Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Share photos and videos of your community with your neighbors.
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Hey good people of Jefferson: We want to see your photos of ... well, just about anything! So much happened in town this week. There was a football game on Friday night and Sunday featured a pep rally for youth football. Got any images you'd like to share with your neighbors of a milestone, a celebration, a fun night out ... maybe just an interesting moment or something cool going on around town? Hit Pics and Clips in the bar across the top of the site and get your photo or video out there to Patch readers. Pretty much anything you think the community should see is fair game.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Would you like to see more entertainment and activity in Jefferson Township to help keep kids out of trouble?
Is there enough activity in Jefferson Township to keep teenagers entertained? Last week former professional basketball player Chris Herren spoke with nearly 2,000 community members and students over two days in western Morris County, and told his story about drug addiction and how it nearly took his life. For Herren, it all began as a teen, with a little smoking and drinking on the weekends. Also last week, Patch announced Chester's Clearview Cinemas would be closing to make way for a new fitness center. Residents in that town weren't as upset about the switch as they were about the loss of a friendly place for teens to hang out. So, Jefferson Township, tell us if there's enough activity and entertainment in the area to keep teens occupied…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Though results may not seem shocking, we want to know what you think.
Thursday, April 11
Jefferson may not have a traditional downtown area where people use their legs as primary mode of transportation, but it seems as if at least one website has decided the township is a "car dependent" community. WalkScore.com, a website that helps its users identify some of the most walker-friendly communities in the country, finds Jefferson to be more geared toward motorists. The website scored the township at six out of 100 for walkability. "This location is car-dependent as a few amenities are within walking distance," the website said. The ranking indicates that restaurants, schools and shops are fairly spread apart. What do you think? Is Jefferson a "walkable" community? If you do walk around the township, where do you go? Tell us in …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Gary and Susan Kolb will say final goodbye to remaining African Boerboel.
A long-fought battle to retain custody of a family pet will officially end Saturday, when Gary and Susan Kolb send their remaining African Boerboel to a shelter in Utah. The Kolb family agreed in March to give up Imani, the remaining 100-lb. dog of the two they originally had. Jumba, the family’s other pet dog, died of cancer in a shelter in January. Imani will be crated and put on a plane Saturday and flown to a Utah facility where she will remain for the rest of her existence, according to nj.com. Gary and Susan Kolb were forced to give up their dogs after Jefferson Police found one of them without a muzzle on an early morning walk, despite a court order to always be bound when in public. Jumba and Imani have been in a shelter since Oct…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Introduction not happening until April 17.
Last Wednesday's Jefferson Council meeting should have seen the introduction of the 2013 budget for the township, but while the numbers have been kicked around and it's more or less finalized, it isn't completed yet. "We're a little behind right now technically, according to the state calendar we should be introducing today," said Jefferson Township Chief Financial Officer Bill Eagen. "[We didn't want to] introduce just for the sake of the calendar, we wanted to do it right. According to Eagen, many towns that don't follow that timeline strictly and Jefferson is close with their final numbers. "We've got the financials in now, we've gone through the capital, we've discussed certain operating items; so at this point it's just a matter of …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Jefferson governing body reschedules for March 13.
Jefferson Township announced just after 10 a.m. Wednesday its regular meeting of the Mayor and Council would be postponed due to inclement weather. The meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the municipal building, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 13 at the same time, according to town clerk Lori Harvin. A late winter storm is expected to come through the region Wednesday, and meteorologists said precipitation in northern New Jersey could lead to two inches of snow accumulation, ending by Thursday morning. No agenda is yet available for the March 13 meeting.
Monday, March 4, 2013
State's overall funding remains flat for fiscal year 2014.
Jefferson Township won’t see an increase in state aid for the coming year, but it’s not alone in New Jersey, either. Governor Chris Christie announced funding from the state would remain the same as it did last year, at $1.364 billion overall. Jefferson Township will receive $2,086,787, the same as it did last year, to supplement its upcoming spending plan. Property taxes rose 2.4-percent, on average, statewide in 2011, followed by a 1.4-percent average in 2012, the governor’s office said. “This preserved funding means no town in the state will see a decrease in formula municipal aid for the upcoming year. It also demonstrates that municipal aid is a core priority of my Administration,” said Governor Christie in a statement. “Together with…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The goal would be to deter vandalism and drugs at parks and recreational facilities.
The Jefferson Township police department is looking to purchase and install two mobile cameras in township parks to combat vandalism, as well as drug use and abuse, among teens. Police Sgt. Paul Castimore, during the council’s budget meeting Wednesday, explained that the cameras, which he said would ideally be placed by Lake Hopatcong and the Milton section of town, are a response to problems the department has been experiencing at Chamberlain Field. “Parents are calling us, saying cars are coming up, beeping their horns and kids are coming out of the woods,” Castimore said. “They see a hand-to-hand transaction, the kid runs away and the car drives away. This goes on in the two-hour window after school.” He said that officers have gone …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Superintendent Joseph Kraemer gives his mid-year report on incidents involving harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Jefferson schools Superintendent Joseph Kraemer gave his mid-year report on harassment, intimidation and bullying at the board of education's most recent meeting, and it showed that 2013 has been more peaceful than 2012. "I did a comparison of last year and this year to date, meaning, basically, September to February to see how we're doing, and there was a decrease," Kraemer said. "What we're seeing pretty much is a decrease in activity in the elementary schools, which we're glad. We're doing a lot of extensive programs, and we're trying to educate our children on how to treat each other." "Our targeted group, really for a lot of focus, happens to be the middle school," he added. "You'll see there's about the same; we had 53 incidents …
Monday, November 12, 2012
How do you think the township is doing?
Monday, November 12, 2012
It's been about two weeks since Hurricane Sandy came ashore to wreak havoc on Jefferson Township and the tri-state area as a whole. Now, the town continues to dig out of the debris to clear trees from homes and roads, and restore power to residents. But how do you think the township has done so far? Jefferson Township Mayor Russell Felter said the majority of the township's power was restored by Sunday night after nearly two weeks of JCP&L and DPW crews cleaning the debris. Township officials opened comfort centers two days after the storm, and the OEM has also been sending out alerts to residents. Do you think the storm response in Jefferson was effective? Take our poll, and tell us in the comments if you think the township has been doing…