Monday, June 3, 2013
Students petition River Edge Mayor and Council to name a crosswalk after their beloved crossing guard; Holocaust Education Day comes to River Dell Middle School.
River Edge River Edge Cherry Hill fourth grade students Julia Panchi, Andreia Lisboano, ToniAnne Gagliostro, along with their teacher, Mr. Hall, and classmates, wrote a letter to the Mayor and Council requesting that veteran crossing guard, and veteran of WW2, Joe Maugeri be honored for his dedication in keeping parents and students safe while crossing Bogert Road every school day. They proposed to have his crossing area designated with a sign post bearing his name and the Mayor and Council agreed. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00am, in front of Cherry Hill School where the Cherry Hill School community and Mayor and Council will officially dedicate "Joe Maugeri Crossing." **** Also on Wednesday…
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Oradell will continue to maintain a legal presence at the New Milford Zoning Board hearings regarding the proposed development of the United Water property.
Editor's Note: The Borough of Oradell has hired an attorney to represent them during the New Milford Zoning Board hearings regarding the development of the United Water property. Here is an update from Wednesday's Mayor and Council meeting. In front of an emotionally charged and divided audience that packed the Council Chambers Wednesday evening, the Mayor and Council put to a vote the rezoning of the United Water property. The resolution was soundly defeated 4-2 with councilmembers voting along party lines. Republican councilmembers voted in favor of the resolution to rezone, while their Democratic counterparts voted against it. In making her plea for rezoning the property, Mayor Ann Subrizi stressed that if the United Water application…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Smoking ban extends to borough owned tennis courts, ball fields and athletic facilities.
River Edge joins the ranks of many New Jersey communities that have enacted laws or policies restricting smoking in their parks and recreational areas. During Monday's meeting, the Mayor and Council unanimously passed a smoking ban in all borough owned playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields and athletic facilities. The ban was supported by Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey, an organization that seeks environmental policy and social change regarding tobacco exposure, use and prevention. According to TFFHNJ, outdoor smoking is a public health hazard because exposure to secondhand smoke, even if it is outdoors, can be harmful to nonsmokers. Smoking materials--such as cigarette butts and matches--harm the environment. A ban eliminates the…
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Mayor and Council opted to forego a public hearing on the proposed ordinance, effectively killing it in the process
Park Avenue residents in River Edge are breathing easier now that the borough governing body has once again abandoned a proposed duplex ordinance. The Mayor and Council had scheduled a public hearing on the conditional use zoning change for Monday night, but opted to forego the public hearing and kill the ordinance in the process. A public hearing was required prior to a vote and by not holding the hearing, the borough was effectively voting against moving forward. "I want to thank the governing body for finally listening to us," Park Avenue resident Jim Miller said. "I just hope this ordinance does not get reintroduced as it seems we have to come out every two years to fight this battle. I'm tired of that, please leave us alone." The …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Two honorary street signs should be installed near Cherry Hill by the end of the school year honoring longtime crossing guard Joe Maugeri
After celebrating his 90th birthday and being honored by the River Edge Board of Education for his years of service to the district, Joe Maugeri will soon be honored once again. This time with permament street signs parking his crosswalk post at Cherry Hill School as "Joe Maugeri Crossing" The borough Mayor and Council approved the plan at a previous meeting and will look to have it completed prior to the end of the school year. The initial suggestion to honor Maugeri with the signs came from Cherry Hill student Julia Panchi, her classmates Andrea Lisboano, Toni Ann Galgiostro and their teacher Robert Hall. The three students wrote a letter to the governing body pitching the idea and later spoke with Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo and …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The following letter was read during the March 25 Mayor and Council meeting in River Edge by Park Avenue residents
Tuesday, March 26
Last Thursday we came to the Planning Board and listened carefully. And while the decision made came as a disappointment to our community, it also served to coalesce our understanding of a political process which seems astray. The purpose of the Planning Board meeting was whether this ordinance conforms to the borough’s masterplan and the questions asked by both the Board members and the public, demonstrated many issues. One neighbor held up the Land Use Map as bound into the masterplan and pointed out how the area is meant to be single family residential and read aloud from the masterplan: “The residential land use plan proposed no new areas for single-family or multi-family development. All existing residential neighborhoods are to be …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The borough Planning Board decided 7-2 to support an ordinance to allow duplexes on Park Avenue
The River Edge Mayor and Council will soon have to muster a super majority vote to advance a controversial conditional zoning ordinance to allow duplexes on Park Avenue. Late last week, the borough's Planning Board, by a 7-2 vote, agreed that the proposed ordinance is consistent with the Master Plan. The ordinance would allow a developer to utilize a 22-lot span along the eastern side of Park Avenue to construct the duplexes. Park Avenue is located near the River Edge train station and a few blocks away from the New Milford border. "There has been a petition made to the council that a super majority vote take place to approve the ordinance when it returns to the governing body," Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo said. The three-way split on the …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
An ordinance to allow duplexes on Park Avenue was abandoned just before the end of 2012 but has now resurfaced.
With council chambers packed to capacity by Park Avenue residents, the River Edge Mayor and Council introduced a proposed zoning change ordinance to allow duplexes along the eastern side of the street. The ordinance, approved 4-2 with Councilmen Ed Mignone and Alphonse Bartelloni casting the nay votes, will now head to the Planning Board for reivew in March. "There are a lot of larger issues down there," Mignone said. "We have seven of 12 affected property owners speak out against this. Mr. Caleca had every right to come here and request a zoning change. He presented a good plan. If we can't convince you this is the right to do, we shouldn't tell you we're doing this for your own good." Developer Joseph Caleca was initially approved to …
Friday, February 15, 2013
A portion of the borough's Open Space Trust Fund will be used to replace several white pines that have caused sap damage to the tennis courts
A handful of white pines by the borough tennis courts are now facing the axe as River Edge considers utilizing part of its 2013 Open Space Trust Fund to replace the offending trees. The white pines, which have been identified as causing damage to the courts by dripping sap, could cost up to $11,000 to remove and replace with a set of holly bushes in their place. "We made a big investment in the tennis courts and recreation is estimated it would cost $2,000 to clean the courts every year," Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy said. "I think that should go back into the allocations." The tree removal was previously removed from the proposed 2013 Open Space allocations to allow for the installation of a lightning detection system and setting aside …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Park Avenue resident Jim Miller argues against a possible zoning change to allow duplexes in a Letter to the Editor
Monday, February 4
The Park Avenue Residents do not want our residential neighborhood changed by this far reaching arm of government. We feel the process is flawed by having a vote during a School break for which I and other neighbors have to change vacation plans to be available on Feb 19, 2013 8pm meeting. The three days notice in December before the final vote and no transparency of this entire issue all along. Causes us, the residents and Voters to believe the change is already cast! The Builder knew that the economy was declining. $ 650,000, Five bedroom houses on Park would be a mistake. No matter what the tax structure was or will be in the future. The feel of our “oldest neighborhood” is smaller three bedroom houses. And is residential R1 zoned for …