Letters to the Editor

Mash and the Helipad

I was big fan of the sitcom "Mash", a highly rated show from years back. The show opened with helicopters landing war wounded patients at an army field hospital as doctors and nurses ran out holding down their hats and skirts and screaming to each other over chopper noise and rotor spin.

Hawkeye and Hotlips, two main characters on the show, would have loved the latest episode of Overlook Hospital presenting its case to the Summit Zoning Board for putting a huge helipad on top of its building. If Overlook's presentation to the Board was a golf game its testimony last night was another shank in the woods, or as my father used to say, a doosy.

The Overlook attorney wanted to show the Board that the landings and take offs of it's own "Mash" chopper were not going to have a negative impact on property values in Summit. His expert witness was a certified real estate appraiser who put together a report to that effect. To qualify the witness the attorney asked the appraiser how many appraisals he had performed in his career. The witness proudly stated that he was involved in over three thousand of them.

Sign Up for E-News

Here's where it started going bad for the hospital.

The Board chairman interrupted and wanted to know how many of the three thousand appraisals had to do with helicopters or helipads. Uh oh! Not even one.

The Overlook attorney then asked the appraiser what method he used for his study. He went on to describe in great detail about pared data analysis models, updated kitchens, big houses, small houses, isolated major features, blah, blah.

Then the Board chairman interrupted again. He wanted to know how the appraiser got to the conclusion that helicopters were a factor in his methodology. The Overlook attorney wasn't looking too happy by now and the attorney representing the growing number of concerned citizens hadn't even cross- examined his witness yet.

When the turn for the residents' attorney came, we found out that the appraiser never interviewed any home owners, never polled realtors or brokers for their professional opinions, was not intimately familiar with the state realtor property disclosure form and didn't know the distances from the study hospitals to their surrounding neighborhoods. Oh, and he got his flight route information from guess who? Overlook Hospital.

The clock saved Overlook before the resident's attorney had a chance to come in for the kill as the bell sounded the end of the evening. The massacre continues at the next hearing if the appraiser isn't too afraid to come back.

Mash had great ratings but last night's Zoning Board meeting beat it by a country mile. I hear there's a new show creeping up in the ratings. It's called " The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight".

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer. Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_881b6d28cc660d21656c_cc_meet_the_mayor

Sat, February 24, 1:30 PM

Best Cellars, Summit

Meet the Mayor

Community Calendar

Carousel_image_3bace4d32c41ce89f355_d15db77aa570cb8b624b_pirates

Sat, February 24, 2:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Saturday Serendipity: Fairy Tale Puppet Theater

Arts & Entertainment Community Calendar Education

Carousel_image_2f6b0d649e9a993d844f_73aaef185f9861d6bddb_burlesqueball-savethedate-fbbanner02-224x150

Sat, February 24, 7:00 PM

Grand Summit Hotel, Summit

The Burlesque Ball

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Summit Fire Department Blotter

01/01/2018 9:26 am     FD dispatched to a motor vehicle accident, car vs. pole in front of 196 GLENSIDE AVENUE.  On arrival occupant was out of the vehicle.  Summit EMS assumed patient contact. FD made notification to the power company to make repairs.  Summit PD remained on scene for traffic control and road closure until repairs were made.

01/02/2018 7:36 pm ...

Summit Police Blotter

February 12, 2018

2/1 - At 0955 hours a report was taken for a theft of a street sign. The unlawful incident occurred between an unknown time frame on Pine Grove Avenue. Value of the street sign was not immediately available at the time of the report.

2/5 - Roberto C. Noel-Berman, 23, of Summit was arrested and charged with possession of CDS. Mr. Noel-Berman was released with a pending court date.

2/5 - ...

Lightbridge Academy in Millburn Hiring Assistant and Lead Teachers

February 23, 2018

If you are passionate about educating and nurturing young minds, you may fit right in with our family! Lightbridge Academy is currently hiring Assistant and Lead Teachers to join our team and grow with us!

If you would like to learn more about the positions offered, you can reach us at 973-218-1800.

Video: Point View's Petrides Says Market Healthy, Strong Despite Sell-Offs

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on FOX Business News discussing the market sell-off post the release of the Fed Minutes:

video.foxbusiness.com

For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in Summit and beyond, providing customized portfolio management services and ...

Is FAANG Long in the Tooth?

Investors love to rally around a stock story. Today it’s all about the FAANG stocks. Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Netflix (NFLX) and Google (GOOG) are a major reason why the S&P 500 rallied so much in 2017. Mr. Market is convinced the FAANGs are impervious to a sell-off. “Its different this time” is ringing loud and clear, but will the outcome really be that ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

Movies! Movies! Movies! - Three Ways to Enjoy Movies

Most people who use the Summit Free Public Library are familiar with our video collection: thousands of DVDs and nearly 800 BluRays -- and growing!

In addition to recent box-office hits and Hollywood classics, we have foreign films, anime, and musical performances from Aida to ZZ Top. Binge-watch a must-see TV series, discover a new one, or introduce your kids to your childhood ...