Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Former owner of The Brick Oven of Morristown opening new business in space formerly occupied by Villa Cafe.
It didn't take long for Alan Valenti to decide to get back in the restaurant game after he and his partners sold The Brick Oven of Morristown in 2010. Valenti, a 10-year Morris Township resident originally from Brooklyn, said he knew for many years—even during his time on Wall Street—that he wanted to get into the business. And while that South Street restaurant had proven successful, as one of three partners, Valenti did not have as much creative control he was seeking, which he said his new business venture offers. That venture, Olive Lucy's Kitchen Table, is expected to open by the end of January in the space formery occupied by Villa Cafe on Speedwell Avenue. The restaurateur knew he wanted his next venture to stay in Morristown. It …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
New eatery across from the Hyatt on Speedwell Avenue has too much competition not to step up.
Since Morristown Patch is not Saveur, Bon Appetit or The New York Times, we don't think it's our place—nor our mission—to bad mouth new businesses if we are, in general, less than pleased with their output. That I prefaced this story with that advisory, however, speaks volumes. Simply, Garden Deli and Cafe (36 Speedwell Ave., 973-998-4545)—recently opened across from the Hyatt on Speedwell Avenue—will not survive without making some key changes. When signs first went up a couple months ago announcing a new place with a salad bar, it seemed like the void left when Health Shoppe closed would be filled even before Grassroots Market began renovating that space. What currently is at Garden, however, pales in comparison to what may have been too…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A 14-year-old girl reported being followed on Speedwell Avenue Tuesday, according to police.
A 14-year-old told Morristown Police she was followed Tuesday afternoon by a Jeep Cherokee while walking home on Speedwell Avenue. According to a press release issued by Capt. Steven Sarinelli Thursday morning, the report filed Wednesday afternoon claims a black Jeep drove slowly behind the teen as she walked home at about 5 p.m. on Oct. 23. The teen then noticed two Hispanic males crossing Speedwell Avenue and one of them yelled "get her," according to the press release. She then began to run toward a family member’s home near Fredrick Street. The teen was not certain if the Jeep and men that allegedly shouted "get her" were associated. She described the men as two older Hispanic males with dark hair, wearing jeans, light-colored, hooded …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Majority of broken windows were between Early and Flagler streets, according to police.
Morristown Police are investigating why several Speedwell Avenue storefront windows were smashed last weekend. Officer Joseph Heuneman responded Saturday morning to Speedwell Wine and Liquor, whose owner said he had arrived at his business at 8 a.m. to find his front window smashed. The owner of the liquor store said no rock or any other object that could have been used to break the window had been found, according to the officer's report. The owner said he had closed his business at 11 p.m. Friday, meaning the incident would have happened sometime between then and 8 a.m. Saturday. He also told the officer an alarm was set, but he had received no phone calls from his alarm company, according to the report. Meanwhile, Heuneman noticed …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Information session held Thursday night at Town Hall.
It's better than what's there now. That was the general consensus among residents who came to Town Hall Thursday night to check out an "open house" forum on the proposed CVS Pharmacy, which would replace a used car dealership at Spring Street and Speedwell Avenue that has been abandoned for years. Several information stations were set up throughout the Senior Center, where professionals involved in the project were available to present the plan so far and answer questions. Nick Verderese, of Dynamic Traffic LLC, showed a video with predicted traffic patterns along the road following construction of the pharmacy and following all four phases of the Speedwell Avenue Redevelopment Plan. The proposed CVS location presently is part of that …
Friday, September 28, 2012
The annual 'Speedwell Avenue and Beyond Cleanup' begins at 9 a.m., followed by the Lake Road recycling center re-dedication at 11 a.m.
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- John Dunphy
Friday, September 28, 2012
Do you hate seeing litter in our beloved Morristown? Have we got an event for you. The annual "Speedwell Avenue and Beyond Cleanup" is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers don't need to pre-register—just show up at the fire house on Speedwell Avenue, grab a trash bag, a pair of gloves and get ready to work. "I absolutely love this one," said Kathleen Margiotta, Morristown's Clean Communities Coordinator and lead organizer for the event, which began in 1990. "It's not a lot of work and speaks to what we do. People who care about Morristown can give just two hours of their lives." What originally began as an effort to clean up trash on Speedwell Avenue has, as the name indicates, gone beyond. "We're hoping ths week to really engage …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Honduran immigrant died Monday at Speedwell Avenue home.
He was a young man, skinny and quiet. And, on a pretty regular basis, he would call home to his native Honduras to talk with his 3-year-old daughter. That is how Speedwell Travel owner Maria Cifuentes described the man who died Monday at 205 Speedwell Ave. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office, which issued a statement Tuesday, said the man had died at the foot of the home's stairs. Cifuentes, who has owned the Speedwell Avenue business for 14 years, said she has spoken to family members, who now are coordinating funeral arrangements. Cifuentes said Wednesday family members had told her the man, whose name has not yet been released by the prosecutor's office, had complained about not feeling well the night before he died. The prosecutor's …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Authorities say foul play likely not a factor, seek information regarding incident.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A man was found dead at the bottom of a set of stairs at a home on Speedwell Avenue Monday afternoon, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. A preliminary investigation does not suggest foul play, according to a statement released Tuesday by Capt. Jeffrey Paul, a spokesman for Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi. The man, whose identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin, was found at the bottom of the stairs at 205 Speedwell Ave., which is part of a series of connected apartments, Monday at about 2:15 p.m., the prosecutor's office said. The male was described as Hispanic and being in his early 20s, the prosecutor's office said. No one was at the premises Tuesday afternoon. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major …