Monday, January 28, 2013
Barbara Harris and the Toys featured in free concert sponsored by township.
Barbara Harris remembers the day in 1965 she went into the recording studio with her bandmates in The Toys and recorded "A Lover's Concerto," a classic radio hit of the era based on Bach's Minuet in G. "It didn't take us long at all," she said of the session—in fact, the song that would turn out to be the group's signature tune and biggest hit was done in a single take. "We just put a Motown beat to Bach." She said the band quickly forgot about the song, heading out to California to appear in the TV show "Where the Action Is." Harris said the band's manager caually mentioned one day the song was charting. "The next day, he came in our room and told us we had a Top Ten song," she said. "It was so cool." "A Lover's Concerto" peaked at No. 2…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Some like it, some say we could do better with a different name.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- John Patten
Wednesday, January 23
Over on our Facebook page, a discussion is growing around a post by Axxel Knutson, who suggested doing away with the name of Warren Township. "Let's get rid of the name 'Warren' and rename it 'Mountain Shadows, NJ,'" he wrote. "Pretentious, I know—but that name alone will increse property values 2-3 percent as did the name change of Passaic Township to Long Hill Township." In further argument against the name, Knutson notes namesake Gen. Joseph Warren "never came close to the place." In response, poster "Can O'Beans" suggests adopting the name "Eden Forest" for a five or six percent increase in property values. "Hey, higher property values means higher taxes, so unless you are trying to sell it's not what most would want," he wrote. "Not …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
With more activities and warmer temperatures, annual event enjoyed by many Warren families.
Warren Township's fifth annual Yuletide Bonfire Festival offered more activities for kids, and with the added blessing of warm temperatures, drew a larger crowd than previous years' events. Top draws this year were the horse-drawn carriage rides, sponsored by The Learning Experience, trains rides and the carousel ride—although a steady line kept Girl Scouts handing out cookies and cupcakes and volunteers with the Watchung Hills Junior Warriors handing out hot chocolate and donuts busy (a hungrier line formed at the Who Let the Dawgs Out concesssion van). Warren's fire department and Rescue Squad volunteers offered information, gave out hats and prizes to winners of stacking games. Mayor Vic Sordillo opened the festival, and thanked …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Nearly 10,000 square yards of tree branches, limbs and trunks hauled.
Warren Township has completed the pickup of storm debris from Hurricane Sandy, officials said Wednesday. The Public Works Department collected more than 10,000 square yards of debris, from 324 township streets and nine county roads. Only debris meeting the specifications set—limbs and branches could be no more than 6 feet in length and 5 inches in diameter—was picked up. In a statement issued today, the Public Works Department expressed its appreciation for "the assistance provided by all residents as well your patience and understanding during this process." Residents with questions can contact Doug Buro, superintendent of Public Works at 908-753-1223.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Township's event increases amount of activities to do.
Warren's fifth annual Yuletide Bonfire Festival, set for Jan. 19, promises to offer the programs residents have come to enjoy at the event—music, marshmallow roasting, ice skating (weather permitting) and one great big bonfire. The event is sponsored by the Recreation Commission, and will feature opening ceremonies led by Warren Boy, Girl and Cub Scouts. Carriage rides, pulled by Clydesdale horse, will be offered again, and hot food and refreshments will be available. New this year will be a carousel ride, with music. Also helping sponsor the event will be the Warren Lion's Club, Warren Rescue Squad, Warren Blue Ridge Sportsmen's Club and Warren fire companies. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. at the municipal ballfields, off …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Township plans coalition to intervene in utility's request.
Last year, Warren Township filed a complaint with the state Board of Public Utilities over the response by utility JCP&L after it's poor response to power outages after Tropical Storm Irene and the October snow'easter. The township was alone in communities in the area to do so, and this year, officials are planning a better strategy: Township Committee members approved a plan at Thursday's meeting to confront the utility in its bid for a rate increase, filing a complaint to intervene. And to make sure the township isn't alone in the endeavor, the township is reaching out to other Somerset County municipalities, as well as nearby towns impacted by lengthy power outages after Hurricane Sandy, including Long Hill, Berkeley Heights, Summit and…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Officials monitor developments and get ready to repair the damage.
In the Warren Township Police Departments lobby, a steady stream of voices and calls can be heard from within the department's dispatch center—fires reported, trees down, you name it. Upstairs, in a quieter room, members of Warren's Local Emergency Coordinating Committee is meeting. Members of the Township Committee, police department, CERT and Rescue Squads, and OEM Coordinator Jane Asch are reviewing the latest information relayed from Somerset County OEM. "We report up to them, and they report to the state OEM," Asch said. Information follows the other way, too: from the state to the county to Warren. The committee has been meeting daily since Friday, following the progress of the storm and laying out plans for dealing with it. As Sandy…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Posted on township website.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Due to the pending storm by Hurricane Sandy, Warren Township residents are reminded to prepare for a disaster by creating a family disaster plan. This plan should include what your family will do if you lose electricity for a week or more. Many of you have purchased generators for your home due to Hurricane Irene that invaded us last year. It is expected that there will be lengthy power outages with this storm. This storm will become a multi-day storm with high winds, heavy precipitation and flooding across a wide portion of the east coast. Preparations: Below is a quick reference list of essential needs to assemble a disaster plan. In addition, the following websites can provide more detailed information and suggestions for …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Annual project scours trail, streets for trash.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, October 8, 2012
More than 50 township residents helped cleanup Warren streets and trails Saturday, as part of the Department of Public Work's annual project. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, families, members of the township Trails Committee and Recreation Commission, and several non-profit organizations helped the DPW by picking up trash as they walked all around town. Volunteers were thanked with a free lunch, drinks and a goodie bag full of recycled items to take home with them. Submitted by Eleanora Hermann.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Recognizes pharmacy on 50th birthday.
Mayor Carolann Garafola presented a township proclamation to Tom and Steve Castronovo, owners of Edgewood Pharmacy, on the 50th anniversary of the store's opening, Monday.