Letters to the Editor

December 14, 2019

To The Editor: I am one of those types who starts shopping for the holidays sometime in the summer.  This year I’ve added a new twist to that tradition.  I set a goal to purchase as many gifts as possible from the Thrift Store at the Nutley Family Service Bureau Annex at 169 Chestnut Street, ...

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The Clark Health Department Give and Share Program in conjunction with St. John The Apostle Food Pantry would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who donated food for the "Bag of Sides" program. The Bag of Sides program provides Thanksgiving and due to an overwhelming response, ...

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A work commitment prevented me from attending the special meeting this past Thursday at Town Hall, on the downtown revitalization project.  I did, however, watch it on YouTube - as much of it as I could stomach anyway, as it was two hours of Mahopac Point residents putting their contempt for common ...

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To the Editor: Affordable housing discussions have taken center stage in the Township and in other towns. As such, there have been numerous remarks alluded to by Township Committee members and others in the public sphere, that what has been decided by the present Township Committee in 2019, i.e.

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500[1][2] children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% ...

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To the Editor: I’ve written before about how discouraging it is to go to Piscataway Town Council meetings and find a stonewall of non-response from the Council and Mayor when residents raise important issues.  Last night, we saw them actually respond, with hostility and personal animus, around ...

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To the Editor: Affordable housing discussions have taken center stage in the Township and in other towns. As such, there have been numerous remarks alluded to by Township Committee members and others in the public sphere, that what has been decided by the present Township Committee in 2019, i.e.

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500[1][2] children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% ...

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Dear Editor, Many in New Jersey are prevented from driving because they have no proof of permanent residence or  access to proper identification papers. These include the homeless, victims of domestic violence, many seniors, undocumented immigrant residents and people re-entering society after ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500[1][2] children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% ...

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The following letter was sent to Mayor Brindle and Councilman Contract: Dear Mayor Brindle: I hope that you will reverse your decision in support of crossbow killing of deer in Westfield and instead investigate/support the suggestions of “Deer Smart Communities” and review the approaches to ...

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Neighbors,  I hope this holiday season is filled with joy!  This is my 12th month serving on Common Council. In keeping with my pledge to communicate clearly about our goals and progress, I have continued posting “Vartan’s Views” videos outlining three of my thoughts after every Council ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500 children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% of NJ ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500 children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% of NJ ...

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EDITOR: In what would be a huge victory for the environment and human health, New Jersey is moving closer to banning single-use plastic carryout bags, Styrofoam cups and food containers, and plastic straws. But it may take some help from the public to bring this bill to the finish line. Last ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500 children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% of NJ ...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) and our own U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have both found that Measles cases between January and November this year have risen three fold compared to the same period in 2018! This is  a  quote, as this is too serious!  I know that many have ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500 children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% of NJ ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500 children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% of NJ ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500 children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% of NJ ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500[1][2] children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% ...

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On Thursday, December 12, the Senate Health Committee will be meeting to vote on S2173, a bill that would restrict or remove religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations, thus prohibiting 35,500 children from attending New Jersey schools.  But let’s stop pretending this is about the 2.6% of NJ ...

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To the editor: I want to thank Commissioner Petracco, Commissioner Tucci, Commissioner Evans, and Commissioner Rogers, along with their respective departments, for all their help in organizing our annual Holiday Tree Lighting festivities. A special thank you to the men and women of the ...

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Senator Joe Pennacchio released the following statement upon hearing that Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham wishes a quick dismissal of the Articles of Impeachment, if and when they come to the Senate from the House. Senator Lindsey Graham has publicly stated that the Articles of ...

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Editor: This has been a very rough week in our county due to the ice and snow storms that occurred.  Thousands of people were inconvenienced, cold and many in danger during these storms.  Without our power companies, first responders, telecommunications operators and DPW employees, it could have ...

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The Rohingya people face persecution not only from the government of Myanmar but also from the Bangladeshi government, which had taken them in as refugees of an ethnic cleansing.  Beginning in August 2017, Bangladesh took in more than 900,000 Rohingya Muslims (of about 1 million previously living ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health meeting scheduled for Dec. 2 was canceled due to the snowstorm. Therefore, the Board’s plan to regulate electronic smoking devices will be delayed, since the proposed ordinance must be reintroduced when the new Board convenes in January. However, ...

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To the Editor: All of us at Bellari would like to congratulate the Schumer Family of Somerville Home Center on their retirement. Since 1935, Somerville Lumber had provided central New Jersey with quality home products and outstanding customer service. Three generations have served homeowners, ...

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To the Editor: On Dec. 2, 2019, officers from the Bridgewater Police Department, along with other Somerset County Law Enforcement agencies and first responders responded to the needs of a Bridgewater resident. The officers on scene handled themselves with the utmost restraint and ...

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Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting on December 3, 2019 On behalf of the entire Board of Education, Board President Peggy Oster congratulated Washington Elementary School on its designation as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.  Principal Dr. Andrew Perry, along with students and ...

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