Springfield parents press school board for media specialists

Springfield parents press school board for media specialists

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Bonnie Lafazan, who has two boys in the local school system, thinks her middle school son is being shortchanged. As a librarian, she is beside herself that none of the district’s five other schools, besides Jonathan Dayton High School, has a certified media specialist. “This is a disservice and a disappointment, and […]

DuBois chosen mayor of all-Dem Springfield committee

DuBois chosen mayor of all-Dem Springfield committee

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Mayor Erica DuBois says having an all-Democratic Township Committee won’t be an issue for Springfield. “I’m sure that everyone is going to be concerned about this,” DuBois, who was chosen as the township’s fifth female mayor at the Jan. 1 reorganization meeting, said in a Jan. 2 phone interview. “We’re all going […]

Springfield gives final approval for downtown project PILOT

Springfield gives final approval for downtown project PILOT

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Township Committee unanimously approved a 30-year tax abatement for a redevelopment project on Morris Avenue at its Nov. 27 meeting, agreeing to the first payment in lieu of taxes for the downtown area. The property is to house 24 residential apartments above retail space at 226 Morris Ave., at the corner […]

Experts issue warning: beware of ‘zombie trees’

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — They may look alive, but they’re dead. And due to recent super storms in New Jersey, they’re all around Union County. “Zombie trees,” as they’re referred to by arborists, are trees that may look healthy but now have defects. With winter approaching, and the heavy wet snow with it, tree experts recommend […]

Krispy Kreme coming to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Mornings in Springfield are about to get a little sweeter as a Krispy Kreme is set to open on U.S. Route 22. The famed North Carolina-based doughnut chain will be opening a 5,000-square-foot factory store that will be the anchor portion of a new food plaza. It will feature a view of […]

Springfield scores new field for soccer, football lacrosse

Springfield scores new field for soccer, football lacrosse

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The boys’ soccer practice usually starts with stretching and other warm-up exercises, not a full sprint in game uniforms. Yet the Jonathan Dayton High School JV team began their afternoon practice a little differently Monday, Oct. 22, running through a dedication banner to mark the official opening of a new multi-use artificial […]

Springfield committee hopefuls queried on national issues

Springfield committee hopefuls queried on national issues

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Candidates for Township Committee were forced away from local issues at an Oct. 22 candidates’ forum, answering questions on national matters instead of the more usual local topics of budgets and taxes. Republican incumbent Maria Vassallo and running mate Jerry Fernandez faced off against Democratic challengers Chris Weber and Alex Keiser, each […]

Rare pain conditions pushes Springfield junior

Rare pain conditions pushes Springfield junior

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Ashley Campos, 15, spent most nights sobbing. Even the slightest touch of her shirt on her back brought intense pain. Anthony and Mary Jo Campos could only console their daughter. Little sister Jenna was scared and confused. In time, the pain spread and intensified. “I remember screaming for my mom because my […]

Springfield eyes housing, commercial mix for Saks site

Springfield eyes housing, commercial mix for Saks site

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The township has taken another step toward redeveloping the former Saks Fifth Avenue site on Millburn Avenue that has been vacant since the upscale department store moved out more than 20 years ago. The Springfield Township Committee voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25 to authorize the Planning Board to conduct […]

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