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Pre-Thanksgiving Village Update

Before folks head off for thanksgiving dinners and hopefully taking a moment out of busy lives to reflect and relax, I wanted to update everyone on our Board meeting from last week, and also provide an update about some interesting things happening in town. This includes the resolution I brought to the Board, which passed unanimously and was sent to the NJ Board of Public Utilities regarding PSE&G, some interesting OEM updates, renovating Village Hall and re-organizing our meeting process. Check out the video summary below, and let me know what you think: P.S. all three questions that were on the November 8th ballot did have support from the community and "passed" with yes votes. Thanks everyone for voicing your opinions! Find full November 8th election results here. Here is a scan of the certified copy of the resolution, which I brought to the Board and was passed unanimously. We are asking other NJ municipalities that had similar experiences to also pass their own version of this resolution:


Important Election Information

The general election is coming up on November 8th and South Orange voters will get a unique opportunity to vote on three non-binding questions on the ballot this year.The three questions are related to the charter review process that the Village has been undertaking for many months now. These three questions were the three the Board wanted public input on and you can find a great overview of the questions on our website here: southorange.org/ballotquestions. Here I would like to give my thoughts and share with you why I will be voting yes for all three questions on November 8th.The first question is about changing the name from the current ‘Township of South Orange Village’ back to the ‘Village of South Orange.’ South Orange is indeed not a township but a Village and the township label was only added decades ago to make the municipality eligible for federal grant money available only to townships. That federal program was disbanded shortly thereafter, and the township label has neither anything to do with our form of government (Maplewood is a township, on the other hand, with a township committee, etc) nor provides us any benefit today. Much signage in town never even...


October Snow Update from OEM

This is an update from the Village of South Orange and the Office of Emergency Management. We are advising residents against going house to house to trick or treat tonight because of the potential danger of downed wires, hanging branches and debris still on the ground. Spooky Spiotta Park will be happening starting at 4pm and we invite all residents to come downtown and celebrate Halloween with us! The Village is in constant communication with PSEG and is working on getting areas in South Orange prioritized as fast as possible. If you have medical or special needs please contact the SOPD immediately.The Library will be open until 9pm Monday night for residents to come in, charge electronic devices and relax in warmth. The Baird will be opened as a shelter if needed overnight, and you can call the SOPD to request that assistance.Residents are encouraged to move branches and debris out to the curb so DPW can remove it. All of the roads in South Orange were opened by the end of the Sunday, due the hard work of our Department of Public Works and other village staff. They will continue clearing debris through the end of the week, while...





Corrections to the News-Record's September 22nd Editorial

I am writing to you today in regards to the editorial that appeared in the last edition of the News Record. I do not offer the following criticism lightly, as I understand and value the necessary role for the press to hold public officials accountable. However, in order to promote rational public discourse, editorial opinion must be based upon sound facts. Now, nobody is perfect, but it’s distressing to see the extent to which the News-Record’s recent editorial deviated from the facts - facts that were actually presented fairly accurately in a front page article by Phillip Curran in the very same edition. Below are the most critical of concerns that I have: · The editorial begins with a statement that “an administrator is needed” and that "a new administrator will be required in the Village..." The assumed fact in that statement is that an administrator has not been chosen. Nowhere in the editorial is it mentioned that Reagan Burkholder, former administrator to Summit, was appointed in the last Board meeting and has already begun the transition. You left your readers with the erroneous impression that the Village has been left adrift, which is by no means accurate. · The...