Government

May 6, 2021

The introduction of Ordinance No. 3473 to ban, even temporarily, the operation of any cannabis related business does not seem to bear in mind the best interests of our community, especially when 64.67% of Nutley voters supported legalization.  Whereas the passage of recreational use is new, NJ ...

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Our previous letter brought to light the plans of the outgoing mayor, town council and administration to pass another opt-out ordinance in May which you can read here. This led to a heated discussion during the April, 21 council meeting. Our borough Attorney Michael P. Pasquale starts at the 29:30 ...

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This will be the first of a monthly Letter to the Editor from me as a minority member of the Township Council. I am beginning this series in response to a decision by Jeanne Kingsley, the Township Council President, to appoint herself the spokesperson for the Township Council which is not a role ...

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In November 2020, New Jersey voters approved Public Question No. 1, which amended the New Jersey Constitution to allow for the legalization of a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis” for adults at least 21 years of age. The residents of Berkeley Heights voted “yes” on this question with a ...

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More than 50 residents sent the following letter to the Piscataway Democratic Organization and the Piscataway Municipal Council, urging them to choose a Democrat with a proven track record of community service to fill the open seat on our Township Council.  We believe it would be a statement of ...

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An Open Letter to Congressman Gottheimer Congressman Gottheimer: I am a resident of Fair Lawn, and therefore your constituent. In your three terms in office, you have been vocal about your advocacy for Israel. This is one of the few positions on which we find ourselves totally aligned. It ...

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There have been some dubious tax increase proposals (and actual tax increases) in New Jersey. The most obvious, and arguably most ridiculous, was Gov Florio's tax on toilet paper. Or an example I used this past Halloween to give my two young daughters their first introduction to how taxes impact ...

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Wayne is under siege from predatory developers like Avalon Bay, who suffered a catastrophic fire at “Avalon Princeton Junction” in West Windsor just last week. Developers are forcing Wayne to rezone properties and accept developments that barely meet the maximum limits of Wayne’s building ...

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Thank You Governor Murphy. .Governor, I did not vote for you four years ago and will not vote for you in November; I think your policies, job performance and aura are terrible for New Jersey. However, I do want to sincerely thank you - not in a sarcastic tongue-in-cheek manner but with heartfelt ...

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Dear Editor: Former Township Manager Tom Atkins’ recent Letter to the Editor entitled “Scotch Plains Was Well Ahead of the Rest of the State, and Probably the Nation, in Electing Women,” details the great strides women made in local government in the 1980s. I would like to additionally point ...

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During the March 24th Nutley Planning Board meeting in which DMR Architects presented a report on what to do with the Diamond Spring Restaurant and Beach Club property, it was recommended that the site be redeveloped, citing abandonment as a major qualification. There’s just one thing — it’s not ...

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Over the last year and certainly more recently, we have witnessed the rise of hate crimes against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) across many communities. Our neighbors in the AAPI community are our Berkeley Heights sisters and brothers. I stand today to lend my voice in condemning hate and ...

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Open letter to Tapinto Montville: I have noticed lately that Montville Township is being over built with multiunit structures. This will add congestion to our roads, perhaps additions for our schools causing taxes to rise to support the builds for schools. Lately some residents who have ...

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Dear Editor, The Mayor and Township Council strongly condemn the most recent cases of hate targeting Asian-Americans in our country.  The Scotch Plains community has zero tolerance for any occurrences of racism, discrimination, and xenophobia.  Such behavior has a terrible, lasting impact ...

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We Piscataway residents like to think of our town as a model middle American community with tree-lined neighborhoods, good schools and local parks.  But increasingly, these assets compete with a harsher reality: Piscataway has become a hot spot for warehouse sprawl along the I-287 corridor, adding ...

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Dear Editor: It was 60 years ago when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt met with President John F. Kennedy to discuss the lack of women in government. In response, he appointed her as head of a new commission to address the status of women in America and to use her powerful influence to ...

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In light of the horrific and senseless violence in Atlanta, we stand in full support of our beloved Asian community, who are our family, our friends, and our neighbors. We will continue to stand up against all hate and violence of any kind against anyone. Our hearts and prayers are with the ...

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March 15th marks one year from the press release of the first PCR positive case of the virus which causes COVID. Within 2 weeks we will likely reach 5000 cases and 200 deaths in Franklin. In that year many of us have learned about virology and immunology in ways we never imagined. We know the ...

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Dear Editor: The American Rescue Act has passed, so what does that mean for Linden?  Congress passed the American Rescue Act today and President Biden will sign it on Friday. Opinions on politics aside, please feel free to contact me for real information in regards to what this will mean for ...

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Democracy is a form of government whereby the people determine the way in which they are to be governed. In our system of representative democracy, the people select officials to represent us in the halls of power. In such a system, the people are supposed to have the power to replace ...

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To The Editor: I was elected to the Town Council in 2017, and have had the privilege to serve as the Chair of the Finance Policy Committee (FPC) every year of my term. At present, I am working with Council members Parmelee, Boyes, and Contract on my fourth budget. I am very happy to report ...

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Wayne hosted another public session on affordable housing Wednesday night. It was a long, but important and even more informative than the previous two sessions, which were excellent. The bottom line – our affordable housing obligation is the law. There is no option but to satisfy the court; ...

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When last we addressed the Township, we spoke about Prism’s desire to make ON3 a “Mixed-Use” Development. Exactly what is Mixed-Use Development, and why is it good for Nutley and Clifton? Traditionally, land use planning followed a silo approach meant to keep residences, shops, factories and ...

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It’s that time of year again and your Council has been working with the Town’s CFO and Administrator to prepare the annual Berkeley Heights Township municipal budget.  Every year I get a lot of questions from residents about the budget process so I thought it might be helpful if we published a ...

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To the Editor: The Hillsborough Township Republican Organization sends it best wishes to Olivia Holmes who recently stepped down from the Hillsborough Township Committee as she continues to battle the effects of Covid19. The pandemic continues to have broad reaching impacts on many of our ...

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Dear all Berkeley Heights residents,  The beloved red “Santa mailbox” residents have been using for tax payments since the onset of COVID19 is going away – not to return until next Christmas! The mailbox, which was located on the front steps of Town Hall facing Park Avenue, will be removed ...

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  To the Edior: I am writing this letter to thank the residents of Hillsborough for electing me as your committeewoman. As you may know, at the beginning of the year I contracted the COVID-19 virus and although I am feeling much better than I did last month, I am still not physically one ...

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Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse provides Substance Misuse Prevention Education for families and individuals in Wayne, NJ. The Alliance is dedicated to the promotion of safe, healthy and responsible lifestyles through Prevention, Intervention & Education. The organization ...

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