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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Last week, we began to expose the many problems with PILOTs and the tax abatement programs that the Brindle Administration recently set in motion in Westfield, without any meaningful public debate or input, and during a pandemic. The harms that can be caused by such programs are detailed in a ...

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The following are the Memorial Day remarks by Mayor Shelley Brindle as prepared for delivery on Monday, May 25, 2020. Thank you Reverend Williams for your comforting words. Thanks also to Allan Betau and Randy Grizzard for all that you and the American Legion do on behalf of our veterans and for ...

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The planned “reimagining” of this year’s COVID-delayed Memorial Day Parade for Westfield’s 300thAnniversary is something far from the traditional ceremony that has taken place Downtown for many, many decades--organized by local veterans who do so to honor their fellow service members and ...

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Mary Liz Ivins is President of the NJSIAA Executive Committee and Chair of NJSIAA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Task Force. 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 ...

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Earlier this month, after introducing a budget that imposed the maximum allowable property tax levy increase on Westfield’s residents, the Brindle Administration took a major step toward handing out tax breaks to downtown property owners and commercial developers. On May 12, the Mayor and ...

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To the Editor: During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mayor has provided strong leadership for the town to fully respond to the ongoing demands resulting from it. And fortunately for us, Megan Avallone, RN, MS, our Health Officer, has led the Westfield Regional Health Department (WRHD). She and the ...

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The Town’s surplus funds are like the savings account that we all try to maintain for our own households.  Surplus is critical for towns to address unanticipated and unbudgeted costs, for example those brought on by blizzards, hurricanes and, yes, global pandemics.  They protect against periods of ...

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Recently, I read a NJ Globe article citing a concerted effort by State Senator Tom Kean’s campaign to misrepresent Congressman Tom Malinowski’s efforts to secure coronavirus relief funding for our community. What the Kean campaign asserts couldn’t be further from reality, and I am writing today to ...

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To the Editor, I was recently involved in a cycling accident during a rather casual ride on a safe path meant specifically for cyclists, joggers and hikers. Not the place where one would suspect that an accident would occur. It was a nasty spill where my shoulder and head took the brunt of the ...

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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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Board president Peggy Oster announced that master technology teacher Jeanine Gottko is the recipient of the 2020 Rotary Club of Westfield’s Philhower Fellowship in recognition of outstanding teaching at the elementary school level. Ms. Gottko taught first and fifth grade at Franklin School for ...

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To the Editor: Today, I just found out that the Westfield Police are using drones to enforce town park closings with a siren and recorded message despite the fact that they will be reopening town parks for limited use on May 2nd. I do not know what the ones in Westfield say, but I assume the ...

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On March 10, 2020, just before the devasting human and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus would become widely known, Mayor Shelly Brindle released a “Bold Action Plan” for Westfield.  In it, she criticized the Town’s prior budget policies that had, in her words, “taken a very conservative ...

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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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In a letter to editors, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi advises Union County voters on new deadlines in advance of the July 7 Primary Election. To the Editor: Following are important updates for Union County voters regarding deadlines for the upcoming primary election in New Jersey. The ...

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The First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, sponsors of the Crandford/Elmora Soup Kitchen, would like to thank the people of Cranford and surrounding towns, organizations and businesses for their support with food products, financial donations, gift cards and emotional encouragement for our soup ...

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While these circumstances are dreadful, not everything about following the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America has been terrible. Many people have welcomed the slower pace of working and schooling from home. Some of us who typically would commute to work each day, are finding the ...

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Even as COVID-19 remains on the forefront of how we live our lives in the short term, we must continue to move forward on important issues that will impact us long after this public health crisis ends. To that end, I recently issued a proclamation acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on ...

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Dear Editor, As we enter Earth Week and Earth Day on April 22, I hope that our governor will consider opening our parks and open spaces in NJ.  Being outside in the environment is so crucial for our physical and mental health. As many of us are “stuck at home,” being able to commune with/in ...

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Downtown Westfield businesses are the heart of our community. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are open and they are safely delivering meals, products and services. They want to say “thank you, Westfield” to our community for continuing to support them with your orders, by streaming ...

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Our world has been turned upside down. We’ve had to rethink how to shop and interact with people even our own family. Fortunately, we are a creative society and have figured out how to do what needs to be done in new and creative ways. As much as we have to practice social distances we have ...

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On behalf of the Westfield High School Helping Hands (WHSHH) Fund board, I wish to thank you for your recent support of the Westfield High School ‘A Day Without’ fund drive in February 2020, as well as our community outreach in December 2019.   Both drives collected over $2,700 for the WHSHH ...

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Dear Friends, Thank you for all the support you have offered to our poor and homeless sisters and brothers during this crisis.  During the past few weeks, you have expressed your compassion with countless donations of emergency food bags and sandwiches, offers of assistance, and financial ...

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The following is a synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting held on March 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the March 24 Board of Education meeting was held remotely, with Board members and members of the community joining in from remote locations using an online videoconferencing ...

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While unfortunate for those affected, it's disturbing to learn of two known cases of coronavirus in Westfield.  There are others in surrounding communities as well. What could be helpful is if authorities could find out from those infected, where they have been in the past two weeks and when were ...

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Hello neighbors! I hope this note finds you AT HOME. Unfortunately, I am hearing from countless residents who are concerned about the number of people who continue to congregate in groups, either in restaurants, bars, playgrounds, or in people’s homes, despite the repeated asks and warnings not ...

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In her comments at this week’s Town Council meeting, which she has also posted online, Mayor Brindle attempts to soften the blow of the unprecedented tax increase and surplus spending in the upcoming municipal budget by trumpeting her action plan for a “brighter future” for Westfield. This is ...

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In two weeks, we will be presenting our 2020 budget to the public. While the budget is still being finalized, I want to take this opportunity to provide some context behind the numbers, let you know what to expect in this year’s tax bill, and share our growth strategy for the future. First and ...

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Dear Editor: Childhood sexual grooming and abuse is not solely a Catholic Church story.  It is pervasive throughout our society, as is increasingly apparent in the news: from families, to schools, to youth sports and organizations, and even elite national and Olympic athletics. In fact, for me ...

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