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Jun 03

June 3, 2011

Posted on June 3, 2011 at 1:48 PM by Terri Oswin

Our condolences to the family of Mark Thomas Inga.  The wake will be today from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm at Goble Funeral Home in Sparta.  The funeral is tomorrow at 10am at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Sparta followed by the burial at Gates of Heaven in East Hanover.

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, June 13th, with a Recreation Commission candidate interview at 6:15pm, Executive Session at 6:30pm and the Regular Meeting at 7:00pm

I want to thank everyone who helped make the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony very memorable.  The events were well attended and appropriately acknowledged the true meaning of the day.

Congratulations to Detective Thomas Muller for being awarded the prestigious “Detective of the Year” award from the Sussex County Detectives’ Association.  Tom received the William G. Geffken Memorial Detective of the Year Award for “outstanding accomplishments in investigative police work.”  Great job!

Best wishes to Amanda Tomasello who goes out on maternity leave today!

If you have time tomorrow evening stop by Memory Park between 7pm and 10pm to see the Battle of the Bands competition.  Rock on!


The Morris Lake Reservoir was 2 inches above the top of the spillway on 5.30.11.

We held the pre-construction meeting this week for the Merriam Watermain project

The new County Bus Stop has been operational on Trinity Street near Central Plaza for several days now.  My thanks to the DPW crew and Cory Stoner for making the transition seamless.  Also, we have created a flyer, in English and Spanish, for Joe Sapio to distribute to any bus patrons that might still be expecting the bus on Spring Street.

Today the mayor and I attended the Foodstock event at the Newton Shop-Rite.  Sponsored by the County of Sussex Social Services Department and WNNJ, the event is being held to increase supplies of canned goods for the food pantry.

The Parking Authority approved changing the first two spots on Jefferson Street to free 15-minute only parking in order to accommodate the concerns of the businesses adversely impacted by the purchase of the Newton Theatre and adjoining parking lot.

Speaking of the Newton Theatre, make sure you mark your calendars down for the grand re-opening on Friday, September 9th!  Who will the first act be?  Rolling Stones?  Kenny Chesney?  Tom Jones?  Chaka Khan?  Bon Jovi?  Don Rickles?  Pawn Stars?  Keep an eye out for the schedule of events to be released next month!  Awesome!

Enjoy your weekend!