Letters to the Editor

August 5, 2021

As a resident of 15 years, I haven't historically engaged in local politics, primarily because I don't believe town issues should be politicized and because I was pleased with the trajectory of our town. We were thriving, attracting successful businesses — both small and large — and our value as a ...

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I would like to thank the Board of Education for selecting me to fill the seat of the late Helen Kirsch for the rest of this year. I am honored and I look forward to working with the other board members to build long-term success for our administrators, teachers, and most importantly, our ...

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As a resident of the town of Katonah, I am writing to express my support for Katonah Village Library (KVL) and urge the town of Bedford to fully restore funding to the Katonah Village Library. It is deeply concerning that our library is underfunded, to the extent that the library is now closed on ...

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Was visiting Paramus last weekend. On Sunday my sister and I paid a visit to old-time favorite Joy's Farm, so I could take real tomatoes home with me. It was shortly after noon...and Joy's Farm did not have one tomato.  I was so disappointed...and it didn't look like they were sold out. They ...

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To the Editor: As a patriotic American, after all we’ve been through, it warms my heart to see all the American flags flying. Flags flying on cars and flying out of the backs of trucks. Then there are the flag lapel pins that people so proudly display. I just wonder if they ever stop to look and ...

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Ever since I was elected to the Westfield Town Council 10 years ago, adding additional field space for youth sports in town has been a topic of conversation. Back then, I had two young children beginning in Westfield sports programs. I learned first-hand the need for better playing fields and the ...

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Editor: Concerning plans for a mosque at the corner of Madison Ave. and Vinal Place, the Madison Republican Committee affirms this expression of religious freedom while also supporting neighbors’ concerns for how mosque activities could disturb the surrounding residential area. Specifically with ...

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Westfield is a lovely town where its citizens tout welcoming neighbors, good schools and an active downtown filled with live music that brings families and friends together. Felons and political power players coordinating with local candidates to drum up fake scandals should not factor into our ...

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Over the past two weeks, roughly 90 percent of U.S. households with children have received $15 billion to help cover basic expenses, thanks to changes to the Child Tax Credit under the American Relief Plan Act. These monthly payments of up to $300 per child, are projected to cut child poverty by as ...

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On July 14, 2021 the NJEA held an interactive conference and workshop for educators called Radical Imagination Summit for Educators (RISE) 2021. The summit covered a wide-range of topics and offered teachers opportunities to discuss and practice new techniques for making learning in the classroom ...

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Dear Editor: Very soon, it will be the first Tuesday in August. Since 1984, that day on the calendar has signaled National Night Out, which we proudly celebrate every year in Scotch Plains. It began simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their ...

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Since we have an extremely crucial election coming up in November, I would like to bring attention to the fact that the entire NJ Legislature (Assembly and Senate) is up for re-election. as well as the Governor’s seat. One Assemblywoman in district 27 has been very vocal during this pandemic. Her ...

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The Neighbors United Waterfront Revitalization plan will restore the health of our local lakes, some of which are rated by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation as among our state’s most impaired waterways. In 2017, the governor signed legislation designating lakes Katonah, ...

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I have only recently become aware of the proposal to turn the fields behind Edison into lighted turf fields.  While there may be a need for additional recreational fields for the town I find it hard to believe that the committee considering expansion decided that developing turf fields behind ...

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Dear Editor: I am aware that there is concern among some of our citizens about the new sewer utility bills that went out this week. We have established an appeals process for those households billed under Tier 3 who are disputing the amount of water usage their bills are based on. Click here for ...

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Over the past two weeks, roughly 90 percent of U.S. households with children have received $15 billion to help cover basic expenses, thanks to changes to the Child Tax Credit under the American Relief Plan Act. These monthly payments of up to $300 per child, are projected to cut child poverty by as ...

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To The Editor: The Watchung planning board’s approval in July of an application to build a daycare center on the very edge of the borough’s border with Scotch Plains—and far from where it will have any negative effects on Watchung residents—strains belief.  It doesn’t belong there, and there are ...

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To The Editor: The Watchung planning board’s approval in July of an application to build a daycare center on the very edge of the borough’s border with Scotch Plains—and far from where it will have any negative effects on Watchung residents—strains belief.  It doesn’t belong there and there are ...

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Born in the USA I have always been a lover of freedom and our protected rights as guaranteed by our Constitution. This certainly includes my right to privacy which is in question upon learning that the Biden administration has proposed sending out teams of people into neighborhoods, knocking on ...

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Born in the USA I have always been a lover of freedom and our protected rights as guaranteed by our Constitution. This certainly includes my right to privacy which is in question upon learning that the Biden administration has proposed sending out teams of people into neighborhoods, knocking on ...

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To The Editor: The Watchung planning board’s approval in July of an application to build a daycare center on the very edge of the borough’s border with Scotch Plains—and far from where it will have any negative effects on Watchung residents—strains belief.  It doesn’t belong there and there are ...

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To The Editor: The Watchung planning board’s approval in July of an application to build a daycare center on the very edge of the borough’s border with Scotch Plains—and far from where it will have any negative effects on Watchung residents—strains belief.  It doesn’t belong there and there are ...

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Dear Editor: The Township of Scotch Plains is taking steps now to ensure our parks and roads are prepared for what’s coming. Earlier this month, the Council unanimously approved a bond to undertake the returfing of our Southside Field, the cost of which is anticipated to be shared with the ...

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Recently, there was a fairly contentious meeting of Yorktown Board of Education with what this paper referred to as the “polarizing topic” of the importance of teaching the entire story of racial injustice in the United States to students. My own opinion on the matter has been solidified by three ...

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This letter is written in response to Don Scott’s letter, “Bedford’s Board Is Broken.” Don Scott has mistaken an orderly and transparent election for something nefarious. Mr. Scott should remember that primaries were created to give the choice of candidates to the electorate. Given his current ...

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I salute our Mayor for taking a stand on this issue. We are one nation under God and we can fly any flag we want when we are in our home . When it is on public property it should be as the Mayor stated.. Like it or leave it. Let's All Stand For The Flags which gives us our freedom and the men and ...

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I read with dismay about the proposed town ordinance that would limit what flags can be displayed on Township property. I have no issue with the suggested flags. I do have a problem when they are the only ones. As the Mayor must know from last years BLM Marches through town, Clark already has an ...

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Dear Editor, I read your article about Veteran Memorial Path and would like to share some additional information: Finneran’s Way at the Mall is named for the deceased Scout Master of Troop 17 where one of his troopers, Jonathan Salinardo, supervised the repair and painting of the cemetery ...

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With New Jersey on the road to recovery and businesses scrambling to fill job openings, child care accessibility will impact just how many residents are able to return to work. Necessary yet costly COVID-19 safety measures forced many child care providers to permanently close last year and left ...

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With New Jersey on the road to recovery and businesses scrambling to fill job openings, child care accessibility will impact just how many residents are able to return to work. Necessary yet costly COVID-19 safety measures forced many child care providers to permanently close last year and left ...

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