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                                                                                                                  DWC Gives Stats on 5K,
                                                                                                                  Discusses HSBC Closing
                                                                                                                 By DOMINIC A. LAGANO                               ing up” for another such event. It is in the
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                                                                                                                                                                    preliminary planning stages and most
                                                                                                            WESTFIELD — The Downtown                                likely will be scheduled for October.
                                                                                                         Westfield Corporation (DWC), the                              In other news, Anthology, one of the
                                                                                                         management entity of Westfield’s                           businesses damaged in the Ferraro’s
                                                                                                         Special Improvement District (SID),                        Restaurant fire on May 5, has relo-
                                                                                                         held its monthly Board of Directors                        cated to 121 Central Avenue next to
                                                                                                         meeting August 8 to continue to pro-                       Starbucks. The business “will remain
                                                                                                         mote DWC events during the sum-                            there at least until January,” Ms. Cronin
                                                                                                         mer and to report on recent successes.                     said. No updates were available re-
                                                                                                         The board also briefly discussed the                       garding Ferraro’s Restaurant.
                                                                                                         scheduled closing of the Hongkong                             Ms. Cronin did provide an update
                                                                                                         and Shanghai Banking Corporation                           on the scheduled branch closing of
                                                                                                         (HSBC) branch located on Elm Street.                       HSBC, located at 1 Elm Street,
                                                                                                            Dominating the board’s discussion                       “HSBC has announced that they’re
                                                                                                         was the recently held Downtown                             closing our (Westfield) branch,” she           ON THE TRAIL...Republican Westfield Third Ward Councilman Mark LoGrippo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   discusses town issues with residents of the third ward during his walking
                                                                                                         Westfield 5K Run & Pizza Extrava-                          said. HSBC is selling 195 locations            campaign.            For         more          information,        please
                                                                                                         ganza, which celebrated its tenth year                     in New York and Connecticut and                visit his website,
                                                                                                         on July 20. Executive Director Sherry                      will be closing 13 other branch loca-
LEARNING CAPITOL HILL…Christopher Castelo of Westfield has completed
a summer internship in Rep. Leonard Lance’s (R-7th) Capitol Hill office. Chris,
                                                                                                         Cronin presented the statistics result-
                                                                                                         ing from the race.
                                                                                                                                                                    tions in New Jersey and Connecticut,
                                                                                                                                                                    including Westfield’s.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Open Space Funds Awarded
                                                                                                            The total number of participants was                       The next DWC board of directors
19, is a rising sophomore at The George Washington University. He is the son of
Bob and Teri Castelo of Westfield and a 2010 graduate of Westfield High School.                          2,489, nearly matching the estimated
                                                                                                         number of 2,600. Of that number, 1,315
                                                                                                                                                                    meeting open to the public is sched-
                                                                                                                                                                    uled for Monday, September 26, at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   For Projects in Union County
                                                                                                         were female accounting for approxi-                        7:30 p.m. The DWC office is located                        By PAUL J. PEYTON                                   sity and mixed-use redevelopment
 MS Council OK’s $75,715 in                                                                              mately 52 percent of the runners, while
                                                                                                         1,174 participants were male.
                                                                                                                                                                    at 105 Elm Street, basement level.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AREA – Gov. Chris Christie earlier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   project area of the city,” according to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   description of the DEP’s Green Acres
                                                                                                            According to Ms. Cronin, “only 35                          July Tax Collections                        this month signed legislation on a                              Program projects for 2011 grants.
 Tax Assessment Reductions                                                                               percent” of the participants hailed
                                                                                                         from Westfield. “I say only,” Ms.                              Were as Projected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   series of bills aimed at protecting Green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Acres open-space acquisition and rec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Roselle is to get $900,000 for im-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   provements at Pine Street, Chandler
          By PETER GRIESMER                                Apostolic Church of Christ tax-ex-            Cronin continued, “because it proves                          TRENTON — Senate Republican                 reational development throughout the                            Avenue and Dr. Charles C. Polk Parks.
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                                                           empt status beginning with the current        we can pull (patrons) from a pretty                        Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-2, Westfield)          state. The legislation makes available                             Also included is a $275,000 match-
   MOUNTAINSIDE — Among                                    year. They will be issued a refund of         wide area.”                                                on Monday issued the following state-          $157 million for projects in all of New                         ing grant to The Briant Park Olmsted
resolutions passed at the                                  $3,170 for payment of first quarter              Registered participants came from                       ment regarding state revenue collec-           Jersey’s 21 counties, including $57                             Conservancy in Summit for the en-
Mountainside Borough Council                               taxes for the 2011 year and interest          New Jersey, New York, Pennsylva-                           tions for the month of July:                   million for state Green Acres acquisi-                          hancement of Briant Park, a county-
meeting were two tax assessment re-                        previously paid to the borough.               nia, California, Colorado, Florida,                           “The Treasury Department has re-            tions to expand and develop state parks,                        owned park located in Summit and
ductions totaling $75,714, a lien for                         The council’s final resolution for-        Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire,                          leased actual tax collections for the          forests and wildlife management ar-                             Springfield. The project includes im-
$54,966, tax-exempt status for Grace                       mally hired Joan Brown as temporary           New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina                           month of July, and the numbers con-            eas, as well as the purchase of proper-                         provement of pedestrian access and
Apostolic Church beginning with the                        finance assistant for the Borough of          and Washington State, Ms. Cronin                           firm what Republicans said in June:            ties in flood-prone areas through Blue                          safety to the site, new facilities to
current year, and two borough offi-                        Mountainside. The governing body              reported.                                                  that the Governor’s revenue certifica-         Acres acquisitions.                                             increase access to and improvements
cial appointments.                                         also named Michael Disko, Jr., to suc-           The age range of the runners was                        tion was fiscally sound. While one                In Union County, $1.36 million                               to Briant Pond. Pond improvements
   Due to the recent decline in prop-                      ceed his father, Michael Disko, Sr., as       also highlighted: 644 runners, or 25                       month does not a trend make, it is             has been included for the develop-                              are to include pond dredging to restore
erty values, Safeguard Mountainside,                       certified wastewater and treatment op-        percent, were between the ages of four                     heartening that the Governor balanced          ment of Oak Ridge Park in Summit.                               fishing and other potential recreational
LP was awarded two real estate tax                         erator. Michael Disko, Jr. was the            and 25 years old; 752 runners, or 30                       the Democrats’ budget by veto. Had             The former golf course is being de-                             uses, installation of observation/fish-
reductions for its property holding at                     former borough engineer and recently          percent, were between the ages of 26                       their revenue estimates been allowed           veloped into a park by the county.                              ing nodes, pathways, various site
1096 Route 22: $34,616 for the 2010                        obtained a C-2 Collection System Li-          and 40; 880 runners, or 35 percent,                        to stand in this year’s budget, we would       Plans are for an ice skating/hockey                             amenities, landscaping and a gazebo/
tax year and $12,491 upon satisfac-                        cense that qualified him to take over         were between the ages of 41 and 55,                        be in trouble if this month’s revenue          indoor rink, replacing the Warinanco                            park shelter. The county is working
tion of the company’s tax balance for                      his father’s duties.                          while 210 runners, or 8 percent, were                      tracking holds throughout the year.            rink at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth,                            with the Conservancy on the project.
the current tax year. The council also                         The borough’s contract for recy-          between the ages of 56 and 83 years                           “Given the fragile nature of the na-        four miles of asphalt path/walkway, a                              Senate Republican Leader Tom
approved a real estate tax appeal to                       cling services with Republic Services         old.                                                       tional economy, using conservative             perimeter road with parking lots, de-                           Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) was co-prime
Grant Bell, LLC for its property hold-                     of New Jersey, LLC, DBA Midco Waste              Board member Lee Hale said he                           assumptions when budgeting is not              tention basins, a pedestrian and ve-                            sponsor of one of the bills, which
ing at 165 Mill Lane. The company                          Systems, was renewed for two years            was encouraged by the number of                            ‘mean spirited’ — it is a necessity. To        hicular bridge, tree plantings and                              appropriated nearly $15 million for
will be refunded a total of $20,393                        through January 25, 2014. The council         participants coming from the same                          do anything else is to make the taxpay-        landscaping, picnic areas, a disc golf                          environmental conservation projects.
for its 2008, 2009, and 2010 tax pay-                      also authorized advising Maverick             household stating. “I think the most                       ers of this state promises we cannot           area and a central “great lawn.”                                   “New Jersey, and particularly north-
ments and is owed $8,213 for the                           Building Services that the borough is         impressive thing was that it is a fam-                     keep and for which cannot pay.”                   Union County was also awarded                                ern New Jersey, is the most densely
2011 tax year.                                             exercising the option under its contract      ily event. I saw whole families from                                                                      $1.4 million towards the now com-                               populated place in America,” Senator
   Council members also oversaw the                        with the company to renew the terms           my area of town…mother, father, a                             Bramnick Addresses                          pleted development of a 17-acre park                            Kean said. “Preserving what little open
redemption and cancellation of a lien                      for an additional year of janitorial ser-     couple of kids…all running.” A total                                                                      on Snyder Drive in Berkeley Heights.                            space we have left for public enjoy-
in the amount of $54,966 (and a $300                       vices. Also among the resolutions             848 participants, or 34 percent, were                        ‘Unfair’ Business Tax                        The new park, which opened last fall,                           ment is uniquely important to the qual-
premium) following payment by US                           passed was a donation of $500 to the          from the same residence.                                      WESTFIELD - Assemblyman Jon                 formerly housed a plastics factory                              ity of life in our communities. Our
Bank Custodian/Sass Muni V (Hill-                          Deerfield School PTA Fall Festival on            The board also promoted Westfield                       Bramnick (R-21, Westfield) is prepar-          and a fuel depot. A developer had                               children should be able to look out the
top Community Bank) for their prop-                        Saturday, Oct. 15 made on behalf of the       events taking place this month and                         ing legislation to stop what he says he        proposed 259 units of high-density                              window or walk down the street to see
erty holding at 1050 Route 22.                             borough and the Mountainside Mu-              publicized future planned town events.                     is an unfair tax law that requires a           housing for the site, but Union County                          trees and fields, not just more housing
   Another resolution granted Grace                        nicipal Drug Alliance.                           The 15th Annual Sweet Sounds                            business to pay the taxes of an “irre-         and Berkeley Heights Township co-                               developments or shopping centers.”
                                                                                                         Downtown Jazz Festival continues                           sponsible independent contractor” that         operated to purchase the property for                              Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-
                                                                                                         this month on Tuesdays from 7 to 9                         does not pay the unemployment insur-           public use for $13 million.                                     21, Westfield) said the open space

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                                                                                                         tions in the downtown. The complete
                                                                                                         schedule for the Jazz Festival, as well
                                                                                                                                                                    ance for its employees.
                                                                                                                                                                       For example, if the owner of a day
                                                                                                                                                                    camp hires a contractor, such as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Under the joint purchase arrange-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ment, Union County paid $8 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for 13 acres through its Open Space,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   initiatives included in the bills for his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   district, which covers Essex, Morris,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Somerset and Union Counties, will
     Helping Accident Victims Every Day                                                                  as its featured locations, can be found
                                                                                                         on       the     DWC’s           website,
                                                                                                                                                                    outside bus company, and the bus
                                                                                                                                                                    company does not withhold unem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Recreation and Historic Preservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Trust Fund. Berkeley Heights paid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “help sustain our state’s $40-billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   outdoor tourism industry by giving
                                                                                                                                       ployment taxes for its employees, the          the remaining $5 million for four                               our residents and visitors places to
                                                                                                            The Westfield Farmers’Market con-                       day camp is currently responsible for          acres. The park includes a lighted                              fish, swim, boat, hunt and hike.”

                       JON BRAMNICK                                                                      tinues every Saturday from 8:30 a.m.                       the bus company’s unpaid taxes –               artificial turf field for rugby, football,                         “Although New Jersey is one of the
                                                                                                         to 2 p.m. until October 29 at the South                    even if it had no knowledge that the           lacrosse, and soccer, a lighted base-                           most densely populated states, the leg-
                                                                                                         Avenue train station parking lot.                          bus company failed to pay its taxes,           ball field, walking pathway and trails,                         islation Gov. Christie signed sends a
                            AT T O R N E Y AT L A W                                                         Ms. Cronin also promoted the
                                                                                                         Westfield Chamber of Commerce fall
                                                                                                                                                                    the Assemblyman explained.
                                                                                                                                                                       “New Jersey’s outdated tax and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   playgrounds, parking, restroom fa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cilities with a concession area and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   strong message that we are committed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to preserving our state’s natural re-
                                                                                                         street fair, “Festifall.” It is scheduled                  regulatory structure needs to be re-           playground with water features.                                 sources, whether it’s a mountaintop in
                                                                                                         for Sunday, September 25, from 10                          vamped,” Mr. Bramnick said. “The                  Another $450,000 is included in                              Essex County, a small park in Union
                                                                                                         a.m. to 5 p.m.                                             present law reflects a government tax          state grants for the development of a                           County or farmland in Somerset
                                                                                                            Due to the popularity of Girls Night                    policy which has little concern for a          recently acquired .743 acre-parcel at                           County,” Asm. Bramnick said.
                                                                                                         Out, a biannual shopping and dining                        real world business.”                          124 South Avenue in New Provi-                                     Among the funding awarded is a
                                                                                                         event, most recently held April 14,                           The measure will be introduced              dence. According to online tax                                  matching grant of $242,713 for The
                                                                                                         Ms. Cronin stated the DWC is “gear-                        when the Assembly reconvenes.                  records, the borough purchased the                              Elizabeth Conservancy, Inc. for ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   land for $300,000 in January 2009.                              quisition of four adjacent lots, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The borough, according to informa-                              will be used to create a community
                                                                                                                                                           OWEN BRAND                                              tion from the Department of Envi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ronmental Protection (DEP), wanted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   food garden along with a solar-pow-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ered environmental education center.
                                                                                                                                                                        ML # 222999                                to acquire the land, which will enable                             Monies were also included for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to New Providence to tie “together                              Arthur Kill Greenway project. Accord-
                                                                                                                                                                     Your Hometown                                 the disconnected public park re-                                ing to Green Acres, “The project is
                                                                                                                                                             MORTGAGE BANKER                                       sources now in place.”                                          designed to protect in a connected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The City of Rahway is to receive                             greenway the network of streamside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   $900,000 towards the acquisition of                             lands, marshland, floodplain forest and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   0.25 acres of land located at 125                               natural areas adjacent to the Arthur Kill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Monroe Street. “The property cur-                               its tributaries and their headwaters.”

                       JON BRAMNICK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rently contains a building which will                              The New Jersey Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   be demolished to create a passive                               Foundation (NJCF) is facilitating land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   park/green space within a high den-                             acquisition projects through the state.
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