Neighborhood Wrap For The Week Of Feb. 21

Date:

Share post:

- Advertisement -

MyVeronaNJ-Fire-Merger
Though MyVeronaNJ is focused on Verona, there are things going on in our neighboring towns and across Essex County that bear watching. So we’re introducing a new weekly column to help you stay on top of some of these developments.

This is how the tough economy and municipal budget deficits are playing out across Essex County: The Star Ledger reported on Tuesday that Maplewood and South Orange are once again talking about merging their fire departments. The official word from the towns is that this is about better managing understaffed fire departments, but their paid staffs are already much bigger than Verona’s volunteer force and our towns are roughly similar in size. You can read the full story here. Separately, Maplewood Patch is reporting that the South Orange Maplewood School District is assuming a a 15% cut in state aid as it draws up its 2010-2011 budget.

Millburn seems to be stepping up work on improving its downtown business district. Millburn-Short Hills Patch is reporting that the Township Committee unanimously approved a 22 percent increase in the district’s budget, the first increase in 18 years.

- Advertisement -

In the Star Ledger, a look at why it is taking Caldwell so long to close on a piece of property that the town was trying to preserve from development. The town was set to buy the so-called Faloni property two years ago, when concerns of pollution at the site were raised. Some remediation has been done, but not enough it seems for the town council.

On Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie warned mayors that their towns face cuts in state aid in the budget he will be unveiling March 16. Though the governor has told school official that education aid could be slashed by up to 15%, he did not specify how bad the municipal cuts will be.  But he also promised to help towns ease the high cost of pensions and benefits, as well as arbitration reform.

On Thursday, a robber in Montclair made off with $11,000 from the TD Bank at 233 Bloomfield Avenue. Money woes of a different sort at Montclair’s town hall, which sent out notices to all township employees warning of layoffs and furloughs, according to Baristanet. Montclair faces a $2 million budget gap.

And one for the You Can’t Make This Up file: A hapless thief in Caldwell appears to have left tools bearing his initials at the scene of the crime.

- Advertisement -
Previous articleGame On!
Next articleDragons And Snowmen
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related articles

Car Stolen After Driver Leaves Key Fob Inside

The Verona Police Department has posted a video of another car theft in Verona to show the public...

Real Estate: 6 New Listings, 5 Open Houses, 2 Price Changes

There are six new real estate listings in Verona this steamy weekend, from starter homes to a large...

Learn First Aid For Mental Health

The Verona Municipal Alliance Committee (VMAC) is sponsoring a free, virtual mental health first aid training session on...

Sherrill Comments On Jan. 6 Committee Investigation Of Capitol Tours

Six days after the  January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ11) indicated in...