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Letters to the Editor

May 18, 2022

Dear Editor: My colleagues join me in sharing our horror and frustration about the shooting in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend.   Learning the victims’ names and ages, and more about their productive lives, which were so violently cut short, has only compounded our sorrow. Learning that ...

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Dear Editor: Over the past few years, many residents in Scotch Plains, including myself, have expressed concerns to the town council regarding how the overdevelopment of our town will impact schools, infrastructure, services, and traffic. We’ve requested on multiple occasions that our town ...

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FANWOOD, NJ -- During this Mental Health Awareness month, I am proud that Fanwood is a Stigma-Free Zone, a designation that stands for support, compassion and education in our community for those with mental illnesses. There are extensive resources available to residents of Fanwood and all of Union ...

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Dear Editor: In January 2018, Scotch Plains settled its affordable housing obligations in a court proceeding with Fair Share Housing Center.  In New Jersey, all municipalities are constitutionally obligated to provide for the development of affordable housing. To get municipalities to satisfy ...

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Dear Editor: I recently had occasion to revisit the book, “Good to Great” by best-selling business author Jim Collins. The author develops what he calls the “Hedgehog Concept” to describe what it takes to be among the best.  In ancient mythology, the Hedgehog is symbol of wisdom and quiet ...

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Dear Editor: As the mayors of five adjacent Union County municipalities – Cranford, Garwood, Westfield, Scotch Plains, and Fanwood – we have recently formed the Route 28/South Avenue Mayors’ Consortium, forging a commitment to work collaboratively to capitalize on the benefits of new proposed ...

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Dear Editor: Most states that approved the use of recreational cannabis have exclusions for those employed in “safety-sensitive” professions. These are individuals who hold such jobs as train operators, air traffic controllers and those working on utility pipelines. That group also includes ...

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Dear Editor: Municipal Budget – Our Taxes In March, the Township Council introduced the 2022 Municipal Budget.  The budget prioritizes the improving of municipal services while ensuring that the town runs as cost effectively as possible.  Our proposed spending plan achieves our goal; I am ...

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Dear Editor: At this week’s Council meeting, we announced the return of several of our spring events for the first time in two years. Our Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day Cleanup and Memorial Day festivities will all be back. Scroll down for details and save the dates!   This week, we welcome two ...

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Dear Editor: I read in the papers that Governor Murphy is proposing a 21.4% increase in state aid for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District. If my calculations are right, that means our school district will receive over an additional 1 million dollars in aid from the state for a total of ...

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Dear Editor: It’s not often we can watch corruption reported on in real time. By corruption, I mean our legislature and related county governments, who, not liking a court ruling on a case enforcing transparency and integrity for the public interests appears to be planning an end-runaround the ...

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Dear Editor: At a recent Scotch Plains Council meeting, it was revealed that the goal for redevelopment of the town’s public properties is to reach an agreement with a developer by year’s end and in early 2023 have concept plans before the Planning Board for consideration. Unfortunately, this ...

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Dear Editor:   I have an important message about protecting your electric and gas service from being disconnected when the winter moratorium ends on March 15.    The pandemic created financial hardships on many families in our community and if you are behind on your PSE&G bill, you must ...

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Mayor and Township Council: This is in regard to the Council’s decision to end the yearly bulk waste disposal program. As a homeowner that has taken advantage of this program for three decades, I am outraged!  Bulk waste pickup was free for many, many years, and then an increasing charge was ...

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Dear Editor: As we enter March, Spring is finally on the horizon. That means that the Township Council is busy planning to roll out it’s 2022 budget, with a zero percent increase in taxes, and working to identify the capital improvement projects that we will tackle together with our various ...

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Dear Editor:   Two years after the first cases of COVID-19 emerged in New Jersey, we are all relieved to see the disease is on the decline.  The relaxation of mask mandates in SPF public schools and in our own Borough Hall are signs that things are slowly getting better. But there are still many ...

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Dear Editor:   As we see the heartbreaking images of war coming from Ukraine, the Borough of Fanwood stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian-Americans in our community.   March is Women’s History Month and my pride as Fanwood’s mayor extends to the dynamic women on our ...

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Dear Editor:   Renewable, clean, green, whatever you want to call it. Solar and wind power are definitely at the top of the “responsible energy” tower. But people hesitate to switch to this much more environmentally-friendly form of energy. Why? Because of a common misconception. Lots of ...

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Dear Editor: Scotch Plains celebrated Black History Month by raising the Pan-African flag outside Town Hall and at local events throughout town. To help celebrate, the JCC and Social Justice Matters presented “The Legacy of Kramer Manor.” If you are not yet aware, our Kramer Manor neighborhood ...

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Dear Editor: Across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others will be developing activities to celebrate “Read Across America,” taking place March 2.   The day – also a celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss – brings the ...

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