Board Approves Gas Station, Westwood Changes Outdoor Dining, Police Win Award
Here's a look at the past week in Westwood and Washington Township.
Members of the Washington Township Zoning Board approved all the variances requested for a plan to replace 5 Star Gas with a new gas station and 1,206-square-foot convenience store Tuesday, though they did set some conditions with which the applicant, Sky Trading, will have to comply.
The variances included two use variances to add the convenience store and expand the gas station in a residential zone. The expansion of the gas station was only approved after the applicant's experts made some impromptu changes to the plan, reducing the size of the planned canopy and lowering the number of proposed pumps from eight to six.
Outdoor diners in Westwood will be able to enjoy a glass of wine with their meals and some restaurants will be allowed to seat a larger number of customers outside than in the past, due to a change in the borough's outdoor dining regulations.
The Westwood Mayor and Council approved three ordinances Tuesday which update the borough's zoning code. The changes were made at the recommendation of the new Master Plan re-examination, which the Planning Board finished last year
The 200 Club of Bergen County awarded their Valor Award to Washington Township Police Corporal Michael Glock and Police Officer Jason Gugger at a ceremony held May 9.
High school officials are arming students with basic self-defense moves and strategies to deter bullying as part of a program that uses a black belt in karate to show students how not to be victims.
Martial arts instructor Phil Ross worked with about 800 students in his "Building Esteem Today" program, in which he shows students how to use their posture and voice to deter bullies, as well as some basic "block and rock" self-defense moves to use in a worst-case scenario.
A flock of new businesses has been snatching up vacant space in downtown Westwood, starkly reversing a five year trend of "For Rent" signs appearing with more frequency in shuttered shop windows.
Ted Foundopoulos doesn't know what is going to happen to his business, the Getty gas station and garage at 615 Washington Avenue which has not had a shipment of fuel for about two weeks.
Raymond Herr, who has been Westwood's CFO since 1998, will start as the chief financial officer of Paramus on June 18.
Westwood Borough Administrator Robert Hoffmann credited Herr with helping keep Westwood's taxes to a 1 percent increase each year for the past four years and for helping improve the borough's bond rating.