Letters to the Editor

November 8, 2018

Dear Editor: Elizabeth Stamler, Roshan “Roc” White and Josh Losardo wish to thank the great community of Scotch Plains for supporting the Democratic ticket on Election Day.  We also wish to extend our gratitude to the countless volunteers who helped us during the campaign and on Election ...

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Dear Editor: It's not unusual to think of the library as a refuge, a quiet little home away from home, where we can not only read, but think, meet people, have a little rest from the craziness of our lives. But in addition to that function, the library can be a great connection to the real ...

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Dear Editor: As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close in October, we know that the need to support this issue does not end there. To continue the conversation and help survivors in our community, our Allstate agency is partnering with Safe Sound Somerset to host a toy drive for ...

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Dear Editor: It has been a fantastic experience for us these past few months meeting residents door-to-door and at events to listen to their thoughts and concerns. Based on our discussions with residents, we developed a plan and vision to enhance the quality of life in Scotch Plains. We thank ...

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Dear Editor: As the outgoing Councilman, just finishing my third term, I whole heartedly endorse my former running mate and Councilwoman Erin and new candidate Trish Walsh. Erin is a dedicated public servant and as a resident of Fanwood I am really glad she has decided to run again for ...

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Dear Editor: For many years, Erin McElroy Barker and Patricia (Trisha) Walsh have shared their time, talent and energy to make Fanwood the progressive, wonderful, family friendly community that is so greatly admired. This Tuesday please cast your vote for Erin and Trisha to the Town Council so ...

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Dear Editor: I was hoping that I was finished writing letters to the editor concerning this year's election, but the latest letter from the Democrat Candidates for township council needs correction. First and most importantly, facts matter. There was no municipal tax increase in 2018 as ...

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Flat Iron II Realty, LLC is the new property owner of 50-52 Elm Street in Downtown Westfield — where Castle Bootery is located. Like many of you, we received email notice on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 that Castle Bootery decided to close at the end of the year. This was the first “notice” we received ...

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Dear Editor: It is absurd that Democrats are blamed for higher taxes and everything else wrong in Scotch Plains when you look at this fact: Since 1973, the Republicans have held control of the Town Council for all but 4¼ years. Democrats held the majority only in 1999, 2013, for a few ...

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Dear Editor: Recreation is a key component of the overall quality of life of Scotch Plains residents. It encompasses everything that our town Recreation and other departments do from the health and safety of our parks and open spaces, to our community centers, events, festivals, historical ...

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Dear Editor: Scotch Plains has a big decision to make this coming Tuesday, November 6th: Keep the momentum of the last two  years going by electing Bondarowicz, Dalvi, and Kowalczyk or return to the lackluster past. Andrew Bondarowicz, Sonali Dalvi and Jeff Kowalczyk have the leadership ...

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Dear Editor: Our town has wonderful parks, and should plan for the future to ensure their viability for the long term. Scotch Plains is a beautiful community and its Parks and Recreation department does a superior job maintaining our parks for our residents. Children use the playgrounds, then ...

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Dear Editor: In regards to the letter written by the Democratic Party Candidates. I'm a second generation business owner in town who arrived in the Scotch Plains area from Overlook Hospital in 1959, so I think I've seen a lot of change in the community and its down town business community over ...

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Dear Editor: Imagine one day you wake up unable to hear. You don’t wake up because you never heard your alarm clock go off. Instead, your body stirs groggily, still lost in deep slumber. Fifteen minutes pass. Mom shouts your name, though you do not wake until hit by the pillow she throws on your ...

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Dear Editor,   Recently I’m out town a tragedy occurred, our town's high school was spray-painted with graffiti overnight -- an act that spurred a town-wide outrage.   First off, we still don’t know who did it because the high school's cameras security cameras were not working for ...

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Dear Editor: It is incredible that having a slight difference of opinion is met with a gross distortion of our position on the redevelopment of downtown Scotch Plains. Let’s keep this simple: Three Democrats and three Republicans are running for Scotch Plains Council.  All six candidates ...

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Dear Editor: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Westfield strongly condemns the murder of worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 27. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends at Temple Emanu-El and across the country as we all absorb the ...

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Dear Editor: Today, my heart is heavy and filled with sadness for America.  Our fellow Americans killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were victims of religious hatred.  Our fellow Americans killed at a supermarket in Kentucky were victims of racial hatred. A mass assassination ...

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Dear Editor: Just a brief background on who I am. I grew up in Los Angeles and after attending law school in New York I ended up settling in Scotch Plains where my children benefited from our great public school system.  I am a partner in a law firm in Mountainside and know many of you through ...

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Dear Friend: The Jewish heart is bleeding, but it remains brimming with love. Jewish unity had kept our nation going for thousands of years, and at times such as these, we have to make an extra effort to come together. Join us at Chabad of Union County (1400 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains), ...

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Dear Editor: Scotch Plains must share more services with Fanwood and other towns in order to provide better services and reduce costs for its taxpayers. Sharing more services with nearby towns has never been more important than it is today. Seniors are moving from town because of how much ...

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Dear Editor: I met recently with Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen and Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith to discuss the challenges facing each of our towns in providing affordable housing and how we might work together to propose legislation in making the process more efficient and realistic. The current ...

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Dear Editor: One of the many unwritten rules of the United States is that political opinions should not be shared from person to person. However, I disagree with that, because when thoughts are collaborated, even better opinions are formed. During an election, we are voting as one single ...

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Dear Editor: In response to the letter written by the Democratic candidates running for Scotch Plains town council and their sudden concerns over downtown redevelopment I offer this. I have been working downtown Scotch Plains since 1992. I did the math and it works out to be about 62,000 ...

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Dear Editor: After praising town council for doing a great job at negotiating an affordable housing settlement and the SPDRC for doing a great job on the downtown redevelopment plan for Phase I, the Democrat candidates then began to depart from the requirements established in both ...

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Dear Editor: The time for redevelopment of our downtown is here and now.  After thirty plus years, we are ready to proceed with a solid plan and the backing of our residents and the downtown property and business owners. There have been numerous studies by professional planners at the request of ...

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Dear Editor: The 2018 Scotch Plains Council candidates differ about how to redevelop downtown Scotch Plains. We Democratic candidates -- Elizabeth Stamler, Roshan “Roc” White and Josh Losardo -- want to prevent overdevelopment. We are concerned how the Council may respond to developers ...

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Dear Editor: I was disappointed to read that this weekend Union County Freeholder and Scotch Plains Town Manager Al Mirabella will be among the guests of honor at a fundraiser in Scotch Plains. I’m taken back by the notion how not only someone can be the town manager and a freeholder in the same ...

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To the Editor: Today, we join with so many across the Scotch Plains and Fanwood communities to mourn the passing of our dear friend Councilwoman Rose Checchio. Rose filled many roles; daughter, mother, wife, friend, businesswoman, and community leader. But she was so much more than her ...

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Dear Editor: Can our democracy survive technology? Democracy is beginning to crack under the weight of tribal politics and fictitious news. The causes of these fissures are the result of many considerable causes; political partisanship on the national, state and local level, TV networks and ...

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