Monday, April 1, 2013
Tom O'Donnell and newcomer Pasquale Capozzoli seek two open council seats in November election. Challengers will be Democrats Maureen McNish and Grace Kerrigan.
Caldwell Councilman Thomas O'Donnell will have a new running mate in the 2013 municipal elections. O'Donnell, a Republican, filed his petition to be included on the June primary ballot with Pasquale Capozzoli of Parkway West, according to the borough clerk. The deadline to file was Monday at 4 p.m. Councilman John Coyle, O'Donnell's running mate in 2010, will not seek a second term. O'Donnell seeks a second, three-year term on the Caldwell Council. The Republicans will be challenged by Democrats Maureen McNish and Grace Kerrigan. The New Jersey primary will be held on Tuesday, June 4. Related Stories —Republicans Unopposed in West Caldwell —Attorney Seeks Council Seat in North Caldwell
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kelley: “I think the fear is developing the reputation of being a customer-unfriendly town.”
A recommendation from the borough’s merchants association to offer free parking one Saturday a month was approved unanimously by the Caldwell Council Tuesday night. The suggestion was made at a recent meeting of the Caldwell Merchants Association, attended by the mayor and a councilman, where members discussed numerous ideas to boost business in the borough. The Caldwell Police will bag the 200 meters in the business district on Friday evenings before the first Saturday of the month starting with April 6, Mayor Ann Dassing said. The mayor said two- and three-hour parking limits will still be enforced. Borough Administrator Paul Carelli estimated the revenue from meters on a Saturday is in the area of $300. Councilman John Kelley attended …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Planning Board unanimously approves application for 5 Park Ave. Take a look and tell us what you think.
The Caldwell Planning Board unanimously approved the application of Sunny LLC to construct a two-story commercial building at 5 Park Ave., the current location of Corner Butcher Block, Caldwell Councilman John Coyle said Tuesday. Coyle, council representative on the borough's Planning Board, shared an artist rendering of the project, which will replace the current one-story building at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue. The rendering shows a building with a corner entrance, similiar to that of Rockn' Joe at the corner of Bloomfield and Smull avenues. "It is going to move ahead," Coyle said. "It looks like a nice addition to the avenue." Parking, which is currently on the Bloomfield Avenue end of the property, will move to the back …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Highlands source of 25 to 50 percent of fresh water.
The Caldwell Council approved Tuesday a resolution to help protect the borough’s water resources from the Highlands, a region in northwestern New Jersey that supplies between 25 and 50% of the town’s water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The resolution supports the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act, which was enacted in 2004 to protect the watershed and limit development in the region. The Highlands are a “source of fresh drinking water for most of North Jersey,” George Stafford, Outreach Director of the New Jersey Highlands Coalition, told the borough’s governing body Tuesday. “We are asking for support from receiving towns.” The coalition is actively seeking support from municipalities in Essex, Bergen, Morris, …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Caldwell's initial estimates for cost of project came up short.
The Caldwell Council decided Tuesday to seek bids to replace multiple water mains although the borough is likely to be short funds. The borough engineer’s initial estimates to replace water mains under five borough roads led the council to bond $975,000 for the project in 2012. An outside engineering firm later estimated the work would likely cost $1.5 million. The bid for the Brookside Avenue portion of the project, which is slated to start next week, was awarded to Matina and Sons for $566,000, according to Borough Administrator Paul Carelli. This leaves just over $400,000, which will not cover the cost of completing the other roads in the project—Gould Place, Knollwood Terrace, Cedars Road and Overlook Road. The borough hopes the …
Former Board of Education president and retired Lincoln School secretary endorsed by Caldwell Democratic Committee.
Wednesday, February 20
Democrats Maureen McNish and Grace Kerrigan have declared their candidacy in the November Caldwell Council elections, the Caldwell Democratic Committee announced Tuesday. McNish, a former Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education member, and Kerrigan, a retired employee of the school district, were endorsed by the Caldwell Democratic Committee Monday night. The Democrats will vie for two open seats on the council currently held by Republicans Tom O’Donnell and John Coyle. The Republicans have not formally announced their candidates, although O'Donnell has stated he intends to seek re-election. McNish, a resident of Ravine Avenue, served three terms on the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education, where she was appointed president for one…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Councilman Edward Durkin said he expected to be included in resolution over a dispute involving members of the Caldwell Community Center.
A council member and the borough attorney clashed at a recent council meeting over how an issue involving residents and the Caldwell Community Center was resolved. Caldwell Councilman Ed Durkin directed his anger to Borough Attorney Greg Mascera at the Feb. 5 meeting, his second since being sworn in. Durkin insisted he should have been included in the resolution of an issue between members of the Caldwell Community Center after he stated publicly at the Jan. 15 meeting that he intended to get involved. Durkin said he had no knowledge a resolution was reached until he contacted the family and learned a letter had been sent out on behalf of the governing body from the borough attorney. Mascera, in his defense, said he was following …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Caldwell short of funds after BIDs come in higher than estimates.
Plans to replace five water main lines in Caldwell are partially stalled after BIDs came in way higher than the borough’s estimates. While the water main along Brookside Avenue will be replaced starting later this month, the borough is short funds to update pipes under four nearby roads, according to borough officials. The Brookside project is expected to start on Monday, Feb. 18 and should be completed within 60 days of the start date, Councilman John Coyle, Chairman of the Public Works Committee, said at Tuesday's Caldwell Council meeting. The borough authorized $975,000 for water main improvements for Brookside Avenue, Borough Administrator Paul Carelli said, as well as Gould Place, Knollwood Terrace, Cedars Road and Overlook Road. "…
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Should council members be involved in all hiring decisions? The Republicans Tuesday said "no."
An attempt to authorize the Caldwell borough administrator to make certain hiring decisions failed at Tuesday night's council meeting. The proposed amendment to personnel policy would have left council members out of hiring decisions below the level of department heads. With a 3-3 vote along party lines, the amended ordinance could not be introduced. Council President Rich Hauser, who presided over the meeting in Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing’s absence, spoke in favor of the change. Hauser, a Republican, said before the vote that it has been the “intent of several governing bodies” to move away from getting involved in all hiring decisions. The governing body has hired “professionals” who should be capable of handling the day-to-day …
After 30-plus years in business, Larry Rosanio recognized for "generosity" before borough's governing body.
Longtime Vila Meats owner Larry Rosanio received not one, but two honors at Tuesday night's council meeting. Rosanio, who most know as simply "Larry," recently sold the butcher shop on Park Avenue he ran for more than three decades. Over the years, he became known for his generosity, donating burgers and other meats to numerous organizations, from church groups to block parties. On Tuesday, Larry was presented a plaque thanking him for the donations he made to Camp Wyanokie, a 150-acre preserve in West Milford shared by the towns of Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Roseland and Fairfield for use by its residents. Outgoing Camp Wyanokie President Mike Colitti said Vila Meats helped make the large cook-out possible at the camp's …