SOURCE: The Teaneck Suburbanite, Wed. March 21, 1990, p. 5.

Feldman Preserve naming April 22

The same day as Earth Day

By Beverly O'Shea

TEANECK - The township can count on a big day April 22 when Teaneck combines its observance of the 20th anniversary of Earth Day with the naming of about 16 acres of the Roemer Woods as the Sen. Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve.

Council members last week unanimously approved dedication of the often controversial wooded area as a park. Plans for the big celebration are being made by a committee headed by Wallace Cowan, head of the township's parks and recreation advisory group.

Deputy Mayor Peter Bower indicated last week Roemer Avenue may be closed for a few hours for the ceremony, which may be conducted in the township's Continental Park across Roemer Avenue from the wooded area. Previously Councilwoman Eleanor Kieliszek indicated guests from around the state would be invited to the event, because of Feldman's position in state government.

The veteran senator began his career as an elected official on the Teaneck council. He served as mayor during the 1960s.

The Roemer woods, long a subject of controversy, was at one time eyed as the last remaining large area where ratables could be built. Single family homes we proposed for the area; a few years ago the plan had evolved in fewer, but higher-priced, homes. Four acres of the nearly 20-acre woods have been sold to the North Teaneck Synagogue Association which recently received planning board approval for its plans construction of a large Orthodox Jewish synagogue there.

Several of the current council members advocated dedicating the remaining acres as a park, rather than the township allowing construction of homes there.

 

Other areas with info on Feldman:

Citizen's for Feldman (campaign brochure, dated 1973)

Feldman to Leave Senate

Matthew Feldman's Obituary

Matthew Feldman Nature Preserve

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