Thursday, December 13, 2012
Pat Lepore to meet with public at Wayne Township Municipal Building Wednesday.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Passaic County Freeholder Director Pat Lepore. Dear Editor, On Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. I will be holding mobile office hours at the Wayne Township Municipal Building prior to the council meeting. In an effort to bring county government directly to the people, I am visiting communities monthly to meet with residents, hear your concerns, and try to solve any issues you might be having. I invite all of the residents of Wayne to come speak with me directly. If you have any questions or immediate constituent requests, please feel free to call my office at (973) 881-4526. I look forward to seeing everyone. Freeholder Director Pat Lepore Passaic County
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
Chris Vergano writes letter to town residents urging them to sign online petition asking the Board of Public Utilities to revoke power utility's license to sell power to Wayne residents.
A little more than two weeks have passed since Superstorm Sandy barreled through the Township leaving in its wake more than 16,000 PSE&G and JCP&L customers without power and more than 700 downed trees. The morning after Sandy Township crews were out removing trees, opening roads and addressing problems that were under our jurisdiction. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the response from both of the utilities that service Wayne. Once we were able to get the attention of PSE&G, their response improved and they were able to begin restoring power four days after Sandy hit. By the middle of the second week power had been restored to almost all of PSE&G’s customers. PSE&G supplies power to approximately 87 percent of the Township and …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Republican congressman applauds constituent's efforts that helped get him re-elected.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I am writing to thank the voters of the 11th Congressional District for supporting my re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. I am pleased now to represent many new constituents in Essex, Passaic and Sussex Counties in January. My heart goes out to those who are in need and to so many who were able to vote Tuesday and keep their community and America strong, despite incredible obstacles. Our focus in Congress continues to be jobs and the economy, getting people back to work, government “out of their way,” lowering taxes, and creating a climate where small businesses can survive and flourish. That effort needs to be bipartisan. I am grateful to the voters of the new 11th Congressional District who have allowed me to continue …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Town leaders pens another letter to residents.
Editor’s note: Mayor Chris Vergano sent the following letter to Wayne residents on Wednesday. Dear Wayne Resident: Since the first day of Hurricane Sandy, Wayne Township has been in contact with the utility companies that serve the residents of our Township. In no uncertain terms, the Township has demanded an acceptable level of attention in restoring power to everyone impacted as quickly as possible. While both utilities have earned low marks, Jersey Central Power & Light has been remarkably slow. The Wayne Township Administration and the Office of Emergency Management have been monitoring the situation closely and have been in touch with representatives of both utilities to strongly press for the return of service. I want to assure all …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's not even Halloween yet and some stores are already putting up Christmas decorations. Is it too soon to deck the halls or are you ready for the 2012 Holiday Season to begin?
It's an annual question for merchants and shoppers: How soon is too soon to deck the malls and shopping centers for the Christmas holiday season? Some stores have already begun the process. Christmas music, decorations and layaway ads can already been seen in the shopping aisle at local stores. Halloween decorations still dominate, but signs of Christmas are already creeping in. So what do you think? When is too early for the Christmas shopping season to begin? Do the decorations and Christmas ads entice you to buy early or make you grit your teeth and wish for more time before the holiday rush begins?
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Complaints skyrocket and agency charged with enforcing the law looks to public for a solution.
There are just two weeks until Election Day. Recent polls would indicate New Jersey has no real contests, which could save residents from those oh-so-annoying robocalls hawking this candidate or that one. But don't count on it. It seems like the political robocalls come no matter what. Just like the telemarketers. The difference is that political calls are permitted—of course, politicians passed the law—but traditional telemarketing isn't, at least not from companies with which a person has no business relationship. And commercial robocalls are altogether illegal unless a person has given permission to receive them. The most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission, charged with enforcing the law, show complaints ballooning—there …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Data on bullying and breakfasts show schools still have a lot to do to help students.
Two separate groups released last week seemingly unrelated reports, both with wide-ranging implications for education and students. One, put out by the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, examined participation rates in school breakfast programs in New Jersey. The other, from the Department of Education, provided the first district counts of incidents of harassment and intimidation since the state's anti-bullying law took effect. The 2011-12 bullying statistics were included as part of the state's annual violence and vandalism report, and boosted the total number of reported incidents (weapons and drug and alcohol incidents are included as well) by more than 50 percent over 2010-11. Some of the results were surprising, and disturbing. …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Whippany resident responds to recent 'Letter to the Editor' criticizing congressman.
Monday, October 1, 2012
To the Editor: In response to "Veteran Questions Frelinghuysen's Voting Record" dated Sept. 28, 2012 This issue again? I am always amused that partisan opponents of our Congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen, think they can curry favor with the voters by attacking a fellow veteran with a distinguished record of service. Sure, anyone can take a few votes out of context in a career filled with thousands of votes. But the truth of the matter is that I know of no other veteran who thinks Mr. Frelinghuysen doesn’t care about veterans or does them any ill. In fact, talk to any of the veterans leaders in this area and they will tell you they are proud to stand alongside Frelinghuysen. Actually, Mr. Foley’s attacks are not amusing. They are a sad …