Monday, May 13, 2013
Only a child can take a woman and turn her into a mother.
Our children are the tuning forks of our lives--that perfect pitch of reason housed in a world of superlatives where what is good is awesome fantastic amazing and great; what is bad is pitch black dark and awful. They shake us from our monotonous trance and force us to bridge for them that divide between all that they see as great and awful; bridge for them that divide between who we were before they came into our lives and who we are meant to become as a result of their indelible touch. My ten-year old son Jack came into this world a year behind his sister who was diagnosed with autism days after his arrival. From infancy, his world was invaded by a house filled with rotating therapists--speech, physical, occupational, behavioral--seven …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
County executive's former campaign manager offers free public relations help to Bergen Community College.
Sunday, April 7
The decision by Alan Marcus and The Marcus Group to withdraw their $90,000 contract with Bergen Community College was the appropriate course of action given the County Executive’s past practice of weeding out unnecessary and wasteful spending. However the decision by Mr. Marcus to offer “free” consultation services regarding upcoming labor negotiations is equally disturbing. When does a public agency or in this case a county school board take collective bargaining tips from a public relations executive? Doesn’t Bergen Community College have on retainer legal counsel to handle such matters? The withdrawal of this contract does not cause harm to the institution as suggested, but it saves taxpayers $90,000 on something that wasn’t needed or …
Friday, April 5, 2013
SOD will host a public meeting on April 10 for all New Milford and River Dell residents
On Wednesday, April 10, SOD will be holding an open meeting and invites all interested New Milford and Oradell residents to attend. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 pm at the Senior Center on River Road. At that time we will be recapping the Board of Adjustment Hearings on granting variances to develop the United Water property. The Executive Board will discuss strategies for the final portion of the hearings. The public can now present its case to the Board and then the hearing will be open for comments from the public. Those residents who have been following the developments but have been unable to attend the Board meetings are welcome to come and participate on the 10th. With the end in sight it is imperative that we present a …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Paramus' Connie Wagner, state assemblywoman, says the work of the municipal alliance is proven to help local communities tackle issues, such as prescription drug addiction.
Tuesday, March 26
Every day we seem to hear of another senseless death of a 20-something in our local communities. Many of the communities in my District, the 38th District, have a, “Municipal Alliance,” that is working to combat issues like this as well as many others. The members of the alliance are people who are on the ground providing each other with the pulse of their communities in order to provide positive fun activities with a message. The Municipal Alliance fosters a positive message of self-esteem and fun while informing each other of the dangers drugs pose for our communities, while also suggesting policies through discussion. The Municipal Alliance that I am a part of in Paramus has come up with various solutions to the problems that exist…
The following letter was read during the March 25 Mayor and Council meeting in River Edge by Park Avenue residents
Tuesday, March 26
Last Thursday we came to the Planning Board and listened carefully. And while the decision made came as a disappointment to our community, it also served to coalesce our understanding of a political process which seems astray. The purpose of the Planning Board meeting was whether this ordinance conforms to the borough’s masterplan and the questions asked by both the Board members and the public, demonstrated many issues. One neighbor held up the Land Use Map as bound into the masterplan and pointed out how the area is meant to be single family residential and read aloud from the masterplan: “The residential land use plan proposed no new areas for single-family or multi-family development. All existing residential neighborhoods are to be …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Mayor Sandy Moscaritolo and the River Edge Council issued the following statement this afternoon regarding the 2013 municipal budget
Thursday, March 7
The Borough of River Edge’s 2013 municipal budget process commenced with earnest in December 2012. We began with a full bipartisan council as well as members of our Citizen’s Budget Committee, made up of Albert Ruhlmann, Kenneth Krautheim and Anthony Barbary. The governing body, along with the budget committee met on Saturday mornings in open public work session over the past 3 months crafting the budget. This work was supplemented by contributions from our Personnel Sub-Committee and our Finance Sub-Committee. I want to thank everyone for participating in the process. For the past few years, the borough's state aid has remained flat at $1,070,715 while taxpayers have been hit by back-to-back $14 million municipal budgets resulting in …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Park Avenue resident Jim Miller argues against a possible zoning change to allow duplexes in a Letter to the Editor
Monday, February 4
The Park Avenue Residents do not want our residential neighborhood changed by this far reaching arm of government. We feel the process is flawed by having a vote during a School break for which I and other neighbors have to change vacation plans to be available on Feb 19, 2013 8pm meeting. The three days notice in December before the final vote and no transparency of this entire issue all along. Causes us, the residents and Voters to believe the change is already cast! The Builder knew that the economy was declining. $ 650,000, Five bedroom houses on Park would be a mistake. No matter what the tax structure was or will be in the future. The feel of our “oldest neighborhood” is smaller three bedroom houses. And is residential R1 zoned for …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A column posted on 'The Daily Beast' touts officials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the solution to the GOP's problems.
Wednesday, January 30
Does the Republican Party need more leaders like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? It does, according to an column posted on The DailyBeast.com Wednesday. Columnist John Avlon wrote in the article that Christie is the example other Republicans should be looking to amidst the GOP's "existential crisis." "The 2012 ass-kicking is forcing Republicans to confront their deepest demons—namely, that they cannot simply write off whole regions of the country and remain a viable national party," Avlon wrote. "They cannot afford to alienate the fastest-growing communities of color in the USA. They cannot win a war against modernity." Avlon noted that Christie has maintained largely favorable ratings from voters in a state that went to President Barack…
Saturday, December 15, 2012
In light of the shooting in Connecticut, one resident questions leaders on the senseless killing of young school children.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Dear leaders of this country, Where is the outrage? Children were killed just for sitting in a classroom.Why do I only see calm relaxed condolences from you?It is like this is an everyday event that we will get over, move on and forget about until the next time. This is not acceptable to me and I want something to be done about it. And the solution should not be constrained by funding or people's rights. Human life is priceless and that of our children more than priceless. What kind of adults are we if we cannot protect our children? What kind of country have we created when children do not feel safe in their town and their classroom? What are you going to do about it? I want an answer now. Barbara Monahan New Milford
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Disappointed that the Hackensack Riverkeeper supports development on the United Water property, SOD speaks out.
The Executive Board of Stop Overdevelopment has been aware of the Riverkeeper's (Bill Sheehan) support for the proposed development of the United Water property in New Milford. We were very disappointed that before getting the full story of SOD's opposition to the project, he went public by publishing an editorial in his seasonal newsletter supporting converting what is now open space into a highly developed mixed use complex. After reading the editorial in which our position was completely misrepresented, we tried to arrange a meeting through a third party who has long and positive dealings with him to discuss what we believe are glaring misstatements and a complete misunderstanding of the situation in New Milford. Instead of answering …