NUTLEY, NJ - With so many people home without plans, jumping online and joining the chorus of juicy rumors has become the community's continued favorite past time.
We're tackling a few today, including two that were left for TAPinto Nutley as voice mail messages.
RUMOR: The Township of Nutley Municipal Clerk Illegally Gave Board of Commissioners Candidates A Copy of the Ballot Before Ballots Were Mailed.
FACT: The Municipal Clerk published the official ballot, bearing her signature, in the Official Notices of the Township of Nutley. The official notice showing the ballot was sent to TAPinto Nutley for publication in the "Official Notices" section. It was also sent to the Nutley Sun and Star-Ledger as a paid advertisement. By law, it must be paid for in legacy publications.
TAPinto Nutley published the official notice on March 25, 2020 at 3:01 p.m. well before the election ballots were mailed.
RUMOR: Don't bullet vote. Bullet voting leads to voter fraud.
FACT: Bullet voting, the idea of voting for one, two, three or four candidates even if every voter is entitled to five votes for the Nutley Board of Commissioners is legal and safe.
A local senior citizen is claiming the votes can be changed, or additional votes may be cast if a resident doesn't use all five votes. The ballots for all of the Essex County elections, including Nutley and Montclair are going to the Essex County Clerk's Office where they will be machine read.
The amount of effort and time that would be required to go through all ballots to find those few that didn't case five votes would be enormous. The rumor just makes no sense.
Take a look at your ballot, those big black bars in the margin of the ballot look familiar right? We've all seen them on standardized tests, they help with the alignment of the paper in the scanners. There are so many layers of security in place, as there always have been with mail-in votes.
RUMOR: Nutley does not require rabies vaccines for dogs and cats living in the township.
FACT: Nutley does require a rabies vaccine for all dogs and cats living in the township. The Township of Nutley also requires all dogs and cats be registered and licensed.
Some residents may be confused by the cancelation of the annual rabies clinic. The clinic, free to residents, is a part of the registration program for dogs and cats.
This year, because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the clinic is postponed. Residents who received their registration renewal forms, and whose best friend's shots are up-to-date should remit their fee as soon as possible.
Those residents, particularly our senior citizen community, who rely on the free clinic to keep their companions safe, will not be penalized for registering late this year. The new date of the free clinic will be announced.
RUMOR: The White House Economic Council for Restaurants is going save our favorite mom-and-pop restaurants including hometown favorite Bagel Boy.
FACT: The White House Economic Council for Restaurants is made up of representatives of major chains and a few very high-end chefs. Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Daniel Boulud are the only independent operators involved. Each employees hundreds, and in the case of chains, thousands of people. These are far from 'mom and pop' restaurants.
According to eater.com, the council consists of
- McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski
- Darden Restaurants (parent company of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille) CEO Gene Lee Jr.
- Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey
- PepsiCo CEO Ramon Laguarta
- Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy
- Subway CEO John Chidsey
- Bloomin’ Brands (parent company of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill) CEO David Deno
- YUM! Brands (parent company of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) CEO David Gibbs
- Papa John’s CEO Rob Lynch
- Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor
- Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer
- Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson
- Wolfgang Puck
- Thomas Keller
- Jean-Georges Vongerichten
- Daniel Boulud
- M Crowd Restaurant co-founder Ray Washburne
- Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud
RUMOR: This “flu” is just a hoax, so they can raise my taxes and the commissioners can take away my house.
FACT: We're not even sure how to unpack that voicemail message, but here goes:
This "flu" is a global pandemic, and is highly contagious. In Nutley, as of 9 a.m. Fri. April 24, there have been 367 confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus and 28 deaths. Across the county there are 12,115 cases and 974 deaths. Statewide, there are 99,989 cases and 5368 deaths. Daily updates about COVID-19 Coronavirus appear on TAPinto Nutley daily.
With regard to raising taxes, it was announced in the April 21, Nutley Board of Commissioners meeting that there would be no local tax increase and everything indicated that there would be no increase on the county level. We're pretty sure that the "they just want to raise our taxes" rumors is just one more example of election season hyperbole.
RUMOR: It is illegal for car repair shops, garden centers, farmers markets, pet stores, and realtors to operate during the pandemic.
FACT: The State of New Jersey published a list of essential businesses and all the rumored businesses. plus many more are included on the list.
Since 2016, TAPintoNutley.net has been the only locally owned news organization serving the Township of Nutley, and is a member of the New Jersey Press Association. The Nutley Board of Commissioners first named TAPintoNutley.net the township's 'Official Electronic News Source' in 2019.