Letters to the Editor

November 5, 2018

As Tuesday’s election rapidly approaches, I encourage all residents to conduct their own independent assessment of the candidates’ experience and to get familiar with the issues facing our Township.  I am disheartened by a lot of the misinformation floating around via mailers and otherwise, and I ...

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To the Editor I have lived in Berkeley Hts. approximately 42 years.  My husband and I have raised our four sons here.  We have volunteered in various capacities for many of those years, but not so much lately (since the boys all graduated!).  Currently, I expend most of my volunteer hours at ...

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I have served on the Berkeley Heights Town Council for 7 years now and currently as its President. This town has changed a great deal for the better over that time period and there is a lot more positive change in the works.  Just look at the transformation that is happening in our downtown, ...

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I am a Democrat and I am supporting Column B- Woodruff, D’Aquila and Greco.   This is primarily to do with the inexperience and possible outside influences I know will occur if others are elected. Let me make something clear as I have been asked a few times to run for Township positions but ...

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Dear Editor, I have been a resident of Berkeley Heights for more than 25 years.  I have always been proud to call Berkeley Heights my home. We have a small, tight knit community where people look out for one another...until now that is. The direction our local election has taken in recent days ...

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I never had political aspirations—I simply thought that given my legal and business background I could help the Town—It was my honor to serve on the Township Council for three years, most recently as its President in 2017.  Amidst what seems like the almost daily barrage of campaign flyers, ...

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Having moved into the community a year and a half ago, my wife and I absolutely love the charm of Berkeley Heights. It is a quaint, close-knit town that embodies all of the good things that New Jersey has to offer, such as great schools, great location and atmosphere, and great community. The ...

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To the editor:   I have been a resident in BH for 35 years. Our family has lived through the days of “Bickering Heights” when, year after year, our town council seemed to only concern themselves with their individual agendas and never working together for the greater good of our town... until now.

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It is very sad to see that the Democrat campaign continues to push their Elizabeth style campaign onto residents and ruin Berkeley Heights’ small-town feel.  The tremendous number of flyers in the mail, expensive electronic billboards, custom campaign t-shirts, “professional” videos, and even a ...

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The negative mailings paid for by the NJ Republican State Committee say a lot about their character. They are meant to personally destroy the reputation of a good and decent mother, wife and candidate. These tactics along with a quiet, deceitful smear campaign are familiar on the national scene ...

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While the online debate about the upcoming election and issues facing Berkeley Heights gets heated at times, I am grateful to those who actively participate in the debate as it helps us stay informed and causes us to focus our attention on the issues. As a twenty-three year resident, I love being ...

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Ahh. Here we are deep in election season. Have you noticed? All the wonderful, colorful signs stuck in lawns not blending in with the actual colorful, wonderful season that surrounds us all. A time when mail boxes are constantly cluttered with large format, glossy, heavy paper stock pieces trying ...

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Here in Berkeley Heights, it often seems like a political battle is always just around the corner. That may be especially true in election years, but one thing that is abundantly clear during the current race is that residents are tired of the ineffective, business-as-usual politics espoused by the ...

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During the mayoral candidates’ debate, our mayor said there was no plan to install solar power on the new municipal building because it was “too expensive.” In reality it would save taxpayer money. Here’s how: I reached out to several solar industry professionals, and they told me that the ...

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Dear Editor, As the longtime Mountainside representative on the Berkeley Heights Board of Education, I am extremely pleased with and proud of the progress that has been made in the district these last few years. My six-year tenure ends next month and I will not be running again. As I prepare to ...

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Part Three A. Teaching to the Tests or Mastery of Subject Matter? With AP classes and exams primary drivers of school rankings and GL's strategic initiative, what happens in the classrooms has the potential to be directed towards test outcomes. 1) Has teaching to standardized tests become ...

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Over the past few years the BOE has been on a mission to improve student success at every level. In 2014, the BOE led by Doug Reinstein, worked with the administrative team to build a Student Achievement Dashboard ultimately answering the question: “If we say we are a high performing district, how ...

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Doug Reinstein does not seem to represent the residents.  He is a prime example of a politician that is willing to manipulate the public meetings rather than listening and fighting for constituents.      In what appears to be an official email from him,  as a member of the Berkeley Heights Board ...

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I am filled with tremendous sorrow after the shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a (ret.) police officer, a shooting outside a place of religious worship is a call you never want to receive from dispatch.  I can't even begin to fathom the reality of that ...

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I am writing to correct the “record” of accomplishments that Angie Devanney has touted in her campaign to become Mayor of Berkeley Heights.  In particular, Ms. Devanney’s claims that she saved Snyder Avenue Park from development and her statement in the recent debate that she “negotiated” a number ...

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“As election day gets closer, the amount of misinformation sprinkled around Town continues to spread.” Indeed, Ms. Kingsley. And some of this misinformation is being circulated by you. I am forced to respond as I am implicated in her statements.  I worked with Councilwoman Susan Poage on the ...

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As election day gets closer, the amount of misinformation sprinkled around Town continues to spread. Most recently, the focus is on grants. I am not sure why information dating back to 2010 is being discussed as most members of the current governing body were not in office.  So, I want to correct ...

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It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter. As a woman and a mother, I am deeply saddened that members of this community, including Mayor Bob Woodruff, are attempting to mar Angie Devanney’s reputation by using falsehoods about her. These attacks have no basis. Angie is running for Mayor ...

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Looking across today’s political landscape, at both a micro and macro level, it’s easy to understand the contentious nature of people’s positions. An innate desire to ‘win’ sometimes clouds an otherwise legitimate hope to do what is best for a community of people. As I look to our upcoming election ...

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The current incumbents like to talk up a good game when it comes to taxes and fiscal conservatism. But when they bat - they strike out more often than they would have you believe. If you are on a fixed (or slowly growing) income like most of us in the town are, the ever increasing property taxes ...

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Part Two - Multi-year Classes Enrolling students in multi-year classes without explicit teaching of necessary deep reading, organized note taking, and class content summarization skills and habit development can become a setup for sub optimal performance.   Being in one multi-year class by ...

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If there’s one thing I learned during my career as an IT Manager, it was to never judge another team or department until you fully understand their responsibilities and resources.  I had a perception of a certain team before I was a manager. I always judged them, thinking they could do better, they ...

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Dear Community Members, We’ve been busy at the Berkeley Heights Public Library! Since we reopened in May, patrons have been enjoying the new space at 110 Roosevelt Avenue. We continue to offer a wide variety of books and DVDs in addition to downloadable, interlibrary loan and reciprocal ...

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Like many Berkeley Heights residents, I was dismayed by the lack of transparency and communications from the Mayor and Township Council during the Municipal Complex planning process. Many of us felt our views really didn’t matter, that the Mayor and Township Council were going to go ahead no matter ...

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Just as cursive, or “joined-up,” writing is an important skill for kids, so joined-up thinking is vital in any leadership team these days. Silo thinking, business as usual, can no longer keep up with our changing and ever more complex world. I support Angie, Stephen and Alvaro because they ...

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