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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 →

Belleville As Town-Wide “Area In Need Of Rehabilitation:” Salvation or Snake Oil?

Chances are, if you’re like most people today, you’re seeing or reading the news, watching the stock market rollercoaster, worrying about how you’ll pay the bills, your taxes, your rent or mortgage, wondering how you’ll handle your kids’ schooling and… Continue Reading →

#Justice4Belleville: An Open Letter to NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

Dear Attorney General Grewal, You are obviously a busy man, so I will be direct. The residents of Belleville – a small town in Essex County – have patiently waited for your office to investigate the shameful – and possibly… 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 →

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