Letters to the Editor

March 18, 2020

Letter to the Editor: The meeting of the State NJSBA Legislation and Finance Committee took place on March 7, 2020, in Trenton.  The following discussions took place during this meeting with regards to Bills and Policies: The School Funding Formula is determined by variables which include the ...

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To the editor, The intersection of Wood Street and Bryant Pond (Secor) roads just off the Taconic is an accident waiting to happen. The four-way stop sign doesn’t do the job and may actually add to the confusion. A proper traffic light is needed. However, am I being cynical to note that the ...

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I have sent the following letter to Mayor Angie Devanney, The Berkeley Heights Township Council, the Township Administrator and Township CFO.    Due to the recent events and financial situation caused by the Coronavirus, I have asked the Township to delay Q2 Property Tax deadlines as well as ...

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To the members of our Caldwell community, As we all face the current health crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic together, I want to assure you that the Borough of Caldwell is actively working with Essex County and the State of New Jersey.  Following the guidance of our Board of Health officer, and ...

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As the people of New Jersey step up heroically in response to the Coronavirus, one person who has lots of questions still to answer is Gov Murphy. While Gov Murphy has been quick to demand enormous sacrifices from the citizens of New Jersey, he has yet to offer specific remedies to help the ...

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While unfortunate for those affected, it's disturbing to learn of two known cases of coronavirus in Westfield.  There are others in surrounding communities as well. What could be helpful is if authorities could find out from those infected, where they have been in the past two weeks and when were ...

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Our Chamber office will begin working remotely as of  Wednesday, March 17.  In cooperation with the guidelines and mandates, all Suburban Chamber of Commerce networking events have been postponed.  We will not be hosting March Wine Down Wednesday, we have postponed our Hat Tavern event to April ...

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Former Holmdel Committeeman Terence Wall on proposed cuts to employee contributions to health insurance. HOLMDEL, NJ - A national emergency is crippling the country, people are infected, financial markets are temporarily crushed and all public, private and parochial schools are closed.  This ...

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Dear Neighbors, Please remember your local merchants . We are all suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I know many of you are struggling and I realize that shopping for new clothing is not a top priority right now. But I urge you to please continue to support your local ...

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To The Mayor of Barnegat Township John J. Novak and Ocean Township Ken Baulderstone. Although I now live in Waretown, I raised my children and served on the Board of Education in Barnegat.  My family remains in Barnegat and I am concerned. Some have a serious question- where is a statement or ...

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Hello neighbors! I hope this note finds you AT HOME. Unfortunately, I am hearing from countless residents who are concerned about the number of people who continue to congregate in groups, either in restaurants, bars, playgrounds, or in people’s homes, despite the repeated asks and warnings not ...

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Consistent with Nutley Family Service Bureau’s history of responsiveness to community needs, we provide services and create workable solutions that allow continuity of operations while considering the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers. Therefore, in this time of evolving public ...

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It appears that times are a changing! The world 🌎 is going through a pandemic right now and we all need to be more cautious in our daily activities. Fortunately we’re doing fine up here at the North Pole, our elves are being home schooled for the next few weeks as we try to come to grips with ...

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Dear Editor, I began my freshman year of high school in 1999. Everyone remembers the pressures of being a young person in high school trying to deal with fitting in, the introduction of hormones, and figuring out whom they are and who they want to be.  I was not a big fan of school or ...

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We are in the beginning phase of an unprecedented time during our lifetime and it is certainly going to give us challenges. There is no playbook to fallback to in order to see what has and hasn’t worked in the past. Uncharted waters.   As you know, the South Plainfield School District has ...

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To the Editor: You can postpone MLB, NBA, NHL, school, travel, etc. But you can never postpone a Chatham Township Committee meeting. In forcing a large gathering, people had to show up to protect their rights. And Kelly ignored the health risk. Again, instead of using reason and telling the ...

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Dear Editor, I loved LEGO as a kid.  I still do.  The beauty of LEGO is that you can put back together whatever is destroyed.  Those blocks are pretty much indestructible, especially the ones from 30-ish years ago.  Although Lego towns can be built and destroyed and rebuilt, the decisions that ...

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To the Editor: The affordable housing plan in Chatham Township that required the town hall and the police station to be demolished and rebuilt and the land given away was ridiculous.  Why can't a deal be made with the developers that are doing the so-called tree farm condos and add a few more ...

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In her comments at this week’s Town Council meeting, which she has also posted online, Mayor Brindle attempts to soften the blow of the unprecedented tax increase and surplus spending in the upcoming municipal budget by trumpeting her action plan for a “brighter future” for Westfield. This is ...

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To the Editor: My husband, Ed Sagendorf Jr. and I, together with our two toddler sons moved to Chatham Township on May 25, 1960. Our growing family made it necessary to move from our one-bedroom apartment in Summit to a larger living space. My mother was not too happy that her daughter would ...

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To the Editor: Dear Mayor Kelly and Chatham Township Committee members, Aside from college, I have lived on River Road my entire life.  I grew up and still live in the same house on River Road. It was built by Rustem Bey, the first police chief of Chatham Township. I can tell you about the ...

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If recent events in Trenton have taught us anything, it’s that we need to have a deeper conversation about public health in New Jersey.  It’s time to replace fear and outrage with empathy and understanding of health threats so that public servants can work with citizens to create solutions that ...

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To the Editor: How nice of Mayor Kelly to be so frank with the residents and their concerns. When confronted, sued due to his decisions on affordable housing, he calls it a nuisance, and the residents will not win. Wouldn't it be nice if the mayor would stick up for the residents ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Autumn Lake Healthcare in Berkeley Heights has announced the they are temporarily suspending visitation. Read their letter below

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To the Editor: We have a crisis today regarding our young people and their mental health, and it is manifesting itself in terrible ways. Whether it's an increase in anxiety and depression, or thoughts of suicides followed by actual attempts, our young people are struggling right now with the ...

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In two weeks, we will be presenting our 2020 budget to the public. While the budget is still being finalized, I want to take this opportunity to provide some context behind the numbers, let you know what to expect in this year’s tax bill, and share our growth strategy for the future. First and ...

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The desire for religious freedom was the primary motivation for which early immigrants moved to this beautiful country. American religious freedom allowed these immigrants to escape from social injustices and manifest religion (or belief) in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. I have ...

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Dear Editor: Childhood sexual grooming and abuse is not solely a Catholic Church story.  It is pervasive throughout our society, as is increasingly apparent in the news: from families, to schools, to youth sports and organizations, and even elite national and Olympic athletics. In fact, for me ...

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To the Editor: Dear Washington Avenue School third grade students and families, WAS staff and administrators and my hearty, hardy Bridges Outreach crew, Thank you for all you did to make this Bridges run to Newark today a success. Bridges Outreach, a Summit, NJ based homeless advocacy group, ...

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In February 2018, Mayor Brindle unilaterally cancelled a well-conceived, fully designed and paid-for improvement plan for Tamaques Park, which would have resulted in additional parking and a new, lighted turf field for our children to play on beginning last year. To make matters worse, in 2020 ...

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