Sunday, April 21, 2013
Morris County Arts Workshop officially opens its storefront location in the Chester Springs Mall.
The Morris County Arts Workshop officially opened their Hive in Chester on Saturday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony that has been creating an appropriate amount of buzz over the last few months. Part gallery, part performing arts center the Hive is part of MCAW founder Jane Shatz's dream to provide a place for all in the community to have a space to create and experience art. The ribbon cutting in the Chester Springs Shopping Mall was the latest step in a series of leaps for MCAW. Their origami crane project and evening with Jim Breuer are only two of the recent programs the center has been involved in. Saturday's crowd of art patrons young and old began the day with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Chester Township Mayor Bill Cogger and …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Leonard Lance to appear at the Chester Post Office April 15.
On Monday, April 15, Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7) will hold a Tax Day event in Chester to highlight his support for enacting meaningful tax reform on the federal level. During the event, Lance will be joined by Chester Mayor Robert Davis, as well as taxpayers advocates and concerned citizens. Lance’s Tax Day event will begin at 10 a.m., on the sidewalk in front of the Chester Post Office located at 1 Sentry Lane.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Red Cross certification to be sought by five municipalities.
The list of differences between Washington Township, the Chesters and Mendhams is just as long as their individual country roads. But one thing that all five towns share are the battle scars, stories and disruptions that Hurricane Sandy brought to the area in the fall of 2012. Residents from each town were out of power for up to 15 days, with schools closed anywhere between seven and 10 days. The time is now, according to each of the town’s leaders, to work together and help each other in preparing for the next time a devastating natural disaster winds its way through the region. At a recent meeting of the mayors, Office of Emergency Management members from each of the towns spoke about the needs of the municipality he served if another …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Town leaders continue to work together on various other shared interests.
Maybe it was naivete, maybe it was overconfidence. Either way, mayors from the five towns that make up the West Morris Regional High School district were excited about making a historical change in the way education–and its funding–operated. That was nearly two years ago, and dozens of meetings–both open and behind closed doors–led the leaders to realize why it had never been done, and why, once again, would not be changed. In June 2011, the first education summit was held at Mendham High School. The event included elected officials from mayors to board of education members that would come up with the groundwork to make a change in the district’s structure. “When we had that summit, there was a binder with reports in it about all the times…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Despite impasse on regional schools feasibility study, town leaders to discuss other forms of working together.
While the town’s leaders in the region are getting the band back together, the set list is going to have a different tune in 2013. Mayors from Washington Township, the Chesters and Mendhams will reconvene—their first gathering since August 2012—Thursday at the Chester Borough Municipal Building to discuss, well, anything they want. The group first began meeting publicly in the spring of 2012 as an advisory committee alongside members of the area’s school boards to potentially come to terms on a regional feasibility study. The purpose of the study was to find financial and educational gains in a potential restructuring of the area’s schools. An impasse was the outcome, as Mendham Township and Chester Borough couldn’t agree with the other …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Mendham, Chester and Washington Township officials will meet next month to discuss other issues.
The fat lady is singing for the feasibility study on the regional school district. In a joint letter released this week, Chester Township Mayor Bill Cogger, Chester Borough Mayor Bob Davis, Mendham Township Mayor Sam Tolley, Mendham Borough Mayor Neil Henry and Washington Township Mayor Ken Short said that since they have been unable to come to a consensus on the feasibility study topics and therefore will not be moving forward as a group. The group, which calls itself the West Morris Regional Education Advisory Committee, has been at an impasse since its July meeting, when Mendham Township said it would not fund a portion of a potential study if it included grouping the five towns into one school district. “We are going to move on from …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Donald Storms has agreed to be the write-in candidate for the West Morris Regional School District.
According to Chester Borough Mayor Bob Davis, the search is over. Donald Storms, owner of Chester Lighting Supply on Route 206 in Chester, has agreed to run for the open Chester Borough seat on the West Morris Regional Board of Education. "He is a former council person and business owner who agreed to do this," Davis said. "We spoke to many people about this and they walked away saying it was not for them." The borough wanted representation on the West Morris Regional School Board and after a reapportionment established by the county in late 2011, one of Washington Township’s seats was eliminated in favor of adding a representative from Chester Borough. But no one from Chester Borough chose to run for the new seat. "We thought we had a …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Council fails to include the mega K-12 feasibility study option for the regional school district.
Chester Borough voted 3-2 not to include the mega-K12 feasibility study option when they return to the next meeting of the mayor's scheduled for August 16 in Mendham Township. The decision might be the straw that breaks regional study's back as if no unanimous decision is made in August on which options to study, the committee could effectively be dissolved. For the second meeting in a row, Chester Board of Education member Kerri Wright and regional school mayor's group moderator Christine Gorski appeared before the mayor and council of Chester Borough (joined this time by Raymond Trevisan, board of education president) to explain the implications and options involved in a feasibility study. And for the second meeting in a row, the borough…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Mayors from all five municipalities and their board of education representatives to meet at the Chester Township Municipal building.
One day after the five mayors connected to the West Morris Regional School District to participate in the Teacher for a Day program with a pair of Patch editors, they will be assembling for the next mayor's meeting on the options for change available to the district. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at the municipal building in Chester Township. For anyone who has been living under a rock for the last 18-months, a very large sound-proof rock with no internet access, the meetings are the latest in a series being held to discuss topics that include feasibility studies, funding formulas and follow up on some of the presentation material provided by the state Department of Education. The topic has been a hotly contested …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mayors' Meeting results in assembling group to take next steps on structure, funding in the district.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The decision has been made to create a committee that will engage communities and take next steps on the issue of a possible change to the structure or funding formula of the West Morris Regional School District. Government and school board elected officials came to the conclusion on Wednesday, April 18 at a closed meeting in Long Valley. Representatives from Washington Township, the Chesters and Mendhams were present and decided on the action. The following information is from a press release provided by the mayors of the five towns, which hosted the meeting. On April 18th the Mayors of the WMRHS District met with representatives from the Board of Education of each of the sending districts and the Regional High School to discuss the …