Monday, September 7, 2009

Remember Garwood?

The start of September has Freeholders boasting that the County will see a big infusion of cash from the Obama Administration's Federal Stimulus program. But, upon close examination Garwood is NOT mentioned once in the county's official brag sheet of projects coming to Union County.

In a release, the Freeholders boast that 22 million dollars is being pumped into various towns. The release mentions by name Berkeley Heights, Cranford, Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, Rahway, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, Westfield, Plainfield, Roselle, Winfield, and Hillside.

Only three towns in the county are not mentioned: Clark, New Providence and Garwood.

According to County Officials, the towns (apparently, not Garwood, Clark and New Providence) are said to be getting, amongst other things, 12 miles of newly paved roads, intersection improvements, rental assistatnce, affordable housing for seniors and other goodies like Downtown improvements and better drainage.

The release makes it clear that Rahway's Central Business District will be a big winner, as well as tiny Winfield (the only town in Union County smaller than Garwood) that will get extensive sidewalk improvements.

Now Garwood may get some of the 42,000 meals provided to seniors that will be funded by stimulus dollars through Meals on Wheels and Jewish Family Services. But, concrete (literally) gifts seem to be absent for the borough.

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