"Pitch Hit and Run" Trophies Awarded; Roseland Residents Compliment Mayor on Continuing Concern over Williams Transco
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • 12:54am
ROSELAND, NJ - The winners of the “Pitch Hit and Run” competition were on hand to lead the pledge of allegiance which began the meeting of the Borough of Roseland’s governing body on Tuesday evening. Mayor John Duthie congratulated the winners of the competition who won first place in their respective age groups:
Girls, ages 7 to 8
Boys, ages 7 to 8
Boys, ages 9 to 10
Boys, ages 11 to 12
Boys, ages 13 to 14
“Kids, good luck going to the next stage of the competition,” commented the mayor as he awarded each of them a trophy.
Essex County Surrogate
Essex County Surrogate Ted Stevens - the judge who handles the probate of wills, trusts,estate issues, adoption applications and guardianships - addressed the public and spoke about the value of putting together an estate plan. Councilman David Jacobs complimented the surrogate on the efficiency of his Newark office and described his recent visit, “The assistance that I received was really excellent. I will tell you it was a very good experience, it worked out very well.” The surrogate’s website is found here.
On Thursday, Duthie reached out to Governor Chris Christie regarding the gas compressor station. Three residents addressed the governing body Tuesday evening and complimented the mayor on his letter. One resident stated, “everybody should know about the email that the mayor sent to the governor. It was incredibly articulate, incredibly well written. You should be commended for it.” The full letter from Duthie to the governor can be read online here.
Councilman Rich Leonard asked the residents of Roseland to make sure that the newest elected NJ Senator be made fully aware of the compressor situation by having letters addressed to them.
Shade Tree Commission
Jacobs complimented the Shade Tree Commission and announced that it had received $20,000 through the grant-writing efforts of resident Bob McGuirk.
Jacobs then reminded residents of safety issues - not to park a car on a pile of leaves so as not to start a fire, to change the battery in home smoke detectors and finally to remembers to drive safely on Halloween. He went on to also compliment the Roseland Fire Department who hosted a successful luncheon with Sparky.
Administration and Finance
Councilman Mark Vidovich referenced the “Best Practices Survey” which allows the borough to maximize the amount of state aid it receives. Vidovich reported that the borough scored 90% entitling Roseland to receive $837,000.
Emergency Notification System
Councilman Thomas Tsilionis announced that the Technology committee will be contacting residents with a test message to ensure that the committee has their up to date contact information. The committee will be pinging cellphones and then seek further information from those whose information did not process through the system correctly.
Councilwoman Michele Tolli announced that the students involved with the Municipal Alliance will be collecting non-perishable food items for the West Essex Food Bank starting on Wednesday and continuing through Nov. 24. Collection boxes will be set up at the Roseland library and Borough Hall and on Nov. 25, the students will put together the collected food into baskets to be distributed to the those in need for Thanksgiving.
Tolli expressed that on Friday, Oct. 25, in the borough hall, fifth graders will have a Haunt Dance sponsored by the Roseland Jr. Women’s Club, beginning at 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Cost will be $10 per student and prizes will be awarded for the best costume.
To purchase tickets, checks should be written to Roseland Women’s Jr. Club and mailed to:
Roseland Women’s Jr. Club
P.O. Box 24, Roseland
Saturday, Oct. 26, Roseland will host its fifth annual “Trunk or Treat” at Noecker School starting at 1 p.m. Children from preschool through grade four are welcome to attend and trophies will be awarded for best costumes and best trunk decoration. The event is sponsored by the Roseland Recreation Committee and Roseland Boosters Association and reservations are required; those interested should contact the recreation department. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 27.