Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Woodbridge mayor will be at Avenel and Iselin firehouses today. Stop by if you want to have a chat.
Do you have a complaint about something going on in town? Do you need help with an issue and you can't get it resolved? Today's your chance to meet with Mayor John McCormac, make your voice heard, and get a continental breakfast. This is the second in a series of free breakfasts the mayor and other council members have been holding in Woodbridge township firehouses and first aid squad buildings. Today's schedule is as follows: Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Teens, here's your chance to try out and be the next Woodbridge Idol winner! Auditions are Feb. 25 and 26.
Do you have a hidden talent you're dying to let out? The Woodbridge Idol contest could be your chance. Auditions are being held on Monday, February 25, at the Woodbridge Community Center and on Tuesday, Feburary 26, at the Evergreen Center in Colonia. There will be two sessions on each day and at each location: at 3:30 pm or 6:30 pm. Auditions are open to teens from 14 to 18 years of age. Contestants are asked to sing the National Anthem and a one- to two-minute song of their choice a capella. The competition itself will be held on April 26. For more information, visit their Facebook page or email email@example.com. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
It's Presidents' Day, and here are the governmental offices on this federal holiday.
Remember George Washington? The birthday of the first president of the United States on February 22 became a federal holiday, first observed in 1879. President Abraham Lincoln was also born in February. Since the passage of the Mondays Holidays Act in 1971, both Washington and Lincoln's birthdays have been celebrated on the third Monday in February - Presidents' Day. So what's opened and closed in Woodbridge today? Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The mayor is holding breakfast and brunch at Woodbridge, Port Reading, and Iselin firehouses and EMS facilities.
Do you have a complaint about something going on in town? Do you need help with an issue and you can't get it resolved? Sunday's your chance to meet with Mayor John McCormac, make your voice heard, and get a continental breakfast. The mayor is holding breakfast and brunch repasts at three township firehouses and first aid facilities this morning. Several council members are expected to join him. The schedule is as follows: Please note: The correct date for the breakfast is Sunday, February 17. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Mayor John McCormac said two Woodbridge warehouse projects could replace 170 lost Hess refinery positions "five times over."
A day after Hess Corporation announced the closure of their Port Reading refinery, there is some talk that the closure may not be as calamitious for the township as it might first appear. Mayor John McCormac hinted as much in his mention of the refinery closure in a 10-page State of the Township speech he gave Tuesday to the Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce. "The silver lining after the Hess announcement is that two new projects are in the pipeline (pun intended) that have the potential to replace the lost Hess jobs five times over," the mayor said. Hess announced Monday that they'll not only be closing their refinery facility, but seeking to divest themselves of their entire terminal network in the United States. The Port Reading refinery …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The volunteer work of the former NJ governor and longtime mayor of Woodbridge will be highlighted in a new film to be aired on HBO in March.
A documentary outlining the jailhouse ministery of former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey has earned a spot at the renowned Sundance Film Festival. 'Fall to Grace', was produced and directed by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of former House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The film, created for HBO which will air in March, records the efforts of McGreevey to help reform the lives of women in a Hudson County jail. Pelosi was intrigued by McGreevey, whom she called a "reformed politician" in an interview with Reuters. "They wouldn't let him move on ... everyone writes him off because of some mistake he made before," Pelosi said. The 'mistake' was an affair that the twice-married McGreevey had with another man while he was governor. …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Can a PR firm generate enough publicity to make the community center and golf course pay off?
When the Woodbridge Council allotted almost $40,000 to a PR firm to market the Woodbridge Community Center in 2012, what were they getting for their money? So far, there's been a new logo and a new program name, the Woodbridge Family Series, a compilation of events that have been held in the township throughout the years. The Have-A-Heart Food Drive, the Easter Egg Hunt, even auditions for Woodbridge Idol, have all been regrouped into the Family Series. The YMCA, the Arenas ice skating rink, and the Skyline Mini-Golf course all come under the heading of money-making ventures that Mayor John McCormac is hoping will produce the revenue he's looking for. McCormac endorsed the hiring of 20 Lemons, the PR firm that is hawking the Community …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Judge Spencer B. Robbins lives in Chatham but voted from his law office in Woodbridge for 12 years
Woodbridge Judge Spencer B. Robbins, who moved to Chatham in 1998 but continued voting from his Woodbridge law office for 12 years, was reappointed to another three-year term as a municipal judge. Robbins' reappointment was buried in a New Year flurry of resolutions that the council voted on at their reorganization meeting earlier this month. He makes approximately $77,000 in the position, according to a Home News Tribune report. The trouble came about when it was learned that Robbins, who owns a law practice in Woodbridge, had been voting from his office address since 1998, four years after he was appointed to a judgeship here. He was stopped after Christopher Struben, the Republican candidate for mayor who lost in the 2011 election, …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
If it's not the requirements you rebuild your flooded home to 13 feet over grade, then it's the tax increases you get on the improvements that's bleeding Woodbridge residents dry.
Homeowners in Woodbridge Township who live in flood-prone areas had a lot to say about the cost of being hit by both FEMA, flood insurance increases, and hurricanes, and it's not pretty. Residents of the perpetually waterlogged Watson Avenue in Woodbridge Proper vented on Woodbridge Patch's Facebook page, after reading a story that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has increased the Advisory Base Flood Elevations - the height from grade from which devastated homes can be rebuilt - from 9 feet, before Hurricane Sandy, to the current 13 feet. For these homeowners, it's another disaster. "We are having so much trouble with our insurance just for repairs, that I have no idea how will we pay to raise our foundation now," said Debbie …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Mayors Against Illegal Guns gathered for a press conference Monday morning to tell legislators, enough is enough.
From Vermont to New Mexico, members of the 800-strong Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition of elected officials gathered to voice their frustration to Washington and push legislators to support laws that ban violent assault weapons, makes gun trafficking a federal crime and increases the background checks on potential gun owners. "It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment, it's about gun violence," said former N.J. Gov. Jim Florio, who joined the group of local legislative leaders and law enforcement officials. Florio took much of the credit for getting tough with N.J. gun laws in the 1990s. "We formulated this issue in terms of whether the people in the state thought it was in the public interest to have more access to Uzi's and …