Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Group calls for end to veterans affairs agency backlog
Wednesday, April 24
The following is a letter to the editor: During the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, yellow ribbons saying, “Support the troops” were everywhere. Unfortunately, nearly one million veterans are now waiting over one year to get approved for disability checks! Other veterans are unable to find housing or jobs. Many military families are hurting. That our country would allow this to happen to our troops and veterans is a disgrace. The Teaneck Peace Vigil is calling on you to call or write the President (202-456-1111) or call your member of Congress (877- 429-0678). Tell them: Support our veterans! End the VA backlog! The Teaneck Peace Vigil is conducting a food and supply drive for military families. We are collecting the following: hot and cold …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
What can be done to improve conditions for local commuters?
Thursday, April 18
Teaneck is served by several main bus routes into New York City, in addition to having three major highways. While the township is home to numerous bus stops, parking can sometimes present issues, with commuters parking for hours on local streets. Unlike nearby Hackensack, the town has no passenger rail stops. Do you think Teaneck is a commuter-friendly town? What changes can be made to improve conditions on your daily commute? Share your views in the comments section or e-mail a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
President of local gun club criticizes legislators and council over support for new gun regulations
Tuesday, April 16
I write as president of the Golani Rifle & Pistol Club, a Teaneck-based gun club who's primary goal is to promote the responsible ownership and use of firearms in the Jewish community. It is regrettable that the state assembly and many town councils in our area rushed to approve over a dozen new gun bans and restrictions without considering the opinions of gun owners who wish only to protect their families and themselves. The proposals would, among other things, make many shotguns, rifles, handguns, and magazines illegal, and make actual felons out of those who already own such firearms or use magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. The state has previously prosecuted citizens for similar violations. For instance, Joseph Pelleteri was …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Proposed Walgreens store on Cedar Lane will offer tax revenue boost, letter says.
Thursday, April 11
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Elie Y. Katz, a Teaneck councilman: Let me start by saying that I am not writing this in any official capacity, but rather to express my views as a resident and tax payer concerned about the future of Cedar Lane and the tax base of Teaneck. If I were making the decision of what store to place on Cedar Lane and its location, I probably would not have chosen another pharmacy and certainly not next door to CVS and J&J. In my opinion, another pharmacy in Teaneck is needed as much as another bank, ATM or nail salon. In the last year and a half, I have heard from residents, read articles, and driven past many of the stores on Cedar Lane that are for rent, lay vacant and give the impression …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Location of proposed Holocaust memorial and education center at issue
Wednesday, April 10
The following is an open letter from the Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway sent to the Township Council and the Township Manager. Click to read more about the proposed Holocaust education center and memorial. Dear Mayor Hameeduddin, The Friends of the Hackensack River Greenway in Teaneck is an established 501C3 membership organization which actively supports the protection, maintenance and usage of the Hackensack River Greenway in Teaneck. It has come to our attention that the development of a Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Education Center building are proposed for the Carriage House section of Andreas Park in Teaneck, through which the Greenway runs. Our organization is in no way opposed to such a memorial. The Holocaust was…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
County executive's former campaign manager offers free public relations help to Bergen Community College.
Sunday, April 7
The decision by Alan Marcus and The Marcus Group to withdraw their $90,000 contract with Bergen Community College was the appropriate course of action given the County Executive’s past practice of weeding out unnecessary and wasteful spending. However the decision by Mr. Marcus to offer “free” consultation services regarding upcoming labor negotiations is equally disturbing. When does a public agency or in this case a county school board take collective bargaining tips from a public relations executive? Doesn’t Bergen Community College have on retainer legal counsel to handle such matters? The withdrawal of this contract does not cause harm to the institution as suggested, but it saves taxpayers $90,000 on something that wasn’t needed or …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
An editor's personal journey through autism.
This story is not mine to own. It could belong to you. It could belong to your sister, your friend, your neighbor, the waitress at Jersey Boys, the bank president, the school principal, the police officer directing traffic. In New Jersey, the story belongs to all of us. The findings of a federal study show that one in 49 children, and one in 29 boys, are diagnosed with autism in New Jersey. Nationally, one in 88 children are diagnosed annually. Autism is a disease that gives itself freely and without prejudice. There is no way to protect your child from it; no diet or vaccine that will prevent it. It is, as experts will tell you, pervasive. Autism has been an unwanted guest in my house for 11 years. It has attached itself to my daughter …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
One and two story retail buildings should be redeveloped as taller, mixed residential and retail space, resident writes.
The following is an op-ed submitted by Teaneck resident Michael Rogovin: The recent closure of several long standing businesses does not bode well for our town and thus it may be tempting for the Board of Adjustment to approve the variances requested to bring a new business that wants to open. However, doing so places short-sighted gratification ahead of long term health, much as eating high-fat, high sugar foods makes you feel good, until you end up overweight. As I will detail below, Walgreens will not, in fact, help the town’s business hub regain momentum. In fact, it will likely hurt in the long run. While many may clamor for national retailers, this is actually unhealthy for a small town. Unlike locally-based retailers, who live and …
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wallet returned after efforts by township resident and police officer
Wednesday, March 27
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Teaneck resident Diane Schwarz: There are times when I've totally given up on Teaneck still being the wonderful town I chose to live in, but yesterday showed me again that this REALLY is still a GREAT town! It started at The Plaza, on Queen Anne, near W. Englewood Ave. I went into Mr. K's to get The Times. I paid the clerk and returned to my car. On the way I checked my bag to see if I'd put my wallet away securely. It wasn't there! I looked around to see if I'd dropped it, but no wallet! I returned to the store, searched around and questioned the clerk & a customer who'd been there. No wallet! I had a dental appointment, so went there quite upset. Though it was pretty bad, my wallet …