Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Millburn Township Committee say although they are against the blasting at the site on Dorison Drive in Short Hills, it meets state laws, which regulates the use of explosives.
Millburn and Short Hills residents continued to protest the use of explosives at the residential construction site on Dorison Drive in Short Hills at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, Mayor Sandra Haimoff said Wednesday. The mayor said she and the Township Committee are actively trying to see if they can stop the construction plans proposed. Currently, the plans have not been approved and have been sent back to the contractor for questions. However, if the the plans meet state laws, the local fire inspector is required to approve builders' plans. If not, the inspector would lose his or her license. "State law governs blasting and municipalities have absolutely no to say in the matter, Haimoff said. She explained, a blasting license is…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Township says it should be a short-term issue which is believed to be from the purging a gas line early Thursday.
The purging of a gas line early Thursday spurred numerous calls to the township about an abnormal odor of natural gas inside and outside of buildings in Millburn-Short Hills, assistant business administrator Alex McDonald said. According to McDonald, the odor from this purge is moving west to east and should be a short-term issue. The gas release began around 7:30 a.m. and was scheduled to end around 10 p.m. with 150 pounds of gas planned to be released. The smell was also reported earlier in areas of Hanover and Florham Park as a result of a planned release by Williams/Transco in Livingston, according to Morris County Office of Emergency Management Director Jeffrey Paul. However, residents should report the smell of natural gas in their …
Township will replace pay stations in lots 1, 4, 5 and 9.
Throughout May, Millburn Township will replace eight of its parking paystations with new solar-powered paystations in four lots around town, according to a township press release. The township has started to remove paystations this week and by May 27 it will create the new concrete pads and connections. The solar-powered pay stations are set to be installed the week following Memorial Day in lots 1, 4, 5 and 9. Residents will be able to pay with credit cards, dollar bills and coins. Pay stations in Lots 1 and 5 will include shelters for those paying to park. While the installation process takes place, all lots will still be enforced for time limits, similar to the free parking that takes place during the holiday season , the township said.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie picks up endorsement at Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove.
Gov. Chris Christie accepted the endorsement of the Association of Chiefs of Police of Essex County Friday surrounded by law enforcement officials at the Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove. The association, which represents the 22 municipalities in Essex, voted unanimously last month to endorse the governor in his bid for re-election, said President Michael Bramhall, police chief of West Caldwell. “Your conviction and forthrightness have been a welcome and needed addition to our state,” Bramhall said. “You have performed great under pressure situations like Hurricane Irene and superstorm Sandy. We believe that you will continue to put the needs of the citizens of New Jersey first." Christie seeks a second term and is the …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The $1.2 million ad buy shows road to New Jerseyans' optimism in their state.
In Gov. Chris Christie's first television ad of his 2013 re-election campaign, the governor's leadership style is credited for renewing New Jersey residents' pride in their state after years of overtaxation and too much government spending. "Jersey Proud" shows how bipartisan reforms have helped "to strengthen New Jersey's future," according to the Christie campaign.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Cost to repair all 908 spans in Essex County would exceed $874 million, report says.
Essex County’s aging bridges are in need of repair, but the cost to do the work would exceed $874 million, a new report released Monday shows. Of the county’s 908 bridges, about 4 percent have been rated structurally deficient, according to a report on the issue-driven website NJ Spotlight. The Glen Avenue Bridge, one mile east of Brookside Drive in Millburn was listed among bridges that need repair throughout the county. Estimates done in 2005 reported the superstructure was in serious condition while the substructure was in fair condition. At the time, the recommendation was for the bridge to be replaced at a cost of $1,000. Additionally, 1-in-5, or 20 percent of the bridges are considered to be functionally obsolete and not in line …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Final hearing on a 4.1 percent increase for state's second largest utility.
Friday, April 26
The sixth and final hearing on a request for a rate increase by the state’s second largest utility company met with a mix of praise and criticism for Jersey Central Power & Light at Freehold Township’s Town Hall on April 24. JCP&L, fresh off widespread criticism for its handling of superstorm Sandy and the nor’easter that followed, is seeking a 4.1 percent increase in the rates it charges its 1.1 million customers – many of whom were without power for up to two weeks after this winter’s storms. The Morristown-based company is seeking to recoup the $630 million it spent on repairs following Sandy. It has petitioned the state regulatory board — the Board of Public Utilities — which has held hearings throughout JCP&L’s coverage area since the…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
State senator, governor fuel old feud over judicial appointments.
Governor Chris Christie told the Essex County Bar Association Wednesday morning state Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, is the reason judicial appointments in the state are deadlocked, according to a published report. The governor said because of Codey 12 to 15 judges will not be appointed during a breakfast at McLoone's Boathouse in West Orange, according to an NJ.com report. Codey later disputed the allegations saying three years ago Christie made a deal with Essex County but has not honored it, the report said. “He had his crew block appointments, so once again he has no respect for the truth,” the state sentor told the website.