Letters to the Editor

June 2, 2020

To The Editor: I am writing to acknowledge the genuine efforts of some CHS alum (class 2017), their clarion call to our community’s leaders and officials, and the kick-off of dialogue ensued. Please see “Chatham is Not Immune” (TAP May 31). They urged Chatham not to stay stationary while many ...

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To the Editor:  In light of the recent murder of George Floyd in Minnesota and the nationwide protests fighting police brutality, the silence from the Chatham community is deafening. As of today, Sunday, May 31st, neither the Chatham Borough or Chatham Township police departments, the School ...

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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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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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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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To the Editor: Common sense and leadership are essential to pull through a crisis.  In New Jersey, we currently seem to be lacking both when it comes to the COVID19 response. We were told to shelter in place and flatten the curve, so we did. The curve flattened and is clearly on the downward ...

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To the Editor: In these unforeseen times, we are learning now more than ever that very few things in life are constant. Over the last few months I have realized, for me, the few constants are family, friends, music, and sport. Growing up, a love for music always filled my home with my parents ...

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To the Editor: It is once again shocking the levels this Township Committee will go to during a pandemic to push through their contested affordable housing proposal on River Road.  Despite a pending dispute over this location, the Township Committee authorized its survey company to enter my ...

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To the Editor: I have spent 51 days in quarantine, and in those 51 days, I’ve found an overwhelming amount of gratefulness for the many who are stepping up to the plate to help us fight this pandemic. While many of the heroes are obvious, there are others who work behind the scenes to keep ...

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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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To the Editor: I was one of the hundreds of New Jerseyans from all over the state who gathered Tuesday at the State Capital to protest Governor Murphy’s decision to not open the State for business. A couple hundred concerned tax-paying citizens gathered at noon at the New Jersey State House ...

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To the Editor: While we are in the midst of losing jobs, citizens of Chatham Township some sick, some sadly passing away, uncertain financial stability, and many unable to work, Kelly proposes massive tax increases. How unbelievable, but fact. Kelly and Ness will tell you it is not that much, ...

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To the Editor: A new Chatham Township meeting, a new group of angry residents blind-sided by a Committee decision.  I couldn’t help but think of the movie "Groundhog Day" last Thursday night when listening to angry residents voice their opposition to Mayor Kelly’s and the Committee’s latest plan ...

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To the Editor: With the Dixiedale Affordable Housing Ordinances introduced at Thursday’s Chatham Township Committee meeting, there seems to be an urgency to spend money. Why the rush to spend millions of dollars when our immediate future is so uncertain? Especially when we cannot consistently ...

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To the Editor: In this Earth Month we focus on the health of our environment, coupled now with the social and economic challenges the world is facing with the coronavirus. The graphic was created to suggest the relationship between the two. The battle to defeat the jetport sixty years ago ...

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To the Editor: To our Chatham Community: We have a confession to make - the members of the Chatham Emergency Squad have been a little busy as of late. Covid-19 has not spared the Chathams.  We are proud that we have been able to provide the same level of rapid, safe and responsive care to ...

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To the Editor: To all township taxpayers and residents, When the original and thankfully REJECTED plan to tear down the municipal building and replace it with Fair Housing units, the specter of having to build a new Police Station or face a requirement to modify the present Police Station was ...

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To the Editor: Climate change has been and continues to be a threat to our entire planet, whether acknowledged or not. Since it affects every single living being on our Earth, it is, and should be recognized as, the biggest threat to the world. However, it is not typically discussed or ...

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To the Editor: With the ongoing global pandemic underway and deeply impacting all global constituents, many Chatham Township residents have (rightfully!) shifted their focus away from political and municipal matters that “can wait” to focus on their ongoing health and financial concerns (and ...

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To the Editor: Now Mike Kelly chooses to try to take excerpts of statements out of context to bolster himself. Wonder how many hours behind closed doors that took in the midst of a pandemic when we need leadership not provided by Mayor Kelly? Litigate and sue are somewhat different. The point ...

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Dear Editor, Chatham's open spaces are among our greatest assets. They keep our town beautiful and sought-after, bring us joy, clean our water and air, and make us healthier and stronger.   Chatham residents make tens of thousands of visits to our open spaces every year, and our enjoyment of ...

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To the Editor: There he goes again. Mayor Mike Kelly seems to have difficulty comprehending basic principles and arguments. He also continues to demonstrate an alarmingly poor sense of priorities in the face of the ongoing pandemic crisis. Rather than fully focusing on the only issue that should ...

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To the Editor: Mark Hamilton and Ashley Felice ended their campaign letter to the editor of April 7 with this Affordable Housing claim: “... neither of us has ever suggested that the Township should sue anyone (it's on video Mr. Mayor. Never happened).” That's a direct quote from the final ...

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Dear Editor, America has always been resilient. Knock us down and we always come back stronger, always. Despite the challenges we are collectively experiencing, this time will be no different. We’ve already seen examples of this resiliency around the country and in our own community. We’ve ...

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To The Editor: The right moment never presents itself for harshness, vitriol, and rancor to make a home in the hearts and minds of anyone, especially among neighbors in our small town. This truism is never more apparent now during the COVID-19 crisis. Sadly, no one has been spared its effects - ...

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