Belleville, Nutley Remember 911, Schools Overcrowding Highlight Week
Belleville and Nutley hold observances for local residents lost on 911, while schools teach students about the attacks, Belleville officials discuss school overcrowding and more last week.
Belleville and Nutley Mark 9/11 Anniversary
Residents and elected officials in Belleville and Nutley remembered 9/11 with two separate ceremonies on Tuesday. At the Belleville 9/11 Memorial site at Franklin Avenue and Chestnut Street, a wreath was placed by a small group of residents, who also planted small flags around the site. At the 9/11 Memorial located in front of Nutley Town Hall on Chestnut Street, residents wept and held each other. Joseph Fornarotto, chairman of the township’s veterans council, was joined by other veterans joined students at a 9/11 Memorial at the edge of Belleville School No. 7.
Nutley, Belleville Boy Scouts Invite New Members
With the fall season, boy scout leaders in Nutley and Belleville are welcoming any boys in grades one through five to join their ranks and enjoy many fun activities. There was a special recruiting meeting Sept. 13 at Yantacaw School and there is a separate meeting for students of Spring Garden, Lincoln and Radcliffe schools, to be held at Vincent United Methodist Church, 100 Vincent Pl. on Sunday Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. Those schools' parents can contact Jill Kuczek at the website: firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information contact Walt Smith at 973-661-2783 or e-mail: email@example.com. You may also log onto BeAScout.org and look for Nutley Pack 141 to register a scout. In Belleville, Troop Leader William Gonzalez said parents can contact him at 973-844-1546 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or http//pack350.scoutlander.com
Nutley Accepting Bids for Leaf Removal
The Nutley Board of Commissioners will open bids on Sept. 25 from interested companies that want to collect leaves and haul away recycling from the town’s drop off site. Announcing the bid process for leaf pick-up was one of the first things the council did after returning from summer break in early September.
Overcrowded Schools Issue at Belleville School Board, Council Meetings
The population is up in Belleville schools, especially in kindergarten and middle schools, school officials said. Joseph Longo, a three-term school board member, said, "Enrollment figures are up in certain schools, in specific grades, but we're working to deal with it. We need to take a couple of weeks to let the dust settle." Schools officials reported that the nine schools totaled 4,646 students in May, and increased to 4,677 students in September. The issue of school overcrowding was brought up at this week’s Board of Education and Township Council meetings.