In a recent Rutherford Borough Council meeting, numerous matters of community importance came to light, including the proclamation of August 31st, 2023, as International Overdose Awareness Day. The proclamation addressed the escalating public health threat of drug overdoses, highlighting a commitment to remember those lost to this crisis and fostering hope for recovery. Mayor Frank Nunziato expressed gratitude for the opportunity to read the proclamation, emphasizing community unity and remembrance for those affected. Residents of Rutherford have been encouraged to don purple on this day, the color symbolic of the recovery movement.
Further delving into community-oriented events, the council meeting spotlighted a unique initiative coined as “Porchfest”. Scheduled for November 4th, this initiative involves bands performing on town porches, an endeavor aimed at cultivating arts in the community. A Rutherford Arts Committee member introduced the initiative, praising both community support and the council’s instrumental role in bringing this project to fruition. Numerous local households and musicians have already expressed interest, signaling anticipation for this community event.
On the more bureaucratic front, discussions touched on agenda modifications and legal matters. Notably, a decade-old case, “Windberry vs. Rutherford”, was brought to the forefront, with the borough set to pay a deductible of $50,000 as a part of the legal settlement.
Public engagement remained a consistent theme throughout the session. Residents voiced concerns and suggestions, ranging from the historic flooding issues in the West End area to inconsistent