The Week In Review

Top Belleville / Nutley Patch Stories from the past week

Had a busy last week and missed all the Belleville & Nutley news that's fit to be posted?  Here's a quick list of important news last week:

Belleville Names Interim School Superintendent.  The former director of the Belleville Special Education Department, Helene Feldman, was unanimously named interim superintendent of schools by the school board Monday night.  Feldman’s appointment came after the existing superintendent, Joseph Picardo, was placed on paid leave after being sued for sexual misconduct.  School Board President Peter Zangari Jr. praised the board's handling of a difficult situation and said Feldman was well-qualified, while Feldman said after the meeting she is "very excited" to take the post.   

  US Sen. Bob Menendez Tuesday held a rally in Belleville on behalf of “the 47 percent,” the slice of the American voting public disparaged in secretly taped remarks made by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during a May fundraiser. Speaking at the Disabled American Veterans post,  Menendez, a Democrat seeking a second Senate term, was joined by what he described as some typical members of the 47 percent, including a senior citizen, a military veteran and a young college student. Menendez also touted his own blue-collar roots as the son of Cuban immigrants growing up in Union City.  Menendez also said that his opponent in the Senate race, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, has so far failed to distance himself from the remarks, as Republicans in other Senate races have done. In a statement, Kyrillos fired back, charging Menendez with failing to "produce" for the people of New Jersey.  

Nutley BOE Seeks to End Texting During Meetings.    The Nutley school board Monday discused rule changes that would prohibit text messaging and other forms of electronic communications among members while board meetings are in progress.  Officials also want to stay ahead on establishing clear rules on the use of new technologies, especially computer tablets like the iPad.  After officials began discussing policy changes, board trustee Debbie Russo said she supports the district "going somewhat more paperless," but was concerned that rules about using electronic devices are not spelled out well enough.  "We need to be clear about texting other board members during meetings," Russo said.  Also at the meeting, Board Vice President Thomas Sposato said said the district's custodians union has agreed to a new, two-year contract that includes a two percent salary increase retroactive to Sept. 1, 2012, and a two percent increase again for the 2013-14 school year. 

Nutley Businesses are Hosting a Huge Street Fair this Saturday.  This Saturday, Sept. 29, the Nutley Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual townwide sidewalk sale all along Franklin Avenue and town officials will hold townwide yard and garage sale just off the Franklin Avenue business center in parking lot no. 1.  The Nutley Chamber of Commerce Day is sponsoring its annual town wide sidewalk sale, scheduled to coincide with the township’s town-wide "yard" sale.  Residents are invited to stroll, shop and dine from Washington to Bloomfield avenues and from Kingsland Avenue to the high power lines at the town border from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., chamber officials said.   “An end of summer side walk sale is a perfect opportunity for the public to see what the local merchants have to offer,” said Doreen Sitar of Prints Charming gift shop in the heart of Nutley’s Olde Towne Centre.   It’s not just merchandise on sale -- many restaurants, spas and salons around town also offering specials, officials said.  The rain date is September 30th.   

Belleville Looks to Clean Up Washington Ave.   The Belleville Township Council is trying to make the downtown business area of Washington Avenue cleaner in a bid to attract more shoppers.  At September meetings, officials said that increased garbage collections and street sweeping are two easy ways to improve the look of the avenue, and both changes are now being worked out.  "We also want our spare DPW garbage truck to up and down Washington Avenue and clean up any spilled out garbage cans," Esposito said.  Parking rules may also be amended to restrict parking at certain times of day to allow garbage trucks access to parts of the avenue to clean up, but those specifics are still be worked out with the DPW, he said.

Annual Belleville Event “Just A Party”.  Thousands came out on a cool late summer night to enjoy a variety of foods and activities at the seventh annual "Just a Party" held at the Walgreens shopping plaza on Franklin Avenue last Friday.  The evening included outdoor dining and dancing and musical entertainment by the bands Jersey Sound, Beauty and the Grease along with other entertainment, like the Batmobile and Batman posing with kids of all ages.  Carol Smith of the Belleville Lions Club said the event allows the club to share free information about programs that help keep children safe. “It’s a great night,” she said at the event.

Belleville Man gets Probation for Stabbing Ex-wife’s Boyfriend.   A northern New Jersey man who repeatedly stabbed his estranged wife's boyfriend with a pocketknife earlier this year will not be going to jail.  Instead, 61-year-old Angelo Corino of Belleville was ordered Friday to serve five years' probation, perform 640 hours of community service and attend anger management counseling. He initially was charged with attempted murder, but pleaded guilty in June to aggravated assault.


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