Letters to the Editor

August 1, 2018

To the Editor: The time has come for change in the Township of Nutley. Historically, only a select few have been appointed to serve on our Township boards. It is time for our commissioners to reach farther and wider into our community and give others an opportunity to serve.  The ...

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Ilene Dudek and Her Little Ant March Through the Local Towns of New Jersey When does story time become play time? When local author Ilene Dudek presents her Little Ant children’s books. Her bright, colorful stories set the stage with silly scenarios, clever twists, and an ant who just won’t ...

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. The sentiment has been attributed to Jefferson, who knew a thing or two about how democracies work. Tragically, our democracy appears to be in serious jeopardy. On the world stage, the American President stood shoulder to shoulder with the strong-man ...

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To the Editor: Lily graduated today from the Junior Police Academy and I need to take a minute and gush about how amazing it was. We are recent residents and this was the first program we've ever tried. Honestly, I thought the whole thing was going to be too good to be true but it exceeded all ...

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To the Editor: I want to alert every working American to a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court.  It is called “Janus vs. AFSCME” and it seeks to defund and cripple the same labor unions that, over decades, have raised every American’s standard of living. Even if your workplace is not ...

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Dear Members of the Raider Nation, Currently, declining participation numbers, sports specialization, concussions, fatigue, both mental and physical, pressures to earn scholarships, and shrinking educational budgets, are the hottest topics in high school sports. Nutley has seen a substantial ...

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Dear Parents, Just as I did last year at this time, I want to take a moment to write to you regarding season two of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. The second season premieres, with tremendous promotion, on Netflix tomorrow, Friday, May 18. The series, based on the 2007 young adult book ...

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Well, it looks like I have at least three things in common with Jay and Johanna Webber: (a) We live in the 11th District; (b) We believe family is important; (c) We have experienced life in big families -- I'm the third of seven kids myself. So of course I noticed the statements the Webbers ...

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LD35 Senator Nellie Pou (Paterson) caused quite a stir this week related to the NJ-11 Congressional Campaign. Let’s review. Pou called into question Jay Webber’s consistent voting record against legislation to support women… “Why Webber would not support countless pieces of legislation that ...

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One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do ...

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The time of electing local school boards should come to an end. According to the National School Boards Association, “the local school board is a critical public link to public schools. Whether elected or appointed, school board members serve their communities in several important ways. First and ...

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Don’t Complain; Vote! It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, NJ-11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a ...

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As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network ...

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Dear Editor: Being a Democrat is part of my heritage. I grew up in Detroit when the auto industry thrived. My African American family was middle class. Life was good, but adventure awaited me in New York and, for the past 37 years, in New Jersey. For most of that time, Rodney Frelingheysen has ...

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Dear Editor, The news. The words and images that fill our mobile devices, computer screens, televisions and everyday conversations. You pause. You think. HOW are we going to get better? WHAT are we going to do? Well, folks, I am happy to share. That for those of us interested in the business of ...

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The youth have already spoken, but now they show their maturity and willingness for open dialogue. When our country, especially our community, comes to a crossroads on the solution to an important issue, it is high time that we have open dialogue on this issue. The youth have shown themselves to be ...

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At the March 26, 2018 Nutley Board of Education meeting, reasonable people disagreed over the immediate installation of armed officers in Nutley schools. One group believes we should take this action now. The other believes we should implement school security measures based on expert ...

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Dear family, friends, colleagues, members of the West Orange community, and all those who gathered to celebrate this year's West Orange Parade, Not a day goes by when I am not grateful to have been raised in the incredible, warm, and welcoming community of West Orange. Not only was I raised by ...

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Dear Boy Scout Food Drive Village, Thank you! With your help, over 120 volunteers gathered together to bring in a record number of non-perishable food items at this Saturday's Boy Scout, 'Scouting for Food' Drive. Every item will support the Nutley Family Service Bureau Food Pantry and the ...

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To the editor: My name is Erica Zarro I am a resident of Nutley, NJ whose son attends Lincoln Elementary School. I am writing today in light of the most recent school shooting to cripple our nation that occurred February 14 in Parkland Florida.  As a parent of a kindergartner I am overcome with ...

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The question of the solution to school shootings has been countlessly floated in recent public forums and in the news today by many adults and parents. The answer to these tragedies does not lie with the opinion of the parents, but rather the voices of the students who have to experience these ...

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As Amazon continues to search for the home of its second corporate headquarters, the City of Newark is pleased to be in the esteemed company of 20 worthy locations nationwide. As we continue to look towards the potential of this new opportunity, the City is reaching out, on an individual basis, ...

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To Commissioner Steven Rogers, and whomever else it may concern, My name is Gabrielle Mackiewicz, and I am a 15-year-old sophomore at Nutley High School. On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, I took part in the National School Walkout at 10:00 a.m., and I have seen a lot of your ideas about the event on ...

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In light of recent events with the Parkland school shooting, I understand the concern of parents when it comes to school safety.  Especially, when you end up having an incident from a high school kid in your own town posting threatening videos the next day. The BOE, police officers, and other ...

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To the Editor: Disgusted by federal inaction, devastated by the Parkland shooting, and determined to see real change, students around the country walked out of class at 10 a.m. on March 14th, one month after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students of ...

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As a Nutley resident I felt it my obligation to reach out to you in order to show my appreciation toward one of our fellow "Nutleyites". Commissioner Al Petracco. As you know, he has been a dedicated member of our community and an advocate for those through his work with the Hope program. I felt ...

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Thinking of the 17 angels that lost their lives lost one month ago. Thinking of the injured that are still fighting to heal. Thinking of the #MSDSTRONGstudents, teachers and staff that had their innocence taken from them. Thinking of a community that draws strength from each other as we all try to ...

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To the Editor: As the parent of an elementary school student and a high school student, I’m writing to address the recent debate in town with regards to gun violence and school safety. Statistically, your child is 10 times more likely to get killed as a pedestrian walking around town than ...

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On January 29, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen announced his decision to retire.  Presumably he is now free to vote his conscience rather than blindly go along with his party’s agenda against the interests of the working class in America. On February 14, he voted to support a bill that allows ...

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Soon NJ will grapple with the legalization of marijuana, as our newly elected Governor has vowed to make this an administrative priority as promised during his campaign.  It’s no secret that this is a controversial topic that stirs up passionate sometimes heated debate from all sides of the issue.  ...

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