Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The contract to light up the Woodbridge Middle School's stage is so amateur theatrical groups will have a professional stage on which to perform
Two years ago, the township was renting the Hungarian Club of Woodbridge on behalf of an amateur theatre group to put on their stage productions. Since there was a falling out between the club and the town administration over who actually owned the club and the land surrounding it, Mayor John McCormac set his sites on turning Woodbridge Middle School's auditorium into a professional theatre. Tuesday night, the town council took a step in that direction by awarding a $137,950 contract to install professional lighting at the auditorium. The bid, rendered by FSC Electric in Perth Amboy, was the lowest of five bids submitted for the project. The FSC bid was about $48,000 less than the next lowest bid of $185,300 from ACI Electric in …
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 10, 2013
Residents of flood-prone areas of the township showed up at Tuesday's council meeting, pleading with elected officials for help months after Hurricane Sandy.
Months after Hurricane Sandy's storm surge inundated parts of Woodbridge and destroyed homes, the residents of those areas took matters into their own hands. They converged on Tuesday night's council meeting and turned a reorganization session of the council into a Hurricane Sandy forum. Heidelberg Avenue homeowner Monique Coleman led the charge with a prepared statement, asking for tax relief, home buyouts, and the creation of a flood advisory board made up of residents to tackle ways to alleviate flooding problems. "I urge you to pursue meaningful efforts at long-term flood reduction," Coleman said, brandishing a petition with more than 50 signatures of homeowners in the flooded sections of Woodbridge. She would've had more people sign…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Woodbridge governing bodies will be reorganizing this month. Here's the list of when and where.
It's a New Year, and time for the Woodbridge Council, the Board of Education, and other township bodies to schedule their organization meetings. Here's the schedule for the first meetings of 2013: Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The no-bid contract to upgrade camera surveillance at the skateboard park was approved by the town council.
The cost to monitor the goings-on at a Woodbridge skateboard park will cost a tenth of the price of the skateboard park itself. The Woodbridge council approved a resolution that will fund an almost $55,000 camera surveillance system to be upgraded at the skateboard park located next to the Evergreen Center in the Colonia section of the township. The skateboard park itself cost $500,000 in borrowed money. It still hasn't been officially opened yet, but that hasn't stopped skateboarders, including some with New York license plates, from using the park on a daily, and noisy, basis. The skateboard haven is located cheek-by-jowl with St. John Vianney Church, whose proximity to the township-run skateboard park has proven to be a headache. …
Friday, June 29, 2012
After the original dealer took too long to deliver cop cars, the Woodbridge council decided to go with a Delaware car dealer.
With the Woodbridge Police Department in need of new vehicles to replace aging cars in its fleet, the council killed a bid to lease eight new cars originally accepted four months ago and is set to approve a new one. The council approved a resolution Tuesday night to rescind another resolution adopted in February for the three-year lease of eight new Chevrolet Caprice police vehicles from Major Chevrolet, Inc. while moving to add a resolution to accept a new bid to a future meeting agenda. "The other company couldn't deliver on our expectations," said Council President Gregg Ficarra of Major Chevrolet, who put in the winning low bid that was accepted in February. "The original could not produce in a timely fashion, and we are in need of …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
How should public officials respond when public meetings get heated?
Most people never go to a public meeting because they're thrilled with what's going on. They're usually there because they have a gripe, and they want to air it and get some action. It's expected that they are going to be angry; but is it OK for politicians to respond in kind? At the May 22 council meeting, a senior citizen complained about a lack of handicapped parking in a nearby shopping center - he didn't think there is enough, and the councilmen thought it was just fine. The discussion degenerated into the man yelling as several of the politicians did the same to him. The brouhaha ended with a threat of the elderly man being thrown out by a police officer stationed in the council chamber. Do you think politicians should reply …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Town Council gave more details on their plans to come up with hundreds of housing units to fulfill COAH requirements.
The Woodbridge Planning Board will be considering several amendments Wednesday night to municipal land use laws that would enable the township to start developing more than 900 housing units and finally comply with the NJ Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) requirements. But Tuesday night, the Township Council went into some detail at their meeting about one aspect of the town's plan to meet COAH requirements: a program to snap up foreclosed properties and redevelop them into 300 units of low cost housing. "It's a great program. It's several wins across the board," said Business Administrator Robert Landolfi. The program, to be done in conjunction with the NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA), would have the town purchase …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Jean Pierce, running as an independent Democrat, lost to four incumbents Tuesday night.
Following a tireless grassroots campaign, independent Democrat Jean Pierce fell short in the primary election Tuesday night, tallying 1,574 votes, about 900 fewer than the four incumbent at-large council members. Incumbent Kyle Anderson, who was appointed to his seat in January by Mayor John McCormac, drew 2484 votes. His fellow Democrat council members Brenda Velasco got 2539 votes, followedby Gregg Ficarra with 2935 votes. Council President James Carroll was the top vote getter with 2960 votes, rounding out the victors in the council race. The tally does not include figures from Ward 1, Precinct 2, which had a mechanical failure and was awaiting certification from the Middlesex County Board of Elections in New Brunswick. The final …