Why Jul01

Why

Although there has been no public statement, Councilwoman Chen-Hoerning has decided not to run for a second term. The woman who came from nowhere to win the seat held by Robert Rubilla seems to be leaving the scene with official silence. Bring issues to the forefront in a town which, to put it nicely, is averse to change was a breath of fresh air and new direction. Everything from asking basic questions at meetings that most others had but, for fear of looking silly, did not publicly ask to taking a quiet, yet important stand, on women’s rights, Mrs. Chen-Hoerning made people talk about things they did not want to talk about. And now, just when things were being questioned in the interest of progress, that voice of progress is leaving. Hopefully others will take the example given to stand up for what one believes in and offer up their...

Another Brick In The Wall Apr01

Another Brick In The Wall

No matter what side you are with regard to Governor Christie’s actions to cut aid to schools and the vote on the school budget coming up later this month, it is something to see people, in this case teenagers, taking a stand and having their voice heard. There are those who state that the ‘kids’ no nothing about what they are protesting and are being manipulated but, in the end, do any of us know fully about everything about this issue? Not really. Most of us just care how we think it affects us. The same can be said for the students but the difference is they took a public stand today. To those who claim they missed a day’s education might be missing the point of the education those students gave to us – a lesson in the first amendment from some students to the rest of...

Teenagers Feb17

Teenagers

To All Concerned, With respect to Ordinance 2294 regarding curfew for juveniles my concerns are with the enforcement of it. Personally, my son, although 18 years old, does not have a driver’s license nor any other form of state issued identification that he carries with him at all times. To my knowledge, there is no law that requires people to carry government issued identification with them at all times. He has private personal identification but that is for emergency purposes. My questions are as follow: How will a police officer determine if someone is, in fact, a juvenile if there is no clear verification of age. Suppose someone who is 18 looks younger and has no ID but is hanging out after midnight? Would they be taken to their home? Would they be taken to the police station? Would they be arrested? Would unnecessary questioning occur? If someone is under 18 and is out after the curfew but for good cause (as mentioned in the ordinance), how would that be determined? An example, after the musical in March there is a wrap up party; last year that party was held at the Casano Community Center. If that party went on after midnight and a minor, for whatever reason, needed to walk home, how would an officer determine that there was, in fact, good cause for that minor to be out after hours? What would stop someone else who did not attend that party from stating such a reason? These are just two examples that should be clarified before passing this ordinance. I fully understand that my son would, most likely, not experience harassment due to the fact that he is known to Roselle Park police officers as an upstanding citizen. The concern comes in when it...

Time Has Come Today Jan08

Time Has Come Today

05:00 Yesterday, Roselle Park’s council amended its by-laws to limit the time that members from the public have to speak during the public portion of a Mayor & Council meeting. Not that big of a problem. There are those who disagree with the time limit as an infringement on free speech. That could be argued but first, some history. The municipality’s latest by-laws never explicitly gave a time frame for the public to speak, it did hold it to the discretion (not whim) of the chair. Common practice for the past few years was 10 minutes with an additional five (5) added if council interacted with the speaker, for a total of 15 minutes. This was a very respectful practice by sitting mayor Joseph DeIorio who allowed the time limit to fluctuate and would occasionally allow the person’s time to exceed the 15 minute mark. This was most noticed in the summer of 2009 when residents from our neighboring town of Roselle came to Roselle Park Mayor & Council meetings to address an issue of shared services. In Roselle people are allowed three (3) minutes with an extension of time at the discretion of the Chair and they have to stand. In Roselle Park not only was the time allowed to exceed for some speakers but they got to sit and relax. Now, there were times when the time went over limit but recently, especially at the end of 2009 when the mayor was not present and another council member was the Chair, the time was being cut short. This can be noted when one resident in particular, Glenn Marczewski, went to speak before council. On more than one occasion, while Mr. Marczewski was speaking, the Borough Clerk, Mrs. Doreen Cali, not the Chair...

The Greatest Luxury Dec28

The Greatest Luxury

To start things off, here are the original post by Michael Peterson which is on www.nj.com/forums/rosellepark and my response to him which was removed (by request from someone other than me). Michael Peterson (10729 Gross distortion by Saul by jerryp, 12/27/09) I would like to know just where Saul got his information that I (Michael Peterson) publicly stated that I could support PILOT. Saul knows better. I spoke against it at Concerned Citizens meetings and in Council meetings and at the public meetings on the issue. Joe Accardi also opposed it but was willing to accept 15% while I opposed it in all circumstances. In going door to door while campaigning, I spoke against PILOT and of my opposition to the council’s vote and I separated myself from my fellow Democrats on the issue and also pleaded with them to vote against it. Joe Accardi and I discussed it and pretty much agreed with each other. No one, either privately or publicly, has heard me utter a single word in support of PILOT. I am still outraged by the concept. Of course, Saul knows this full well. I sit quietly while I read his pontifications and personal attacks against anyone who disagrees with him. Since Saul is so well informed, I can only assume that his distortion (that is the politest word I can use here) had some personal agenda as the driving force behind it. Is there anyone out there that you actually respect, Saul? My Response The information as to how you would vote on PILOT I got directly from YOU. We were talking after a meeting at the Sullivan property and I specifically asked you how you think mayor & council would vote. You stated, and I quote, “Well, you know,...

Mad World Nov18

Mad World

During the Roselle Park Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, Board member Alex Balaban spoke on the Holocaust Curriculum and Cultural Enrichment Curriculum that the Roselle Park school district has been pursuing for over a decade. Born out of a state mandate, its goal is to educate students on various acts of genocide around the world throughout history including the the Holocaust (the Shoah), the Ukrainian Famine (Holodomor), the Rwandan Genocide, the Darfur Conflict, the Armenian Genocide, as well as other genocides. Mr. Balaban went on to state that the lessons learned from awareness of genocides would hopefully prevent future occurrences from happening in the future. In terms of cultural diversity, Mr. Balaban acknowledged that Roselle Park has a culturally diverse population and thanked the teachers and educators for being on the forefront of bringing such lessons and diversity to students. Board member Ken Iachio then followed up on Mr. Balaban’s comments. This is where it all goes wrong. Mr. Iachio asked if the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were being kept in the forefront of the curriculum since first graders were not even born when the attacks happened eight (8) years ago. He wanted to know if the school district teaches that as well. He asked this question while a huge 3′ x 5′ September 11th Remembrance flag hung right behind the dais where he was sitting. Before I continue, let me state clearly that the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 were horrific, inexcusable, and devastating. Innocent people were murdered. Families were devastated. It changed our nation forever. That tragedy should never be marginalized. With that stated, mentioning the attacks of September 11, 2001 as something that should be in the forefront of a Holocaust & Genocide Awareness curriculum...