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Concerned Citizen April 23, 2014 at 04:24 pm
No doubt after seeing this, the River Dell HS BOE will be recommending another undeserved raise forRead More their superintendent. Shame on them for the last raise with nothing to show for it. Too bad Gov Christie hasn't been able to address some of the problems in NJ such as TOO MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS! SCHOOL TAX INEQUITY! Congrats to the schools on the list. Especially the non-application schools. Well done.
jp1 April 23, 2014 at 04:44 pm
Seems to be old news .
mommy1 April 23, 2014 at 06:06 pm
public and private should be seperate
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John Santaella April 24, 2014 at 01:29 am
The Pilgrims left England because of religious persecution but they did not come here, they went toRead More Holland were there was tolerance. But, lo and behold, the Dutch also had tolerance for Jews and the Pilgrims could not tolerate that. Then they came over here. And, if you recall they burned 'witches' at the stake. Wonderful tolerant Pilgrims. If you believe Pilgrims came here to avoid persecution I'll bet you believe George Washington chopped down a cherry tree.
John Santaella April 24, 2014 at 01:31 am
God is shaking her head at all this intolerance. I'll bet she's on Prozac right now
Tom Abbott April 24, 2014 at 01:57 am
Though not certain, it seems you are conflating the Pilgrims and the Puritans who were distinctRead More groups. If you are referring to the Salem witch trials that would be the Puritans. I don't recall any references to Pilgrims either burning witches or leaving Holland because of the Jews. I'm curious whether you have sources for that.
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Kc Heller April 20, 2014 at 09:10 pm
to the idiot....... lots people have NEVER heard of GoT
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am
... and the ravenous monster they created turns on them and begins devouring it's own children.Read More Maybe the T-shirt should be banned (end sarcasm).
Bergen Fails April 22, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Are you paying attention Kathe? This is your chosen college president.Read More https://www.facebook.com/KayeWalterMustResign
Regenbogen April 22, 2014 at 09:30 pm
Mr. Goldman We know the date of the meeting. The agenda has not yet been posted which by this timeRead More it usually has. Go to: Mahwah.K12.NJ.US. This is the site where you will find the agenda for tomorrow nights meeting
Thunderbird Pride April 23, 2014 at 03:53 pm
Interesting that "Mr. Goldman" went back and deleted all of his/her posts in this thread.
Regenbogen April 23, 2014 at 05:18 pm
I believe Mr. Goldman is a board member. He's as fictitious as they come!!
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
Lulu's Mom April 23, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Global Warming is not settled nor accepted by all scientists.
WMS826 April 23, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Political correctness is used by liberals to further their own socialist/ communist agenda and notRead More teach things accurately. Teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag is offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered. Talking about white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. Text books have been re written to be inclusive at the expense of accuracy. The classroom is being used to further teachers political agendas while less and less time is focused on the basics. P/C is liberal brainwashing anywhere it is. Chicago is a perfect example of a failed society under liberals.
Brian Hurrel April 23, 2014 at 08:44 pm
Please provide a specific example of teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag isRead More offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered, white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. School. Curriculum. Texts used. Specific quotes from the lesson.
Regenbogen April 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm
Hope they all go up with their cheerleaders!!
you know April 23, 2014 at 07:50 am
Just wondering what good arguments these "sports folks" can bring to the table? HighRead More school is still primarily about education, if supporting this objective is under funded how can a facility totally dedicated to sports be justified? Exactly, it can't be.....it's ok, you can say it.
Evelyn Slockbower April 23, 2014 at 08:41 am
Agenda finally posted. I have noticed that they didn't post the stipends for the coaching staff lastRead More year and it is noticeably absent from this years agenda also. Stipends for all other extra service positions were listed last year. I found two line items on the User Friendly Budget: School Sponsored Co/Extra Curricular Activities- Instruction 2014-15 Anticipated of $409,515 (this should be the amount for Bus Duty, Lunch Duty, Detention, Team Leaders, Class Advisors, After School Supervision, Freshman Advisory, Language Honor Societies, Music/Band/Chorus, and any activities/clubs at Ramapo Ridge, Joyce Kilmer and the High School that are NOT sports related). School Sponsored Athletics Instruction 2014-15 Anticipated of $829,091 which should include all of the Mahwah High School Sports listed on the Agenda under Fall, Spring and Winter Sports. http://www.mahwah.k12.nj.us/files/_zWIMD_/036c8b84be280e033745a49013852ec4/4-23-14r.pdf
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
High school graduation. (Patch file photo)
Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:18 am
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
Janet Donohue. Credit: Jessica Mazzola.
Leaking Ink February 20, 2014 at 06:54 am
Best Wishes! Thank you for a job well done. Enjoy every minute of your retirement!
Kathleen Brewster February 20, 2014 at 08:52 am
Janet, I have known you for many years and I wish you the BEST of Luck. Mahwah will be a very sadRead More town without you and your smile!
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
hsr February 12, 2014 at 06:27 pm
No one can always predict the weather. Even the professionals are always changing. Give them aRead More break. I have children and think they've been pretty good.
Andy Schmidt February 24, 2014 at 10:03 am
It's unfair to those 3/4 of kids who DO show up in the class room during the former Spring Break.Read More Teachers can't really teach anything with so many kids away - so it borders on occupational therapy. So STOP putting ANY Spring Break on the school calendars. This way, there won't be the problem with vacation trips having been booked. THEN, each year in March, have the BoE sit down and decide which/how many days in April the schools will be closed for un-used snow days.
Nick February 24, 2014 at 01:14 pm
It's not unfair to anyone. We're talking about two days. The teachers should teach as they normallyRead More would. The kids who are going on vacation need to plan ahead and get the work in advance or catch up when they get back. There's no more work than if a kid missed a few days with the flu.
dave dovermann February 7, 2014 at 09:36 pm
These Mahwah students don't need a 4 Million dollar Rec building to succeed, check outRead More http://cliffviewpilot.com/no-objection-mahwah-high-school-students-are-bergen-mock-trial-champs-again/
Mona Lot February 8, 2014 at 05:47 am
Andrew,you are as bad as our pompous ,arrogant and self serving school board,let the taxpayers ofRead More Mahwah vote on the Rec(wreck)/indoor athletic facility and see if the majority rules,who taxes do you think will be used to maintain this building?. Are you that naive,heat,electric,air conditioning and general up keep of this building is not free,let there be a vote by the taxpayers!!!!
Regenbogen February 8, 2014 at 11:10 am
Andy.. Pompous as usual!!
Hank February 3, 2014 at 05:58 pm
driving was brutal on the side roads today. Not just Mahwah either.
Andy Schmidt February 4, 2014 at 07:12 am
Fine - but what's the point of the delayed openings - like today? Snow had stopped by the time theyRead More called, streets were clear, and they still had the night to catch up with areas. How will the extra HOUR make any difference other than ruining another school day!? When there's a big storm arriving (like Sunday night) they wait until the last minute to cancel school) - but when there's nothing on the horizon - they decide the night before that they can't open the schools on time? The weather decisions this year can only be called erratic...
Thunderbird Pride February 4, 2014 at 10:29 am
Having had to drive across town this morning I can see why there was a delayed opening. Many roadsRead More were still covered in ice and snow as the salt had not had a chance to work its magic. It was really bad over in Fardale as I headed through toward Allendale. I know that I would have had concerns with buses rolling out on certain roads at 8am today. I just came back across town and I can tell you that the roads are in much better shape than they were a couple hours ago. Some side roads are still sloppy but the main roads all seem to be safe for buses and cars.