Guest Column

May 12, 2021

In order for Yorktown to thrive, we need to grow. Our population in 2010 was 36,095 and in 2019 it was 36,269—virtually unchanged (according to the census and town data). We need to continue growing the population and the businesses that support our residents. When you have defined borders and ...

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As part of a global push to avoid the harshest impacts of climate change and to slow species extinctions, President Joseph Biden committed his administration to an ambitious conservation goal—to protect 30 percent of U.S. land and coastal seas by 2030. The science behind the plan demonstrates that ...

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On Friday, May 7th 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that ‘Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 266,000 in April, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.1 percent. Notable job gains in leisure and hospitality, other services, and local government education were ...

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Given the importance of the consumer to the economy, and the importance of employment conditions to the consumer, monthly jobs reports always command the market's attention. The April employment report released on Friday was particularly eye-catching given its sizable disappointment amid a recent ...

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Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate. This is a story about a mother.   And, it ...

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Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate. This is a story about a mother.   And, it ...

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Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate. This is a story about a mother.   And, it ...

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Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate. This is a story about a mother.   And, it ...

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Today is my dad, Joe Ali's, 80th birthday and in a quest to find some older pictures of him to post on Facebook, my youngest son and I waffled through old picture albums.  The old school kind where the photos are taped individually to the pages.  He wanted to know why so many of them were yellow ...

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Have you always wondered how Mother's Day got started?  It seems as though Mother's Day should have been the first-ever holiday, no? Watch this short video and get the real story.  Happy Mom's Day!

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Have you always wondered how Mother's Day got started?  It seems as though Mother's Day should have been the first-ever holiday, no? Watch this short video and get the real story.  Happy Mom's Day!

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Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate. This is a story about a mother.   And, it ...

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Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate. This is a story about a mother.   And, it ...

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Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate. This is a story about a mother.   And, it ...

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Most people recognize the need for life insurance – but many of them still don’t have it. Why? People offer a variety of rationales for remaining uninsured. But these reasons may just be myths. Here are a few of them: “I’m single (or married with no children), so I don’t need life ...

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As we wind down Staff Appreciation Week, the Paterson Education Association (P.E.A.) would like to thank all of you who shared messages of support and expressions of thanks with us.  Given all that we have collectively been through these last 15 months, it serves as a reminder that there are people ...

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Most people recognize the need for life insurance – but many of them still don’t have it. Why? People offer a variety of rationales for remaining uninsured. But these reasons may just be myths. Here are a few of them: “I’m single (or married with no children), so I don’t need life ...

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What’s behind all the conflicting letters to the editor, articles, and Courtesy of the Floor comments about the Soundview property and Yorktown’s proposed overlay law? First, Some Definitions Overlay districts are special zones placed on top of a property’s existing zoning regulations (i.e., ...

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The Robbinsville Board of Education wants to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude and appreciation for our teachers and all the District's dedicated employees who help make our schools a special place for more than 3,100 students. We've experienced a year like no other. While it was not ...

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By John Zebrowski, First Vice President, New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey – as well as basically eliminated sanctions for underage possession and use of marijuana and ...

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A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, Emma Benoit, paralyzed, but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope, and shine more light on the fact that 20 young people die every day by suicide in the United States. My Ascension is a feature ...

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A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, Emma Benoit, paralyzed, but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope, and shine more light on the fact that 20 young people die every day by suicide in the United States. My Ascension is a feature ...

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It’s been awhile since I’ve given a municipal complex update. I’ll have to admit, once we moved into the new building in December, we all breathed a huge sigh of relief yet there was also a feeling of having to quickly to pivot no longer focus on “the big move,” but to then focus on finishing up ...

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A business associate told me upon learning of our common interest in the game of pocket billiards or pool that having proficiency in the game of pool is a sign of a misspent youth. Playing pool meant time spent inside pool halls or recreation halls trying to master a game of sinking multi-colored ...

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What’s the biggest financial mistake you can make? Choosing the wrong investments? Waiting too long to save for retirement? Underestimating the costs of retirement? All these are reasonable answers, but the biggest mistake you might make is not looking at your financial picture holistically – that ...

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In March, my home state of New Jersey signed into law the Murphy, Reynolds-Jackson & Verrelli Bill requiring schools to include diversity and inclusion (DNI) instruction into their curriculums. When I read that news I was first ecstatic.  I love social justice!  I live and breathe diversity and ...

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Healthy Schools Now is a coalition of more than 75 organizations representing a diverse set of stakeholders, including public school advocates, parents, social justice, faith leaders, and environmentalists dedicated to ensuring all New Jersey children and school employees learn and work in safe, ...

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Electric vehicles, or EVs, are quickly becoming more common on Westchester roads, but that is only one-half of the equation. Charging stations for electric vehicles are a key component that make electric car usage more convenient and reliable for their users. However, not all charging stations are ...

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Our culture and society has been under attack now for over a year. One of the basic aspects of what makes us Americans, what makes us human, what connects us to each other has been taken away. It has been assaulted by a virus, and eroded by the needed response to it. Our shared communal experiences ...

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After much to-do, the Paterson Education Association (PEA) was finally permitted to exercise its right under law to conduct safety walkthroughs of all district buildings on April 21 & 22.  While we did not expect to find everything in perfect working order, we were shocked at the level of ...

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