Local Beat: Three CRDA board members take thousands in back pay, stipends

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THREE CRDA BOARD MEMBERS TAKE THOUSANDS IN BACK PAY, STIPENDS
As many in Atlantic City are facing pay cuts and layoffs under the state’s takeover, one state authority has paid its own board members thousands of dollars in back pay and salaries. Elinor Comlay of Route 40 says the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in January and February paid out $65,500 to its chairman and two board members for their once-a-month board meetings at the Authority’s Atlantic City office.

COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST PARSIPPANY MAYOR
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Brennan filed a citizen’s complaint last week against Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio and Business Administrator Ellen Sandman. Frank Cahill of Parsippany Focus says the complaints allege that Barberio unlawfully hired a keyboarding clerk above the legal salary range.

WESTFIELD’S MINDOWASKIN POND REFILLED, RESTORED AFTER MONTHS-LONG DREDGING PROJECT
The dredging of Mindowaskin Pond in Westfield is almost complete, and the pond is once again filled with water. Jackie Lieberman of TAP into Westfield says the fountain’s walls have been rebuilt, unhealthy trees have been removed, and the additional decorative fountains will be functional again. The project, which began in late 2016, has so far been carried out on time and under budget.

ABOUT TIME: MORRIS TOWNSHIP VETERAN, 94, GETS MEDAL FOR WWII SERVICE IN SEGREGATED MARINE CORPS
Think being a Marine is tough? Try being a black Marine in the segregated Marine Corps of WWII. A longtime Morristown resident has finally received a proper thank you – at the ripe age of 94. Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says Ryland Anderson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Sunday for his service with the first African American Marines in World War II.

WEST ORANGE STUDENT COMPETES ON CIRCUS-THEMED “CHOPPED JUNIOR”
West Orange fifth-grader Megan Hackett will compete in the circus-themed episode of “Chopped Junior,” a competitive cooking show on the Food Network. Danielle Santola of TAP into West Orange says Hackett was selected to compete against three junior chefs from New York, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania in the three-round competition.

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