Wednesday, May 22, 2013
New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police spoke out on police chief issue.
With the retirement of Chester Borough Police Chief Andre Kedrowitsch a little more than a month away, the Mayor and Council, in keeping with its decision to keep its options open, had prepared an ordinance ammendment that would add the position of police director, a civilian that would help train a new chief or officer in charge. But the presence of several area police chiefs and some new information prompted the Mayor and Council to table that change at their May 21 meeting. Denville Chief of Police Christopher Wagner, who is also the third vice president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, spoke for the assembled officers, explaining the benefits of having a police chief as opposed to a director and offering the …
Monday, May 20, 2013
73-year-old left the scene of an accident, Chester Borough cops said.
A 73-year-old Chester Township resident was arrested after a hit-and-run traffic accident in the Chester Springs Mall on May 18, Chester Borough police said. Janet Manfredonia struck a parked vehicle with her 2002 Volvo and, according to witnesses, she attempted to flee the scene without notifying police of the accident, Sgt. Dave Jara said. Ptl. Ryan Durkin located Manfredonia and after smelling alcohol on her breath, administered a series of field sobriety tests, Jara said. Manfredonia was arrested and transported to police headquarters where breath samples showed her blood alcohol concentration was .16 percent, Jara said. Manfredonia was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, failure to report an accident, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Officials say they've done whatever possible to expedite reconstruction of Chester building impacted by March blaze; contractor says work set to begin next week.
While the inside and outside of the iconic Chester business, Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor, may “look like hell,” according to its owner, borough officials said they’ve done whatever is necessary of them to facilitate a quick reconstruction. The decades-old ice cream shop was damaged by smoke and water on March 8, when a fire ripped through an upstairs apartment at the Chester Main Street building. While the electric, plumbing and other utilities necessary to reopen the business were reviewed on Wednesday, May 9, plans submitted by the construction company’s architect were not signed off, causing a delay, Zoning Officer Kerry Brown said. “The plans were submitted on May 6, and in less than two days we had our construction department review …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Delays in repairing the historic Chester ice cream shop will keep them closed through the summer.
Taking a stroll through downtown Chester and stopping for a cool treat at Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor is part of the summer tradition for residents and tourists alike. But those who were hoping Taylor’s would be open for business this summer after the fire that gutted the store on March 8 are going to be disappointed. “Even if the work started today it would take five or six months to be completed,” said owner Ron Klein. “And that would put us into the fall or winter.” And according to Klein, the work isn’t being started today or anytime soon. “This whole situation is really frustrating. I can’t get an answer from anyone on when work will be started,” Klein said. “Our landlord is not on top of anything. Every time we speak I get different …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Governing body must decide which roads need attention.
Chester Borough officials are mulling which municipal roads are in most need of attention. Borough engineer shared a laundry list of potential repairs last week with the mayor and council. The good news, according to Mayor Bob Davis, is that Chester Borough has been awarded an $80,000 grant for improvements to Old Gladstone Road by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Ferriero added that the grant will not cover the entire project, since the total cost for Old Gladstone Road will be about $100,000. “I’m pretty happy that we got that,” Ferriero said. “That’s one road we’ll be working on in the future.” Ferriero began his presentation with a list from 2010 that included the worst-rated roads in the borough. He explained that his …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Community unites to plant flowers and a tree at the Chester Borough Hall.
Members of the municipal government, schools, and community organizations of Chester Borough came together to carry on a tradition in celebration of Arbor Day last week. Marla Jackson of the Shade Tree Commission and Gina Pellechio and Heather Juhlin of Black River Middle School were joined by Mayor Bob Davis, Councilwoman Janet Hoven, Councilwoman Elizabeth Gugliemini and Council President Tim Iversen to plant a tree on the grounds of the municipal complex. Also in attendance were Black River Middle School Service Club advisors Kathy Werner and Michele Connahan, the middle school’s principal, Bob Mullen, dean of students Brad Currie and representatives of the Chester Garden Club and the Chester Environmental Commission. The Garden Club …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Get to know the newcomer to the Chester Borough political ring before the June primary.
Name: Karen L. Ferrone Political/town background I am the Tax Collector in Green Township.This will allow me to have different perspective and understanding to spending and budgets. Have you served on any boards/committees in Chester Borough? Chester Borough Recreation Commisioner 3.5 years, Member of the C.E.R.T. team, PTO Chairperson. How long have you lived in Chester Borough? Seven years in July. 1. If elected, what is the first issue currently facing Chester Borough that you would like to take action on? The Larison Property issues need to be cleared up. For several months this property has been a topic of discussion at the Council meetings, with no decision ever being made. The land owner has made a re-zoing request. The …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Leonard Lance to appear at the Chester Post Office April 15.
On Monday, April 15, Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7) will hold a Tax Day event in Chester to highlight his support for enacting meaningful tax reform on the federal level. During the event, Lance will be joined by Chester Mayor Robert Davis, as well as taxpayers advocates and concerned citizens. Lance’s Tax Day event will begin at 10 a.m., on the sidewalk in front of the Chester Post Office located at 1 Sentry Lane.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Chester Borough's Janet Hoven files letter with municipal clerk to be removed from the ballot.
Yesterday, sitting Chester Borough Councilwoman Janet Hoven decided to not campaign for reelection one day after filing her petiton to do so in order to focus her energies on a 2014 bid for mayor. Today, she officially filed the paperwork to be removed from the ballot, which is something Hoven was unaware was possible once the petitions were submitted. "There is a mechanism to do this," said Chester Borough Administrator Valerie Egan. "If someone that has filed a petition wants to remove themselves from the Primary Election, they would write a letter stating this and submit it to the Municipal Clerk." According to Egan, the Clerk in question would then forward it to the County and send the County a revised list of candidates for the …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Bob Davis has made no decision about a re-election campaign.
Chester Borough Mayor Bob Davis doesn't know what 2014 will bring, and he isn't going to guess. On April 2, sitting councilmember Janet Hoven announced that she planned to run for mayor next year and not actively campaign for another stint on the boro council. "I wish her well in her endeavors," Davis said. But as for his political future, the current mayor hasn't decided on anything yet. Davis is content to focus on the job ahead of him currently. "I will continue to do my job as Mayor and will make my decision next year when the time is appropriate," Davis said.