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Township Council Says Good-Bye To Mayor Brian Levine

Township Council Says Good-Bye To Mayor Brian Levine

Mayor Brian Levine was honored Dec. 11 by the Township Council at what was his last meeting as a local official. Come January 2015, Mayor Brian Levine becomes Somerset County Freeholder Brian Levine. Levine, the lone Republican on the dais, was the township’s first directly elected mayor. He was first elected to the post in […]

Agreement Could Be Near In Middlebush Park Sound System Controversy

Agreement Could Be Near In Middlebush Park Sound System Controversy

The ad hoc committee formed to strike a compromise in the dustup over a sound system in Middlebush Park may have accomplished its mission after one meeting. The committee is comprised of four Township Council members, three Middlebush area residents, three representatives from the township’s Pop Warner football program, and a neutral resident. At issue […]

Sound System Ban In Middlebush Park Tabled, Compromise Is Sought

Sound System Ban In Middlebush Park Tabled, Compromise Is Sought

Seeking to find a compromise among residents who are for and against installing speakers in Middlebush Park, the Township Council Oct. 14 tabled a proposed ordinance that would have prohibited the use of any type of sound system in the park. Instead, the council decided to form an ad hoc committee comprised of council members and […]

Middlebush Park Speakers Controversy Set To Erupt Again

Middlebush Park Speakers Controversy Set To Erupt Again

The controversy over a sound system in Middlebush Park will likely erupt again at the Oct. 14 Township Council meeting, as a large contingent of Pop Warner families are expected to attend to oppose an ordinance banning speakers in the park. The council on Sept. 22 passed a resolution banning any type of sound system […]

Attorney: No Action Needed On Township’s Curfew Ordinance

Attorney: No Action Needed On Township’s Curfew Ordinance

Although at least one other town has repealed a similar ordinance, the Township Council doesn’t need to take any action on its curfew ordinance, the governing body was told Sept. 23. Curfews have come under fire from the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union as being unconstitutional. The township’s ordinance – which generally prohibits children […]

Proposal To Ban Smoking In Parks To Be Taken Up By Township Council

Proposal To Ban Smoking In Parks To Be Taken Up By Township Council

Gov. Chris Christie recently said that it should be left to New Jersey’s towns to decide if smoking should be banned in open spaces, and the Township Council is scheduled to take him up on that. The council is scheduled to consider at its Sept. 23 meeting the introduction of an ordinance that would ban smoking in […]

Council Postpones Action On Speakers At Middlebush Park

Council Postpones Action On Speakers At Middlebush Park

The Township Council will not be presented at its Sept. 9 meeting with a resolution concerning installing a speaker system at Middlebush Park. The resolution was postponed because one council member, Roz Sherman (D-Ward 2), will be absent from the meeting, and because a new proposal for portable speakers has surfaced, said township manager Bob […]

Senior Citizens Raise Questions About Cable TV Pricing

Senior Citizens Raise Questions About Cable TV Pricing

Township senior citizens looking for a break on their cable television bills got some relief at the June 24 cable franchise agreement public hearing. Bob Clifton of Comcast Cable, told the seniors that the only discount the company is legally allowed to give is 10 percent to those eligible for the state Pharmaceutical Assistance to […]

Township Council Approves New Rec Park, Sans Bocce Courts

Township Council Approves New Rec Park, Sans Bocce Courts

The design of a new recreation park, to be built by the developer of the Summerfields housing project, was approved Jan. 28 by the Township Council. And although a concept plan shows two bocce ball courts, they’re not included in the final design. What is included, though is a softball diamond, a “tot lot,” a […]

New Omega Psi Phi Vanity License Plate Strikes Councilman’s Fancy

The state Assembly on Jan. 13 gave final approval for a new vanity license plate for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, which suits Township Councilman Carl R.A. Wright (D-Ward 4) just fine. “I love the idea,” Wright said. Wright makes no secret of his affection for his college fraternal organization. At the Jan. 1, 2014 […]