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Jan 29

January 29, 2016

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Many thanks to the DPW and all emergency services personnel, staff and volunteers who managed operations effectively and efficiently during the last snow event!

Our next Town Council meeting is Monday, February 8th at 7:00pm. There are two volunteer interviews that evening – one at 6:30pm and one at 6:45pm.

Morris Lake was 33 inches below the top of the spillway on 1.25.16.

The 2016 preliminary budget has been completed and is available to the Council for pickup in Dispatch. Our hearings are on Saturday, February 6th and Thursday, February 11th. My thanks to Dawn for her hard work on same and for the diligence of department heads and staff in preparation of this important document.

27 Orchard Street is slated for public auction once again on March 2nd.

Bids will be coming in next month on the revamped Downtown Lighting Project.

The annual reorganization meeting of the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce was very well attended this past Wednesday evening at the Farmstead Golf & Country Club. Mayor Flynn provided a comprehensive overview of our 2015 successes and goals for 2016.

I was a panel speaker at the annual conference for the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter in New Brunswick, NJ this week. The topic was “Redevelopment” and the discussion was standing room only. Many people commented how great it was to hear about the exciting redevelopment opportunities in Newton.

A friendly reminder that next Friday is the 13th Annual National Wear Red Day for Women sponsored by the American Heart Association. This is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February, urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, the media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. On February 5th, help us turn Newton, New Jersey and America RED and SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES from heart disease and stroke by contributing $5 to the cause and wearing something red…a red dress, tie, jacket, scarf, hat, blouse or shirt. Go Red For Women and show your commitment to reducing risk, improving health, and saving women’s lives.

Also, next Friday is the annual staff Super Bowl Party! Please sign-up with Jennifer in Human Resources.

Have a great weekend!

Yours for a Better Newton,