Friday, May 24, 2013
Five clerk candidates and four freeholder candidates face off in Republican primary event.
While thunder and lightning raged outside the Lodge at Schooley’s Mountain County Park Thursday, inside the adjacent lodge building sparks flew between Republican candidates for two top Morris County elected offices. The Republican clubs of the Chesters, Mendhams, Mount Olive and Washington Township hosted debates between the primary election candidates for Morris County clerk, and three open seats on the Board of Freeholders. Seeking the five-year term to replace retiring Clerk Joan Bramhall are: Laurie Bogaard of Chester, an attorney; retiring Freeholder Ann Grossi of Parsippany, an attorney; Zbigniew Nowacki of Denville, a county treasury department employee; Michael Sanchelli of Jefferson, a township council member and county public …
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.
Governing body considering organizing all-volunteer group to keep the peace in Washington Township.
At its monthly work session meeting in May, the members of the Washington Township Committee discussed the possibility of a mediation committee. But what does that mean, exactly? Often times the police, mayor or other township officials will receive a call regarding neighborly disputes. Sometimes it’s about commercial vehicles in driveways; other times it’s about the height of a privacy fence. But no one is looking to press charges are take legal action, and that’s why Mayor Ken Short asked his fellow committeemen if a mediation committee would be helpful to the town. “It might be worth having five people be available to volunteer and mediate these disputes,” Short said. “This way we can keep folks from having to go to court or take action…
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 …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal will be presented to 14 veterans this year.
Fourteen local veterans will be recognized at the annual Morris County Memorial Day ceremony on Friday. The ceremony, which is sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will begin at noon on the lawn in front of the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown. Speaking at the event will be Hjalmar Johansson, a WWII Army Air Force veteran from Montville who was held as a German Prisoner of War after being captured when his B-24 Liberator was shot down in Czechoslovakia in 1944. John Reed Sr., of Hackettstown, will be one of three Navy veterans recognized with a Morris County Distinguished Service Medal, along with Philip Gigante and John Callahan of Montville. Several Army veterans will also receive medals, including Rod …
Web-based Cultural Resources Inventory receives award from Christie administration in honor of New Jersey National Preservation Month.
Those working to preserve Morris County history had something to be proud of last week when the state recognized two county preservation projects currently underway. Gov. Chris Christie's administration and the state Department of Environmental Protection Historic Preservation Office recognized several projects in honor of New Jersey's National Preservation Month at an awards ceremony in Flemington in conjunction with the New Jersey Historic Sites Council. Among those honored were the Picatinny Arsenal historic districts website project and the Morris County Cultural Resources Inventory (CRI) application. The Picatinny Arsenal project involves the creation of a multimedia website that catalogues the history of more than 30 structures that …
Washington Township Committee helps Community Events Organization with financial aid for annual event.
Washington Township’s annual Fireworks Festival received a much needed punch in the financial arm recently, as the governing body approved a donation to help the event reach its spending goal. In April, members of the Washington Township Community Events Organization (WTCEO) came to the Washington Township Committee asking for financial aid, citing a budget shortfall that could hinder the town’s single largest annual event. No set figure was requested, rather a request for consideration from the township. At its May work session meeting, the five committeemen discussed how much from its special projects fund it could expend for the event. That fund allows the committee up to $12,000 to use for non-budgeted items throughout the year. The …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Morris County Women's Republican Club hosting annual forum on May 21 in Morristown.
Looking for answers from Republican Morris County Freeholder and County Clerk candidates before heading to the polls? Now you’ll have a chance to lob your queries at all of them in one place. On Tuesday, May 21, the Morris County Women’s Republican Club, along with the Morris Township Republican County Committee, will join forces to host a night with all the candidates. “The public will have the opportunity to write questions on postcards that will be asked by the moderator to all candidates in the appropriate category,” the Women’s Republican Club said in a statement. The event will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Morristown at 39 Maple Avenue at 7 p.m. Candidates will make themselves available after the forum as well, the statement said.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
'MedReturn' units allow prescription drug disposal at police departments.
Thanks to county law enforcement, there's now a permanent option for those who need to safely dispose of prescription drugs. The Community Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Morris will thank Morris County law enforcement for giving citizens a safe and secure place to dispose unwanted or expired prescription drugs with a luncheon at noon Friday at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy in Florham Park. There are now 16 "MedReturn" stand-alone units around the county into which expired or unused meds can be dropped. The units are firmly fixed to a secure surface in a police station, where they are monitored 24/7 and are checked regularly, with the items collected then properly destroyed. For further information about the event, …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Morris View Healthcare Center will host a free program for veterans on May 30.
Veterans put their lives on the line for our country and when they return, it's sometimes difficult for them to get back on their feet and re-join society. Morris View Healthcare Center in Morris Township will host a veterans program, “How to Make the Most of Your Veterans Benefit,” from 2 to 3 p.m. May 30. Morris View resident veterans, families and community members are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. The program will be presented by Hospice of New Jersey, with the agency’s social work supervisor Hannah Fisher as the featured speaker. Fisher has a masters in social work from Fordham University.