Letters to the Editor

May 2, 2022

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: At the April Board of Education meeting, unapproved minutes from a previous Finance Committee meeting were cited, stating that I was in favor of potentially increasing class sizes and reducing staff levels. I did not review these notes until after they were distributed to the Board ...

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Dear Editor: At the April Board of Education meeting, unapproved minutes from a previous Finance Committee meeting were cited, stating that I was in favor of potentially increasing class sizes and reducing staff levels. I did not review these notes until after they were distributed to the Board ...

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I became very curious after reading in last week’s Yorktown News that Yorktown attorney and former town supervisor Michael Grace asked our board to “stress the urgency on this” referring to the Gardena Hotel project proposal. He goes on to say that “we gave you draft language” for zoning changes ...

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I am very much in favor of the Broad Street West development proposal for Subdistrict 3 (the location of the existing Fire Dept and the parking lot adjacent to St Teresa’s Memorial Hall.)  The tentative plans for the 5-story structure containing 140 rental units, of which 112 will be market ...

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Dear Editor: I recently had occasion to revisit the book, “Good to Great” by best-selling business author Jim Collins. The author develops what he calls the “Hedgehog Concept” to describe what it takes to be among the best.  In ancient mythology, the Hedgehog is symbol of wisdom and quiet ...

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The article regarding the Election Night behavior of Tom Pomposello were interesting, given the questions that they raised. Certainly, no one should solely be judged on their worst behavior. It is gratifying to note Mr. Pomposello’s efforts to make amends for the loathsome things he said, exulting ...

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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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Editor: My purpose for writing this letter is to encourage the Bernards Township School District to ensure that curriculum details and specifically work/lesson plans are prepared and easily accessible to parents, especially considering the impending controversial state standards. Most ...

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It has been nearly a full year since the Yorktown Town Board commissioned the firm Bleakley Platt & Schmidt as special counsel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the leak of a report issued by our own Board of Ethics. Additionally, this firm was directed to review our existing ethics ...

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The developers of Underhill Farm recently submitted a traffic study to the town of Yorktown. According to the study, “An emergency access connection and a localized through traffic and pedestrian connection to the Beaver Ridge Development is proposed as part of the development.” This planned ...

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To the Editor: I first met Sheriff Brown when he was chief of police in Raritan Township, and found him to be an honest, forthright person. However, I read Sheriff Brown’s recent letter and don’t doubt the veracity of his statements as far as the existence of the programs instituted by the ...

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To the Editor: I read Ms. Mathiasen’s letter, part of which addressed the issue of firefighter safety in modern multifamily structures. As someone with 43 years of fire service experience, a former Fire Service Subject-Matter Expert for the State of New Jersey, 25 years of line/command ...

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The following are remarks prepared for delivery by former Councilman Jim Boyes to the Westfield Town Council Tuesday, April 26, 2022. I would like to preface my remarks by stating I am a supporter of sensible development in Westfield. In fact, smart development has tremendous potential to spur ...

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I am writing to express my support for Jim Boyes, who made the difficult decision to resign from the Town Council recently. Unfortunately for Jim, his home is very close to the proposed Ferris & Prospect development, as well as the Lord & Taylor site. Since he is “geographically cursed” ...

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I'm a "third generation," middle-class human being who attended Phillipsburg High School. Back then, teachers taught facts. Eventually, I was asked to join the National Honor Society. I guess that makes me honorable.   My parents and teachers taught me the difference between right and wrong, ...

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Dear Editor: As the mayors of five adjacent Union County municipalities – Cranford, Garwood, Westfield, Scotch Plains, and Fanwood – we have recently formed the Route 28/South Avenue Mayors’ Consortium, forging a commitment to work collaboratively to capitalize on the benefits of new proposed ...

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To our STEM partners,  Now near the end of my 13th season coaching robotics I’ve never yet experienced anything like this season. One of our corporate STEM partners pledged a $30,000 commitment at the eleventh hour. Thorlabs owner Alex Cable knew we had been struggling to put our travel plans ...

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The following letter is from Shelley Brindle, Mayor of Westfield; Kathleen Miller Prunty, Mayor of Cranford; Sara Todisco, Mayor of Garwood; Joshua Losardo, Mayor of Scotch Plains; and Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood.  As the mayors of five adjacent Union County municipalities – ...

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To the Editor: At the end of a second long town hall meeting on the Post Office Plaza redevelopment, I would like to offer a huge thank you to the Borough staff and professionals who have helped us navigate this difficult terrain. I am also grateful to residents who took the time to listen ...

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The following letter is from Shelley Brindle, Mayor of Westfield; Kathleen Miller Prunty, Mayor of Cranford; Sara Todisco, Mayor of Garwood; Joshua Losardo, Mayor of Scotch Plains; and Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood.  As the mayors of five adjacent Union County municipalities – ...

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The ban on single-use plastic and paper bags and Polystyrene containers in New Jersey takes effect on May 4.  You have probably seen notices and articles explaining the ban, but you may still have questions.  The Township’s Environmental Commission is here to help.  On Thursday, April 28 starting ...

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Subha Patibandla, charity lead of Sai datta Peetham, led the gently used clothing and accessory drive  alongside Disha Garg, a Junior at Woodbridge Academy. Shridhar Garg, 8th grade in John Adams Middle School, helped to collect clothes for the Plainfield Chapter of UNICO clothing and ...

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To the editor,  Thank you for your recent article on Lincoln Hall and the lack of details by order of the feds. Unfortunately, the majority of the media has refused to cover this subject, and it deserves more attention. Any time a major federal operation is cloaked in secrecy, one has to ...

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The back page of the City of Summit’s mailer to each household titled “2022 Municipal Budget Snapshot” calls for the following response that shall speak for itself here: (Photo attribution: last page of City mailer with comment overlay and emphasis added by me.) City Administrator Michael ...

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As some parents may know, our District is piloting a math curriculum in K-5 elementary schools and there are several points that residents, parents especially, should consider. There was little communication on why we are moving away from goMath.  Informing parents and the community of any ...

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To the Editor: As legalized recreational marijuana gets set to start in New Jersey, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss with my fellow New Jerseyans the public policy disaster that is about to befall our great state. Gov. Phil Murphy and his enablers have promised that legalized ...

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Most states that approved the use of recreational cannabis have exclusions for those employed in “safety-sensitive” professions.  These are individuals who hold such jobs as train operators, air traffic controllers and those working on utility pipelines.  That group also includes police ...

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NEW JERSEY - Most states that approved the use of recreational cannabis have exclusions for those employed in “safety-sensitive” professions.  These are individuals who hold such jobs as train operators, air traffic controllers and those working on utility pipelines.  That group also includes ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ - April 22, 2022 - Following the Budget Committee Public Hearing, Queen City Academy Charter School CEO Danielle West-Augustin released the following statement: “Public charter schools in New Jersey are tuition-free public schools that are open to all students and run by ...

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