Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Extended hours will be offered by the municipal clerk of Bloomingdale.
Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the June 4 primary election, where Tri-Boro municipal council races are the only local contests. The primary election race for two available Bloomingdale Council seats will be uncontested in June. The action will come for the November general election, when Democrats Dawn Hudson and Anthony Costa take on Republican incumbent Linda Shortman and her running mate, newcomer Albert Miller for two three-year seats. The Butler Council's two open seats also will not be contested for the June 4 primary. Republican incumbents Stephen Regis and Edwin Vath are running for re-election and have no GOP opposition. Democrat Linda Gilvey, also running unopposed in the primary, will face Regis and Vath in …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Jodie MacKenn Bross received several rounds of applause for the success of her family's business.
For three generations, the MacKenn family's Glenwild Garden Center been the place where Bloomingdale natives go for their organic gardening and landscaping needs. Owner Jodie MacKenn Bross was honored with a standing ovation and a resolution honoring the family's local contributions from the Bloomingdale Borough Council at their last meeting. In a business Spotlight with Tri-Boro Patch, Bross said she "deeply believe[s] in living sustainably and doing our part to understand the damage all the chemical use in the past 60 or 70 years has done to our planet and soil (as well as air and water)." Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy and the rest of the council unanimously passed the resolution, which honored "the services that Glenwild Garden Center …
Monday, April 22, 2013
An ordinance establishing a bank cap is also on the agenda.
The Bloomingdale Borough Council will hear an introduction of the 2013 municipal budget at their Tuesday meeting. The council must vote on the budget at its introduction and at a future meeting for its final adoption. An ordinance establishing a bank cap is also on the agenda, which may indicate that the currently drafted budget is under the state-mandated two percent tax levy cap and any applicable exceptions, such as rising health insurance or labor costs. Municipalities with budgets under the maximum allowable amount can take those extra funds and establish a bank cap, which can be drawn upon within the next three years as an allowable excemption to the tax levy cap. The council will also vote on a possible new member of the …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Borough officials thank volunteers for efforts pulling two men from Lake Iosco in February.
Several Bloomingdale volunteers who risked their own lives trying to save two men who fell through the ice of Lake Iosco in February were honored by the borough council at its March 26 meeting. Ultimately, one of the two men who fell in the lake, 52-year-old Frank Ferrell, of Ringwood, died upon arriving at Chilton Hospital after he was submerged in the lake for more than 10 minutes. But more than six volunteers worked together to pull Ferrell and 49-year-old Theodore Andreniuk from the water. The men were ice fishing at the time, according to Bloomingdale Police Chief Joseph Borell, when a resident of a nearby home called 911 just after noon on Feb. 26 and said a person had fallen through the ice. A second 911 call came in three minutes …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans, including incumbent Linda Shortman, to run in November election.
The June primary election may be quiet for the race for two Bloomingdale Council seats that will be open this November, but the general election will have two Democrats facing two Republicans for three-year terms. Republican incumbent Linda Shortman will seek re-election for her seat while Councilman Mark Conklin, also a Republican, will not seek re-election. Also running on the Republican ticket alongside Shortman will be Albert Miller. Democrats Dawn Hudson and Anthony Costa filed petitions to run on Monday as well. Candidates wishing to run in the June 4 primary had a deadline of 4 p.m. Monday to file nominating petitions. Who would you vote for? Participate in our poll below and tell us why in the comments.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ROSE Fund allocations recommended to borough council.
Amidst a conversation about how to disburse the money collected this year through the borough's Recreation and Open Space Establishment (ROSE) Trust Fund, Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy told council members March 12 he would like to see the borough apply for grant funding to create a dog park at Oakwood Lake next year. The council heard a presentation from the ROSE Fund Committee during the meeting as part of an annual action where committee members present a "wish list" of items to the council for the borough's recreation and open space needs. This year's list included a dog walk and several other items. The committee also recommends how much of the money collected from the ROSE tax should go toward recreation and open space. The …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Council continues discussion on assessment project.
As the Bloomingdale Council continues to mull whether to complete a sidewalk repair assessment project on Rafkind Road, several affected neighbors attended Tuesday's borough council meeting to hear more about what would be entailed. The project is being considered as Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said much of the street's sidewalks are in disrepair. Bloomingdale has received a $200,000 state Department of Transportation grant and will be contributing $325,000 to the project for paving and curbing. The total estimated cost of the project, should the borough decide to move forward with the sidewalk assessment portion, is around $825,000. Rafkind Road residents would be asked to repay the cost of the portion of their sidewalks they would be …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Bloomingdale Council will continue discussion on Rafkind Road sidewalk replacement.
The Bloomingdale Council will discuss Tuesday closing roads during the annual Tri-Boro Little League Opening Day parade. Last year and in years past, the players have marched down Hamburg Turnpike toward Anderson Field where vendors (and even Tri-Boro Patch) lined the path to the field. Players were announced one-by-one along with their coaches. This year's Opening Day ceremonies will be held on April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Bloomingdale Borough Hall. After hosting a special meeting to inform the public about a potential assessment project to repair sidewalks on Rafkind Road, including concrete walls and driveway aprons, the Bloomingdale Council will continue discussion…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Second vacancy to be filled as board pushes back interviews.
The Bloomingdale Board of Education now has not one but two vacancies to fill when the board meets to interview interested candidates on March 4. Originally, the board had planned to interview candidates and select a single new board member during a scheduled meeting Tuesday. However, the candidate interviews were pushed back and aligned with a meeting in which the board will vote whether or not to adopt the 2013-14 school budget. Although the public is no longer able to vote on the budget since the board moved to eliminate a public vote and move school board elections last year, the board still has to vote for budget adoption before it can move forward. Business Administrator George Hagl said Monday that three candidates have expressed …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Bloomingdale mayor said depth analysis still planned for spring.
Just one week after Bloomingdale officials postponed action on an ordinance to formally prohibit ice skating and sledding on borough ponds, a man fell through the ice of private Lake Iosco in the borough Tuesday, ultimately to his death. Frank Ferrell, a 52-year-old Ringwood man, died Tuesday at Chilton Hospital after emergency responders pulled him from the lake where he had gone ice fishing and was fully submerged for more than 10 minutes. Also rescued was Theodore Andreniuk, 49, of West Milford, who was transported to the hospital in critical condition. While the prohibition ordinance would not have affected Lake Iosco or other lakes situated in private communities in the borough, discussion on the topic was inspired by a similar event …