Letters to the Editor

December 11, 2020

In hopes of a more benign approach to the autumn cleanup in 2021, I offer a post-mortem to Yorktown’s leaf season. I call it: A Bitter Ode to Leaves Blowed Good morning, Yorktown blowers, One hundred decibel, Betwixt the fumes and noises, Methinks I’d woke in hell! Beginning each ...

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Dear Editor: This morning’s report from the Westfield Regional Board of Health reveals a growing concern with the news of 33 new infections in Fanwood this week; more than doubling the number from last week. The total number of Fanwood infections is now 249.  The entire state is experiencing ...

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The article Yorktown News did (“Genesis Jeweler's Diaper Drive Fills Critical Need”) raised tons of awareness for our diaper drive at Genesis Jewelers. We want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated. There were so many donations that came from Yorktown residents, local business owners, ...

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I doubt anyone is totally happy with the election, with its mixed results. However, everyone got something. While Donald Trump didn’t win, it was closer than predicted. The Senate seems unlikely to be flipped at this writing, Congress moved a tad right, and it could be a consolation for some.

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This letter is written in response to “Your vote does count after all,” written by Jim McKean. “Your vote counts after all.” I would like to know what election Mr. McKean is referring to, because it certainly wasn’t the one here in the United States. There are more court cases with this ...

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Letter to the Editor   Donation to Social Services   Members of the Sai Datta Peetham, South Plainfield, came together in honor of Lucy Patruni’s Birthday at the Deccan Spice Restaurant in Edison, New Jersey to honor Lucy by collecting donations that will be given to the South ...

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An open letter to the Coalition on Community Engagement, Much has been said about my comments at a listening session for the Coalition on Community Engagement on Tuesday, Nov. 24. An article has already been written, and I anticipate continued publishing and comments, so I think that it’s ...

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Dear Editor,  We, the undersigned, are three current members of the Summit City Council as well as current and former members of the Council’s Administrative Committee.  Council recently adopted a resolution that permitted the placement of medical marijuana dispensaries in business districts and ...

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The Yorktown Coalition on Community Safety and Engagement was created as required by New York Executive Order 203. After watching the meeting of the Coalition on Nov. 24, I feel compelled to speak up. There seemed to be some question about what was intended by EO 203.  In the order itself, the ...

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Why are courts telling towns what to do about affordable housing? Courts got involved about 50 years ago when Mt. Laurel tried to get rid of a minority neighborhood by rezoning it. Not a history we should be proud of. The NJ Supreme Court ruled that our state’s constitution prohibited zoning for ...

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This past fall, the town of Yorktown has engaged in a meaningful conversation about the state of the Yorktown Police Department. Multiple presentations have been made, which have provided clarity on current policing policies as well as meaningful data on the performance of our police ...

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A tall, white Angel stands in front of the house across the street. She wears a long, white dress and smiles slightly as she holds out in front of her a big red heart. Her gesture seems to say, “I protect and bless all who live here, and smile on all who enter or pass by.” Her open wings flank her ...

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This is an open letter to the Fairfield Board of Education, since I never received a response to my direct email complaint and concern about the actions of the Superintendent and the use of the facilities. For those not on the BOE, I would like to summarize the actions by Superintendent that led ...

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I have lived in Nutley for twenty-five years. I love the township. It was always well managed by our elected officials, but not anymore. It’s a disgrace. I went to town hall to drop off my election vote and found it closed down. I couldn’t believe it. I called town hall and got no answer. I ...

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Do you remember what you were doing on October 14th? The Sussex County Board of Freeholders do. They were supposed to be conducting their semi-monthly business meeting which, according to their bylaws, is held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. They didn't.  And here's why:  ...

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Do you remember what you were doing on October 14th? The Sussex County Board of Freeholders do. They were supposed to be conducting their semi-monthly business meeting which, according to their bylaws, is held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. They didn't.  And here's why:  ...

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Last Thursday night was the final School Board meeting for Berkeley Heights Board of Education member, Dr. Gerry Crisonino. After many years of valuable service, Gerry decided not to run again this year. I served with Gerry on the Board from 2017-2019 and Gerry is the one member from whom I ...

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To the Editor: The article “Fiery Week Indicates Tensions Over Hudson County ICE Contract Show No Signs of Cooling” by Chris Halleron quoted county officials like Freeholder Romano citing concern for the people detained as justification for continuing the bed contract. I encourage anyone swayed ...

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I want to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Sussex County for their continued support during the recent election. I greatly appreciate all your votes, as well as the confidence, trust and faith that you have in me to be your voice within the county. We have all faced a very ...

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Dear Editor: This past Saturday I spent three hours on our village green talking to residents about the benefits of shopping local for Small Business Saturday, but it wasn’t enough. While the big box stores were allowed to remain open during the lockdown this year, most small businesses had to ...

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Dear Editor: The Westfield Regional Board of Health reports an additional 16 cases of COVID infection in Fanwood this week, bringing the local total to 222 cases since the start of the pandemic. Patient ages range from 16 to 77, with the two eldest patients now hospitalized.  We pray for their ...

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Dear Editor, Lead, follow or get out of the way! While I may differ with Bob's political views I can only be grateful for the role he has taken to help us deal with the COVID-19 crisis.  (Editor's Note: Mr. Gilbert is referring to this ...

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Dear Nutley residents: In early October, the Nutley Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt Phase III of the Redevelopment Plan for the former Hoffmann-LaRoche (HLR)/ON3 corporate campus site. As determined by our professionals, this ordinance was necessary to protect the health, ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS-- The data from November is in, and as you can see from the chart, Scotch Plains had its highest-ever number of COVID-19 cases this month, at 195. We also had our first death from the virus since June. Although experts aren’t entirely sure what is driving this second wave, it is ...

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Dear Editor: I read with great interest the wonderfully informative story about the protest at Assemblywoman Jasey's office: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/soma/articles/pro-lifers-protest-in-front-of-assemblywoman-mila-jasey-s-maplewood-office First of all, thank you for covering the story. I ...

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Earlier this week, the Common Council voted to pass an ordinance to ban the sale of cannabis in Summit. This ordinance was met with a lot of public disapproval, and I was so taken aback that I devoted a large portion of time during my busy finals week to raise awareness and promote a petition on ...

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It has come my attention as the Township Administrator that there were some concerns about our COVID-19 safety protocols when entering the municipal buildings.  First, I would like to clearly state as the Township Administrator and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator, that it is my ...

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Friends and neighbors, The vote has been officially certified and confirmed the earlier counts that reflected Republicans Doug Tomson and Janine Erickson received 53% of the votes in the election. To the people of Hillsborough, the Democratic team of Donnetta Johnson and David Brook offered ...

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TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy announced new limits on outdoor gatherings to 25 people from 150 people among other restrictions. This comes as the Covid-19 transmission rate has dropped over the last three days and hospitalizations have fluctuated recently. Deaths are have remained low. "The ...

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TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy announced new limits on outdoor gatherings to 25 people from 150 people among other restrictions. This comes as the Covid-19 transmission rate has dropped over the last three days and hospitalizations have fluctuated recently. Deaths are have remained low. "The ...

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