Thursday, May 9, 2013
For the next two weeks, there will not be the usual flag flying in front of the county courthouse.
For the next two weeks, don't be alarmed if you don't see the usual flags flying in front of the county courthouse. The flagpole on the front lawn of the Morris County Courthouse on Washington Street in Morristown will be painted this weekend and will need about two weeks to cure. Morris County officials want the public to know that flags will not be flying from the flagpole during that time. In the interim, however, an American flag will be placed outside of the front entrance to the courthouse during regular business hours. Flags will again be flown as soon as the flagpole is ready.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
New Jersey assembly members sponsor bill to amend Crime Victims' Bill of Rights, requiring convicted to be in court for sentencing.
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Morris County Freeholder Ann Grossi is building support for her bid for a new job.
Morris County Freeholder Ann Grossi, running in the June 4 Republican primary to replace outgoing county Clerk Joan Bramhall, has something to celebrate. Her campaign has announced that the Parsippany resident has won the public support of a long list of New Jersey mayors. The list includes the names of 24 town leaders. An open letter sent to Morris County Republicans by an entity called Mayors for Ann Grossi extols the candidate's virtues. "As Republican elected officials and community leaders we can think of no one more qualified and capable of continuing the integrity and efficient management of the clerk’s office than Freeholder Ann Grossi," the document states. "Since the Liberal Media has [sic] declared war on the Republican party …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Lawrence Ball, a former county worker, must submit to mental health treatment.
A former Morris County employee will be on probation for five years after he used a slingshot to fire at passing cars. Lawrence Ball, 55, of Randolph was sentenced Friday to five years probation by Judge Robert J. Gilson. Ball, a 19-year Morris employee, had pleaded guilty March 12 to third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon (a BB gun) and third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (a slingshot). Ball was arrested on Sept. 13, 2010, after authorities reported he had been firing the weapons at passing cars, acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a release. The Randolph man will have to submit to mental health treatment as a condition of his probation. Ball also must forfeit public employment, any weapons …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Carolyn and John Jackson accused of breaking adopted kids' bones, force-feeding them hot sauce and depriving them of water. Family friends say the charges are untrue.
A couple accused of torturing and abusing their children on the Picatinny Arsenal military base were freed Thursday on $250,000 bail each. Carolyn and John Jackson appeared before the Hon. Judge Falk in Newark on a 17-count indictment. They were ordered not to have contact with the children. On Tuesday, Carolyn Jackson, 35, and John Jackson, 37, both of Mount Holly, were indicted by federal authorities for years alleged abuse. The abuse included breaking two of their adopted children's bones, withholding water from them, force-feeding them hot sauce and denying them medical attention, authorities allege. The couple had fostered and then adopted three children, one of whom died in 2008, and also had three biological children living in their…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The $1.2 million ad buy shows road to New Jerseyans' optimism in their state.
In Gov. Chris Christie's first television ad of his 2013 re-election campaign, the governor's leadership style is credited for renewing New Jersey residents' pride in their state after years of overtaxation and too much government spending. "Jersey Proud" shows how bipartisan reforms have helped "to strengthen New Jersey's future," according to the Christie campaign.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Parsippany's James Vigilante again accuses fellow township resident Ann Grossi of publicly disrespecting his Air Force service.
Morris County Clerk Republican Party candidate James Vigilante says his U.S. Air Force service was attacked again by fellow candidate Ann Grossi. Vigilante, a nine-time decorated Air Force veteran and current Air Force reservist from Parsippany, appeared at a candidates' debate held at the Montville Senior House late last week. He claimed Grossi’s campaign manager, Steve Roman, sat among the audience and fired questions at Vigilante regarding his military service. According to the candidate, Roman asked Vigilante about the $125 per day he earns as a reservist first sergeant and then criticized him for accepting pay from the military while also trying to run for a government position. Vigilante recently announced that if he wins the clerk's…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Ordinance approved with a 4-1 vote, with some wording changes suggested by the Madison Athletic Foundation.
Madison's governing body voted 4-1 on Monday to amend the borough's open space tax rate, lowering the rate to partially offset an automatic "stealth" tax hike. While the rate was lowered, the open space tax bill for the average Madison homeowner still will increase by around $38—to $120—for homeowners with property assessed at the borough average of $667,000, officials have said. The amount of taxes collected for the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund is tied to the assessed value of Madison's tax base, which increased by around 60 percent with the borough-wide revaluation this year. Without any Borough Council action, an even larger tax hike was poised to take hold automatically. The larger tax base and new rate …