Letters to the Editor

May 31, 2020

Message from the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey The images of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis are deeply disturbing.  Mr. Floyd’s death is being investigated not only by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis, but by the ...

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To my neighbors in Scotch Plains & Fanwood: We desperately need your help. Looking at the legacies of Sam Cooke, LeBron James, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Tiger Woods, Mohammed Ali and Michael Jordan. We think these are all successful African Americans - right? Well, maybe. It all depends ...

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WASHINGTON, DC - Following overnight protests and violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd as a result of excessive police force in Minneapolis, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D, NJ-12) issued the following statement: “Every single person, in Minneapolis and well beyond, who has taken to ...

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Dear Editor: Earlier today, the state reported another 1,261 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 157,815. Union County currently has a total of 15,475 confirmed cases. The Westfield Regional Health Department today reports that our number of cases remains at 92, 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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Dear Editor: The woman who “needs no introduction” Judith M. Persichilli, R.N., B.S.N., M.A, is the NJ Health Commissioner. That would mean that any New Jersey healthcare decision buck stops with her, correct? Yet, she does not want to blame anyone for the most horrific coronavirus decision ...

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To the Residents of Scotch Plains & Fanwood: On Memorial Day, The Borough of Fanwood and Township of Scotch Plains will pay tribute to our fallen heroes in Virtual Wreath Laying Ceremonies, speeches and song at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. respectively. A procession honoring the American ...

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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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Dear Editor: EMS Week 2020 reminds me of what my 22 years as a volunteer with the Fanwood Rescue Squad have meant to me. To be able to help people in such an immediate way at the most vulnerable moments of their lives is truly a privilege. I've been in the living rooms, bedrooms, basements, ...

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Dear Editor In honor of Local & State Business Community Week, we are urging all residents, who haven’t already, to please complete their 2020 Census. The Census is an invaluable tool for businesses, as it provides valuable data on population trends, growth projections, and demographic ...

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Through The Eyes of Our Children When I first heard Governor Murphy's announcement on May 4 that all New Jersey schools would be closed for the remainder of the year my initial reaction was one of disbelief. Then sadness. Then anger. Then back to sadness. While there is understandably much ...

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Dear Editor: Earlier today, the state reported another 1,216 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 142,704. Union County currently has a total of 14,385 confirmed cases. Fanwood's total remains at 86 confirmed cases. Governor Phil Murphy has announced additional ...

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To the Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education: ​First, I want to make it known that I am the first person to advocate for athletics and their validity in our community’s culture. I grew up my entire life playing sports competitively, even getting to the collegiate level at the University of ...

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Dear Mr. Mooney: Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  I appreciate the opportunity to respond to you about this critical issue.   I am working tirelessly to ensure that New Jersey quickly receives the resources we need to defeat ...

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Dear Editor: As the chart demonstrates (see below), Scotch Plains residents testing positive for the Coronavirus continues to remain low, compared to one month ago, demonstrating a downward trend. This is good news and hopefully a sign that we are past the ...

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Dear Editor: Chelsea Senior Living operates 21 assisted living residences in New Jersey and New York. During the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, our senior population has been the most vulnerable to sickness and possible death because of pre-existing medical conditions, diminished immune systems, ...

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Dear Editor: Kids for Kids https://www.mindfulkidsforkids.com is mobilizing our youth throughout SPF and Union County to stop world hunger.  All funds raised through the TIE DYE AWAY WORLD HUNGER - KIDS HELPING KIDS initiative will go to the YWCA Union County.  This fantastic organization brings ...

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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 Editor: I’m very sad that my twins who are seniors will miss their proms, senior send off festivities, graduation- and are uncertain If they will actually be able to attend the colleges that they worked so hard to get accepted to in September.  But posting how sad we are, how unfair and ...

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A Letter from Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella to State Senator Nicholas Scutari, Assemblyman James Kennedy and Assemblywoman Linda Carter... Dear Senator Scutari, Assemblyman Kennedy, and Assemblywoman Carter: I write to seek your assistance with the New Jersey Department of ...

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Dear Editor: Resolve Community Counseling Center, the nonprofit mental health center of Scotch Plains, has been providing mental health and addictions services for close to 50 years. This has been our journey adjusting to the Covid-19 era.  Just a few months ago, clients and counselors were ...

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An open letter to Governor Murphy: First, I want to thank you for the work you and your staff are doing to keep New Jersey residents as safe as possible during this public health crisis. I am primarily writing to urge you to please be patient and not to prematurely close the New Jersey ...

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Dear Editor: The state reported another 2,633 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 118,652 on Thursday. Union County currently has a total of 12,578 confirmed cases, and the Westfield Regional Board of Health reports that our total in Fanwood remains at 69 confirmed ...

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Dear Editor: My name is Joseph W. DeSantis.  I am a boy scout in Troop 33 working towards my Eagle Scout rank. I would like to talk about my thoughts on the Governor’s plan to reopen the state. First, I agree with the governor’s policy of keeping the social distancing measures and stay at ...

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Dear Editor: Earlier today, the state reported another 2,887 COVID-19 positive test results, bringing the statewide total to 113,856. Union County currently has a total of 12,188 confirmed cases and the Westfield Regional Board of Health reports that as of today our total in Fanwood remains the ...

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To the Editor: Following are important updates for Union County voters regarding deadlines for the upcoming primary election in New Jersey. The primary election was moved from June 2 to Tuesday, July 7, by Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 120, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

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Dear House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: At the start of this pandemic the country rallied around and celebrated the sacrifices of “essential workers,” those employees whose service was essential to ensuring that we would survive this unprecedented crisis. As the ...

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"One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival ...

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Dear Residents: Earlier today, the state reported another 2,625 positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 71,030. The current total in Union County is 3,156. Fanwood has seen 43 confirmed cases and sadly, a fourth death. The deceased was a 95-year-old woman with multiple ...

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Dear Residents: We have learned from the Westfield Regional Board of Health Department that Fanwood now has a total of 37 confirmed COVID-19 cases. I am saddened to report one more additional fatality. Our total number of deaths in Fanwood is now at three. Please keep the families of these ...

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