Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Borough officials envision a "living memorial" to Elwood "Woody" Walker who passed away earlier this month.
Less than two weeks after Elwood “Woody” Walker died, the Borough of North Caldwell seeks to memorialize the man referred to as its “First Citizen” by purchasing and preserving the large parcel of land he called home for more than 60 years. The former North Caldwell Councilman and West Essex Board of Education founding member, who served the borough in a myriad of ways, died on April 10 at the age of 91. Members of the governing body and close friends discussed the possibility of acquiring Walker’s 17-acre property on Mountain Avenue at Monday night's regular council meeting. The property is the site of Walker’s Pond, which Walker and his wife, Carlee, shared with the community for many years. Many longtime residents and those who grew up…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The borough recognized Walker’s 90th birthday in 2011 with a proclamation honoring his service to the community.
Wednesday, April 10
Story updated Wednesday, at 5 p.m. Former North Caldwell Councilman Elwood “Woody” Walker, considered by many a North Caldwell icon, died Wednesday morning. He was 91. Walker lived in North Caldwell for more than 60 years, serving as a councilman from 1967 to 1972. He also served on the town’s zoning board of adjustment, the Historical Society, the Historic Commission and as a volunteer fireman in the North Caldwell Fire Department. A former member of the North Caldwell Board of Education, he was involved in purchasing the land for Grandview Elementary School, which was built to serve a growing student population. Walker was later involved in the creation of the West Essex Regional School District and was a member of the district’s first …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Republican Joshua H. Raymond to run with Arthur Rees for borough council.
Monday, April 1
North Caldwell resident Joshua H. Raymond announced Monday he will run for council as a Republican with running mate Councilman Arthur Rees. While Rees seeks a second three-year term, Raymond would fill the seat vacated by longtime Councilman Jim Campbell. "I am excited about the opportunity to serve the borough and its residents," Raymond said Monday. The deadline for Republicans and Democrats to be included on the June primary ballot was Monday at 4 p.m. With no other petitions submitted by the deadline, it appears the Republicans will run unopposed. "My running mate, Arthur Rees, has a proven track record of accomplishment," Raymond said. "I also have a tremendous amount of respect for Mayor Joseph Alessi and the entire council for …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Council considers starting BID to create a consumption liquor license in the borough.
Wednesday, March 13
North Caldwell residents may soon have a place to grab a drink in town. Members of the borough council are seeking to create a consumption liquor license in order to raise revenue and attract a restaurant with a bar to North Caldwell. The Fells Common area of Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Road is the targeted location for such an establishment. The governing body discussed the possible value of a license at Tuesday night's conference meeting, and council members will be reviewing what licenses are going for in New Jersey in order to come up with a starting bid. "In speaking with several agents, they say the price is driven by a developer or a particular demand in the area," Borough Administrator Mel Levine said. The borough currently only has…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
North Caldwell holds 2013 Reorganization Meeting.
Thursday, January 3
Councilman Frank Astorino and Councilwoman Patty Fost took the oath of office for their second terms on the North Caldwell Council Wednesday during the 2013 Reorganization Meeting. The Hon. Donald O'Connor administered the oath of office to Astorino and Fost with their family members at their side. Both Republicans, Astorino and Fost ran unopposed in the November election. During her brief remarks, Fost said at her first swearing in three years ago she referred to herself as a rookie looking for some "beginner's luck." "After three years in elected office," she said Wednesday night, "we've faced rising costs, decreased municipal funding, tragic events, unprecedented natural disasters and coyote, deer and bear. Hope for a lucky break was …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Council and school board members to be sworn in.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Newly elected and re-elected council and school board members will be sworn in during the first week of the new year. Caldwell Borough Tuesday, Jan. 1 Noon The Borough of Caldwell will hold its reorganization meeting at the Caldwell Community Center, 1 Provost Square, Caldwell. Republican Councilman Richard Hauser will be sworn in to a second three-year term. Edward Durkin, a Democrat, will take the oath for his first term. West Caldwell Township Tuesday, Jan. 1 Noon A reorganization meeting will be held in the council chambers in the municipal building. Republican Councilmen Stanley Hladik and Thomas O'Hern will be sworn in to second three-year terms on the council. North Caldwell Borough Wednesday, Jan. 2 7 p.m. North Caldwell will hold…
Monday, November 12, 2012
The writers are re-elected members of the North Caldwell Council who ran unopposed in the Nov. 6 election.
Monday, November 12, 2012
For a moment in time we all experienced some loss of power with regards to our routines and functionality. Our children were unable to charge their iPhones; some lost the luxury of blow drying their hair; we sat on gas lines for what seemed an eternity. Some New Jersey citizens lost their homes, others sadly lost their lives. After much reflection and inconvenience, we have had the luxury of rethinking the power we really have in spite of natural disasters. As individuals, we have the power to vote and choose our representatives to lead us, establish policy, and to connect communities for the common good. As families, we have the power to instill and foster values to our children and grandchildren so that they can hopefully improve upon …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Concerned about reports of Lyme Disease, borough considers options.
Bow hunting, pesticides and fencing are some of the ways North Caldwell is considering curbing the borough’s deer population. But what will actually work? That’s the $64 million question faced by the three-square-mile suburb’s governing body. At Tuesday night's council meeting, Borough Engineer and Department of Public Works Director Frank Zichelli suggested the town ask residents what they are doing to keep deer off their properties in a survey that will be mailed to all households later this year. The survey’s main goal would be to count the number of confirmed cases of Lyme Disease—a number the mayor and council feel they need in order to assess what could be a public health crisis. A survey conducted last year by a Deer Task Force …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Cutting grass takes Department of Public Works employees away from other duties, Zichelli says.
Rather than purchase a new lawn mower, North Caldwell is looking to outsource grass cutting again. Borough Engineer/Director of Public Works (DPW) Director Frank Zichelli recommended Tuesday the borough reject a BID of $21,000 for replacing a lawn mower and return to outsourcing lawn maintenance. He said in the past the borough paid between $600 and $790 a week for the service. The borough stopped paying outside landscapers to maintain lawns about three years ago to help close a budget gap, Zichelli said. It takes two to three DPW employees about a day-and-a-half to cut grass around the hilly suburban town, Zichelli said. Cutting grass takes the workers away from other duties, such as maintaining fields, the pool and potholes, he said. The…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
North Caldwell Council approves capital expenditures, bonds funding for various projects.
A new police vehicle, computer and software upgrades for town hall and picnic tables for the recreation department are among the items the North Caldwell Council approved purchasing at Tuesday night’s meeting. The council unanimously approved a total of $94,656 in capital expenditures. In addition, the council authorized 6-0 to bond funding for various improvements around the borough, including replacing the roof of the police department, pump station work and replacing playground equipment. The $782,500 bond appropriation will also allow the borough to move forward with a number of road projects. The capital ordinance and bond ordinance are both listed on the borough’s website. Other Council News