Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Officials say they've done whatever possible to expedite reconstruction of Chester building impacted by March blaze; contractor says work set to begin next week.
While the inside and outside of the iconic Chester business, Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor, may “look like hell,” according to its owner, borough officials said they’ve done whatever is necessary of them to facilitate a quick reconstruction. The decades-old ice cream shop was damaged by smoke and water on March 8, when a fire ripped through an upstairs apartment at the Chester Main Street building. While the electric, plumbing and other utilities necessary to reopen the business were reviewed on Wednesday, May 9, plans submitted by the construction company’s architect were not signed off, causing a delay, Zoning Officer Kerry Brown said. “The plans were submitted on May 6, and in less than two days we had our construction department review …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Delays in repairing the historic Chester ice cream shop will keep them closed through the summer.
Taking a stroll through downtown Chester and stopping for a cool treat at Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor is part of the summer tradition for residents and tourists alike. But those who were hoping Taylor’s would be open for business this summer after the fire that gutted the store on March 8 are going to be disappointed. “Even if the work started today it would take five or six months to be completed,” said owner Ron Klein. “And that would put us into the fall or winter.” And according to Klein, the work isn’t being started today or anytime soon. “This whole situation is really frustrating. I can’t get an answer from anyone on when work will be started,” Klein said. “Our landlord is not on top of anything. Every time we speak I get different …
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.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
All lanes were closed in Chester Township for nearly three hours Thursday.
A tractor-trailer and another vehicle collided on Route 206 in Chester Township Thursday afternoon, closing the roadway for nearly three hours. Diane Provencher, 47, of Columbia (Warren County), was heading southbound on the roadway when she crossed over the center line, striking a tractor-trailer, Chester Township Police Chief Wayne Martini said. Piotr Sobilo, 39, of New York, N.Y., was driving the 18-wheeler, which jack-knifed and ended up in the woods alongside Route 206. Provencher was extricated from the vehicle and flown to Morristown Medical Center, Martini said. Sobilo was not injured in the crash, Martini said. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, Martini said. It was not immediately known the severity of …
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…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Further discussion on Mendham Borough's decision to include study of a mega K-12 district was held on Monday.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
In the end, there was no change. The Mendham Borough Mayor and Council voted unanimously Monday not be swayed from the three options they agreed were worth studying as part of the feasibility study being prepared for the group studying the regional school district. At the June 18 meeting, the Mendham Borough Council agreed to study the creation of a mega K-12 district for all five communities, two separate K-12 districts and a limited use 9-12 for the Mendhams and the Chesters that leaves the current K-8 system intact. An issue with the inclusion of the mega K-12 as an option is what sparked the renewed debate. As previously reported, Mendham Township and Chester Borough have drawn a line in the sand to exclude the mega K-12 from the …