Letters to the Editor

June 5, 2020

The police murder of George Floyd by a police officer in MN is something we all seem to agree on was an abomination and an example of wanton criminal police brutality. Nothing can bring back George Floyd who was allegedly being arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill or some such. He ...

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Dear Families and Staff,  I write to you today in grief and pain. I grieve at the death of George Floyd, and so many others due to the color of their skin. I grieve for our country, as violence tears our cities and communities apart. I am in pain talking to my daughters as we watch the news: a ...

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The killing of George Floyd is the most recent in a long line of senseless, brutal murders of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement. It is part of an ongoing moral failure by Americans to correct systemic racism that has eroded the foundation of our society.   We must act now not only ...

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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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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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It's Time Governor Murphy Governor, it's time. It's time to step up and out of the box. It's time to be bold but more importantly it's time to be empathetic, sensitive and reasonable. There has been much talk about listening to the data and science and about letting the data and science guide us ...

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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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Dear Editor: In my decades as an educator and school administrator, I’m hard pressed to find a situation as challenging as what we face related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have been painful on many levels, from the heartbreaking loss of life to the millions who have suffered ...

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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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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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My name is Mark Kalladeen and I work in Summit at The Connection as a Personal Fitness Trainer.  I very much enjoy working in Healthcare and since The Connection has closed temporarily, I have decided to work as a Nurse’s Aide on the Front Line at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville. I have ...

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Did you know that when you purchase something from a small business an actual person does a happy dance?! This is an actual fact! We are finding that the general public does not understand the true effect this pandemic is having on small businesses.  I am on the Berkeley Heights Economic ...

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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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To the Editor: New definitions of Hero learned from COVID-19.  For many years, I did not think heroes were any more than the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines. They were the men and women who protected us when our country needed it. Police, firefighters, rescue squads, doctors, and nurses were ...

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Dear Berkeley Heights Residents: We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits during this challenging period. The Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights has joined the fight to assist our local businesses who are struggling financially.  We value their businesses and ...

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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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With your generous donations, Silver Liming Foundation has been working diligently to spread kind gestures to community members. In January, we organized a collection for a young mother battling cancer while raising her 7-month-old, JoJo.  With your help, mom and baby were showered with food, ...

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A town is rarely given an opportunity to greatly improve upon a redevelopment project by getting more for our community - and being able to push for a smarter and financially stable long-term revenue stream to help with our property taxes.  Connell’s proposed rezoning can do just that and I’m going ...

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Letter to the Editor, My grandmother, Philomena (Minnie) Delia, and my grandfather, Michael DelDuca, were the first bride and groom of Little Flower Parish on September 10, 1930.  In anticipating of their life together, my grandfather built my grandmother a sweet little two-bedroom one bath on ...

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As we continue to adjust, adapt and do whatever we have to do to make this “new normal” work, my thoughts are with you and your families and I hope you are staying safe and everyone is healthy. The last two months have been an emotional rollercoaster and have been trying for all of us, but I ...

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Dear Editor: The All-Democrat Union County Freeholder Board has proposed a budget that does not include an increase in the levy from 2019 to 2020. While this is a nice step, it does not preclude a couple towns from seeing an increase from the county, and for that reason it does not go far ...

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Dear Berkeley Heights Neighbors: We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits. On behalf of the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad (BHVRS), I want to thank the community for their outpouring of support and kindness. Our EMTs and partner first responders are ...

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Help our small BH businesses stay open during COVID-19.  $25K in matching funds from The Connell Company are available to double your donation.   Small businesses in Berkeley Heights need our help.  While the coronavirus business restrictions remain in place, many businesses were required to ...

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​To the Editor: I was very disappointed this past weekend to see so many people lingering around the downtown streets of Chatham without wearing a mask. I saw large groups of young people, parents, and small children, and only a handful of masks. Most were not social distancing as they lined up ...

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Berkeley Heights has been my home for 25 years; it is where my children have grown up and serves as their foundation for social and civic responsibility.  During family time, together indoors, we enjoy looking at old photo albums.  It is interesting to note the many pictured ‘events’ that were ...

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  Dear Berkeley Heights Community, I don’t normally ask for help, but in the time of a global pandemic, things don’t feel very normal right now. What does feel right, is trying to do something that will help Berkeley Heights, a place I have loved for 30 years, come thru this ...

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I’m not a runner, but have enjoyed the Annual Berkeley Heights Mother’s Day 5K Race for the last 18 years!  This week, I would be registering my family, doing some extra stretching and coordinating with my network of local Mom’s to be sure everyone is ‘In’.  I love this race, seeing all the ...

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In a letter to editors, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County voters on new deadlines in advance of the July 7 Primary Election. To the Editor: Following are important updates for Union County voters regarding deadlines for the upcoming primary election in New Jersey. The ...

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 Hi,  I'm Shayla Gornstein. I am a sophomore from Watchung Hills Highschool. I am trying to do a fundraiser to raise money for Somerset County food bank because so many people are out of work and need meals.  100% of the donations will go to charity.  I wanted to try and help.  I will ...

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