Letters to the Editor

May 22, 2020

The planned “reimagining” of this year’s COVID-delayed Memorial Day Parade for Westfield’s 300thAnniversary is something far from the traditional ceremony that has taken place Downtown for many, many decades--organized by local veterans who do so to honor their fellow service members and ...

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Dear Governor Murphy, I have the pleasure to serve as the President of the Holmdel Board of Education. As you can imagine, members of our community are requesting that we do whatever we can to advocate in favor of a live graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 and their families. They fully ...

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Dear Editor: In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered ...

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What You Need To Know About Your Children’s Teachers The majority of your children’s teachers have children of their own. They are parents whose concerns, worries, and responsibilities are exactly like yours. In other words they get where you’re coming from, and they care. Being parents, ...

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I respect the position of the five Somerset County Mayors who are advocating for business owners.  Some might perceive they are suggesting to open businesses immediately. There is a need to restart our economy. Supporting local businesses is what they should do, but everything about this virus is ...

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‘No amount of campaign rhetoric can change where we actually stand - which is firmly on the side of saving money and cutting costs all along the way while getting this project done for our residents.’ As our Council and Administration try to get the Municipal Complex project we inherited ...

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Dear Editor: EMS Week 2020 reminds me of what my 22 years as a volunteer with the Fanwood Rescue Squad have meant to me. To be able to help people in such an immediate way at the most vulnerable moments of their lives is truly a privilege. I've been in the living rooms, bedrooms, basements, ...

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  Dear Holmdel Residents,  I am reaching out to you today to share my endorsement for Vicky Flynn and DJ Luccarelli, as candidates for the Holmdel Township Committee.  I respectfully ask that you support them with your vote on July 7, 2020. As a leader in her community, Vicky has ...

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Growing up, voting was always a priority in my household. As a family, we’d watch televised debates and were told how we were literally the first generation of voters in the family BORN with secured voting rights. I had a firsthand view of political activism with my grandmother and mother holding ...

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Earlier this month, after introducing a budget that imposed the maximum allowable property tax levy increase on Westfield’s residents, the Brindle Administration took a major step toward handing out tax breaks to downtown property owners and commercial developers. On May 12, the Mayor and ...

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Dear Editor In honor of Local & State Business Community Week, we are urging all residents, who haven’t already, to please complete their 2020 Census. The Census is an invaluable tool for businesses, as it provides valuable data on population trends, growth projections, and demographic ...

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Stevie Wonder's legendary song asks us: "What happened to the world we knew.." That world has disappeared, and it will be a long time before normalcy returns. We know that almost all states have closed their public schools, and approximately 55 million K-12 students continue to work remotely.

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In my opinion, the inexperience and weak leadership of Berkeley Heights Mayor, Angie Devanney, is starting to become impossible to ignore. She has allowed issues with the Municipal Building Complex project to fester privately and neglected to share the details with our community. Now the problems ...

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Dear Colleagues, I can remember vividly watching the gulf war unfold on TV. I watched all of the coverage I could and would tape whatever I missed. Those days and nights: watching our nation lead the world in the course of good was an inspiration; injecting me with a dose of patriotism that ...

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Dear Editor: Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication ...

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Dear Editor: Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication ...

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The State of New Jersey School Boards Legislation Team met on Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Trenton virtually.  Mandates, Bills and Laws continue to be issued and changed on a daily basis.   The Legislation Team and the State of New Jersey School Boards Finance Committee, which met on Tuesday May 12, ...

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Through The Eyes of Our Children When I first heard Governor Murphy's announcement on May 4 that all New Jersey schools would be closed for the remainder of the year my initial reaction was one of disbelief. Then sadness. Then anger. Then back to sadness. While there is understandably much ...

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On this past Friday, Kennedy School completed our first Calendar Raffle event.  Between March and May, 30 baskets were raffled off with a total retail value of over $10,000!  Many of these wonderful prize baskets were donated by Kennedy families, businesses and our teachers and staff.  Several ...

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To the Editor: Mayor Kelly and Deputy Mayor Ness could not be more out of touch. Ness even said we are all working and getting on with our lives in the most recent electronic Township Committee meeting. Not sure what world these two are living in, but they surely don't see what the rest of us ...

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Dear Editor: Members of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) celebrate May as “Better Hearing & Speech Month,” to promote awareness of the audiology and speech language-pathology professions and its impact on the lives of children and adults with hearing, communication ...

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During these uncertain times, we all want answers. But, there is nobody who can give us definitive answers until the pandemic has been dealt with. Let us not make hasty decisions that we might have to walk back on. Until then, as painful as it is, we all need to restrict ourselves, not only with ...

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Dear Editor, This past Saturday was a beautiful day, made even more special by the love and caring shown to my nephew Gabriel by the City of Bayonne. Gabriel turned 4 that day. No party could be held this year due to the rules of social distancing, but his parents wanted to make the day special ...

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10% Municipal Tax Hike for Red Bank; Mayor and Council Should Go Back to School! For the very few who tuned into the May 13th meeting of our Mayor and Council, you may have heard Finance Committee Chair, Councilman Michael Ballard, state the current proposed 2020-2021 municipal budget would ...

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Last weekend my family received the City's 2020 Municipal Budget Snapshot in the mail and I had a number of questions after seeing no changes made to address the COVID-19 crisis facing our community. My comments/questions are: I would like to know what assumptions were used in creating ...

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A good friend once told me to "take the best out of the day." I often think about that advice - more so now than ever. The coronavirus has forced us to mentally shift how we interact as humans with each other. It’s said that “out of every crisis something good comes; virtual space has become our ...

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Dear Editor: The recent reports of alleged voter fraud has put a black eye on the city of Paterson. Granted, we are living in unprecedented times and circumstances because of COVID-19, however, it would have been prudent for Governor Phil Murphy to have postponed the May election given our ...

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To the Editor: As those who joined know, the Chatham Township Committee zoom “meeting” that was held this past Thursday night was nothing short of painful. We, the residents, who were told in advance by Mayor Kelly that this was our opportunity to be heard, were forced to sit in front of our ...

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In 2018, Mikie Sherrill was elected to Congress on a campaign that touted her military credentials. Many of us assumed that as a veteran, she would be our greatest advocate on Capitol Hill. Sadly, that has not been the case. In her first term, Ms. Sherrill failed to draft a single bill to ...

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Where we are today and where we were back in March when the City of Summit’s budget was first introduced are very different places. I wonder what the best way is to rethink and reset those priorities. Thankfully our City staff is outstanding and surely working hard behind the scenes to make sense ...

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