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Cheers And Jeers: Wednesday

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To all seven candidates in last week's Newton Municipal Election.

The three winners are newcomers Jason Schlaffer and Matthew Dickson and incumbent Sandra Diglio.

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And though he finished fourth, and hence was not re-elected, Newton Mayor Wayne Levante was likely the winner in the race to pick up campaign signs.

Levante, who was at the Board of Elections as the votes were announced, left quickly that night to retrieve his signs.

Levante did take exception to a report in the New Jersey Herald that he "slammed his hands down on the table and announced, 'Well, that's that,' before departing."

Another witness, who was supporting opposing candidate Alex Majewski who finished sixth, also found fault with the Herald's account, reporting instead that Levante was gracious in his loss, shaking hands and congratulating other candidates before leaving the office.

The terms of Levante and Elvidge expire at the end of June.

To a missing piece of a roadside monument once again becoming "anchored."

A ship anchor that had been part of the U.S.S. Bunker Hill monument at the northern edge of Andover Township on Route 206 had gone missing a couple of years ago.

A local homeowner who had a similar anchor being used as a lawn ornament has donated it to the memorial.

Plans are in the works to have the reinstalled anchor cemented in place.

To the many pet owners and lovers who attended the 10th annual Northern New Jersey Pet Expo Saturday at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

In addition to the variety of pets, pet supplies and related items on display, the show was ongoing as oodles of attendees brought their best friends to the pet-friendly event.

To nurses who got deserved recognition during Nurses Appreciation Week.

To the New Jersey Department of Transportation for tapping the brakes on a planned fence along Interstate 80 in the Delaware Water Gap at a cost reported as high as $65 million.

The goal of the fence is to prevent rocks from falling onto the roadway and causing more accidents, even though details of previous accidents are hard to come by.

After attending a meeting with elected officials and other stakeholders last week, Scott Stephens, executive director of Government and Community Relations for the state DOT, in an email said, "We look forward to continuing our discussion to help bring this important safety project to fruition in a manner that is acceptable to all parties involved."

To the honorees of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce 33rd annual Quality in Business, Quality in Living awards ceremony.

More than 150 nominees vied for 15 awards – including nine new ones – that were handed out Wednesday at the "Toast to the Stars" dinners at Perona Farms.

Jeers ...

To Newton Council campaign signs that have yet to be retrieved.

It's been a week.

Besides, candidates for the upcoming primary election need the space.

Perhaps more like tears than jeers for Lakeland Bank's announced plans to close its Newton Park Place facility at the end of September.

The future for the regal building, which for years has been a prominent fixture on the town square, is not yet known.


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Source : http://www.njherald.com/20180515/cheers-and-jeers-may-15

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