May 7, 2020 at 10:40 AMcredits: Safewise
WARREN, NJ – Warren Township has been ranked as one of the top safest cities in New Jersey in the Safewise report detailing New Jersey’s 50 Safest Cities of 2020 released today. Warren Township is ranked No. 11 in the report.
” I am proud of our ranking in this year’s Safewise report,” said Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane. “As always, I attribute this to the dedicated brave men and woman of the Warren Township Police Department. We will continue to serve the community of Warren to keep it safe and a wonderful place to live.”
“On behalf of myself and the Township Committee, we wish to thank Chief Keane his Officers and Dispatch for their outstanding work within the Township,” said Warren Township Mayor Mick Marion. “We take pride in working together for our residents. As a result, We are able to sustain high safety rankings by having a Township Committee that works hand and hand with the Chief who supports new initiatives and cooperation with a purposeful goal of keeping Warren Township a safe, welcoming and premier place to live.”
May 25, 2020 at 12:04 PMcredits: Brenda Nemcek, TAPinto
WARREN, NJ – Memorial Day 2020 is unlike any in the recent past. Due to the pandemic, parades were canceled, streets were empty, and no bands played.
But some things remain the same. Socially distanced outdoor gatherings of 25 are now permitted and Warren Township held a ceremony on Memorial Day at 10 am to present a wreath at the Veterans Memorial in the municipal courtyard to honor all veterans who have given their lives in defense of our nation.
Memorial Day is a time for many to reflect on the sacrifices and services of the American soldiers and veterans and the U.S. military men and women and express appreciation, support and prayers.
Marion said,” Memorial Day is a day to honor those brave heroes who paid the ultimate price while fighting for our beautiful country and the freedoms we tend to take for granted. It is a day for all Americans to say,” We are grateful for you” and most importantly “ We haven’t forgotten you.”
“With quarantines and isolation that have been necessary to fight this new invisible enemy known as Coronavirus, I believe now, possibly more than ever, we have come to appreciate those freedoms that we usually enjoy as Americans.
As things are starting to open up again and many restrictions are being lifted, let’s all remember the sacrifices our service men and women made for every one of us as we begin to enjoy those freedoms once again.
Driving around this past week, I am so heartened to see all of the American flags flying proudly through Warren Township.
On behalf of the Township Committee, I want to thank everyone for participating in our 1000 Flags for Memorial Day Challenge and for flying those flags to say, “we haven’t forgotten you.” May God Bless everyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one today. Be strong and cherish the happy memories.” See TAPinto video
The words ‘United We Stand’ and ‘God Bless America’ still hold the power to stir hearts.
Freedom isn’t free. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” – Harry S. Truman
“As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.” – Ronald Reagan
Across town, others remembered as well.
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April 24, 2020 at 3:26 PM
WARREN, NJ – Warren, Watchung and Green Brook residents made noise on Thursday in a show of support for all essential workers: healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, pharmacists, first responders and others who have given of themselves to provide needed services to all of us during the Coronavirus response.
Warren’s first responders, and Mayor Mick Marion and Deputy Mayor George Lazo drove through the town center with sirens wailing, followed by TAPinto Warren. See video here
Township resident Debora Spingarn reached out to Jane Asch of the Office of Emergency Management, who then referred the idea to Deputy Mayor George Lazo and the Township Committee.
Deputy Mayor George Lazo, who is leading this effort in Warren stated, “Ms. Spingarn and I wanted to spread some positive energy, and encourage Warren residents to take a moment to thank our healthcare workers, first responders, grocery clerks, pharmacists, and others who are providing necessary services. It is time to say a community-wide thank you.”
Warren Mayor Marion stated on behalf of the Township Committee, “This is just one more example of Warren residents taking positive steps during a difficult time.
In an effort to recognize the service of these individuals, the towns are urging all residents to go outside and ring a bell, blow a whistle, honk your horn, bang a pot, or clap your hands to thank all of those who have served us every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. until further notice.
“In a time during this Pandemic when most of what is reported on is unsettling , I just thought it would be a good time to show thanks and appreciation to our local heroes,” Lazo said to TAPinto Warren.
Mayor Mick Marion and Deputy Mayor George Lazo Unanimously Endorsed as Republican Candidates for Warren Township Committee
Warren Township, New Jersey – The Warren Township Republican Municipal Committee has unanimously supported and endorsed Mayor Michael “Mick” Marion and Deputy Mayor George Lazo as Republican Candidates for Warren Township Committee. As Mayor and Deputy Mayor, both Mick and George have been working tirelessly in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to help assist and protect Warren and all its citizens. They have put out numerous releases, emails, and videos to help guide everyone in Town through this unprecedented event, and they continue to update the Town’s website and social media outlets as new developments arise. In an effort to press through this “new normal,” here is an update on their continued service of our Town in pursuit of Reelection in 2020.
As many of you may know, Mick and George, along with their wives, have lived in Warren for decades, raising their families here. Their children have attended Warren’s elementary and middle schools, as well as the Watchung Hills Regional High School. Mick and George both have a long history of volunteering, going back to 1999, including in the Recreation Commission; Concert Series; Fishing Derby; as President and Treasurer of Pop Warner Football and Cheer; as Founder-Board Member, and Coach of WYBA; and coaching Warren Lacrosse Girls and Boys Youth Lacrosse.
Since 2011, Mick and George have been providing public service to Warren Township, as
Township Committeepersons and sitting as Mayors and Deputy Mayors on multiple occasions. They have spent countless hours helping the community during times of emergencies, meeting and assisting residents, and have been staunch supporters of Warrens sports and civic organizations. They have spent the better part of the last decade keeping Warren the place we all love to live, while guiding it in meeting its obligations and expanding its services.
They have run on a platform that continues to champion reducing Municipal Taxes, acquiring Open Space to reduce over-development, providing our Police Department with the training and tools necessary to ensure a safe Township for residents and businesses, and providing that our residents value, such as our annual Street Paving effort, Park-and-Ride program, improving our Parks and Trails, and maintaining our Historic Sites. Their efforts on the Township Committee have contributed to Warren being nominated as the Top Town by New Jersey Monthly magazine in 2013 and being named the 3rd Safest Town in New Jersey by SafeWise in 2018 and the 29th Safest in the Nation by Alarms.org in 2020. Through their stewardship and watchful eye, Warren has benefited from a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s starting back in 2014, which rating was echoed by Moodys in 2017 and repeated in the following years.
It is no wonder these two candidates have seen overwhelming support at the polls at each of their elections and enjoyed unanimous support in being nominated as Republican Candidates for Warren Township Committee. They hope they have earned your support again and ask that when you see their names on the ballot for reelection this year, you vote Michael “Mick” Marion and George Lazo.
Voters re-elected Republicans Michael Marion and George Lazo to the Township Committee on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Marion earned 2,393 votes, and Lazo earned 2,329 votes. Democrats Rick de Pinho and John Fahy received 1,693 and 1,513 votes, respectively.
Of the township’s 12,326 registered voters, 4,215, or 34.2 percent cast ballots.
Marion and Lazo will begin their third consecutive three-year terms on the committee in January. Both have previously served as mayor.
Derrick Freijomil, campaign manager for Marion and Lazo, said the committeemen were overwhelmed by the level of support they received, and were grateful to the voters.
“They were calling for very low turnout and they exceeded that in Warren,” Freijomil said in a Tuesday night phone interview. “In regards to the numbers, the delta of 800 to 1,000 votes between them and the other candidates speaks volumes to the work that they have done and the effort that have put in for our town. That shows how the citizens of our town really appreciate their hard work. They know what’s been done, they know why their town is the great town it is; the second safest in the state and one of the best small towns to live in in the state with a AAA bond rating.
“Both George and Mick are thankful and appreciative for everyone’s support and they will continue to represent everyone’s interest in town regardless of affiliation because they love their town.”
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Warren Township’s Alert AM Radio System is Now Online
The Township Committee is pleased to announce that on October 25, 2017, the AM Alert Radio Station was placed into service. This station will transmit at AM Frequency 680kHz with a call sign of WPRF412 and will improve our communications with residents and commuters during times of emergency. The station will also be utilized to provide information on Township activities and community events.
The project, under the leadership of Jane Asch, Township OEM Coordinator, with the assistance of Chris Kastrud, Township Engineer, and Al Shjarback, Township Fire Marshal, has been in the process for over 7 years. The total cost of the project is $57,351 of which $43,013 was funded through a FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Grant.
The Township Committee expresses their special thanks to Mt. Bethel Volunteer Fire Company for housing the station and to Mt. Bethel members, Fire Chief Mark Russo and Assistant Chief Mike LoSapio, for ensuring a smooth implementation.
Committeeman Mick Marion is pleased that this new method for providing information to residents will foster the Township Committee’s goals of improving the transmission of information during emergency situations.
The station will be under the management of the Office of Emergency Management and the Police Department. A station manager will be selected to institute policies and procedures and to ensure that the station is properly maintained in accordance with FCC guidelines.
Committeeman George Lazo, who spear-headed the post-Superstorm Sandy evaluation of the Township’s emergency communications, expressed his thanks to the Office of Emergency Management and FEMA for providing Warren Township with the funding to provide for the installation of this station.
EDITOR: The Mayor and Township Committee of Warren Township want to offer our backing for the continuation of the property tax deduction in any plan for federal tax reform.
Specifically, we support the compromise proposal of Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY. He along with other lawmakers including our Congressman Leonard Lance, R-7, understand the burden of this double taxation to our seniors. Most of them have paid off their 30 year mortgage and do not benefit from a mortgage interest deduction.
By providing a choice between the mortgage interest or state and local tax deduction, the burden of federal taxation is shared equally. New Jersey receives about 60 cents for every dollar we send to Washington D.C. We are one of the least dependent on federal support for our state budget. We should not have to contribute any more to the federal government.
Without the state and local tax deduction, our citizens will carry an even greater unfair percentage of federal spending.
We must defend our seniors, maintain our property values and ensure a fair burden of taxation.
WARREN MAYOR and TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
Editor’s Note: The committee is comprised of Mayor Carolann Garafola, Deputy Mayor Victor Sordillo, and Committeemen Gary DiNardo, George Lazo and Michael Marion.
WARREN, NJ – Warren Township will be one of four towns in the State of New Jersey to receive the Silver Certification from Sustainable Jersey. Sustainable Jersey is a program that encourages municipalities to implement practices that lead to cost savings in energy, water, and garbage as well as improve efficiency, cut waste, and stimulate the local business community.
Committeeman Mick Marion, liaison to the Environmental Commission, extended his appreciation to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers of the Warren Township Green Team, co-chaired by Laura Mandell and Ray Perry, as well as the many members of the team who spent many hours preparing documentation, conducting the medicine collection, and the preparing for the annual Green Fair. Marion commented, “Our commitment to a ‘greener Warren’ is strong and growing.”
In order to obtain this certification, the Green Team obtained 360 points in various categories. The Green Team will receive the formal presentation of the Certification during the month of November.
Committeeman Lazo commended the Green Team members for the numerous volunteer hours, which enabled the achievement of this Silver Certification. Without volunteerism, these recognitions could not be achieved.
Warren Township residents are encouraged to participate in the annual Green Fair and attend other programs sponsored by the Green Team in order to continue to ensure that Warren remains a special community.
WOODLAND SCHOOL RECOGNIZED
AS A BLUE-RIBBON SCHOOL
“Mayor Carolann Garafola and Committeeman Mick Marion, along with the entire Township Committee, extend their congratulations to Principal Jeff Heaney and to the students, parents and staff of Woodland School, for the recognition by the US Department of Education as a Blue-Ribbon School. As a resident of 42 years and former educator, Mayor Garafola has stated that she “is looking forward to celebrating this outstanding achievement and hope that all residents will celebrate this.”
Committeeman George Lazo has assisted the Board of Education in spreading the word about this important achievement. Mr. Lazo commented that, “An excellent school system is essential to attracting young families to our wonderful community and improving the culture and property values in Warren Township.”
The National Blue-Ribbon School Award honors schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in levels of achievement. This award recognizes the dedication of our educators and parents at Woodland School to provide the best quality education to the youth of our community.
Mr. Marion stated, “Providing a quality education is vital in ensuring that Warren continues to be special community.”
The entire Woodland School community should be proud of this achievement.
WARREN – Phase II of the 150-acre East County Park, bordered by Dubois, Reinman and Old Stirling roads was kicked off by Somerset County Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, Somerset County Park Commission and Warren Township officials, including Mayor Carolann Garafola, Deputy Mayor Victor Sordillo, Township Committeeman Gary DiNardo, Township Committeeman George Lazo and Township Committeeman Mick Marion.
The East County Park development is a joint venture of the Board of Freeholders, Park Commission and Warren Township. As part of Phase I, a park trail opened in September 2014, for passive recreational enjoyment of children, adults and dogs.
“We are pleased to announce that Phase II should be completed by early 2018,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh. “Phase II will provide an even greater opportunity to enjoy walking, biking and time spent outdoors with family and pets. The rolling hills and natural fauna and flora make for a beautiful outdoor experience.
“A planned leash-free dog area will enable your pets to also fully enjoy the park and will provide an opportunity for dog lovers to meet and socialize,” she said.
Phase II includes a six-foot wide porous pavement trail that will run about a half mile, which will connect the Phase I park trail with soccer fields on Dubois Road. The trail extension will provide access to an onsite pond and will include a pedestrian bridge.
The 2-acre leash-free dog area will include two three-quarter acre areas for dogs of varying sizes and a half-acre area for smaller dogs. Also planned are a 40-foot diameter pavilion directly off the existing parking area off Reinman Road and a 28-foot diameter shade structure off the stone dust path near the pond.
East County Park consists of four farm parcels that were acquired by the County between 1997 and 2001. Prior to the acquisitions, the parcels were privately owned farms containing open fields, hedgerows, wooded areas as well as residential and barn structures. The Somerset County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan identified a public need for a park in that area of the county.
When acquisition opportunities arose, the County moved quickly. The open fields, rolling terrain, water features and woodlands within the park make it ideal for a mix of active and passive recreational uses,” said Freeholder Walsh. “With the completion of three multi-use fields that help to satisfy the active recreational needs in the area, the focus now turns to passive uses. Through the collaboration of the freeholders, Park Commission and Warren Township, the vision for the park is quickly being realized,” she said.
Warren Township Committeemen George Lazo and Mick Marion have served as project liaisons working closely with Freeholder Walsh and the Park Commission. Committeeman Lazo said, “Thank you to our elected Somerset County Freeholders and County Park employees for investing the time and money to provide this spectacular passive park amenity in the center of Warren Township. As a resident of Warren and an avid dog lover, I am fortunate to walk the Park with my dog four to five times each week, and thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.”
Lazo, along with Committeeman Mick Marion, have pursued the development of the passive facilities at the East County Park and Marion commented, “It gives me great pride to see Phase II of the Park now underway, while recognizing some five-plus years ago that Warren needed a passive park area to enjoy Warren’s local beauty. There was just no better place than this horse farm and track resurrected from decades past. As I have referred to this in prior articles, this park is a “Jewel of Warren” and we will continue our efforts to keep it that way. Our focus will be to maintain passive use and highlight its natural charm. Our partnership with the county freeholders and Park Commission is testament to our ongoing commitment to bring our residents the opportunity to enjoy nature at its finest.”
From the moment the report of a missing child comes in, to the resolution of the case, every action taken has the potential to make the difference between a successful recovery or a tragic outcome.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)developed the Missing Kids Readiness Project to promote best practices for responding to calls of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. 911 call centers and law enforcement agencies are recognized for meeting essential training and policy elements demonstrating preparedness for responding to a missing child incident.
To meet the requirements of the Project, the Warren TownshipPolice Department worked with NCMEC on their missing child policy to ensure it met the critical elements of NCMEC’s model policy for law enforcement agencies. In addition, Chief William Keane attended the Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives held at NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, VA and ensured all first responders and front line supervisors completed the necessary classroom and/or online training offered through NCMEC. By demonstrating remarkable leadership and making this commitment of training and preparedness, the Warren Township Police Department is communicating to its citizens and families that protecting the lives and safety of their children is a top priority.
Armed with the information, knowledge and operational resources gained through meeting the project criteria, the Warren Township Police Department is now positioned to respond more quickly, comprehensively, and effectively when a child’s life may be at stake.
Not only is the Warren Township Police Department now one of just forty-five law enforcement agencies in the United States who have achieved this status, they are the ninth law enforcement agency in the state of New Jersey to have done so.
We at the National Center would like to express our sincere gratitude and congratulations to the Warren Township Police Department for achieving this milestone, and for their diligence and commitment to children.
To learn more about NCMEC and the Missing Kids Readiness Project, go to: http://www.missingkids.org/MKRP.
For a full listing of all MKRP recognized agencies, go to: http://www.missingkids.org/MKRP/Members.
PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO PERSONAL SAFETY
In light of what we have seen in the past few weeks with the destruction and misery that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have created, and with Hurricane Jose possibly heading up the Atlantic, Committeeman Mick Marion and Committeeman George Lazo, along with our fellow elected Township officials, are asking all of our residents to be prepared for these types of events.
While this is not intended to alarm anyone, we’ve learned so much since storms like Floyd, Irene and Super Storm Sandy hit right here in Warren Township.
As a result, we have since spent countless hours on preparedness in all areas of our local government including, most notably, our OEM team coordinated by Jane Asch and Deputy Coordinator Committeeman Vic Sordillo. We also continue to work closely with our County Freeholders and our local utilities such as JCP&L and PSE&G on improvements and communications.
Now is the time to make sure we are prepared for any possible storms that may approach our area. While the hurricane season continues to November 30th, it’s best to take a little time now in order to be prepared for anything that Mother Nature may have in store for us.
Please visit the Warren Township website to see a thorough list of things to do to be prepared and keep your family safe.
Warren hosted an emotional ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, remembering the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. More than 50 residents attended the ceremony, which began with members of the Warren Township Honor Guard laying a wreath at the memorial at the municipal complex.
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WARREN, NJ – Warren seventh- and eighth-graders David and Dalton Rosenfarb presented a check for $1,000 at the Warren Township Committee’s last meeting to the Warren Police departments K-9 Unit, for police dog Onyx’s supplies and training certifications.
David and Dalton are making their Bar Mitzvahs at the end of the year.
“At our school we were assigned a Mitzvah project and we were asked to fulfill one good deed for an organization or our community. David and I decided that we wanted to help our community and came up with the idea to visit the Warren Township Police Department’s K-9 Unit, where we were lucky enough to meet Officer Brian and Onyx,” said Dalton.
Dalton said they were surprised to learn that Onyx can respond to more than 51 different commands.
The boys decided after meeting Officer Brian Horst and K9 Onyx, to raise money for supplies and training certifications.
The boys spent their own money and reached out to friends and family, and did chores to raise donations.
Police Chief William Keane, Officer Horst and Onyx thanked David and Dalton for their donation.
“I just met these two boys tonight and I’m very impressed. I didn’t know until tonight how the money was actually raised,” said Keane. “Onyx, I can’t say enough about him and the program and hopefully you guys have gotten to know Onyx a little bit. He does a tremendous job….This money will go towards some of his supplies and some of the things that we need for him so it will go to good use.”
“We really appreciate everything you did for Onyx in raising the money for him and it’s going to go to good use,” said Horst.
Mayor Garafola said that it’s inspiring because these young people will be sitting up on the dais one day and she’s thrilled to have families in Warren that are doing a great job of raising these young people.
“It really gives us great pleasure to recognize our young people in town,” said Mayor Carolann Garafola. “ Thank you to our officers, first of all for taking on a K-9 which is really a big job, and Chief Keane as their leader as we appreciate all of the great work you do.”
Onyx is a German Shepherd, and is Warren Township’s first Police K9. He was purchased by the Warren Twp. Honorary P.B.A. from Birkenhof Kennels of Derby, Connecticut and became a member of the Warren Twp. Police Department in August 2013.
Onyx is assigned to Officer Bryan Horst who has been employed with the Warren Twp. Police Department since 2003 and is the department’s first K9 handler. Shortly after receiving Onyx, he began attending the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office K9 Academy Patrol School from September 2013 to January 2014, and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics School from February 2014 to April 2014, completing over 1,080 hours of training.
Both David and Dalton Rosenfarb were thrilled to present their donation to Chief Keane and Officer Horst in front of the Warren Township Committee. We missed Committeeman Marion, as he was traveling for work.
WARREN TWP. – The Township Committee invites all to attend a 9/11 memorial service on Monday, Sept. 11, at the municipal complex.
The service will began at 8:30 a.m. at 46 Mountain Boulevard, Warren.
“We truly hope that you will be able to join us in remembering those who tragically lost their lives 16 years ago,” the township said in a statement.
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WARREN TWP. – More improvements are coming to East County Park off Reinman Road.
Somerset County is looking to begin the second phase of development at the park, located between Dubois Road and Old Stirling Road. The phase includes the addition of a gazebo near the parking area, a shade structure between the park’s two ponds, and a crushed stone trail and bridge that connects the existing trail between the Pop Warner complex and Duderstadt Turf Field.
The county’s cost estimate for the four-phase park development plan is $2.6 million, according to Township Administrator Mark Krane. The township’s share of the total cost will not exceed $750,000, paid from the open space trust fund.
Phase I of park development, which was completed in 2014, saw the development of a walking path, parking lot, and benches. While costs for Phase II are not official as bids have not yet been awarded, it is estimated the project will cost approximately $600,000 and the engineer’s estimate for the cost of the shade structure or pavilion is $261,000, according to Township Administrator Mark Krane.
It is expected that this phase of the project, once contractors are selected, will begin in the early fall and is expected to be completed by late October to early November, according to Warren Township Committeeman Michael Marion.
“Of course these dates may change for many reasons, but I can tell you that I have been pushing to get this completed so folks can enjoy our upcoming fall weather and scenery,” said Marion.
Phase By Phase
The committeeman, who has been working with the county, said it’s been nice to see how smoothly the plan has advanced phase by phase.
“We have always had multiple phase plans for the park,” said Marion. “What’s nice about a phased approach is that you can see what works for visitors over time, assess what they enjoy and take advantage of that, as well as what they don’t. This allows for a ‘living functional plan’ and helps us plan future phases. Adding the phase II trail, trail bridge, gazebo and shade structure were part of just that experience.
“There was a need to connect to the two fields, and these next steps add much to the appeal of the park allowing visitors to further enjoy their surroundings. This park has always had the goal of being very passive in nature, to experience what is around us and what we tend to take for granted on a daily basis. I guarantee that after spending even a short time here during any season of the year our residents will come away with a more relaxed feeling and greater appreciation of our natural environment.”
One option also being considered for this phase is a dog park.
“The dog park was and is being considered here, and most likely, if built, would be in one of the upper pastures – just not sure yet. At this point, we would like to see how we progress with the important areas that are needed for our overall passive park plan.”
Marion said he has been meeting with Freeholder Patricia Walsh to discuss the project.
“Freeholder Walsh is a terrific person to collaborate with; our county colleagues as a whole are wonderful people and can be counted on at all times,” said Marion. “Our Township Committee and the freeholders have a great working relationship.
“Freeholder Walsh and I speak regularly and also meet up for coffee or breakfast from time to time to kick ideas around. We will then go back to our respective committees to further discuss ideas for the park. This way all are involved in an idea planning process. Without this type of process, the future planning for the park would languish.”
‘Jewel In Warren’
A large, open park such as the East County tract is something Marion has wanted to see in Warren for some time.
“When Committeeman (George) Lazo and I first considered running for Township Committee, I had the idea that we needed to add a park to our community, while our township leaders at the time had the great foresight to purchase and maintain open space, thus keeping our township in a rural farm-like setting, which is its history. I also realized that we needed to have a place where residents could actually be part of that same setting and enjoy it. We then considered various areas of the township and the best location was that of this old horse farm with its scenic views, pastures, streams and overall idyllic setting.
“At that point we agreed to approach the county and explore if we could bring this idea to fruition. It’s a work in progress; however, this site makes it somewhat easy, as, again, the goal is a passive approach. The feedback from our residents has been nothing short of fabulous.”
Marion called the park a “jewel.”
“I think anyone that has an appreciation of what Warren is about and the desire to keep our township in its rural setting will very much enjoy this park,” said Marion. “After working on it for so long I’ve come to recognize it as a ‘Jewel in Warren.’ There are not many places close to home where you can walk on paths, in pastures or through the woods and along streams which allow you to forget about the grind of daily activity. In addition, we have two terrific turf fields within the park that are in frequent use by our children all year long. Visitors to the turf fields have the added benefit of simply taking a walk into the center of the park and enjoying its natural setting.
“I hope all our residents come to enjoy it.”
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The Warren Township Committee issued a proclamation at its Wednesday, June 15th, meeting honoring Adult Day Center of Somerset County (ADC) staff, board of trustees and members. From left, are Township Committeeman Michael Marion, ADC Board Chair Dave Tucker and Committeeman George Lazo.
WARREN TWP. – The Adult Day Center of Somerset County (ADC) in Bridgewater is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2017.
The milestone will be commemorated with a variety of different events throughout the year, including the “Generations Gala,” held on Thursday, June 8, an open house on Saturday, Sept. 9, and the annual “Getting Better with Age” wine tasting on Friday, Oct. 27.
The celebrations were kicked off when Somerset County Freeholders and Warren Township Committeemen Michael Marion and George Lazo presented ADC staff, board and members with ceremonial proclamations.
The ADC was founded by former Executive Director Jeff Macaulay in 1976. He began the agency as a volunteer-driven organization with no public funding, in the basement of the United Methodist Church in Bound Brook. The Adult Day Center was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency in 1977.
In 1984, the ADC moved to rented space at the People Care Center on Finderne Avenue in Bridgewater, where it grew from helping 20 members per day to serving 55. The ADC board and county quickly determined the need for the service was growing as evidenced by an eight-month waiting list, and determined the ADC needed a stand-alone facility to meet the need.
In 2011, after a greater than 10 year building project and capital campaign, ADC relocated to its own permanent facility at 872 E. Main Street in Bridgewater, and is now part of the county’s senior campus. It is a home away from home for members offering a sense of purpose, providing stimulation and socialization, and giving members a place to belong. Over the past 40 years, the ADC has grown to become a model of quality and affordable services, known statewide for its compassionate care.
Dave Tucker, chair of the ADC’s Board of Trustees, said, “The Board of the ADC is pleased to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the ADC. Through the staff’s vision and dedication, and the commitment of the volunteer trustees who have overseen the organization, thousands of Somerset County residents have been supported through their caregiving journey.”
State Senator Kip Bateman, R-Somerset, added, “The ADC is filling a very important need in our community. Caring for an aging loved one, especially an individual with dementia or Alzheimer’s, is very difficult and it is a long-term emotional and financial commitment. The ADC provides an affordable safe place during the day so caregivers can work or rest. My constituents are committed to helping their loved ones age in place at home and the ADC is a critical partner in providing compassionate care as an alternative to placement at an assisted living or long-term care facility.”
Diann Robinson, the center’s executive director, explained ADC membership.
“The ADC is open to older and disabled adults, many of whom have an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis,” said Robinson. “When an individual enrolls at the center, they become a ‘member’ of the ADC. Our intention is to look out for the needs of our members as well as to create an environment of comfort similar to one’s home setting.”
The ADC is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. When members arrive, they are greeted by the center’s staff and offered breakfast. After breakfast, members are invited to the morning meeting and to participate in range of motion activities. Morning activities are followed by therapeutic activities including bingo, games, crafts, cooking, or music offered throughout the day.
Attendance has grown exponentially since 2011, when the center was serving 55 members per day. Today, the ADC has an average attendance of 74 to 80 members per day, and daily enrollment of 80 to 90 members. Of the 140 members who are on the roster at any given time, about half of them live with their spouse and about half live with an adult child – all of whom may be working as well as being a full-time caregiver.
In addition to the day program, the ADC offers a monthly support group for providing a forum to come together on a monthly basis to provide respite from caregiving, learn about resources, and build fellowship with others in similar situations.
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DATE: May 26, 2017
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2017 MUNICIPAL BUDGET
On May 18, 2017, the Township Committee adopted the 2017 Municipal Budget in the amount of $18,895,411.91 with an amount to be raised by taxes of $13,365,569.69 and a tax rate of .291.
The Township Committee set a goal in August 2016, as it provided direction to the Township Administrator and township departments, to reduce that total amount to be raised by taxes in 2017, even though state law permits a 2% increase. The budget continues the Township Committee’s philosophy of ensuring friendly customer service for all residents at the lowest possible cost. The budget includes funding for $900,000 in road improvements throughout the township, maintaining staffing levels in the police department to ensure the public safety of our residents, which is evidenced by our recent naming by Safewise as the 9th safest community in New Jersey. Additionally, the township is continuing support for our volunteer fire department and for the operations of all township departments.
The Township Committee is responsible for managing the smallest share of the tax dollar paid by residents at 15.7%. Warren Board of Education is responsible for 43.25%, Watching Hills Regional High School is responsible for 21%, and Somerset County is responsible for 20%.
In 2016, Warren Township received a renewal of our Aa1 Bond Rating from Moody’s Financial Rating Services and maintains its AAA Bond Rating from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services received in 2014.
The Township Committee carefully manages our finances to ensure that our excellent Bond Ratings are maintained, which provides lower interest rates whenever the township finds it necessary to borrow money for capital projects. This saves the taxpayer’s dollars.
The Township Committee is proud of this budget which maintains nearly flat appropriations from the prior year, as well as reduces the amount to be raised by municipal taxes paid by township residents.
May 20th, 2017 – Committeeman Mick Marion attended Pedal for the Puzzle’s 7th Annual Bike Ride Event in efforts to continue raising awareness for children with Autism and support this wonderful charity!
We missed Committeeman George Lazo, for he was at the University of Maryland celebrating his daughters college graduation!
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CONTACT: Mark M. Krane, Twp. Administrator
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DATE: May 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STREAMLINING LAND DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURES
The Township Committee, under the leadership of Committeeman George Lazo, Board of Health liaison, introduced Ordinance 2017-08 on April 19, 2017, which was adopted on May 18, 2017. The Ordinance amends the land development process to eliminate the requirement that an applicant to the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment be required to appear before a meeting of the Board of Health to receive approval for a development application that is served by public water and public sewer. This certification can now be issued by the Health Officer, consistent with New Jersey statutes. This change of procedure does not eliminate the Board of Health staff’s review of the application, but will eliminate the requirement of a formal appearance before the Board. An application requiring the construction of a well and/or septic system will require an appearance before a meeting of the Board of Health.
This procedure is in addition to changes adopted by the Township Committee in 2013, which eliminated the requirement for applicants to appear before the Board of Health and Sewer Authority prior to review by the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment and instituted a process by which an applicant could appear in front of all Boards simultaneously.
This Ordinance continues Mr. Lazo’s and the Committee’s goal of streamlining Township procedures to reduce costs to property owners seeking to improve their homes or businesses. The Township Committee is focused upon instituting procedures which protect the public, but do not place onerous requirements upon the applicants.
For further information, please contact Mark Krane at (908) 753-8000, x-250.
Warren Township Committee Recognizes Watchung Hills Senior Andrew Morrison
(from left: Mick Marion, parents Bob and Nora Morrison, Andrew, George Lazo)
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