Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Mayor urges residents to vote in party contests.
Last week, the mayor of Los Angeles was elected. The new mayor won by a relatively small margin when you consider the turnout. A dismal 20 percent of the population voted. Could it be that 80 percent of the people just didn’t care who won? New Jersey holds a primary next week on Tuesday, June 4th. Get out and VOTE. In memory of all those who gave their lives to ensure our freedoms, we need to honor their memory by showing that we care about government and will participate by making a choice in who leads us into the future. I, for one, will make sure I get out and vote. We have one of the finest governors in the country—Let’s show the world how proud we are that Gov. Chris Christie represents us. We need to get out and vote for …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mayor urges residents to contact Congress about Web sales tax.
Tax, Tax,Tax! When is government going to be satisfied with the percentage of our earning that they are taking? The U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act to allow states to tax all Internet sales. Don’t be fooled by the naming. This is certainly not “FAIR” to the consumer. And it is not FAIR to small business. Small businesses will have to hire teams of accountants to be able to navigate aroundthe dozens of sales taxing district rules nationwide. We will pay more and the states will spend, spend, spend. Contact your congressman and ask him or her to let us keep more of our earnings and vote down this act. Victor J. Sordillo Mayor, Warren Township
'We learned that our neighbors ... were truly our neighbors,' Stop the BAC Committee says.
Stop The BAC and its supporters owe a huge debt of gratitude to the residents of Berkeley Heights, including the mayor and Town Council. For many of us, this election was intensely personal, as our neighborhood was literally under attack. For many others not directly impacted, this election was about common sense and the Golden Rule. From the beginning of this campaign until Election Day, we focused on the one thing that we believed mattered: our town. We think these results, both the number of voters and the dramatic results, confirmed that our town believed that as well. Plus, we learned that our town believed in us, and that made Election Night truly special. We set out on this campaign as a group of residents in Berkeley Heights and …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Letter to the editor
Thursday, April 18
I was born and raised in Warren; I attended ALT, Warren Middle and graduated from Watchung Hills in 2007. Since 13 years old, I have worked in local businesses and enjoyed every day of it. Currently, I am living in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, with my fiancé and have never been more proud of my “hometown roots.” Recently, my cousin Jerry Mobus passed away and I wanted to mention how great the Watchung Regional area pulled together. I personally feel history is a treasure to any organization, community or person. History sets examples, makes the mistakes known and starts to improve what needs to be done. The feeling of community in both towns; Warren and Watchung, during the grieving period for the immediate and extended family members, …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, April 16
The Boston Marathon tragedy yesterday was a sad reminder of the evil present in the world. After hearing of the bombing and the resulting loss of life, I immediately called my family and friends to determine if they were safe. Having grown up in Boston, I know the neighborhood quite well. It was very close to my wife’s college dormitory in an area where we walked almost daily. I remember the excitement that we all felt prior to this major event in town. The only event that rivaled this was the Fourth of July on the Charles River Esplanade. One year a school teacher, Bill Rogers, from our town won the event and later went on to win three more. Seeing him on the track and on the streets year round reminded us to keep the date free to …
Letter to the Editor
Tuesday, April 16
I grew up in Westfield, and am currently attending college in New York. To all appearances, New Jersey matters—especially those pertaining to the BH/Watchung area—do not concern me. However, it's inevitable that I be drawn back into local affairs if I sense what I judge to be unfair treatment. I'm writing today because of the dispute between the Berkeley Aquatic Club and a group of Warren residents over the former's plans to build an aquatic facility in the town. Like most politics, the issue has provoked a heated exchange between the opposing factions. In the interest of full disclosure, I swam at BAC for many years prior to graduating (albeit casually.) Despite my bias, I have tried to approach the matter with an open mind. However, …
Monday, March 25, 2013
We look at places that take the longest to navigate.
Somerset County is a very busy place—between all the major highways that converge there to the many side roads, there always a lot of cars out at all times. So we want to know what you think are the busiest intersections throughout Bridgewater, Basking Ridge (such as mornings by Ridge High School), Green Brook, Warren, Watchung, Hillsborough, Bernardsville, Bedminster and beyond. Where do you usually get stuck in traffic? Take our poll and let us know in the comments where are the most difficult roads to navigate.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Today's the day to wear white—are you?
We are very impressed with the students at Watchung Hills Regional who organized this week's anti-bullying campaign, which culminates with today's effort to get as many as possible to wear white. The students have earned the support of not only all school officials in the four towns with students at Watchung Hills, but also all four municipalities. And, let's be honest: all of the towns are wearing white today...thanks to a storm that somehow didn't make it from Washington, D.C., to New Jersey in 24 hours. Coincidence? Perhaps. But did you remember to wear something white today to signify your support and particiption in the "Not in Our Town" project? Take our poll and tell us — and send a photo to help us create a montage of all the …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Let us know what roads you would never cross on foot.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) recenty determined that Route 22 is the most dangerous road in Somerset County for pedestrians based on the number of deaths over a three-year span—but that's not the only place to watch out. A total of four pedestrian deaths were reported on Route 22 between 2009 and 2011, in addition to others on Weston Canal Road and Route 619. And these figures, of course, don't include motor vehicle fatalities—that have nothing to do with pedestrians—including the death of a Bound Brook resident on Route 22 in Bridgewater Thursday. But there are other roads throughout Somerset County while, not as dangerous, still pose some kind of threat when trying to cross. So we want to know what roads you consider too …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Letter to the editor
Thursday, February 21
To the Editor: As representatives of multiple faith communities, we want to express our thoughts related to the most recent discussions and ultimate decision concerning the scheduling of High School Graduation on Friday, June, 21st at 5 p.m. To begin, we voice our gratitude to Dr. Frances Stromsland, Superintendent of Schools, together with her administration, for her sensitivity to the religious issues associated with holding a graduation immediately prior to the start of the Jewish Sabbath. Regardless of our religious orientation, each of us is aware of the many concerns that arise when public events are scheduled that interfere with religious observances. It is gratifying to know that such attention was given to this important matter…