Letters to the Editor

May 7, 2021

Dear Editor: It’s that time of the year again when we eagerly get back into shape, after a long winter and plenty of pandemic time in the house.   I am pleased to kick off the Mayor’s Wellness Series, which is set to begin in Alan Augustine Park (next to town hall) on Saturday, May 15 at 9:30 ...

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Dear Editor: There is no COVID-19 report from the board of health this week, but I want to point out that with more and more vaccinations in folks’ arms, the CDC has revised the guidelines for safe activities. I know the ever-changing directives can be confusing, so please rely on the CDC for ...

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Dear Editor: The most important responsibility the Town Council has each year is to vote on a municipal budget that meets our residents’ needs without burdening them financially.  For over half a decade, the Scotch Plains budget has been relatively flat, and I am proud that this year we are ...

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Dear Editor: Over the past few weeks, Scotch Plains has had a number of opportunities to demonstrate its compassion and empathy for residents of the entire community. When my husband, Josh, and I decided to move to town and then proudly raise our three children here, we’ve been consistently ...

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Dear Editor: The Westfield Regional Board of Health reports an additional 13 cases of COVID-19 in Fanwood this past week with a total of 564 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Happily, though, here in Fanwood 31% of adults are fully now vaccinated with twice that having had their first ...

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Dear Editor: Social Justice Matters, Inc. was heartened by the verdict in the George Floyd trial in Minneapolis. Elation spread across the country within seconds of the verdict. It was a respite from the unforgettable details of Derek Chauvin’s knee bearing down on George Floyd’s neck for an ...

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Dear Editor: Every day, we take one step closer to losing the World War II generation, as so many of the courageous men and women who fought and secured this enormous global victory are now in their 90s.   It is difficult to recognize that we will soon lose the memories of World War II ...

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Dear Editor:  The Westfield Regional Board of Health reports a total of 43 cases of COVID-19 in Fanwood so far this month, and our region remains at a high activity level. Though the pause in the distribution of the J&J vaccine is a setback for the homebound distribution program, health ...

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Dear Editor: I was pleased to read the article about the Union County “Mobile” COVID-19 Unit bringing vaccines to residents in Scotch Plains on April 6. I thank Pastor Shawn Wallace and his wife, Clarita for opening up St. John’s Baptist Church so 225 people could receive the coveted COVID ...

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Dear Editor: April is National Donate Life Month, a time to spread awareness about organ and tissue donation. Did you know there are more than 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving transplant? (source: unos.org) Nearly 4,000 of them are in New Jersey, and seven of ...

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To the Editor: The Westfield Board of Health met on April 5. Covid-19, its effects on Westfield and the programs to keep residents informed and to vaccinate them were the principal areas of discussion. Currently, Covid-19 activity appears to be increasing in New Jersey, probably due to the ...

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Dear Editor: Fanwood lost a family member in the sudden passing of our own Ken Blom last weekend. Ken was part of our Public Works team for more than 20 years, and many of you knew him as a fixture at local Fanwood events. A wonderful mentor for new staffers, Ken was always at the ready with an ...

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Dear Editor: My name is Marc Leibowitz.  My wife Becky and I have lived in Scotch Plains since 2003. Our two teenage sons, Jonah and Sam, have been educated in our town’s excellent public school system and have participated in a host of extracurricular activities. We belong to Congregation Beth ...

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Dear Editor: When I first joined the Township Council, I quietly noticed that there was no town flag in the council chambers, nor did there seem to be any located at the other public buildings or municipal parks in Scotch Plains.   Meanwhile, as I drove through our neighboring communities, I ...

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Dear Editor: I’ve had no report from the Board of Health this week, so we’ll take a break from the COVID news.  If there is any unusual information that comes in prior to next week's e-blast we will send out a standalone message.   For the moment let’s focus on getting everyone vaccinated, and ...

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Dear Editor: I have been enjoying our sunsets the past few weeks, and not having to bundle up in layers with my dog, Teddy, for his last walk of the day.  It’s good to see so many fellow residents getting out in the great outdoors for part of each day.  I know there will be much more of that ...

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Dear Editor: The state estimates that up to 30% of small businesses have closed over the last year as a result of the pandemic. In Scotch Plains, we have bid a sad farewell to some businesses unable to weather the many months of stay-at-home orders, reduced inventory and a decline in ...

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Dear Editor: Former Township Manager Tom Atkins’ recent Letter to the Editor entitled “Scotch Plains Was Well Ahead of the Rest of the State, and Probably the Nation, in Electing Women,” details the great strides women made in local government in the 1980s. I would like to additionally point ...

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Dear Editor: The Westfield Regional Board of Health reports that COVID-19 activity remains high with the rate of transmission increasing again this week. NJ retains the dubious distinction of having the highest number of confirmed cases per capita for the fourth consecutive week. This week there ...

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Dear Editor:  I enjoyed the letter from Scotch Plains Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler regarding March as Women's History month and urging all to recognize the contributions that ladies make in many different walks of life and leadership positions.  The residents and voters of Scotch Plains ...

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Dear Editor, The Mayor and Township Council strongly condemn the most recent cases of hate targeting Asian-Americans in our country.  The Scotch Plains community has zero tolerance for any occurrences of racism, discrimination, and xenophobia.  Such behavior has a terrible, lasting impact ...

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Dear Friends, The Fanwood Borough Council and I stand in unwavering support of our citizens, students and business owners of Asian and Pacific Island descent. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the increase in violence aimed at this community across the nation during the past year. We ...

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Dear Editor: For the second year in a row, Scotch Plains has been recognized as a “Healthy Town” by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. Only eight towns in the state earned this prestigious designation in 2020. We were first recognized as a “Healthy Town to Watch” in 2018, and I could ...

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Dear Editor: As a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Gulf War, I believe a key role in my service to Scotch Plains is to educate veterans about the many programs and service that are offered to them. With news of the $1.9 trillion stimulus plan – which includes $10.2 billion for the state ...

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Dear Editor: It was 60 years ago when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt met with President John F. Kennedy to discuss the lack of women in government. In response, he appointed her as head of a new commission to address the status of women in America and to use her powerful influence to ...

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Dear Editor: This week’s news from the Westfield Regional Board of Health (BOH) is concerning. The BOH reports that current transmission rates of COVID-19 activity feel very like the January surge.  They BOH noted: NJ remains the state with the highest number of confirmed cases per capita ...

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Dear Editor: The Scotch Plains Fanwood Joint Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Committee (TRHT) firmly supports our school district’s upcoming anti-bias training program for administrators and educators. TRHT is made up of officials from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, the Board of Education, ...

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Dear Editor:  The Westfield Regional Board of Health reports high levels of activity here in Fanwood with 13 new cases being reported since March 1. NJ is now the highest in the nation for confirmed COVID cases per capita. And while vaccination rates are up 41% over last week, this only ...

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Dear Editor: Pre-teens and teens are greatly suffering emotionally during this pandemic. I want to give you insight into being a pediatrician in this pandemic. As a pediatrician, I used to see many ear infections, colds, and sore throats. We are seeing very little of that now, which is good, but ...

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Dear Editor: As we move into March, I am sure I’m not the only one looking forward to leaving the snow and cold weather behind.  Before we do, however, I want to again thank our women and men serving the town at the Department of Public Works for the terrific job they did throughout what ...

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