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Millburn-Short Hills Year-In-Review

From Superstorm Sandy to Paul Ryan to issues throughout the school district and the Township Committee, here's what happened in 2012 in Millburn-Short Hills.

January

Principal to Retire from Hartshorn

Hartshorn Prinicpal Ron Castaldo will retire at the end of this school year.

According to a letter he sent to parents today, Castaldo, who has been a principal at Hartshorn for 16 years and has worked in public education in New Jersey for 43 years, he will begin his retirement July 1.

Women Warn of Short Hills Dog Attacks

Until a few weeks ago, neighbors Allison Katz and Beth Silverberg didn’t know each other. They may have passed each other on the streets of their Short Hills neighborhood while walking their dogs, but can’t really be sure.

February

Zoning Board Denies Chai Center Variances

After two years of hearings and almost 5½ hours of public input Monday night, the Zoning Board of Adjustment denied the variances sought by the Chai Center, which would have allowed a 16,350-square-foot synagogue in Short Hills.

BOE Asked to Reverse Vote to Move Elections to November

Members of WeLoveMillburn on Monday asked the Board of Education to overturn its earlier vote to move school elections to November, saying the board has some ethical problems with its vote two weeks ago.

March

Teachers Exercise 'Work-to-Rule' Rights

With no new contract for 15 months and with negotiations seemingly stalled over three words, teachers this week began "working to rule,” meaning they come in and leave according to contract and don't do anything they're not required to do.

Burglars Target Three Homes in Millburn-Short Hills

Millburn police reported on Monday that three residential burglaries occurred in the township on Friday evening.

April

Millburn Man Charged with Attempted Murder

Millburn police arrested Thomas Tedesco, 66, of Millburn, Wednesday on charges of attempted murder, possession of unlawful weapons and criminal restraint.

Police Chief Greg Weber said the charges stemmed from a domestic violence incident on Wednesday, April 18, but did not release the victim’s name or any additional information about the case.

Various public retirees in the area are part of the so-called "$100K" club, receiving more than $100,000 in pension from the state of New Jersey. The highest pensions are going to former members of the towns' Board of Education.

May

Memorial Day Blackout Continues

Businesses closed, students sweltered and some residents fumed as power went on and off -- and in some cases stayed off -- for the second day.

Teen in ICU After Being Hit by Car

A 17-year-old Millburn High School student is in intensive care but making progress at Morristown Memorial Hospital after being struck by a vehicle while crossing White Oak RidgeRoad earlier this week.

MEA and Board of Ed Reach Settlement

After 16 months, the Board of Education and the teachers union have reached a tentative settlement on the contract – on their first night of having a fact finder from the state visit.

June

Short Hills Company's CFO Gets 54 Months for Embezzlement

A 39-year-old Towaco man was sentenced to 54 months in prison Wednesday for embezzling more than $10.4 million from his employer, Columbus Hill Capital Management LP, between February 2008 and March 2011.

Teacher Disputes MMS Air Quality Findings

A Milburn Middle School teacher, who filed a complaint about mold in MMS with the school board and the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health program, disputes the district’s reports that the indoor air quality is in a “normal” or “acceptable” range at the school.

July

Couple Rushing Baby To Hospital Strikes Millburn Teen

A Millburn teenager was in critical condition Thursday after she was struck by the car of a couple rushing their baby to the hospital, police said.

Millburn Teen Still in Critical Condition

A Millburn teenager, who was stuck by a car late Wednesday night, is still in critical but stable condition at the University Hospital in Newark.

Where is Millburn's Class of 2012 Heading in the Fall?

Here's a list of all the colleges, the high school has released, where the students from class of 2012 are attending and how many to each. Except for a few who are still undecided.

August

Millburn High School Falls From Number One

In this year's New Jersey Monthly Magazine's list of top public high schools, Millburn fell from its place at number one, for the first time since 2008, to number eight. 

SUV Strikes Bicyclist on Millburn Avenue

A Maplewood resident was struck, riding his bicycle to work on Millburn Avenue, around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, by a black SUV that left the scene, police said.

Will New Stop & Shop Add Traffic To Millburn Avenue?[POLL]

Residents and the township engineer raised concerns of traffic safety, after representatives from Springfield presented the proposed building and landscaping plans for the Stop & Shop on Millburn Avenue

September

Millburn Police Arrest Bloomfield Burglar with Public's Help

Millburn Police recently arrested a Bloomfield man, Guy Colavito, 45, for burglary and theft, after asking for help through media outlets last month. 

Millburn School Board to Hire Classroom Aides

In this week's Board of Education meeting, the board approved hiring part-time aides as a result of the student enrollment preliminary figures. Those numbers showed an unexpected rise in Deerfield Elementary's kindergarten and Hartshorn Elementary's third grade class size.

October

Hurricane Sandy Rages Through Millburn

Causing widespread power outages, Sandy passed through the area with hurricane strength winds Monday night. Although the township didn't see much rain, the wind caused dozens of down trees and wires.

Mayor Brings Power Company Frustrations to Governor

As the weekend approaches and the temperature drops, Jersey Central Power and Light has left Millburn township in the dark with no answers. 

Paul Ryan Comes to Short Hills

Paul Ryan, the Republican party vice presidential nominee, is attending a reception at a Millburn-Short Hills residence Saturday afternoon.

November

514 Customers Still Affected by Power Outages

According to Jersey Central Power and Light's website, 514 customers are still in the dark in Millburn. 

Millburn's 2012 Election Results

Tuesday was Election Day in Millburn and Short Hills. Patch covered all the races on the ballot with Tuesday night's unofficial results below.

Mayor Brings Power Company Frustrations to Goveror's Office Again

One week after Hurricane Sandy, Millburn township has no set date for full power restoration. With a Nor'easter predicted this Wednesday, the townships brings its complaints to the state. 

December

Millburn police are searching for a man who stole almost $80,000 in Rolex watches from Ross Simons in The Mall at Short Hills on Nov. 28. 

MPD Arrest Man Fleeing Accidents

A 65-year-old Chatham man was arrested on Nov. 23 in Short Hills after attempting to leave the scene of multiple accidents at the mall, Millburn police said.

DS December 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Very glad we booted Paul Ryan back to his cave in Wisconsin. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Joanne Smythe January 02, 2013 at 07:11 AM
Very un-glad unemployment in our state remains almost 10%.

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