September 16, 2014
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) - Would a New Jersey town by any other
name smell as sweet?
West Paterson voters narrowly passed a referendum last November
to change the Passaic County town's name to Woodland Park this
year. But some supporters of the change claim borough officials are
secretly supporting a grass-roots campaign for another referendum
that could change the name back to West Paterson.
Among the reasons cited by Woodland Park supporters is that many
signs haven't been updated with the new name of the small community
just west of New York City. They claim that's an endorsement by
town officials of the Save West Paterson group.
Councilman Keith Kazmark says borough officials decided to
gradually implement the name change to save money.
At least three other times residents rejected new names,
including Garret Mountain in 2001.