Letters to the Editor

May 9, 2022

My wife grew up in Westfield and we moved there with our family in 1999. A couple years later I set up my law practice at 114 Elm Street. Our plan is to sell our home and hopefully move into the Sophia when it is completed. I am glad to see the Traffic Study found no issues with the project. I ...

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To the Editor: In 1946 German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemöller was quoted as saying: First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade ...

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Next Wednesday, May 11, residents of Sparta SHOULD HAVE the opportunity to go before the Sparta Zoning Board, to once again ask questions and express concerns regarding the 880,000 square foot warehouse planned for the Sparta Redi-Mix site on Demarest Rd. just off Rt. 15.  The Zoning Board is ...

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Next Wednesday, May 11, residents of Sparta SHOULD HAVE the opportunity to go before the Sparta Zoning Board, to once again ask questions and express concerns regarding the 880,000 square foot warehouse planned for the Sparta Redi-Mix site on Demarest Rd. just off Rt. 15.  The Zoning Board is ...

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It’s always easy to find people opposed to change. They’ll throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. This irresponsible behavior is without regard for people that have built solid reputations and track records. In the case of Unicorn Contracting Corp., and their plans for Underhill Farm ...

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Blooming in many people's yards right now is a small yellow flower that, upon closer inspection, proves not to be a dandelion. Variously called lesser celandine or fig buttercup, its radical invasiveness triggers a predictable progression of emotions in the homeowner. Delight at its pretty flower ...

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We at United4Lakeland believe that Michael Marchese was never qualified to serve on the Lakeland Board of Education because he is the first cousin of another currently serving, Lakeland board member Anna Massaro, based on New York State Education Law §§2102; 2103, specifically §2103(3), which ...

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Jim Ford, the warehouse developer, seems to be so certain of the success of his Diamond Chip application that he didn’t bother to show up for last Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting. He hadn’t provided notice nor a compelling reason for his absence, so at the next meeting expect a faux-serious ...

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Jim Ford, the warehouse developer, seems to be so certain of the success of his Diamond Chip application that he didn’t bother to show up for last Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting. He hadn’t provided notice nor a compelling reason for his absence, so at the next meeting expect a faux-serious ...

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Dear Editor: In January 2018, Scotch Plains settled its affordable housing obligations in a court proceeding with Fair Share Housing Center.  In New Jersey, all municipalities are constitutionally obligated to provide for the development of affordable housing. To get municipalities to satisfy ...

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First, Council is considering a 480' long 65' high monstrous building on Broad Street to replace Summit's existing Fire House. Then, at the meeting on May 3, Council voted to create a Pedestrian Mall closing Maple Street to traffic from Union Place to Springfield Avenue and Springfield Avenue to ...

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Dear Editor When choosing a mayor, citizens are essentially hiring a person they believe is best fit for the duties and responsibilities of the office. We have seen the ineffectiveness of this hiring process at times when voters don’t have enough information or are uninterested or simply ready ...

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WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Students at Memorial Middle School recently came together for their first assembly in over two years. The Woodland Park Municipal Alliance Against Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, the Woodland Park Police Department, and James Chitty and John Plunkett from BlueCrest Recovery Center, ...

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This year marks 50 years I have been a resident of Westfield. My parents settled in Westfield for many of the same reasons others did, and for the same reasons that I continue to live here. Westfield’s downtown, parks, great schools and the close proximity to all that Westfield has to offer, ...

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Tamaques, Jefferson and McKinley Elementary school parents, are you aware of what is happening to our south side environment? This Mayor and her administration have devised a scheme to bypass the voters of Westfield. When the BOE attempted to build a lighted sports complex, they had to do it ...

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I am writing to voice my concerns, with the hundreds of my fellow residents who have signed a petition, regarding the Prospect/Ferris, 64 unit and 96 car proposed project. We are all extremely troubled by the magnitude in size of this project.  How and why did this development grow to such an ...

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I am hoping that the community of Somerville can help the PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits, Inc. win $25,000 from the State Farm Neighbor Assist Grant Program.  Just to introduce ourselves ~ PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits is a private nonprofit organization located on Finderne Avenue in ...

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I am hoping that the community of Somerville can help the PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits, Inc. win $25,000 from the State Farm Neighbor Assist Grant Program.  Just to introduce ourselves ~ PeopleCare Center for Nonprofits is a private nonprofit organization located on Finderne Avenue in ...

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I have lived in Sparta for quite a long period of time. During my time here I served three years as a Lake Mohawk Trustee, 10 years on the Township Council (elected twice and served two years for a colleague who left town) and two years on the planning board. I recall approximately a half dozen ...

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As most people know, our school board elections are very contentious this year in both the Lakeland and Yorktown districts. Since I live in the YCSD, I will address the situation here. I think that we can all agree that public schools play a critical role in our community by building well-educated ...

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Negatives of electric buses To the editor, Yes, electric vehicles are becoming popular and, as an avid car enthusiast, they are very unique and dangerous. However, there needs to be so much more research and development done before our school district can step through that door. For ...

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Here is the story of 47 Maple Street in Summit. 47 Maple Street is the large building on Maple Street where Union Place dead-ends into it, at the railroad cut opposite the Post Office on the other side of the cut. My friend Richard Poole sat on the Zoning Board of Adjustment a long time ago, when ...

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Dear Editor: Today is International Firefighters Day and, while I have great admiration for my counterparts around the globe, I couldn’t be prouder to be a member of what I believe is the best fire department in the world. What we do in Paterson to protect residents and visitors, wouldn’t be ...

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Dear Editor: There has been a lot of online discussion about the plan to build an indoor cannabis farm on Brunswick Pike in West Amwell Despite what may be circulating on social media, these types of operations are required to comply with strict state environmental regulations. They are a ...

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Parsippany, NJ–– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: “Like many Americans right now, I am shocked by the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The majority of Americans stand ...

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Parsippany, NJ–– Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: “Like many Americans right now, I am shocked by the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The majority of Americans stand ...

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Nature lovers and open space advocates scored a major win on Thursday when a proposed Public Storage facility at Crystal Lake was struck down by the zoning board in a unanimous vote. From the beginning, Our Green West Orange has argued that the residents of our township must be the stewards of our ...

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Sparta Mountain Continues, Flawed NJ Forest Management Plan moves to a Committee, without Moratorium. Proforestation somehow escaped NJDEP's approach, while Governor speaks of Climate? Greenwashing happening in these documents and in the actions that the DEP promotes. A sort of "competitive ...

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Sparta Mountain Continues, Flawed NJ Forest Management Plan moves to a Committee, without Moratorium. Proforestation somehow escaped NJDEP's approach, while Governor speaks of Climate? Greenwashing happening in these documents and in the actions that the DEP promotes. A sort of "competitive ...

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Dear Editor: I am an off-the-line local Millburn democratic township committee primary candidate.  Political free speech is a bedrock principle of our constitutional form of representative democracy.  I know I am taking on an entrenched local democratic political machine. But I demand a ...

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