Springfield Newsletter (August 2016)

For a current listing of Springfield events, you can always visit my up-to-date Calendar at http://calendar.shehady.us

– The Springfield Senior Citizens Calendar for August 2016 is online at http://zszs.us/SNJSrCz. Please share with family, friends and neighbors.

– The Springfield Community Pool Activities Calendar for August 2016 is online at http://zszs.us/29wyoyO.

– If you haven’t yet stopped by the Springfield Farmers Market, visit any Monday through October 31st from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Municipal Parking Lot located at the corner of Church Mall and Morris Avenue. Check out the poster at http://zszs.us/29twFbR

– The Springfield Business Improvement District continues their Springfield Music Fest, a live outdoor concert series with the next event on Thursday, August 18th at Echo Plaza featuring Springfield’s own, “The Vaughns” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The full schedule is listed on my community calendar. View the poster at http://zszs.us/29wAxuj

– The annual free summer concert will be held on Monday, August 15th at Jonathan Dayton High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

– It’s almost time to clean out those basements, attics and garages. The community is invited to participate in the second townwide garage sale of 2016 on Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th. Sale hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The garage sale dates are prior to the quarterly bulk garbage pickups on September 14-15 so you can easily dispose of remaining items. Registration is not required and there are no permit fees. Participating households are encouraged to register at http://zszs.us/SNJgs to be included on a comprehensive listing of garage sale locations that will be posted in an interactive map on the Township website and on Facebook.

– Save the date – the annual Fall Festival & Car Show will be here before you know it. I have been speaking with the organizers and they have some exciting things planned to continue making this year even better than the last. The festival and car show is scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd with a rain date of October 16th. If you wish to register as a vendor or enter your car, visit http://www.festivalcarshow.com


– Union County residents can now send a text message to 911 in the event of an emergency. If you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to call 911 and speak to a dispatcher, Union County is one of the first counties in the state that will allow you to text 911 during an emergency. Texts are handled by the Union County Regional Dispatch Center located in Westfield. Please share this information with family, friends and loved ones as this can make a huge difference for someone who might find themselves in a situation where a voice call could jeopardize their safety.

– Did you know the Springfield Police Department provides a free child safety seat inspection? 8 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Our Police Department has officers who are trained to make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly. If you are interested in this service, call the Police non-emergency line at 973-376-0400 to set up an appointment.

– As a result of some past home burglaries, I contacted Ring.com (makers of a wi-fi doorbell) and explained what was going on. They helped me sign up Springfield for their “Neighborhoods Program”. They’ve agreed to offer Springfield residents a $25 discount with the use of the promo code 3z4snj However, the offer will expire at the end of the month. I highly recommend it! When the doorbell rings, your cell phone rings and you can see the live video feed and speak/listen to the visitor (like a video intercom). This offers some additional security and deterrence because the visitor will not actually know if you’re home or not and you will have video footage in the event of a crime. It’s easy to install and if it’s stolen, they’ll replace it for free. Aside from the up-front cost, there are no other fees unless you want video storage. To buy, go to www.ring.com and use the promo code 3z4snj at check out.

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– The Township Sidewalk Improvement Program is progressing nicely. The contractor is currently working on Area 4 and is expected to start Area 5 next week. Completing the town is a 10-12 month project depending on the weather. Click here to view the Area Map.


– The next Township Committee meeting will be Tuesday, August 9th at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The second meeting for the month will be on Tuesday, August 23rd at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The agenda is available at http://agenda.springfieldnj.us There are 4 new ordinances being introduced and 9 resolutions being considered for adoption. This is a relatively light agenda but with an unusually higher number of new ordinances. Most of the ordinances are land use related and have been referred to us by the Planning Board.


– It’s crazy to think that Election Day is just around the corner – there are just less than 90 days until voters head to the polls! Regardless of your political views and thoughts of the presidential elections, two candidates are running for Springfield Township Committee that need your vote – Victoria Sarracino and Kristen Labazzo. There’s still time to meet them and learn more about them. They are hosting a meet & greet at Kristen’s house on Wednesday, August 24th from 6-8 p.m. For a $50 per person donation, you can enjoy kabobs, appetizers and cocktails. I would love for them to join the Township Committee in 2017 so we can work together for the continued improvement of our town. If you’re interested in attending the meet & greet, just send me an email for more information!

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