This Week In Local Voices

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Patch's Local Voices is a community forum where people can share their ideas, opinions and expertise on a wide variety of topics. Here's a look at some of the many Local Voices blogs from the past week. 

With Memorial Day kicking off the week, Fort Lee blogger Howard Pearl discusses America's recent wars. Wayne calls for America to step up and support our veterans. An historian also gives a lesson about Bergen County's involvement in the Revolutionary War.

In Food & Drink this week, the Blue Collar Foodie checks out Juicy Platters, the beer blog gives picks for pairing the best brews with yardwork, and the ladies of Ridgewood offer fabulous Summer Salad recipes

In fundraising and charity, Abma's Farm is hosting a Pink Day Fundraiser for Cancer on June 2, a Food Pantry calls for more donations of food and the Wayne PTO Community shop is having a blowout end of the year sale. 

In family this week, Kim McAfferty discusses summer camps for kids with special needs and Tracey Mattai shares ideas for family daytrips. Plus, did you make your "Sand Pail" list yet? 

In Fitness, Chris Doran offers some motivation and Nunzio gives tips for training Baby Boomers

And finally, for job seekers, here are tips for creating a great resume

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Daniel Hubbard June 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I never went to either high school and hold no allegiance to either Hills or Valley.
Tom Troncone June 06, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Fyi, this was the response from the board's PR firm: "As a matter of policy, we cannot comment on the matter." When we tried to get the super, we were forwarded another statement from the PR firm: "With the school year concluding, I believe it's appropriate to reaffirm Wayne Public Schools' strong commitment to all student-related codes of conduct, including the revised athletic code of conduct introduced in March. In order to ensure that our students feel safe and secure in our schools at all times, we will adhere to the specific dictates of these codes and apply discipline as prescribed whenever necessary and with complete impartiality." We're still trying. Dan is writing something up now for me to look at.
Wayne's World June 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
It's probably not being swept under the rug, but for legal reasons the school probably needs to refrain from comment or judgment at this time. The best this publication could do is some investigative reporting and find out what "allegedly" happened according to "sources" and go from there. Clearly, we won't get anything out of the school, which is probably appropriate given that minors are involved and it's a pending matter. This also happened in the WH Gang of 9 matter where the names were never released and the school never passed public judgment or substantive comment.
Wayne's World June 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
It's this kind of mob mentality mass hysteria that demonstrates why such restrictive rules and procedures have to be in effect. Just because it wasn't reported and judgment has not yet been passed doesn't mean that conduct and bullying codes won't be enforced. Clearly, all discipline is reactive and in our system, has to be meted out after sorting it all out. Doesn't mean that discipline of some sort that we won't hear about hasn't happened. The only reason the WH Gang of 9 story became so big is because the story got out and NO ONE seemed to do anything about it, not at the school or at the parental level. The added sensationalism of the state championship caliber gang (er, I mean team) was what made it newsworthy. Fights are fights and boys still have to have an outlet to be boys, but anytime it's not a fair fight like 3 against 1 or 9 against 2, it evolves into criminal activity. I'm sure punishment will be meted out, whether we hear about it or not. Frankly, unless you are parents of the combatants/bullies/criminals or the victims, or are the administrators who have to deal with these slugs, it's really not our concern. Stop the hysteria.
Daniel Hubbard June 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Officer Rude, and how much he may or may not make, have nothing to do with this story. Public inquiries regarding matters such as this one need to go through the police department's public information officer or school district officials.


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