins are located in the front lobby of police headquarters.

The acting chief also reported that the traffic light at Washington and Central Avenues is scheduled to be installed next week.

Councilwoman Kathy Canale provided updates from the recreation department, announcing that the annual tree lighting will be held on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., where there will be photo opportunities with Santa Clause.

Canale also stated that on Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tempesta and Caldwell Mayor John Kelley will co-host a senior citizens' luncheon at the Greenbrook Country Club. The event will be partly subsidized by the recreation department and the Greenbrook Country Club.

Crudele announced that all three teams from the Caldwell Junior Chief Football league for children in grades 3-8 will be in the Super Bowl to be held at Bonnel Field.

He also provided an update on the water levels at the Wyanoke Lake, which are back up to a normal level after experiencing a period of low water levels this summer.

Township Clerk Mary Donovan reported that 26 percent of the registered voters in West Caldwell voted in the general election on Nov. 5. She also noted a large increase in the number of provisional ballots that were utilized at Crane’s Mill, explaining that many senior citizens who had previously voted by mail now took the opportunity to vote in person since there is now a polling site on the premises.

The next township council meeting will be held on Dec. 10.