Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.
The program collects food items to help those in need.
It is that time of year to start looking for the orange Curbing Hunger bags that will be tied to recycling containers across the county throughout June. According to a release, county recycling crews will be delivering the collection bags for the annual drive, and each household will receive two bags. This is the 19th annual Curbing Hunger program to benefit organizations that help the hungry in Somerset County. Plus, this year, there will be an online donation available by visiting yougivegoods.com/curbinghunger2013 and selecting the food to purchase to donate. YouGiveGoods will then deliver that food to the food bank. “Many families are still struggling due to the extended recession and Hurricane Sandy,” Freeholder Director Peter Palmer …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Group hopes to heighten awareness of 10 sites in need of preservation funding.
A state historic preservation advocacy group released its list of the most endangered New Jersey sites Wednesday, detailing damage, some Superstorm-Sandy related, that has put 10 landmarks at risk for demolition. Properties that were classified as the "most endangered" have architectural and historic integrity with an identified threat and Preservation New Jersey, the organization that compiled the list, felt their inclusion could potentially help legislators realize the importance in preserving them. Included on the list is Morris County's Glen Alpin property in Harding Township. The Gothic Revival mansion is threatened by a need for sustainable use, according to Preservation New Jersey. The Morris Canal Rockaway River Aqueduct, in …
Committee agrees Route 78 access drives issues about safety and congestion.
The Township Committee last week agreed to work with Somerset County on a study of the traffic in the Mount Bethel Road corridor. The road leads from the center of the township to Exit 36 on Route 78 and provides a direct conduit into Warren for workers heading to and from their jobs in area towns. The road is lined with offices, businesses, shopping centers and homes and in spots is a narrow roadway. The highway exit makes the road attractive for new development. Township zoning officer John Chadwick said Warren is in the middle of the only route for vehicles to get from Route 78, north of Warren, to Route 22, south of Warren. Mayor Victor Sordillo said he attended a meeting with county officials to discuss a traffic study for the …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Legislation awaits Gov. Chris Christie's signature.
Bipartisan legislation was approved Monday to dedicate the Route 206 bypass to late Assemblyman Peter Biondi. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman and Assembly members Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon. Biondi died in November 2011 after a battle with cancer. Days before, he had won re-election to serve the 16th district in the Assembly, which he did for 14 years. Biondi had previously served as mayor of Hillsborough, and as a Somerset County freeholder, and was instrumental in moving the Route 206 bypass project forward. The municipal building in Hillsborough was previously named the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building in honor of his service. "Peter Biondi lived the life of a true public servant, dedicating his …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Committee to send resolution to state defending its use of housing funds.
The township will send the state a one-inch document defending its use of its own affordable housing trust fund, a posture that puts it in conflict with Gov. Chris Christie, who wants to use $140 million of such funds to help balance his 2013 state budget. Township attorney Jeffrey Lehrer said he drafted a detailed ordinance, which the Township Committee approved Thursday, explaining how the township committed the funds to develop affordable housing in Warren. At issue, Lehrer said, is a demand by the state Council on Affordable Housing that municipalities turn over the housing funds to the state. “In the resolution, I called it a ‘seizure’ for lack of a better term,” Lehrer said. The state is seeking the housing funds that were …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Township Committee OKs spending plan, which is 7 percent larger than 2012 budget.
The Township Committee Thursday approved a 2013 municipal budget that raised the property taxes for an owner of a home assessed at the township average by $208. The $17.7 million budget represents a 7 percent increase over the 2012 budget. The spending plan is supported by a municipal tax levy of $12.1 million, up $1.3 million from 2012. The township also will collect $822,503 through its open space tax. The budget was crafted in a year when the total assessed valuation of the township increased by 2.6 percent to $4.112 billion. The average assessment rose from $625,600 in 2012 to $643,250 in 2013, a change that pushed the average municipal tax bill to $12,964, up from $12,468 in 2012. Committeewoman Carolann Garafola said the property …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Christie administration wants $164 million in affordable-housing funds to help balance state budget
Municipalities have won yet another reprieve from having to give more than $164 million in affordable-housing funds to New Jersey. A state appeals court panel late Monday issued a temporary injunction to stop the state from taking the money to help balance its budget. The Appellate Division of Superior Court issued a stay of the state Council on Affordable Housing’s attempt to seize municipal affordable housing trust fund money that has gone unspent for more than four years. Judge Jose L. Fuentes, who signed the order, set oral arguments for June 5 in Newark. Read more at NJSpotlight.com NJ Spotlight is an issue-driven news website that provides critical insight to New Jersey’s communities and businesses. It is non-partisan, independent, …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Visit on Monday—or wait until Wednesday to return materials.
If that video is due, better get it in early: all branches of the Somerset County Library System, including the Warren Township Library, will be closed Tuesday. The branches will be closed for a day-long staff development program. An annual event, Staff Development Day gives SCLS employees an opportunity to learn a new skill, try out a new experience or discuss a new idea. Branches will reopen on Wednesday and resume normal operating hours. Patrons with further questions can call SCLS at (908)526-4016 or check the website. The Somerset County Library System has branches in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, at the Mary Jacobs Library in Rocky Hill, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung.
Parade and picnics will follow ceremony.
Sunday, May 12
Memorial Day in Warren Township promises to be both busy and exciting this year as three important events will take place on May 27th. The morning will start with the 9/11 Monument Dedication at 9:30 a.m. followed by the traditional Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. in honor of our war veterans. After the parade, there will be a memorial service and wreath lying at the Veteran’s Monument located in the center of the courtyard of the municipal complex. The Parade is being coordinated by Charles Hogan of Post 293 of the American Legion and Warren resident, and member of Parade Committee, Douglas Reeder. The 9/11 memorial is a monument dedicated to honor all those First Responders from the New York Fire Department, New York Police Department, …