Government

May 30, 2020

Just as if a person walked into a buffet and loosened their belt … I am disappointed to report that the Berkeley Heights Township Council voted 6-0, with all 3 Republicans and all 3 of the Democrats voting YES on the Cap Bank Vote. This vote “loosens the belt” of restrictions to the Council ...

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Firstly, Let me say my thanks to all front line responders for taking care of our sick population. Your courage and dedication are an inspiration to our community. I also want to comment on the quick response of Governor Murphy at the onset of this crisis. No one understood what we were ...

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Dear Holmdel Residents, My name is Marcy McMullen, and I am the Holmdel Republican Chairwoman and your neighbor. I am writing to address the heated political rhetoric that always seems to appear at election time in our town. Unfortunately, even this year, the rhetoric and ...

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Strong, effective leaders collaborate, seek out feedback and challenge assumptions in order to make tough decisions. Most importantly, effective leaders take responsibility—they don’t point fingers.  Some of that is clearly missing in Berkeley Heights. When Council Members Medeiros, Poage and ...

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To the Editor: The headline is harsh but it is what it seems. At last week's Planning Board meeting by a 5 to 4 vote (3 of the 5 being Mayor Kelly, Administrator Hoffman and Committeewoman Ewald – how convenient) voted to approve rezoning land, currently zoned for two lots on Hillside Avenue and ...

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2020 Census: why Roselle still needs a complete count! As of May 28, 2020, about 59.9 percent of Roselle households responded to the 2020 Census, which is below the state response rate of more than 62 percent. These Census counts will determine federal funding for health care, schools and roads ...

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I’m writing to my fellow Holmdel residents with an important message:    As a proud graduate of Holmdel High School, I was fortunate enough to earn my way back into this great town, where my wife and I are now raising our three children. I fondly recall what this town was, and know intimately ...

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To the Editor: While many Township residents may have little personal contact with the Senior Center of the Chathams, they should be informed how Mayor Michael Kelly, all but ignores and holds our Seniors in low regard.  Kelly's conduct in the handling of the Senior Center is appalling, and ...

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To the Editor: Kelly rigs the system in favor of poorly planned affordable housing. He earlier forced the recusal of Committeewoman Swartz, who has opined against the faulty and costly plans. Now, at the planning board level, Kelly, behind the scenes and in the background, forces the recusal of ...

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Last week, we began to expose the many problems with PILOTs and the tax abatement programs that the Brindle Administration recently set in motion in Westfield, without any meaningful public debate or input, and during a pandemic. The harms that can be caused by such programs are detailed in a ...

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To the Holmdel Community, It is with pleasure and confidence that I offer this letter of support for Republicans, Vicky Flynn and D.J. Luccarelli, as candidates for the Holmdel Township Committee.  Both are longtime Holmdel residents with deep roots in the community.  D.J. was a local ...

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As holiday weekends go, Memorial Day is understandably a popular one. As the first three-day weekend with the warm weather of summer, a deep theme of national unity, and - especially important for our Jersey shore - the landmark opening of beaches and pools across our coast, it’s little surprise ...

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On Tuesday night, the Berkeley Heights (“BH”) Township Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing to rezone the Connell Complex which would allow for an additional 100,000 square feet (“sqf”) of retail and 77,000 sqf of residential space on top of the existing office, hotel, residential, and ...

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The planned “reimagining” of this year’s COVID-delayed Memorial Day Parade for Westfield’s 300thAnniversary is something far from the traditional ceremony that has taken place Downtown for many, many decades--organized by local veterans who do so to honor their fellow service members and ...

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I respect the position of the five Somerset County Mayors who are advocating for business owners.  Some might perceive they are suggesting to open businesses immediately. There is a need to restart our economy. Supporting local businesses is what they should do, but everything about this virus is ...

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‘No amount of campaign rhetoric can change where we actually stand - which is firmly on the side of saving money and cutting costs all along the way while getting this project done for our residents.’ As our Council and Administration try to get the Municipal Complex project we inherited ...

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  Dear Holmdel Residents,  I am reaching out to you today to share my endorsement for Vicky Flynn and DJ Luccarelli, as candidates for the Holmdel Township Committee.  I respectfully ask that you support them with your vote on July 7, 2020. As a leader in her community, Vicky has ...

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Earlier this month, after introducing a budget that imposed the maximum allowable property tax levy increase on Westfield’s residents, the Brindle Administration took a major step toward handing out tax breaks to downtown property owners and commercial developers. On May 12, the Mayor and ...

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In my opinion, the inexperience and weak leadership of Berkeley Heights Mayor, Angie Devanney, is starting to become impossible to ignore. She has allowed issues with the Municipal Building Complex project to fester privately and neglected to share the details with our community. Now the problems ...

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To the Editor: Mayor Kelly and Deputy Mayor Ness could not be more out of touch. Ness even said we are all working and getting on with our lives in the most recent electronic Township Committee meeting. Not sure what world these two are living in, but they surely don't see what the rest of us ...

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To the Editor: As those who joined know, the Chatham Township Committee zoom “meeting” that was held this past Thursday night was nothing short of painful. We, the residents, who were told in advance by Mayor Kelly that this was our opportunity to be heard, were forced to sit in front of our ...

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To the Editor: I’m not a doctor and I’m not an attorney. I’m nothing more than a mom that is doing her best to homeschool her three children and keep them happy and safe during this unprecedented and scary time. And I will openly admit, there are some things, aside from wearing sweatpants day in ...

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To the Editor: The latest Township Committee meeting showed exactly why the residents have been calling for the Committee to suspend all non-essential business until this pandemic is over and we can go back to meeting in person.  Mayor Kelly sat on his perch and decided who was allowed to ...

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To the Editor: I want to begin by thanking Mayor Kelly for apologizing and accepting responsibility for the incident that occurred last week concerning the land surveyors who had traversed my property without permission and without PPE.  I appreciate his public acknowledgment and ...

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  From the desk of Patrick Impreveduto                                                                                                     May 14, 2020 Dear Holmdel Residents,             It has been an honor to serve the Holmdel community for more than twenty years as an elected ...

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Based on last night's presentation at the Berkeley Heights Township Council Meeting, the municipal building project is officially a mess. From the way this municipal building project was bid and negotiated, in my opinion, anyone could have, and did predict that this was going to happen. We ...

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What happened to the relationship between the Township of Berkeley Heights and EPIC Management, Inc.?  At last night's Town Council meeting it was clear to me the relationship has been damaged for a long time.  Below is an email I sent to the Mayor and Council members offering my assistance to ...

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The Town’s surplus funds are like the savings account that we all try to maintain for our own households.  Surplus is critical for towns to address unanticipated and unbudgeted costs, for example those brought on by blizzards, hurricanes and, yes, global pandemics.  They protect against periods of ...

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According to the resident survey the Township did last year asking for the public’s input to the town’s Master Plan, residents overwhelming expressed the desire for a vibrant, walkable downtown with entertainment, dining and shopping available.  Are you aware there is a push to expand the already ...

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Recently, I read a NJ Globe article citing a concerted effort by State Senator Tom Kean’s campaign to misrepresent Congressman Tom Malinowski’s efforts to secure coronavirus relief funding for our community. What the Kean campaign asserts couldn’t be further from reality, and I am writing today to ...

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