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Dear Reader, Welcome! Belleville Watch is dedicated to bringing news, commentary and related content in the service of civic engagement, good government and responsible, respectful development in our beloved Belleville, New Jersey! Belleville Watch operates in the spirit of “crusading”… Continue Reading →

Are “Clean-Up Ordinances” Bad for Belleville’s Health (& Your Wallet?)

Editor’s Note: The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th 2020 at 6 p.m. Members of the public can e-mail their questions or comments to Township Clerk Kelly Cavanagh at kcavanagh@bellevillenj.org by 6 p.m. on June 9th…. Continue Reading →

2020 Town Council Elections: Incumbents Survive, Melham Silent

With news that election results for the May 12 Town Council elections have been certified, it appears Belleville’s four wards voted to return all incumbents to their seats. To call the election unorthodox and unprecedented seems an understatement. Due to… Continue Reading →

Belmont Avenue Development: Are Unsightly Mounds of Dirt & A Cramped Parking Lot Just The Beginning?

For at least three weeks now, large mounds of dirt and broken concrete have sat at a construction site on the north side of 81-179 Belmont Avenue, where two large mixed-use buildings with retail/commercial space and a total of 232… Continue Reading →

OPINION: Melham’s COVID-19 Story Was A Wasted Opportunity

This past week, Mayor Michael Melham announced that he’d tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, and he urged residents to get tested as well to help advance treatment of the virus. Well, had it only been that simple. The mayor wasted… Continue Reading →

Letter To the Editor: Frantantoni Says Vote To Send a Message!

To the Editor, The Covid-19 pandemic has forced New Jersey’s May elections to be conducted by Mail-in ballots only. In Belleville, we have four ward council seats on the ballot. The sitting Councilpersons presently seeking re-election have been keeping those… Continue Reading →

Town Council Election 2020: Carefully Consider Your Vote

The method of voting has changed, but the responsibility of voting for good leaders has not. We live in unusual times. So many things we are used to have changed, and you can count the way you vote – at… Continue Reading →

Required Reading for Belleville: Edison’s Environment by George J. Hill, M.D.

(Author’s Note: The historical information in this piece is taken from the book Edison’s Environment: The Great Inventor Was Also A Great Polluter, by George J. Hill, M.D., M.A., D.Litt, Third Edition, 2017.) One can’t imagine New Jersey without Thomas… Continue Reading →

A Matter of Common Decency and Respect

At a recent public meeting, the Nutley Board of Commissioners held a moment of silence for the late Kevin Kennedy, former councilman of Belleville. No, you didn’t read that wrong, and no, it isn’t a typo or a misstatement. The… Continue Reading →

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