407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481  NJLM logo 
William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director

MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

August 2005

Offices: 407 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
www.njslom.com
 

IMPORTANT EVENTS - PAST AND FUTURE
And staff contacts for more information
Also consult the calendar
For Seminar details, contact David Harkness ext. 18.

Sept. 5 Labor Day
Sept. 7 League Seminar "Pensions Update" at Holmdel
Sept. 13 League Seminar "Records Management Update" at Freehold
Sept. 14 League Seminar "Gangs and Youth Violence Summit" at Lawrenceville
Sept. 16 League Seminar "Records Management Update" at Cherry Hill
Oct. 11 League Seminar "Interest Arbitration" at Freehold
Oct. 14 League Seminar "Preserving the Public Trust" at Holmdel
Oct. 18 League Seminar "Eminent Domain Issues" at Freehold

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Conference Highlights
Join Backpack Challenge
Join League Legislative E-Line
Youth Gangs Videoconference
Important League Environmental Publication

ATTEND LEAGUE GANG AND YOUTH VIOLENCE SUMMIT
By Peter Cantu, Mayor, Plainsboro

For years, the League has been a proponent of educating and assisting municipal officials with their local concerns, issues and problems. A main charge of the League is to help elected and appointed officials do a better job of governing at the local level. We continue to strive to do just that with our various informational seminars, summits, and conference sessions. These important programs target current and key topics and get up-to-date information out to officials to help them better understand issues and solve problems.

Recently, the League teamed with the NJ State Police, Attorney General's office, NJ School Boards Association and State Association of Chiefs of Police to find ways to address the ongoing and increasing menace of local street gangs. These gangs are not just limited to urban and city areas, but can be found throughout New Jersey today. Out of state gangs are now known to be recruiting members here and are forming affiliate gangs in New Jersey. These gangs have become more sophisticated in organized crime and violence. Criminal gang activities affect our communities, strain law enforcement resources, and are a danger to our citizens, schools, and especially our youth.

To help local leaders deal with this issue the League will sponsor a summit to address "Gangs and Youth Violence" on September 14, at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville. Please make plans to attend this important program, as we will try to find ways to prevent gang activities and assist local law enforcement with proactive strategies. Please visit www.njslom.org for an agenda and registration form.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

PETER A. CANTU, President;
  Mayor, Plainsboro
HERBERT D. STILES, JR., 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Elmer
DAVID M. DEL VECCHIO, 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, Denville

MEMBERS

JAMES ANZALDI
  Mayor, Clifton
WILLIAM W. BAIN, JR.
  Mayor, Deptford
JOAN BOAS
  Deputy Mayor, Mount Holly
ROBERT BOWSER
  Mayor, East Orange


THOMAS J. BYRNE III
  Mayor, Spring Lake
LAWRENCE G. CHIARAVALLO
  Mayor, South Belmar
CHUCK CHIARELLO
   Mayor, Buena Vista
DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Deputy Mayor, Hampton Twp.
SUZANNE C. DAPKINS
   Mayor, Long Hill
JOHN DEAN DERIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth
MALCOLM C. FRASER
  Mayor, Cape May Point
GLEN D. GILMORE
  Mayor, Hamilton Twp. (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City
SHARPE JAMES
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH
  Mayor, Hope
GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR
   Deputy Mayor, Upper Deerfield
  Twp.
JO-ANNE SCHUBERT
   Mayor, South Bound Brook
JOSEPH TEMPESTA
  Mayor, West Caldwell
DANIEL VAN PELT
  Mayor, Ocean Twp. (Ocean)
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel, Jr.
  Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

90TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
-Contact www.njslom.org

The League web site has housing and session schedule information available to view and download. Click on www.njslom.org and go to the link for 90th Annual Conference to get housing forms and a preliminary schedule of topics that will be covered in League sessions. You can also view an early list of exhibitors. Prepare a "must visit" list of vendors.

When scheduling your time at the Annual Conference, don't forget to attend the Consulting Period on Thursday, November 17, from 2-4 p.m. where you can speak one-on-one with hundreds of consultants and State agency representatives. Also, be sure to schedule the League Business Meeting on Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sheraton Hotel.

JOIN LEAGUE LEGISLATIVE E-LINE
-Contact Mike Cerra ext.20

Often times, items move fast in Trenton and the traditional methods of disseminating information to our members, such as mail and fax alerts are not enough. The Legislative E-Line will be simple: in addition to our mail and fax correspondence, we will email individuals committed to contacting their State Legislators immediately. Any current elected or appointed municipal official can register to join.

LEAGUE ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLICATION
-Contact Becky Wright ext.10

The League is pleased to publish the 2nd Edition of Protecting Your Town's Environment. From Brownfields redevelopment to hazardous materials to CAFRA, the municipal official is often forced to become a "jack-of-all-trades", especially in issues affecting the environment. This handy publication provides a concise 19-page overview of the key environmental issues confronting New Jersey's municipalities today. Contact the League for a copy.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (SOMERSET) OFFERS FREE ROLLER HOCKEY RINK
-Contact Joyce Miller 732-873-2500 ext.239

This is a Border Patrol portable rink system. The dimensions are approximately 135' x 70'. The individual side sections are 12" high and 10' long. Goal end sections are 22" high. There are approximately 35-40 ten-foot sections. For images you can look on line at the Border patrol site www.borderpatrolrinks.com/about_history.asp. The rink is available to any municipality for free on a first come, first serve basis and must be picked up.

MUNICIPALITIES CAN JOIN
BACKPACK CHALLENGE

-Contact www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ocs/index.html or
(609) 984-0678.

All of us with school age children know that August brings the anticipation of a new year, with prospects for new friendships, new learning and new activities. As we are shopping for our own children or grandchildren, let us remember that there are thousands of foster care children in New Jersey who may not have the joy of receiving new backpacks and supplies when they head back to class after Labor Day. These children already have challenges in feeling like they "fit in" due to their harsh family circumstances, so imagine the sense of security and pride they must feel when receiving fresh supplies for their first day of school.

Local officials have an opportunity to help. Organize a collection drive at your municipal office with a designated drop off location. These drives are simple to arrange with promotion to the community done through your local cable channel, website, and the press.

The following NEW items are needed for children ages 5-17, and should be donated in a new backpack marked with the age and gender of the recipient child: pencils, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, binders, markers, toothbrushes, gift items (stuffed animals, small toys, books, photo album, disposable camera, CD's), sports caps, t-shirts, socks, pajamas, health and beauty products. Collections should be completed in time to distribute backpacks through your local DYFS office. Contact the Office of Children's Services within the Department of Human Services for more information.

YOUTH GANGS VIDEOCONFERENCE
-Contact Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671 or visit www.trc.eku.edu/jj

On August 11, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will air the 90-minute satellite videoconference "Communities Respond to Youth Gangs in America." The videoconference, which may be viewed online, will feature community programs and strategies that effectively address the youth gang problem. It will explore strategies to leverage existing resources, provide examples of partnerships across disciplines, highlight NJLM - August Mayor's Newsline
407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481  NJLM logo 
William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director

MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

August 2005

Offices: 407 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
www.njslom.com
 

IMPORTANT EVENTS - PAST AND FUTURE
And staff contacts for more information
Also consult the calendar
For Seminar details, contact David Harkness ext. 18.

Sept. 5 Labor Day
Sept. 7 League Seminar "Pensions Update" at Holmdel
Sept. 13 League Seminar "Records Management Update" at Freehold
Sept. 14 League Seminar "Gangs and Youth Violence Summit" at Lawrenceville
Sept. 16 League Seminar "Records Management Update" at Cherry Hill
Oct. 11 League Seminar "Interest Arbitration" at Freehold
Oct. 14 League Seminar "Preserving the Public Trust" at Holmdel
Oct. 18 League Seminar "Eminent Domain Issues" at Freehold

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Conference Highlights
Join Backpack Challenge
Join League Legislative E-Line
Youth Gangs Videoconference
Important League Environmental Publication

ATTEND LEAGUE GANG AND YOUTH VIOLENCE SUMMIT
By Peter Cantu, Mayor, Plainsboro

For years, the League has been a proponent of educating and assisting municipal officials with their local concerns, issues and problems. A main charge of the League is to help elected and appointed officials do a better job of governing at the local level. We continue to strive to do just that with our various informational seminars, summits, and conference sessions. These important programs target current and key topics and get up-to-date information out to officials to help them better understand issues and solve problems.

Recently, the League teamed with the NJ State Police, Attorney General's office, NJ School Boards Association and State Association of Chiefs of Police to find ways to address the ongoing and increasing menace of local street gangs. These gangs are not just limited to urban and city areas, but can be found throughout New Jersey today. Out of state gangs are now known to be recruiting members here and are forming affiliate gangs in New Jersey. These gangs have become more sophisticated in organized crime and violence. Criminal gang activities affect our communities, strain law enforcement resources, and are a danger to our citizens, schools, and especially our youth.

To help local leaders deal with this issue the League will sponsor a summit to address "Gangs and Youth Violence" on September 14, at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville. Please make plans to attend this important program, as we will try to find ways to prevent gang activities and assist local law enforcement with proactive strategies. Please visit www.njslom.org for an agenda and registration form.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

PETER A. CANTU, President;
  Mayor, Plainsboro
HERBERT D. STILES, JR., 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Elmer
DAVID M. DEL VECCHIO, 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Lambertville
GENE FEYL, 3rd Vice President
  Mayor, Denville

MEMBERS

JAMES ANZALDI
  Mayor, Clifton
WILLIAM W. BAIN, JR.
  Mayor, Deptford
JOAN BOAS
  Deputy Mayor, Mount Holly
ROBERT BOWSER
  Mayor, East Orange


THOMAS J. BYRNE III
  Mayor, Spring Lake
LAWRENCE G. CHIARAVALLO
  Mayor, South Belmar
CHUCK CHIARELLO
   Mayor, Buena Vista
DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Deputy Mayor, Hampton Twp.
SUZANNE C. DAPKINS
   Mayor, Long Hill
JOHN DEAN DERIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth
MALCOLM C. FRASER
  Mayor, Cape May Point
GLEN D. GILMORE
  Mayor, Hamilton Twp. (Mercer)
JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City
SHARPE JAMES
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH
  Mayor, Hope
GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR
   Deputy Mayor, Upper Deerfield
  Twp.
JO-ANNE SCHUBERT
   Mayor, South Bound Brook
JOSEPH TEMPESTA
  Mayor, West Caldwell
DANIEL VAN PELT
  Mayor, Ocean Twp. (Ocean)
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)

Executive Staff

William G. Dressel, Jr.
  Executive Director
Michael J. Darcy, CAE
  Assistant Executive Director

     

90TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
-Contact www.njslom.org

The League web site has housing and session schedule information available to view and download. Click on www.njslom.org and go to the link for 90th Annual Conference to get housing forms and a preliminary schedule of topics that will be covered in League sessions. You can also view an early list of exhibitors. Prepare a "must visit" list of vendors.

When scheduling your time at the Annual Conference, don't forget to attend the Consulting Period on Thursday, November 17, from 2-4 p.m. where you can speak one-on-one with hundreds of consultants and State agency representatives. Also, be sure to schedule the League Business Meeting on Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sheraton Hotel.

JOIN LEAGUE LEGISLATIVE E-LINE
-Contact Mike Cerra ext.20

Often times, items move fast in Trenton and the traditional methods of disseminating information to our members, such as mail and fax alerts are not enough. The Legislative E-Line will be simple: in addition to our mail and fax correspondence, we will email individuals committed to contacting their State Legislators immediately. Any current elected or appointed municipal official can register to join.

LEAGUE ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLICATION
-Contact Becky Wright ext.10

The League is pleased to publish the 2nd Edition of Protecting Your Town's Environment. From Brownfields redevelopment to hazardous materials to CAFRA, the municipal official is often forced to become a "jack-of-all-trades", especially in issues affecting the environment. This handy publication provides a concise 19-page overview of the key environmental issues confronting New Jersey's municipalities today. Contact the League for a copy.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (SOMERSET) OFFERS FREE ROLLER HOCKEY RINK
-Contact Joyce Miller 732-873-2500 ext.239

This is a Border Patrol portable rink system. The dimensions are approximately 135' x 70'. The individual side sections are 12" high and 10' long. Goal end sections are 22" high. There are approximately 35-40 ten-foot sections. For images you can look on line at the Border patrol site www.borderpatrolrinks.com/about_history.asp. The rink is available to any municipality for free on a first come, first serve basis and must be picked up.

MUNICIPALITIES CAN JOIN
BACKPACK CHALLENGE

-Contact www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ocs/index.html or
(609) 984-0678.

All of us with school age children know that August brings the anticipation of a new year, with prospects for new friendships, new learning and new activities. As we are shopping for our own children or grandchildren, let us remember that there are thousands of foster care children in New Jersey who may not have the joy of receiving new backpacks and supplies when they head back to class after Labor Day. These children already have challenges in feeling like they "fit in" due to their harsh family circumstances, so imagine the sense of security and pride they must feel when receiving fresh supplies for their first day of school.

Local officials have an opportunity to help. Organize a collection drive at your municipal office with a designated drop off location. These drives are simple to arrange with promotion to the community done through your local cable channel, website, and the press.

The following NEW items are needed for children ages 5-17, and should be donated in a new backpack marked with the age and gender of the recipient child: pencils, notebooks, loose-leaf paper, binders, markers, toothbrushes, gift items (stuffed animals, small toys, books, photo album, disposable camera, CD's), sports caps, t-shirts, socks, pajamas, health and beauty products. Collections should be completed in time to distribute backpacks through your local DYFS office. Contact the Office of Children's Services within the Department of Human Services for more information.

YOUTH GANGS VIDEOCONFERENCE
-Contact Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671 or visit www.trc.eku.edu/jj

On August 11, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will air the 90-minute satellite videoconference "Communities Respond to Youth Gangs in America." The videoconference, which may be viewed online, will feature community programs and strategies that effectively address the youth gang problem. It will explore strategies to leverage existing resources, provide examples of partnerships across disciplines, highlight innovative strategies, and share information on faith-based responses. Contact Jenny McWilliams or the above web site for more information and details.

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