Friday, December 14, 2012
Eric Task won't have to learn about Warren—he grew up in town.
Few new police officers joining the Warren Township Police Department have a testimonial offered on their behalf by a former mayor, but Eric Task got some high praise from Township Committeeman Victor Sordillo after he was sworn in at Thursday's committee meeting. "I've known Eric Task since he was about 10 years old and he's always been...his whole family's been...great friends," Sordillo said, noting the family's history of volunteerism and community service. "It is so nice someone is giving so much at such a young age to be a member of our proud police force." For Ofc. Task, that community service included time as a volunteer firefighter with the Mt. Bethel Volunteer Fire Co. and Warren Special Police, before his step into a role as a …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Township Committee approves emergency appropriation and waives permit fees for storm repairs.
Last year's cleanup after Hurricane irene and the October snowstorm totaled $125,000—and the cleanup for Superstorm Sandy is sure to top that figure. But the Township Committee approved an emergency appropriation of $125,000 at Thursday's meeting to begin covering the costs of cleaning up after the storm. According to Mayor Carolann Garafola, the amount was based on last year's storm cleanup costs. "We did receive 75 percent reimbursement on that amount," she added. The township just started picking up trees and branches blown over by the storm this week, and the total bill may not be known for some time. The committee also approved a resolution waiving permit and inspection fees for building and electrical for residents needing to repair…
Friday, November 16, 2012
Statement notes diseases high mortality rate.
Todd Cohen, of Edison, came to the Township Committee meeting Thursday to help announce the launch of this year's pancreatic cancer awareness month—something he does each year. He said he has a single reason for doing it—his father, who had been a counselor at Camp Harmony. "I'm here today because I lost my father to pancreatic cancer," he said. "It's 10 years and nothing has changed." He noted the same number of people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will be diagnosed this year—about 10,000—as were 10 years ago, and the same number will likely die of the disease—94 percent. And, Cohen said, the disease can "affect the entire community," where fame or wealth can't provide a better outcome—Cohen noted Steve Jobs and actor Patrick …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Warren recognizes Wolverines 8U team's state championship season.
The Warren Township Committee took time to celebrate the state championship won by the Watchung Hills Wolverines 8U baseball team, this summer. The players each received a certificate noting the accomplishment and the township's congratulations, and a framed certificate was presented to the team. During the recognitions, Mayor Carolann Garafola and Committeeman George Lazo interveiws the players on what makes a great baseball player, and what makes a good coach.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Township Committee to also consider renewing an emergency radio grant request.
The Watchung Hills Wolverines 8U baseball team added some excitement to the summer's langour with the team's run for a state title. Despite their youth, the players showed their skill in capturing the New Jersey title July 27. The team had several come-from-behind victories on the way to the trophy, but got off to a big start in the first inning of the title game, beating Maplewood-South Orange 10-4. When the Township Committee meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, committee members will take time to recognize the outstanding achievement by the team. The committee will also consider renewing what's becoming an annual tradition: applying for a grant with the Federal Emergency Management Administration for a low-power radio transmitter. Such a system is…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Ongoing work on chicken regulations encounters visiting rooster questions.
The Township Committee may be ready to move on a new ordinance setting limits on the number of chickens residents can have at Thursday's meeting—if members can come to a consensus on other farm animals. The committee has been discussing the proposed ordinance after receiving a complaint of noise and smell from a property with hundreds of the birds, basing the township's on a similar ordinance from Hopewell Township. At the Oct. 3 meeting, committee members discussed how an ordinance limiting residents' chicken population could expand into limits on other farm animals. "The thought, and my concern, is once you start here, then you look at the other animals," Township Attorney Jeffrey Lehrer said. The members agreed they wanted to try and …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Board of Education hoping to bring community together to discuss future of local education.
At Wednesday's Township Committee meeting, Warren Township Superintendent of Schools Tami Crader told the members about many of the initiatives and changes the schools have gone through in recent years. "We have a lot on our plate, so it's time to pull all of that together," Dr. Crader said. "Pulling all of that together" means soliciting input, guidance and ideas from everyone involved in the schools, from teachers and staff, to residents and local leaders, to develop a strategic plan for the schools' next five years. Dr. Crader invited members of the committee to the first public session for the strategic plan, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Warren Middle School. She also encouraged the committee's laison to the Board of Education, Mick …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Company agrees to schedule regular line maintenance and communicate with officials during emergencies.
Warren Township's participation in a complaint against JCP&L, filed in November 2011 after the company's response to power outages after Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm left thousands of residents without power for up to a week, ended last week after the township agreed to term of a settlement. The township joined a complaint filed with the state Board of Public Utilities initiated by Robbinsville Township, but Robbinsville had withdrawn earlier after also reaching a settlement with the company. The settlement includes provisions by JCP&L to name a single contact person township officials can communicate with during emergency situations, as well as the company's already-improved website outage map for town-specific …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Plan to replace now-demolished barn moves forward, despite resident's objection.
The Warren Township Committee has approved an architect's conceptual proposal for a new structure at Wagner Farm Arboretum, and on Sept. 13, introduced an ordinance allocating $200,000 for the construction of the new facility. The additional funds will be used in conjunction with a remainder of a $336,000 insurance settlement not spent on the demolition of the old barn, to construct a new facility. The committee OK'd an architect's proposal in August, with an expected total cost of $400,000. But Horseshoe Drive resident Joe Lakatos wasn't happy about the committee's decision to use funds from the open space fund. "I remember when this was talked about, the insurance was all it was going to be," Lakatos said. "And now we have $200,000 from …
Monday, September 17, 2012
What questions would you like to pose to the Township Committee candidates?
Incumbent Township Committeemen Victor Sordillo and Gary DiNardo aren't facing any challengers in their bids for re-election this fall, so voters aren't likely to see very much campaigning for the municipal seats. But that doesn't mean voters don't have questions they'd like to put to the candidates, or issues they'd like to raise. So we're seeking five issues for Warren voters, and we want your input. Do you want to see the township expand services in some way, or cut services? Do you think the number of municipal employees needs to be adjusted? Whatever your issue is—or issues are—email Local Editor John Patten and we'll find the top five issues in this year's campaign.