Friday, May 10, 2013
Brian Cavanaugh wants the Mendham Township Committee to appropriate $15,000 at the May 13 meeting.
Editor's Note: This letter was sent by resident Brian Cavanaugh via e-mail. Township Committee members have been responding to emails sent by some of you concerned citizens. I have seen these responses. I also noticed that the Township finally posted its long-promised "Mission Statement" on its Web site Thursday. I have reviewed that "resolution." I want to take this opportunity to point a few things out. Committeeman Strobel has stated in emails to multiple residents that the Township Committee "voted unanimously in support of funding a study at our last meeting." What he leaves out is that the Committee has not yet resolved to appropriate any money for this year, as it has been asked to do for the past 11 weeks. The Committee has only…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sal Constantino shares a letter to the editor after voters pass the 2013 budget.
Thursday, April 18
Editor's note: In the wake of Mendham Township voters approving the 2013 budget and electing three new members of the board of education, Mendham Township Superintendent Sal Constantino says thank you to the residents. April 18, 2013 To the Residents of Mendham Township, On behalf of the Board of Education, the Administration and our MTSD Family, I wanted to thank everyone who participated in Tuesday’s school budget vote. As a relative newcomer to the district and to Mendham Township, it was refreshing and heartening to see so many people turn out to exercise their democratic right to vote. In each opportunity I had to share the details of our 2013-2014 budget with the community, I encountered supportive, engaged citizens who value the …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Patch wants to know your thoughts on why 2012 was rife with violence.
As we embark on 2013, we know 2012 was a year full of memories–both good and bad. What we did see last year, however, was a large amount of violence, much of which included weapons and led to horrific tragedies. There was the movie theater shooting in Colorado, the mall shooting in Oregon, and the mid-December massacre of 20 children at an elementary school in Connecticut. For some, the violent acts turned into a debate and forum for gun control. For others, it was about the safety–or lack thereof–in schools and public places. Then there were the parents and even some media columnists who pointed at the ever-growing amount of accepted violence in television, movies and music. Many believe it's an oversight in helping the mentally ill …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
U.S. needs a genuine third party to deal with this and other issues.
Looking back from this point, the last year seems to have been filled with misery and grief: the Newtown mass shooting that killed 20 children, Superstorm Sandy and the devastation she brought, the Aurora theater shooting. Locally, there have teen suicides that touched several communities. Longtime businesses have shut their doors or announced their closings. Many in red Northwest Jersey probably viewed the re-election of President Barack Obama as bad news, as well. So perhaps it is appropriate that the nation spends the last hours of 2012 teetering on the edge of the so-called "fiscal cliff." Part of what led us to the cliff was well-intentioned: A bill designed to reduce the federal deficit. The other main problem was beneficial to …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Is murder of 26 people, most of them children, enough to make Washington take notice?
Bullet-proof glass in every window. Armed guards monitoring X-ray machines at the sole entrance. Snipers on the rooftop keeping watch over the playground. Is this the future of elementary schools in New Jersey and the nation? It’s hard to imagine everything school officials would have to do to make children completely safe, after the horrific slaughter Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There is one thing that this nation must do: Congress must pass and the president must sign laws putting much greater controls on guns, preferably to include an Australia-style firearms buy back. Information about the senseless murder of 20 first-graders and six staff members at the school is still incomplete, with new details seeming …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
NJ needs to adopt rules to ensure everyone can vote more easily if another disaster hits.
All the ballots have finally been counted in New Jersey. Once they are certified by the state canvassers on Friday, New Jersey can finally close the book on this difficult election. Or can it? The constitutional litigation clinic of Rutgers Newark Law School is poking into the votes, asking for information about the processing of special balloting New Jersey Secretary of State Kim Guadagno ordered to help those displaced by Superstorm Sandy. Remember, thousands were homeless, either literally because their houses were destroyed or left uninhabitable, or by choice because they had left cold, dark buildings to stay with family or friends or at a hotel. Even some polling places were without power and so had to be moved. Guadagno ordered the …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Politicians have to make tough—perhaps expensive—decisions and need to start taking action.
It’s been three weeks since Superstorm Sandy blew through New Jersey, and past time to begin figuring out how to minimize losses the next time. Some solutions involve building; some, doing the opposite. Just as the attacks of Sept. 11 brought talk of rebuilding, there have been vows to restore the shore back to Oct. 28, 2012, as if nothing had happened. That would be a huge and costly mistake. It is not politically correct to say that at least some of what was destroyed should not be rebuilt. But it’s the truth. Barrier islands are aptly named. They are supposed to serve as barriers for the shoreline. When a major storm like Sandy or Irene hits, they will take the brunt of it and provide some measure of protection for the mainland. They …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Dr. Christina VanWoert thanks those who helped guide the district through a challenging pair of weeks.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Today was a wonderful day because after two long weeks recovering from Hurricane Sandy, we welcomed all of our students back to the Chester School District. It was incredibly heartening to see the students come back and the relief on their faces was profound as they resumed their normal lives and schedules. Our schools are at the heart of our community and everything seems so much better and more hopeful now that they have all come home to us. The last two weeks were a great challenge to us all, and many of us are still being challenged as a result of the storm. But, I know that working together, we will soon return to our rhythms and routines, and our children will settle back in to continue their educational journeys. Speaking of …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Meeting in the Town Hall at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In response to the devastation in much of the state, Diane Tolley (wife of Mendham Township Mayor Sam Tolley) has posted a message about a volunteer meeting. Calling All Volunteers:Hurricane Sandy Help Needed, There will be a Volunteer meeting Wednesday Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. to organize our efforts to help with the recovery for the residents down the shore. At this meeting we will discuss what area we want to target and any contacts anyone has so that we can make this the most productive effort possible. So many of your responded to our plea for help by generously donating your time, groceries and money so that we could take care of people who needed shelter from the storm. With our lights coming on and children back in school, our lives …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Officials caution that hazardous conditions remain in the wake of last week's storm.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Editor's note: This letter to parents was drafted by the local superintendents regarding attendance and returning to class. Dear Parents, While opening school is a positive step forward it is important to note that we are still engaged in a very hazardous situation in our communities. Parents should continue to remind their children that all downed power lines are considered dangerous and, therefore, should never be touched. Additionally, old downed lines may become electrified as power is turned on in new areas. Once again, for displaced families or for parents who do not yet feel comfortable sending their children to school, we understand your concerns. No student will be penalized for not attending school. We recommend that all parents …