Letters to the Editor

April 13, 2024

Dear Editor, I have lived in Yorktown for over 30 years and am writing to express my deep admiration for Ed Lachterman's unwavering commitment to effective leadership as Supervisor. His extensive managerial experience as a multi-business owner has equipped him with the skills and expertise ...

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On a warm autumn evening, while on a walk around the block with my children, I looked down our street and felt a sense of satisfaction. Our street was freshly paved and crosswalks repainted, after years of waiting. Gone were the potholes, tar marks and cracks that littered our street previously, ...

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I am honored to pen this letter about Maria Hamlin. Not only is she my friend, but she is a true pillar of our community. She is a woman who has dedicated her life to serving and protecting others, as a retired law enforcement officer and a veteran. Most importantly, Maria has been a dedicated ...

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Dear Editor, Yorktown residents are still dealing with the untimely death of Supervisor Tom Diana. In November 2023, the people elected him, putting their trust in his decisions and judgment. Tom chose Ed Lachterman as his Deputy Supervisor for good reason. To begin, Ed has eight years ...

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Dear Editor, As a dedicated member of the Westfield community and a longtime school board member, I am writing in my individual capacity as a private citizen to advocate for the reelection of Leila Morelli (column 2) and Sonal Patel (column 4) to the Westfield Board of Education, recognizing ...

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Dear Editor: Every year on April 12, I am proud to join in the national celebration to support organ and tissue donation by wearing blue and green. It is my opportunity to help spread awareness in Scotch Plains for Donate Life Month, a dedicated period each April to raise awareness about organ, ...

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Having read the proposed changes in signage and traffic control at the intersection of Dudley Avenue and Clark Street, I attended the Council Meeting this past Tuesday evening. This intersection lies directly at Roosevelt School. Dudley Avenue is a major thoroughfare from Mountain Avenue to North ...

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Dear Editor, As an Eagle Scout and a long time Scout leader, I found it contradictory that Jann Mirchandani invoked scouting principles in her campaign kickoff speech, when in that very same speech, Ms. Mirchandani failed to abide by the first of 12 points of the Scout Law (A Scout is ...

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Dear Editor, Ed Lachterman has the necessary experience, which qualifies him for the important job of Yorktown Supervisor. Unlike other levels of government, the position of Town Supervisor is a managerial position, and must have the necessary experience to run the town. Unlike cities which ...

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I am a parent of an adult son with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. My son is a client of JESPY House’s Day Habilitation program where he is learning life skills that are setting him on a path for independence. Just like every parent, I have dreams for my son. I hope that he will have a ...

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Dear Editor, I’m Victoria Bond. I live in South Orange with my husband and our third-grade son who has autism. I have served as the Special Education Liaison at Marshall Elementary School; I currently fill that role at Delia Bolden Elementary School while also serving as the Vice President of ...

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I write as the parent of a son who has flourished through JESPY House programs for nearly three decades.  As such, I want to share my personal perspective and my unequivocable support for the JESPY Center, a project which will provide critical residential and training services for adults with ...

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"Anonymous Nurses". Recently, I was fortunate enough to end up in the emergency room of a hospital in the North of the state of New Jersey as a patient, not a doctor. I felt quite mediocre, the emergency room was crowded and my bed was placed in the hallway, and they told me that I should consider ...

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The sample ballot arrived today and, as expected, is written in such a way that voters don't have the necessary information in front of them to know what the dollar hit will be to their wallet when they open their next tax bill. It is bad enough that the election is held off-cycle to keep the votes ...

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In my mind, an ideal candidate for the Board of Education possesses a number of attributes. Yes, the board member should be earnest, fair-minded and detail-oriented. It’s also an added bonus when the candidate is an educator who is well-versed with the inner workings of the school system and ...

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April 8, 2024 As Westfield residents prepare to go to the polls on Tuesday, April 16 to vote on an additional spending proposal in the 2024-2025 school district operating budget, I want to share with you how the process differs from last year and why this continued investment in our students and ...

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There is a Westfield school budget vote on April 16. I am planning to vote yes to support our great schools and great teachers. The Westfield BOE has already passed a base budget for the next school year that has a school tax increase of 2.62 percent. This is the maximum allowed by state law.

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — In light of recent developments regarding animal care and control in the City of Plainfield, the Plainfield Area Humane Society (PAHS) would like to provide the public with additional information and clarification about the circumstances surrounding the cancelation of services. We ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — In light of recent developments regarding animal care and control in the City of Plainfield, the Plainfield Area Humane Society (PAHS) would like to provide the public with additional information and clarification about the circumstances surrounding the cancelation of services. We ...

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South Orange’s Planning Board is considering approval of The JESPY Center, which would provide residential, recreational, and vocational services to our neighbors with Intellectual and Development Disabilities. This project has far-reaching impact and warrants the whole-hearted support of our ...

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ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH DEAR FRIENDS, ONCE MORE—- Please know that the recently reported court decision has no bearing on our ultimate success to preserve rural Sparta. So many have asked whether this “mega-warehouse/trucking terminal” battle, this “quality of life” battle in our town is over ...

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To the Editor: This is a follow-up to my two recent Letters to the Editor concerning the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Reform item.  Thank you once again to Mayor Stacey Ewald of Chatham Township and Mayor Carolyn Dempsey of Chatham Borough for their respective recent comments supporting ...

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ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH DEAR FRIENDS, ONCE MORE—- Please know that the recently reported court decision has no bearing on our ultimate success to preserve rural Sparta. So many have asked whether this “mega-warehouse/trucking terminal” battle, this “quality of life” battle in our town is over ...

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My name is Jason Horowitz and my family lives in the Washington part of the Westfield School district. We have lived here for five years, but I have known Lindsay Bezalel for more than 20, and she will make a great member of the board. Lindsay has a background in public communication, which ...

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April 5, 2024 Dear Editor: Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano should be applauded for his work in helping defeat the monstrous Wayne Board of Education spending referendum in March. The $170 million pork-filled, spending plan would have raised taxes nearly $400 on the average homeowner. The ...

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To Westfield voters, On April 16, Sonal Patel will have my vote for her re-election to the Westfield Board of Education. I have known Sonal for almost 15 years. As a mother of three children who have gone through the Westfield school system, with one still at the high school, I have seen ...

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To: The Editor As many of you know, I served as an EMT on the Chatham Emergency Squad (CES) for many years. It is demanding and rewarding work and 100% volunteer. The Squad gave me a direct and meaningful way to serve our community. In my two terms as President and many years running or ...

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To the Editor: This is a follow-up to my two recent Letters to the Editor concerning the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) Reform item.  Thank you once again to Mayor Stacey Ewald of Chatham Township and Mayor Carolyn Dempsey of Chatham Borough for their respective recent comments supporting ...

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Growing up in India, malaria was a prevalent topic in many conversations. From hearing about its impact on communities to witnessing public health campaigns aimed at prevention, malaria became ingrained in my consciousness from an early age. These experiences ignited a passion within me to ...

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April 2024 Dear Neighbor,  I hope this letter finds you well. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my friend Julie Steinberg, who is running for a seat on the Board of Education in Westfield.  Julie was one of the first moms I met in Westfield after moving here in 2013.

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