Letters to the Editor

April 14, 2021

Sadly, crime victim blaming and shaming is alive and well in Westfield.  Like me, I am sure that you have received dozens of Nixle alerts from the Town advising of yet another stolen car, but quickly adding that it was “unlocked” or that the “key fob was left inside.”  I understand and agree that ...

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The April 8 edition of Yorktown News had two articles or commentaries published concerning the Underhill Farms/Soundview site. As Mr. Marschhauser pointed out, legislation concerning overlay districts has not been enacted, nor have formal plans been submitted for review.  However, innuendo and ...

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Patricia Sullivan-Rothberg’s recent opinion article (“Supervisor Slater Got It Wrong”) reminded me why I did not vote for her when she ran for Town Board two years ago. Her opinion perfectly displayed how little she actually knows about town business. Supervisor Slater didn’t get it wrong, ...

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The idea of full-day K is not new for parents who have been raising children in Berkeley Heights but the redistricting “solutions” our superintendent and BOE are presenting come at a time that is particularly inconvenient.  Parents are still receiving positive case reports from our superintendent ...

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Enclosed is a chart that tracks the KLSD budget and enrollment figures since the 1999-2000 school year through 2021-22. All data used has come from the budget books as published by the district. The budget has increased 100 percent over that period, while the student population has decreased ...

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Dear Editor: I am pleased to see the steady evolution of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month,” as what really needs to be celebrated are the enormous contributions of people with autism to our society. We proudly operate a “post 21” program known as Adult Community Services, ...

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Dear Editor: I am pleased to see the steady evolution of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month,” as what really needs to be celebrated are the enormous contributions of people with autism to our society. We proudly operate a “post 21” program known as Adult Community Services, ...

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To the Editor:  In article after article published in the last few months nationwide regarding school re-openings, there is one theme that dominates – a lack of trust and communication between parents, school district administrators and members of boards of education, and a feeling that they no ...

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My takeaway from the Board of Education meeting on 4/8/21 is that, in general,  the residents and parents of Berkeley Heights have very different ideas from the administration and Board of Education in terms of what is the BEST way to start the 2021 school year.  While I appreciate the time spent ...

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Wayne is under siege from predatory developers like Avalon Bay, who suffered a catastrophic fire at “Avalon Princeton Junction” in West Windsor just last week. Developers are forcing Wayne to rezone properties and accept developments that barely meet the maximum limits of Wayne’s building ...

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To the Editor: It's election time. Each year when election time comes around, it always brings up the same issue. Why are we, the residents of Hunterdon County and Raritan Township, willing to accept partisan politics? On the county level: We have five freeholders, all ...

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Dear Editor: I was pleased to read the article about the Union County “Mobile” COVID-19 Unit bringing vaccines to residents in Scotch Plains on April 6. I thank Pastor Shawn Wallace and his wife, Clarita for opening up St. John’s Baptist Church so 225 people could receive the coveted COVID ...

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Editor's Note: Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley provided her Superintendent's Report from the Thursday, April 8, meeting of the Board of Education to be published as a Letter to the Editor. As several community members have told me, Full Day Kindergarten has been discussed in Berkeley ...

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Last week, the presentation by the Superintendent validated the concerns that 400 parents expressed through their signature requesting that the current process surrounding redistricting be halted.  What parents and residents saw was a sales pitch with gaping holes and references to conversations ...

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Dear Editor: April is National Donate Life Month, a time to spread awareness about organ and tissue donation. Did you know there are more than 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant? (source: unos.org) Nearly 4,000 of them are in New Jersey, and seven of ...

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WELCOME TO THE MONTCLAIR PUBLIC LIBRARY  The week of April 4-10 is National Library Week. This year’s theme, “Welcome to Your Library,” invites us to discover, explore and experience library programs, resources and services that reach far beyond the walls of buildings.  The Montclair Public ...

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CAPITAL & MAINTENANCE PROJECTS REPORT  Business Administrator Dana Sullivan provided a report on capital and maintenance projects for 2021 and 2022, noting that the district creates a five-year capital plan for planning purposes and that the district’s architect and supervisor of buildings ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the ...

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Dear Editor, When the COVID-19 crisis started to take its toll on employment in New Jersey in April 2020, St Therese K of C Council 6320 began to search for ways to help its neighbors. Most of the food panties in the state were reporting record demands on non-perishable food and toiletry ...

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Dear Editor: Fanwood lost a family member in the sudden passing of our own Ken Blom last weekend. Ken was part of our Public Works team for more than 20 years, and many of you knew him as a fixture at local Fanwood events. A wonderful mentor for new staffers, Ken was always at the ready with an ...

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Let me begin by hoping everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break wherever and however you celebrated it with your family. Tomorrow marks the end of our ‘all-remote’ week following Spring Break and we will soon enter the next phase of our pandemic-challenged school year as we welcome both Columbia ...

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To the Editor: April 5 marks the day that Bridgewater's Republican dominance marched in lockstep, cocksure of their authority to push through (yet another) ordinance that defies the will of their constituents. Collectively, the mayor and town council have handled themselves with ...

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During their Tuesday evening meeting, our Mayor and Council dedicated hours to the issue of a leaf blower ban while spending only moments to dismiss our concerns about excessive quarantining of children. Our request was simple: appoint a Council representative to champion this issue. Our ...

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The Covid 19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of children across New Jersey. The people most impacted by Covid-19 are the most vulnerable members of our society. Emergency rooms across New Jersey and the country have been flooded with parents seeking help for children ...

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The Park At Speedwell: Morristown’s mismanagement and squandering of taxpayer dollars   For more than 8 years, Morristown has promised to build a public park behind Speedwell Avenue. In 2012 and again in 2016, the developer Mill Creek contractually agreed to perform all remediation of the ...

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Now that adult-use marijuana is legal in New Jersey, it seems policymakers are so consumed with setting up that market that they have forgotten about medical marijuana patients entirely. Medical marijuana has been legal in New Jersey for over a decade, but the market is ...

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My name is Michael Murphy, and I am a member of BSA Troop 154 Goldens Bridge. I am currently working on earning my Communications merit badge, and a requirement for the badge is to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper on a topic of your choosing. So, to satisfy this requirement, I ...

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