While Union County has received a monetary shot-in-the-arm from the Obama Administration's Federal Stimulus program-- Garwood, along with two other county towns, have all but been left out of the cash wind-fall.
In an exclusive examination of the recent stimulus offerings Garwood 365 has found that residents of the borough will not be enjoying much of the infrastructure improvements that other towns in the County will be receiving. In fact, other than countywide human services programs that benefit all Union County residents, like unemployment programs and foreclosure assistance, the Borough will not see much in the way of federal help.
However, in a telephone interview, a County spokesperson said unlike Clark and New Providence which won't be receiving any direct benefits from the feds, Garwood will be getting tangible items from Obama dollars: Boxed Lunches.
So, while Rahway gets Downtown improvements, Cranford gets drainage assistance, Plainfield gets new roads, and Winfield gets new sidewalks--- and while 22 million dollars will trickle down to Berkeley Heights, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, Westfield, Roselle, and Hillside-- Garwood will get boxed lunches.
The spokesperson for the County went on to explain the stimulus dollars will buy boxed lunches that will be handed out to the elderly-in-need at the Garwood Senior Center, part of the funding supplied to Meals on Wheels.
The close examination of stimulus funds came last week after Union County Officials boasted that the County will see a large infusion of cash from the federal stimulus.
So, for Garwood, it appears, the only real question- other than, "how did the borough get left out?"- is "mustard or mayo on your boxed sandwich?"