Letters to the Editor

October 28, 2021

To the Editor: On Tuesday, November 2nd, I will be casting my vote for Councilmembers Carolyn Dempsey and Jocelyn Mathiasen.  Carolyn and Jocelyn have worked tirelessly over the past three years to improve Chatham Borough, including helping to revitalize our downtown in the midst of the COVID ...

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Summit is a great small city because of the engaged residents who live here.  So many adults, and children too, offer time, talent and treasure to help make our community the fabulous place that it is.  Helping out in schools and houses of worship, supporting seniors and those who need assistance, ...

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Dear Editor,  I am a parent of a high school freshman at Infinity Institute, and I would like to endorse the Education Matters team for the school board. On Tuesday evening the Infinity Institute PTA hosted an online forum for school board candidates, inviting them to share their thoughts and ...

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On behalf of me, my wife, and our daughters, we will be placing A SINGLE VOTE on each of our four ballots in Column 1 for South Plainfield Board of Education Candidate Divon Pender. Note the ballot says VOTE FOR THREE (candidates) when it should really state "vote for UP TO three ...

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I'm voting on Nov. 2nd to re-elect Doug Reinstein for Berkeley Heights' Board of Education because I want my voice to be heard loud and clear. I am a father of three children in the district – 11th, 9th and 5th grade. Needless to say, our children getting a top flight education is a big draw to our ...

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I am writing to endorse Dr. Tom Foregger for the 3-year term on the Berkeley Heights Board of Education. I moved to Berkeley Heights 4 years ago.  We landed in Berkeley Heights because of its small town feel and the great school system. I wanted my kids to attend exceptional schools with quality ...

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Matthew Joseph Slater. If you asked this man what he was most proud of he would say, without pause… MY FAMILY.  But, if you know Matt or if you spend a moment talking with him (and it only takes a moment), you will find out what he means by “my family.” For his definition of “family” encompasses so ...

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Throughout my tenure on the Westfield Town Council, I have considered myself fortunate to be serving alongside Councilwoman Linda Habgood. Anyone who knows Linda will tell you, she gets results. I have witnessed firsthand how Linda makes time, no matter how packed her schedule, to resolve ...

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Listen-Up Ward 4, Restivo for Council As neighbors, we may not always agree. This is good! But, next Tuesday's election is bringing most of us together in agreement on the Edison Field proposal. This is good! As a refresher, the $18 million Edison Field proposal was presented to Westfield ...

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Hello, I had the pleasure to meet and get to know Emily Barker, a mum of two children, with excellent business acumen, who is passionate about the community she lives in and is excited to put her talent and experience into a community she loves and deeply cares about. Having young kids in the ...

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Dear Westfield Neighbors & Friends: We can all agree that the tone and tenor of national politics have been ugly over the past several years. Unfortunately, this has bled into our current mayoral race, creating unnecessary division within what used to be a very united town. And, frankly, the ...

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We often hear and read about Mayor Brindle’s rise to the “executive suite” when she worked in the private sector. Unfortunately, our mayor governs as if she were still in the executive suite. First there was the hockey rink imposed upon a previously quiet neighborhood notwithstanding residents’ ...

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Let me take you back to 2017. I was with several of my neighbors at a backyard barbeque when the discussion turned to property taxes. One of my neighbors said, “Don’t worry, it’s an election year and there’ll be no tax increase.” I replied that just to cover inflation taxes must go up 2 or 3 ...

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Dear Editor: School board elections are often overlooked in the crowded November races. Yet, the Jersey City School Board with a budget of $814 million, larger than the Jersey City municipal budget of $620 million, which serves 30,000 students in the public schools, is a highly consequential ...

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I would like to express my support for Mary Wickens for election to the Westfield Board of Education. What can help all of our kids succeed is someone who is in tune with today's educational system — that person is Mary Wickens. Mary has been an educator for over 20 years.  er first 14 years ...

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David Contract is a rare human being. I met David Contract a couple of months ago when he arrived at my house to promote himself for the Westfield Town Council election. Immediately, I noticed how friendly and people-oriented he was, so we got to talking. Off topic, I started asking him if he knew ...

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To the Editor: As current members of the Township Committee we have had the distinct pleasure to work with both Mayor Shawn Lipani and Steve Cohen.  Our roles as members of the Township Committee have provided us the opportunity to see firsthand the positive contributions that both Shawn and ...

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I first encountered Jane Crimmins in 2017, well before she had thoughts of running for the Lewisboro Town Board. My wife and I attended a gathering she organized in response to anti-Semitic graffiti in Ridgefield. It was a quiet, reflective event. A moment of silence, a few words from local clergy, ...

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I have been reading with interest the comments that have relentlessly criticized our Town Board. What I found perplexing was the fact that after watching Town Board meetings online and then reading accusations about how authoritarian and out of control Town Board members were, I thought, how did I ...

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I am writing regarding Alison Biddle. I haven’t known her that long; however, in the short time we have been acquainted, I have conducted business with her and played softball against her! I find her to be tenacious and hard-working. To me, she is very caring of others and involves herself in ...

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I believe that if you approach this year’s Town Board election in Lewisboro as a job interview you will agree with me and elect Andrea Rendo to the board. I have known Andrea many years as a friend, but is her professional background, dedication, and proven ability to get to the heart of an issue ...

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I want to thank the residents of Bedford for allowing me to serve as your town clerk for the last 20 years. I am grateful not to have an opponent this year and the endorsement of all parties, which will allow me to continue to serve our wonderful community for the next four years—truly an ...

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I strongly encourage you to join me in voting for Erika Pierce for Westchester County legislator. I am a longtime Katonah resident and active in the community. I have known Erika Pierce for 20 years as our families have celebrated holidays and rights of passage together, supported one another ...

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I was always told that Berkeley Heights had the best school system and the finest teachers.  I never gave it a second thought.  But as my rising Kindergartner was getting ready to enter the school system in our newly settled community -a community my husband had been raised in, I was saddened when ...

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As a councilmember on the Lewisboro Town Board last year, I understand the unique and ongoing challenges faced by the town. I have had the honor to serve with both Tony Gonçalves and Jane Crimmins and know that their continued advocacy will move our town forward. Whether increasing funding and ...

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Dear Editor: When I challenged Olympian Sydney McLaughlin, world record holder in the women's 400 meters hurdles, to race me in next year’s 5k race in Scotch Plains, it was a moment of levity in what was a very busy month for the Township. October included so many great public events for ...

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As a Summit resident and homeowner since 1989, I have developed a deep appreciation for all this city has to offer.  My wife and I raised our two daughters here, and both went from beginning to end through the excellent Summit public school system.  Many Summit residents like myself have been ...

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Dear Editor, With the upcoming election on November 2nd, we recognize the importance of stability and experience.  Councilman John Lane has stepped up to the call to run for Mayor, along with fellow Councilman Dominic Mele and Bruce Bennett to run for re-election as Council at Large.  Their past ...

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LD27 Republican candidate Jonathan Sym just can't seem to follow the law. First, he campaigned with fellow candidate Kevin Ryan in a public park, which violates state election law prohibiting campaigning on state or municipally owned property. Kevin and Jonathan have since removed the post where ...

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Dear Neighbors, Whether you are a lifetime resident, just starting a family, or somewhere in between, Rob Bengivenga and Joe Wolak are your people. They are always listening to the needs of our community. Their record is one of professionalism and dedication in working toward making South ...

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