Letters to the Editor

August 5, 2020

To the Editor: Gov.Murphy declared a statewide state of emergency in New Jersey beginning early Tuesday as Hurricane Isaias was expected to hit the region with powerful winds and heavy rainfall.  At approximately 1100 am the storm began and Tropical Storm Isaias unleashed tornadoes, dangerous ...

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An open letter to the Summit Board of Education: On behalf of the staff of the Summit Public Schools we would like to share our concerns about the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  As much as we want to return to our students and classrooms, the members of the Summit Education Association ...

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Westfield's pre-war homes are what makes this town unique. We can probably agree there are streets in our older neighborhoods where many of the homes have that “Westfield” look to them and it would be a shame to lose these period homes to demolition. While I applaud Westfield’s efforts to preserve ...

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To the Editor: This letter was submitted to the Township Clerk in Barnegat for today's meeting.  I once again question why this meeting is being held as it’s the seventh meeting in a row that violates the Open Public Meetings Act. In light of Mr. Dasti's determination that the meetings comply ...

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Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions about the proposed revisions to the Historic Preservation Ordinance. I would like to take this opportunity to address the disinformation that continues to circulate, and provide you with an update. We have had an Historic Preservation ...

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In her recent letter, the Chair of Westfield’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was “astounded” by the alleged “political” dialogue about the proposed changes to the town’s historic preservation ordinance. But residents may be astounded to learn that not a single HPC member, including Chair ...

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On Tuesday, July 15th, the Holmdel Township Committee met to discuss various topics listed by the agenda. Following the executive session, the public session convened across Zoom and allowed members of the public to provide up to three minutes of comments regarding the items on the agenda.

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Township of Nutley, Board of Commissioners: On behalf of the Boonton Kiwanis First Aid Squad, I write to you today to express our deep dissatisfaction for even the thought to dissolve the Nutley Volunteer Emergency & Rescue Squad. The potential hiring out out-of-town, for-profit, ambulance ...

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August marks the fifth month of our statewide quarantine under the COVID-19 pandemic. These are unprecedented times and I am proud of our town and the residents that have ...

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With the November election just four months away, State Senator Tom Kean Jr. is the best choice for Congress. An independent-minded public servant, Senator Kean is attentive to the issues facing our state and country. In a June 15 Op-ed, Kean called the death of George Floyd “gut-wrenching,” ...

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  As we prepare to re-open schools during these unprecedented times, we know that "change" (against a backdrop of unknowns) is the only constant.  As Board President, I can assure you that we are planning for any and all the different scenarios that might occur… and that in of itself requires ...

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As Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission, I’m astounded by the spread of misinformation regarding the revised historic preservation ordinance under consideration by the Town Council. In a world where even wearing a mask has become politicized, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Certainly, a ...

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This country desperately needs to eradicate our epidemic of police violence and its destructive impact on black communities.  Solving the problem of police violence will take more than enacting evidence-based policies. It will require the country to confront its long history of systemic racism, ...

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We the undersigned, along the help of many others, have been working together for the past several weeks in an attempt to show support for our First Responders (specifically Nutley and Belleville Police and Fire Departments, along with EMT/EMS) in an inclusive and positive way. Since inception, ...

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A positive event during the COVID-19 crisis was the repaving and reseeding of the North County Trailway. They also improved the drainage with rocks that blend into the area. Westchester County made a great trail even better. What ruins this bucolic setting is the appearance of dog feces every ...

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This was submitted in response to “YHS Should Do More Than Apologize,” a Letter to the Editor written by Barbara Pose. After reading Barbara Pose’s Letter to the Editor and re-reading the keynote address from Dr. George Yancopoulos, it seems to me that he has a much better grasp on what is going ...

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This was submitted in response to “YHS Should Do More Than Apologize,” a Letter to the Editor written by Barbara Pose. The address given to the graduating class of YHS was not a rant nor was it hostile. It is clear that the author of “YHS should do more than apologize” has a skewed vision of ...

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This was submitted in response to “Open Letter to Local Lawmakers,” written by Councilman Ed Lachterman. Dear Senator Pete Harckham and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne: You may have recently seen the opinion written by Ed Lachterman, Yorktown councilman, as an open letter directed to you. In it he ...

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This was submitted in response to “Open Letter to Local Lawmakers,” written by Councilman Ed Lachterman. I appreciate Councilmember Lachterman’s letter regarding law enforcement legislation. Public safety is one of my top priorities. I’ve held numerous meetings with Westchester police chiefs and ...

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COVID-19 has redefined the way we live in ways unimaginable as we have never dealt which a pandemic of this magnitude in our lifetime. K-12 students across our nation are currently missing face-to-face instruction due to COVID-19 while educators face a complex decision concerning the amplification ...

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This country desperately needs to eradicate our epidemic of police violence and its destructive impact on black communities.  Solving the problem of police violence will take more than enacting evidence-based policies. It will require the country to confront its long history of systemic racism, ...

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Council President David Naidu's long and delayed reply to Ward 1 Council Candidate Eileen Kelly’s statement on Broad Street West Redevelopment did not answer her two simple questions.  Eileen first asked who the City’s point person is in the negotiations with the private developer L&M/Toll ...

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Teachers and school staff want nothing more than to return to our classrooms. We entered this profession to interact in-person with children in order to help them grow as students, individuals, and members of the community. Our desire to return to normalcy is even more acute after experiencing the ...

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I was a Nutley resident for almost 40 yrs.  Due to a fire we sustained in Jan. 2015, we had no choice but to move to Elmwood Park in Bergen County.  My family and I cannot thank the fire dept. the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad and others than came to our aid at 3:00 a.m. on that snowy ...

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Dear Editor: I am a candidate for the Barnegat Township Committee; and I hope that during the next few months I can earn the support of the residents of Barnegat and hopefully their vote.  I would like to respond to a recent Letter to the Editor in your publication.   In the letter, the ...

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I am very gratified by the success of the first day of the “Get Tested Franklin” initiative. I just learned 546 people were tested today at St. Matthias!!! We cut off the registration at 500 (ages 2-94). But as I said we take walk ups. Hopefully, we will have more stats tomorrow like how many ...

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I implore the Somerset County Freeholders to please  re-open Lord Stirling Stables as a County stable in 2021,  LSS provides incredible services and opportunities. I know that the stables' revenue does not cover its expenses, however most parks are not revenue generators, nor should we expect ...

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I am writing to address some of the unfortunate misconceptions fostered by reactions to the proposed revision of the Westfield historic preservation ordinance. Designating a property as an historic landmark is a thoughtful and deliberate process, not one done by fiat or capricious overreach. It ...

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To the Editor: Charles Cunliffe is suing every woman, man and child in Barnegat Township. When you file a lawsuit against our town, that is the long-and-short of it. Mr. Cunliffe alleges he has been wrongfully denied the ability to comment at township committee meetings. Nothing could be ...

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Fifty-three years ago, back in the summer of 1967, our Little League team the Phillies won the league title.  That was exciting as I was small for my age, a middle infielder, just turning 12. It was also exciting to learn that I had been selected to help represent Verona Little League in the PAL ...

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