Sunday, June 16, 2013
Catch up on all of last week's top local news stories here.
Darren Drake, President of the Board of Education, submitted his resignation to the Board during Monday's meeting. Drake is stepping down due to the fact that his company is relocating and he will be relocating with them. With the resignation of Darren Drake from the Board of Education, the school baord will appoint someone to fill the vacant seat until the November 5 election. Grant's statement on withdrawing lawsuit petitioning to the court to invalidate the appointment of Marc Leibman as Borough Attorney. Tuesday's hearing of the proposed development of the United Water property picked up where it left off in April--with the public's continued cross-examination of Hekemian's planner, Peter Steck. Despite the uncertain status of COAH, …
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Dan Conner assumes role of Board President, Paige Ryan, Vice President.
With the resignation of Board of Education President Darren Drake, Superintendent Michael Polizzi said that the Board will appoint a person to fill his seat. "The Board accepted the resignation of Darren Drake with regret," Polizzi told Patch. Drake is stepping down due to the fact that his company is relocating and he will be moving with them. Drake told Patch, "After giving it much thought, I decided to resign because the district deserves 100 percent of my attention, and I expect no less of myself," Drake said. "Given the requirements of my job, I cannot possibly devote the same amount of attention to my duties on the Board. Therefore, I feel that the right decision is to step down." Polizzi said that the Board is aware of a number of…
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Dan Conner will step up and take over as Board President, a position he has previously held.
Darren Drake, President of the Board of Education, submitted his resignation to the Board during Monday's meeting. Drake is stepping down due to the fact that his company is relocating. "After giving it much thought, I decided to resign because the district deserves 100 percent of my attention, and I expect no less of myself," Drake said. "Given the requirements of my job, I cannot possibly devote the same amount of attention to my duties on the Board. Therefore, I feel that the right decision is to step down." Drake, a graduate of the New Milford school system, said that his experience as a member of the Board of Education, and his roles as both Vice President and President, has provided him with invaluable insight into the mechanisms of…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Darren Drake nominated to be Board of Education President at Monday's reorganization.
In a reversal of roles, Darren Drake has taken the reins of Board of Education President from Dan Conner, while Conner will serve as Vice President, the role formerly held by Drake. Last night's reorganization of the Board of Education included the swearing in of incumbents Darren Drake and Joseph Steele, along with Laura O'Grady and Christopher Ryan. Drake, a graduate of the New Milford school system, said that his mission is to educate the children of New Milford while responsibly managing the taxpayers money. Supporting the senior administration, Drake is eager to work with them on carrying out the master plan and other projects that they are working on in an effort to make New Milford's schools the best. When it comes to the education …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Candidates for the Board of Education will appear on the same ballot as elected officials this Nov. 6.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Editor: This is a unique election year in New Jersey. For the first time, Board of Education candidates appear on the same ballot as the rest of our elected representatives. Especially with this being a presidential election year, many of us may forget to cast our votes for our local Board of Education candidates. I am writing to remind all registered voters to exercise your right to vote on this Election Day and, if you live in New Milford, to vote for Darren Drake and Joe Steele for the New Milford Board of Education. I served my community for 19 years on the board and I was fortunate enough to serve with both Darren and Joe for a few of those years. This is a time when experience really does matter. Overall, the NMBOE is an …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
See how the candidates did in each district
Incumbent Councilwoman Randi Duffie (D) received the most votes in Tuesday's election, coming in with an unofficial total of 1559 votes, including 78 absentee ballots. Although her numbers were consistently strong across all districts, District 1 gave Duffie the most votes (201), while District 7 gave her the least (106). Councilwoman-elect Hedy Grant (D) came in with an unofficial count of 1490, including 71 absentee ballots, beating incumbent Councilwoman Celeste Scavetta (R) by only 10 votes in the nailbiting upset of the evening. District 1 gave Grant the most votes (191) while District 7 gave her the least (106). Republican incumbent Peter Rebsch also lost his seat with an unofficial total of 1455 votes, including 49 absentee ballots…
Friday, November 4, 2011
In a final series of candidate profiles, Patch asked the Republican candidates to identify what they see as the issues in this election and how they will rectify them.
Councilwoman Celeste Scavetta, Councilman Peter Rebsch and Council Candidate Darren Drake contend that with the exception of 2000 and 2004, this is the first time in 21 years that Republicans have had majority control of the council. One of the issues dominating the campaign is the response to post-flood trash pick-up. Scavetta and Rebsch emphasized that the borough had a contract with Waste Management to provide trash pick-up, but Waste Management did not show up. Then Tropical Storm Lee swept in and exacerbated the situation. It was the response of the community who reached out to the 200 families whose homes were devastated by the flood that made these candidates proud to be serving New Milford. "The way that the community banded …