Town's moves could mean shift in Orthodox Jewish dispute

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(AP) - Some recent moves by a northern New Jersey town could signal a shift in a dispute with Orthodox Jewish groups which has already prompted state and federal lawsuits.

The Record reports Mahwah's township council reversed a sign ban this month and could vote to reverse a parks ordinance this week.

The town, which is on the New Jersey-New York border, put the restrictions in place last summer. The sign ban effectively banned the building of an eruv, a religious boundary created by placing white plastic piping on utility poles.

The parks ban on out-of-state residents was created after residents complained about overcrowding at parks and their use by Orthodox Jewish families from New York.

An Orthodox group filed a federal lawsuit in August, and the state sued in October.

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