Springfield Week in Review
A look back at notable goings on in the township in recent days.
After weeks of uncertainty, the Springfield Municipal election had an official count this week. The final tally shows victories for the two Democrats in the race for the two open seats on the township committee, David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski, with Bandrowski besting Deputy Mayor Jerry Fernandez by four votes. After the election, Springfield Democrats have a four to one majority. The only remaining Republican on the committee is current Mayor Ziad Shehady.
According to the official count from the 2012 Springfield municipal election, the Charter Commission question has passed by 170 votes. The five-member commission is charged with studying Springfield's needs and recommending a form of government for it to adopt. The question of whether such a commission was necessary was put to Springfield voters on the 2012 ballot.
The annual municipal tree lighting ceremony, set for Sunday, Dec. 2, will feature its traditional mainstays of lighting the tree, a dramatic Santa appearance and children singing holiday songs. But this year, the event has been supersized with new features, including a petting zoo, hayrides and more. A lively debate has broken among Springfield residents over whether the winter holiday display should include a Menorah.