Thursday, December 6, 2012
Poll shows support for a Menorah outside of Town Hall, but comments show concerns.
While a majority of Springfield residents in Springfield Patch's informal poll said they favored having a Menorah outside of the municipal building as part of the the township's holiday celebration, a significant minority oppose the measure and several commenters voiced reservations about adding an overt religious symbol to the Springfield holiday display. Of the 87 votes in the poll, 63 respondents favored having a Menorah dispay and 24 opposed. In addition to voting in the poll, several readers took to the comments to debate the Menorah. While the Menorah would be fitting of the town in light of its considerable Jewish population, readers worry that the Menorah would be too overt of a religious symbol. Several readers drew a …
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tell us what you think.
The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the annual question: should Springfield add a Menorah to the holiday decorations at town hall? Town hall sported a Menorah in the '80—see this story for background—but has since refrained from including the Hanukkah symbol. What do you think? Tell us in the poll below. Keep the conversation going by liking Springfield Patch on Facebook.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Big challenges, big goals Motivate him to help Springfield grow.
With a smile and a disarmingly modest manner, Anthony Cancro says of Springfield, "We're running lean, running on fumes financially. We have to find ways to make township government more efficient while still providing services to meet the needs of our citizens." Cancro has been on the job since March 16 and his appointment was approved by the township committee on March 23. He brings 32 years of experience in government administration at the state, federal and municipal levels. As Springfield's new Township Administrator, equivalent to being a chief operating officer, Cancro's "running lean" comment refers to Trenton's $450,000 budget cut for Springfield. "That's a substantial reduction in our $26 million municipal budget," he said. "…
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Excitement and surprises as the tree is lit
Yuletide cheer and exhilarating physical stunt-work were on display at Springfield's holiday tree lighting ceremony last week. Children sang holiday songs and town officials and employees gave speeches. But that was all a preamble to the two main events, which were the lighting of the large tree on the lawn outside town hall and the dramatic appearance of Santa Claus. Santa appeared on the roof of town hall shortly after the tree was lit, and sprinted down a firetruck ladder to the ground below, were he ran in circles around the lawn to the pealing delight of children. Once the excitement was lowered to a reasonable din, he received children at the stairs of town hall.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
But bomb squad says suspicious package is not dangerous
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Town Hall was evacuated around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning after a suspicious package was discovered. The bomb squad was called to the scene and investigated, but the package turned out not to be dangerous, and everyone was allowed back in the building. NJ.com has reported it was found outside the building. No details are available yet on the contents or appearance of the package. We will have more information as it becomes available.
Friday, December 4, 2009
This space is usually called "the dek." This time it's going to be more like a "dek the halls."
The Springfield Holiday Tree doesn't get lit until Dec. 8, but a number of township buildings have already begun displaying holiday cheer. On a recent, wet Dec. evening (imagine the raindrops are falling snow for proper seasonal effect), Springfield Patch editor Adam Bulger took some shots of official buildings in their holiday splendor.