Monday, January 28, 2013
Police reported gas leak, heavy traffic Monday afternoon.
A portion of Early Street between Speedwell Avenue and Atno Avenue was reopened after PSE&G repaired a reported gas leak. Morristown Police issued a note via the Nixle.com alert service of the reopening shortly before 4 p.m. The closure alert came shortly before 3 p.m., noting it could be several hours before the road was reopened. Work began recently on Early Street in that area as part of Phase I of the Speedwell Redevelopment Plan. Several houses along Early Street have been blocked off, with demolition expected within the next couple weeks. No indication was given whether or not the reported gas leak occurred at the demolition site.
MorrisArts kicking off celebration of four decades.
What's in a name? For members of Morristown's Arts Council of the Morris Area, its new name, MorrisArts, means a streamlined approach to what has now been 40 years of serving what was originally seen as an arts-starved region. Announcing its 40th anniversary kickoff on Jan. 24, the Arts Council of the Morris Area heralded its new name, new strategic plan, new logo and new mission at a gathering of nearly 100 at its 14 Maple Ave. headquarters in Morristown. Board President Alan Levitan and Executive Director Tom Werder shared some of the history of the organization, which was formally incorporated on May 10, 1973. Established by the Junior League of Morristown’s Arts Steering Committee in response to a scarcity of arts organizations and …
Rev. Frankie Timmers, of the Center for Spiritual Living in Morris Township, was honored at Mehndi.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Also, support a local musician by attending his concert, tune up your energy and life and attend a Board of Education meeting.
It's a busy week in the Morristown area, friends. Need to tune up your life? Get a little (Board of) education? Support your local musicians? Wish certain Morristown and Morris Township/Morris Plains Patch editors well as they begin the next chapter in their lives? Then, this is your week.
Morristown Police report recent 'string of burglaries' in different parts of town.
The Morristown Police Department asks residents to be alert after a string of burglaries have recently been reported in different parts of town. "The Bureau of Police are working diligently with citizens and neighborhood associations in order to investigate these reports," according to a Nixle.com release. "We are asking for the public's assistance. We understand that less time is spent outdoors this time of year, but residents are asked to maintain awareness within their neighborhoods. Please report all suspicious activity or people to the police immediately." Basic crime prevention methods should be used at all times, the release states, including "ensuring all doors and windows are secured and locked, keeping exterior or motion-sensing …
Pair along with another individual are accused of raping an intoxicated girl in 2011.
- POLICE & FIRE
Sunday, January 27
Two Morristown teens accused of sexually assaulting a girl in 2011 will be tried as adults, according to the Star-Ledger. The defendants, Aquil Malik and Dequan McDaniel, were 17 at the time of the alleged incident in September 2011. Now 19, they could face up to 20 years in prison. Were they tried as juveniles, the maximum allowable sentence would have been four years. The previously-unidentified pair were 17 when they and 19-year-old Tyrec Philips, also of Morristown, are accused of having allegedly given a 17-year-old female, also of Morristown, something to drink that made her fall in and out of consciousness. The trio then allegedly drove from a Hazel Street house to a secluded part of Monroe Street, where they allegedly had sex with …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Developers of parcel at Speedwell Avenue and Spring Street expect to break ground on 15,000-square-foot pharmacy sometime this year.
With site plan approval Thursday night for CVS after a nearly-four-hour Planning Board meeting, developers indicated their intent to break ground sometime this year. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., the Board almost unanimously voted in favor of the plan, with only board member Michael Pooler "abstaining." Pooler had cited his concern with certain traffic issues, particularly the developer's reluctance to prohibit left-hand turns into the property from Spring Street for more hours than already agreed. The site plan approval Thursday follows the town's redevelopment agency approval in December to modify a portion of Phase IV of the Speedwell Redevelopment Plan already approved for up to 45,000 square feet of retail space and about 150 residential…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Two teens, from Thailand and Germany, currently hosted by local families through the AFS student exchange program.
American food has no taste? Anyone who worships at the altar of apple pie need not get all in a lather. It's simply the honest impression one may get when they are from a country known for its highly-spiced fare, a place that offers only two seasons: hot and wet, hot and dry. And, it was the impression of 17-year-old Penpitcha Pimonekaksorn when she came to Morristown in August, as part of the American Field Service (AFS) exchange program. Penpitcha, known by her nickname "Dream," is one of two students living in the Morristown area until June through the program, which began during the first World War as a volunteer ambulance corps. More than 60 countries participate today in the AFS program, sending students between 15 and 18 years old …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Several Early Street houses and Department of Public Works building to be demolished, making way for 268-unit apartment building.
The temporary fence is up and workers are working in the bitter cold on the first part of the first phase of the Speedwell Redevelopment project. Several houses on Early Street have been fenced off for a couple weeks as the area is cleared of brush, old oil tanks and any other debris. A worker on the site Wednesday said this would pave the way for the houses and Department of Public Works building behind them on Clinton Street to be demolished, sometime in the next couple weeks. That is when the area is poised to see a bit of disturbance. "They will be ripping up all the sidewalks and utilities," Business Administrator Michael Rogers said. "It will be a major undertaking once they start." With Morristown High School nearby, a pedestrian …
Madison-based independent coffee cafe opening second location in space formerly occupied by Greenberry's, which closed in early 2012.
A Greenberry's-sized void in Morristown's coffee culture is expected to be filled sometime in March. Drip Coffee, which has been open in Madison since September 2008, is coming to town. Rupert Jones, owner and operator of the Main Street cafe, confirmed he and business partner Sandy Mathews have purchased the building formerly occupied by Greenberry's Coffee and Tea on the Green and are opening a second Drip Coffee location sometime in March. "We kept it under wraps for awhile," said Jones, who had previously lived in Morristown for 20 years and was eager to expand the Drip Coffee brand into the town. "I have a great deal of affection for the town." The sale for an undisclosed amount was finalized at the end of December. The location …