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Good morning, New Jersey! Here's what you need to know before you leave for your Tuesday morning commute.Good morning, New Jersey Patch readers! Here are the latest traffic updates that will impact your travel on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Traffic Updates North JerseyAs of 8:17 a.m., there's a disabled vehicle on I-80 eastbound Exit 35 - Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway Township. 1 center lane closed.As of 8:07 a.m., there's a crash on the Garden State Parkway southbound Exit 142...
Good morning, New Jersey Patch readers! Here are the latest traffic updates that will impact your travel on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
As of 8:17 a.m., there's a disabled vehicle on I-80 eastbound Exit 35 - Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway Township. 1 center lane closed.
As of 8:07 a.m., there's a crash on the Garden State Parkway southbound Exit 142 - A - I-78 East in Hillside. Right shoulder blocked.
As of 7:38 a.m., there's a gas main break on NJ 28 in both directions on the Garden State Parkway in Cranford. All lanes closed.
As of 7:36 a.m., there's a vehicle fire on NJ 17 northbound Moonachie Avenue in Wood Ridge. 2 right lanes closed.
As of 7:14 a.m., there's a crash on I-78 local lanes westbound Exit 51 - Burnett Avenue in Union Township. 1 left lane closed.
As of 5:55 a.m., there's an overturned tractor trailer on NJ 15 southbound ramp to westbound I-80 in Rockaway Township. All lanes closed.
As of 8:10 a.m., there are delays on I-78 eastbound approaching east of Exit 24 - CR 523/Oldwick Road in Tewksbury.
As of 7:02 a.m., there's a crash on NJ 18 northbound CR 527/Old Bridge Turnpike/Edgeboro Road in East Brunswick. 1 left lane closed.
As of 6:27 a.m., there's a crash on NJ 33 westbound Perrineville Road/Prodelin Way in Monroe Township. All lanes closed and detoured.
As of 5:39 a.m., there's debris reported on the Garden State Parkway southbound north of Exit 131 - A- Wood Avenue South in Woodbridge.
As of 5:04 a.m., there's construction on NJ 42 southbound from south of Exit 10B - CR 681/Lower Landing Road to Exit 10A - NJ 168/Black Horse Pike in Gloucester. All lanes shift until 11:59 p.m. on July 1.
Raritan Valley Line rail service is subject to up to 15-minute delays in both directions due to a Norfolk Southern pedestrian strike near Bound Brook.
North Jersey Coast Line and Northeast Corridor NJ Transit lines are under temporary schedule adjustments are in effect for the next six to eight weeks to accommodate major repair work to the Laurel Avenue Bridge in Holmdel. See here for updated timetables.
All other NJ Transit train lines are running on or close to schedule.
Expect cloudy skies and temperatures into the 60s this afternoon, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Scattered showers and light drizzle are possible for areas in South Jersey after 10 a.m.
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The latest update for the Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks & Ponds is written by Lindsay Podolak.ou don’t need Olympic-level skills to enjoy lacing up some skates and hitting the ice. And, of course, the best way to enjoy a day of winter ice skating is to skate outside — ei...
The latest update for the Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks & Ponds is written by Lindsay Podolak.
ou don’t need Olympic-level skills to enjoy lacing up some skates and hitting the ice. And, of course, the best way to enjoy a day of winter ice skating is to skate outside — either via an outdoor rink or by visiting one of New Jersey’s natural ponds. Whether you hug the railing as you wobble your way around the rink on rented skates, or gracefully zip into the middle of the pond to show off your impressive double axel, one thing remains true: the ice is quite nice, and ready for some visitors.
Address: 95 River Drive South, Jersey CityPrice: $7 for admission, $6 for skate rentalDetails: Come out and enjoy an urban outdoor skating experience. Surrounded by shops and restaurants (it’s right near Newport Centre), Newport Skates is the perfect place to ice skate. The best part? You can take the ice in the gorgeous shadow of the New York City skyline.Why I like it: Newport residents get half-price admission with proof of Residential I.D. Card.More info: www.newportrentalsnj.com or call 201-626-7465
Address: 5300 North Park Drive, PennsaukenPrice: $6 for adults, $4 for kids aged 5-12 years old and $4 to rent skatesDetails: Enjoy a fun and affordable day with the family! WinterFest Ice Skating is open daily from December through February and only closes on Christmas Day. Special holiday hours are scheduled for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. What better way to ring in 2019 than on the ice?Why I like it: Skate Buddies, skating assistance devices for those of us who are a little unsteady on the ice, are available free of charge.More info: www.camdencounty.com.com or call 856-216-2117
Address: 151 Parsonage Road, EdisonPrice: $6 for adults, $5 for children, $5 skate rentalDetails: Spend a day ice skating in Roosevelt Park with beautiful views of the lake. Take lessons, throw a birthday party or even rent the entire rink for your family and friends to have a private skating session.Why I like it: A Daily Weather Hot Line will let you know if the skating rink is open for your visit, just call 732-745-4484 to get the scoop.More info: www.co.middlesex.nj.us or call 732-494-3785
Address: 130 West Englewood Avenue, EnglewoodPrice: On weekends, it’s $8 for the general public, $6 for Englewood residents and skate rental is $4. Prices for weekday and adult-only sessions vary.Details: John T. Wright is a bit different from the other rinks on the list as it’s open year-round and is slightly enclosed — but it’s still an open-air arena. For more than 35 years, kids have learned to skate, local hockey teams have played here and skaters have enjoyed gliding around in the fresh air. Now, it’s your turn to join in the fun!Why I like it: Englewood students with school I.D. skate free every Monday during the 3:30 to 5:00 pm public skate session.More info: www.mackayicerink.com or call 201-568-3133
Address: Paxson Avenue, West Windsor TownshipPrice: $8 for adults, $6 for children, $4 skate rentalDetails: The Mercer County Ice Skating Center was built to give skaters the opportunity to skate outdoors no matter what the weather around them may be. Hence, the slightly enclosed structure. Head here for general public skating sessions, private sessions and birthday parties during the open season.Why I like it: Skating sessions for senior citizens only are offered every Monday and Wednesday morning, plus some Friday mornings.More info: www.mercercountyparks.org or call 609-371-1766
Address: 50 Chelsea Avenue, Long BranchPrice: $14 for adults (ages 12+), $10 for children, $4 skate rentalDetails: Ice at the Pier brings outdoor skating to Long Branch’s picturesque Pier Village. Listen to the sound of waves crashing in the ocean as you glide around the rink with your friends. It’s breathtaking! There are also plenty of events planned to make this season Ice at the Pier’s first very best. Stop by today for this incredible NJ skating experience!Why I like it: Ice skating works up an appetite, and luckily you’re just steps away from fabulous Pier Village restaurants like Simply Greek, Luke’s Lobster and McLoone’s Pier House.More info: www.iceatthepier.com or call 732-479-0390
Address: 44 Longstreet Road, HolmdelPrice: FreeDetails: Holmdel Park Pond is open to all for ice skating once the ice freezes to more than five inches thick. In addition to skating on the pond, Holmdel Park is a great place to take the kids sledding!Why I like it: Evening hours until 9:00 pm on the weekends mean you get to skate under the stars.More info: www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-946-9562
Address: South Road and Doby Road, RandolphPrice: FreeDetails: Heistein Park is located in woodsy Randolph, giving skaters a chance to skate in a peaceful, natural environment. Be sure to abide by the flags posted on the park signs; green means go!Why I like it: A large picnic pavilion, restrooms, a refreshment stand and bike trails to explore make this spot an all-day outing for the family.More info: www.randolphnj.org or call 973-989-7100
Address: Lombardo Park, Mount Hope Street, Rockaway TownshipPrice: FreeDetails: Parks Lake is a beautiful (and big) body of water with a pretty little gazebo right on the outskirts. It’s a picturesque place to spend the day, and can make you feel like you’re skating through an old movie. Use caution here, as it’s larger than some of the other spots and might take a bit longer to freeze. The green flag will go up when the ice is good to go.Why I like it: What’s not to like about a free ice skating session in the middle of the woods?More info: www.rockawaytownship.org or call 973-983-2841
Address: 150 High Street, NewtonPrice: FreeDetails: Summit Avenue Park is a sweet little park in Newton. The pond is the major draw here, and as soon as it gets cold enough, locals grab their skates and spend the day gliding around. It’s the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon.More info: www.newtontownhall.com or call 973-383-3521
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MORRISTOWN, NJ - It's the weekend! And it's going to feel like summer! What will you be doing this weekend!Friday May 20AutomataCon; Morris Museum; 6pmFood Truck Festival; Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls; 4pm - 8pmMorristown Flag Football vs East Orange; At East Orange Football Stadium; 4pmNJSIAA Softball...
MORRISTOWN, NJ - It's the weekend! And it's going to feel like summer! What will you be doing this weekend!
Friday May 20
AutomataCon; Morris Museum; 6pm
Food Truck Festival; Malapardis Park in Cedar Knolls; 4pm - 8pm
Morristown Flag Football vs East Orange; At East Orange Football Stadium; 4pm
NJSIAA Softball State Tournament; Morristown vs Passaic; at Passaic High School; 4pm
The Orchestra; Mayo Performing Arts Center; 8pm
Saturday May 21
Morristown Township Town Wide Garage Sale; List on Participating Homes can be found HERE
Pure Barre Open House; free classes, and new client specials; all day
Morristown Spring Cleanup- Morristown Town Hall; 9am - noon
Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off; Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany; 9am - 2pm
Annual Rummage Sale; Morristown United Methodist Church; 9am - 2pm
Sea Scout Open House; Marina Waterfront Park in Carteret; 10am
Color Fun Run 2022; Horsehoe Lake in Roxbury; 10am
AutomataCon; Morris Museum; 10am - 4pm
Craft & Maker Fair; Rockaway Township Mall; 10am - 5pm
Eco Fun Fest; Unity Charter School; 1pm
Morristown High School Baseball vs Hammonton; Harter Road; 2pm
Watkins Glen Revival @022 Festival; Swim & Sports Club of Flanders; 2pm ($10)
Armed Forces Weekend at Somerset Patriot Stadium; 6:35pm
Live Music with Appalachian Spring- The Masterwork Chorus; The Concert Hall at Drew University; 7:30pm - 9pm
Yellow Brick Road: A Tribute to Elton John; Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown; 8pm
A Night of Comedy; Investors Bank Theater in Succasunna; 8pm
New Jersey Ballet Repertory Evening; Mayo Performing Arts Center; 8pm
Sunday May 22
Used Book Sale at Morristown Library; 10am
AutomataCon; Morris Museum; 10am - 6pm
Armed Forces Weekend at Somerset Patriot Stadium;
Namaste For Beer; Glenbrook Bewery; 11am ($20 for yoga class and beer) sign up through BeWell.
Morristown Rotary Pavilion Dedication; Lidgerwood Park in Morristown; 12pm - 2pm
5th Annual Great Swamp Music Festival; Giralda Farms; 12noon; 6:30pm
New Jersey Ballet: Cinderella; Mayo Performing Arts Center; 1:30pm & 4:30pm (fee)
ROCKAWAY BOROUGH — Years of planning and $2 million later, borough officials are celebrating the completion of the Parks Lake project.The lake, also known as Fox Pond, is used by residents of Rockaway Borough and Rockway Township, but the renovations were completed only on the borough side, as the municipalities didn't see eye to eye on how to pay for the dredging portion of the project, the removal of sediment and debris from the bottom of the lake"For the past seven years we've been trying to sock aw...
ROCKAWAY BOROUGH — Years of planning and $2 million later, borough officials are celebrating the completion of the Parks Lake project.
The lake, also known as Fox Pond, is used by residents of Rockaway Borough and Rockway Township, but the renovations were completed only on the borough side, as the municipalities didn't see eye to eye on how to pay for the dredging portion of the project, the removal of sediment and debris from the bottom of the lake
"For the past seven years we've been trying to sock away money for this project," said borough Mayor Tom Mulligan. "At this time, Rockaway Township had other prioritization, so they didn't participate in the dredging of the lake."
Borough officials closed out the project last Friday with an estimated cost of $2 million. Work included replacement of the dam, dredging the Rockaway Borough side of the lake and extending the beach area. The walking path by the dam and the beach was also repaved.
Rockaway Township Mayor Mike Puzio said they expect renovations and improvements on their side of the lake to happen by next year. They are currently drafting up plans with township engineers.
" I had to make some tough choices in terms of what the residents were going to get the most use out of," Puzio said. "We are planning on doing our section [of Park Lake], our gazebo side and improving the landscape."
Residents in the area use Parks Lake for swimming and fishing, and it includes a 0.7-mile walkway around the lake. More than 10 years ago, the state's Department of Environmental Protection informed the municipality that the dam needed to be replaced, Mulligan said.
"So we've had over 10 years of planning, reengineering, property acquisition," Mulligan added. "We were putting money in our budget every year to cover, pretty much, the cost of this project."
The Rockaway Township side of the lake includes a gazebo and needs renovations, according to the DEP. In February 2020, borough officials asked the neighboring township to financially contribute to the dredging. Township officials told them they had other financial priorities, officials said.
"We were hoping to have the opportunity to dredge with them, since we had all the permits in place," Mulligan said.
DEP permits were obtained and they were “a considerable expense” for the borough. The permit to lower the lake's water was valid between Aug. 31 and Sept. 31.
The two municipalities split costs for other shared services, including garbage and snow removal and portable toilet rentals for the lake. Officials from both municipalities have been meeting since 2018 to discuss the project. The renovation portion of the project lasted almost a year. Mulligan said there was a lot of frustration from residents and households along the area who were not able to use it.
"But since we're done, they're all smiles," Mulligan added.
With the Parks Lake project completed, the borough will focus on residential and business construction, including a 72-unit senior housing project on West Main Street.
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Sussex County hired an interim administrator to replace Gregory Poff, who left to take the administrator job in Randolph.The Board of County Commissioners hired John Lovell on a 90-day term. He was hired through an agreement with Jersey Professional Management which is being paid $42,600 for the period from May 24 to Aug. 31.A replacement for Poff was on the meeting agenda, but was with a company called Government Management Advisors with a price of $40,500 and a time period of May 17 to Aug. 12.Director A...
Sussex County hired an interim administrator to replace Gregory Poff, who left to take the administrator job in Randolph.
The Board of County Commissioners hired John Lovell on a 90-day term. He was hired through an agreement with Jersey Professional Management which is being paid $42,600 for the period from May 24 to Aug. 31.
A replacement for Poff was on the meeting agenda, but was with a company called Government Management Advisors with a price of $40,500 and a time period of May 17 to Aug. 12.
Director Anthony Fasano gave no reason for the change when he announced the resolution was being amended.
Lovell was hired by the county during the COVID pandemic to serve as temporary director of the health department.
In a touch of irony, Lovell retired as Randolph administrator in 2014 and became a senior member of Jersey Professional Management.
Poff will start his new position on July 1 and replaces Stephen Mountain, who is retiring June 30 after an eight-year tenure in the township.
"It is an honor to serve as the next Randolph township manager," Poff said in a statement on Randolph's website. "The township’s embrace of professional government management makes this one of the best local government jobs in the state. My experience as both a municipal manager and county administrator has prepared me for the challenges of this assignment."
While Poff's start date is still two months away, he will be working with Mountain in the coming weeks to get acclimated to his new position.
The new role marks a homecoming of sorts for Poff, who served as Randolph's assistant township manager from 1999 to 2004. He then served as township manager in Byram until 2007, when he became business administrator in Rockaway Township for the next decade.
Poff was named Sussex County administrator in April 2017 and received a five-year contract extension from the county commissioners in December 2020.
Staff writer Kyle Morel contributed to this story.