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.
Editor's Note: In support of Autism Awareness month, I am reprinting this story from last year. 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. …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. How will it affect you?
Thursday, February 7
Calling the six-days-per-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1. The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays. According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Learn how to blog on Patch
Patch is looking for bloggers who live, work or are interested in something in Mahwah. Anyone may apply. Let Patch know if you are any of the following, who is looking for a platform and forum to reach the community: This isn't a reporting job. It's blogging. You write what you want to say when you want to say it. Do it on your schedule, whether that's posting multiple entries per day or a couple times a month. Patch won't own what you post, so you can repost your entries to your other blogs. Much like The Huffington Post has done, Patch is providing local bloggers an online platform to have their words seen by a larger audience. To start your blog today, visit mahwah.patch.com/blog/apply. If you'd like to chat about the opportunity to …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A column posted on 'The Daily Beast' touts officials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the solution to the GOP's problems.
Wednesday, January 30
Does the Republican Party need more leaders like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie? It does, according to an column posted on The DailyBeast.com Wednesday. Columnist John Avlon wrote in the article that Christie is the example other Republicans should be looking to amidst the GOP's "existential crisis." "The 2012 ass-kicking is forcing Republicans to confront their deepest demons—namely, that they cannot simply write off whole regions of the country and remain a viable national party," Avlon wrote. "They cannot afford to alienate the fastest-growing communities of color in the USA. They cannot win a war against modernity." Avlon noted that Christie has maintained largely favorable ratings from voters in a state that went to President Barack…
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Past Mahwah Historical Society President Alex Michelini shares why he believes Joyce Kilmer wrote his famous poem 'Trees' in Mahwah, and why township residents should care more about it
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
About a year after a new anti-bullying policy was instituted in Mahwah schools, one resident calls for a change in the bullying culture. Do you agree that it's needed in Mahwah?
Monday, November 26, 2012
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Monday, November 26, 2012
To The Editor: Our community has just experienced what some would call the “Storm of the Century.” Many residents had no heat, no power, no food, restaurants had two hour waits, ready to eat meals were hard to come by in grocery stores, and long gas lines. Who would have thought that we could have a storm of this magnitude a second time in just over a year? But nothing stopped Mahwah! I am so proud of the way our town came together. From making 3,500 sandbags, distributing soup and over 1,500 sandwiches all donated by local businesses, to the many pizza and pasta nights that were held; Trunk or Treat, Ramapo College warming center, churches, and temples, and of course Mahwah Elves and Plant Church who were amazing, and to the hundreds of…
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?
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Nearly 9,000 homes are without power
Tuesday morning, Mahwah residents began assessing the damage left by Hurricane Sandy. With the majority of the township out of power, most of the damage in the township was the result of wind and downed trees, not flooding. The Mahwah Police Department began offering its headquarters as a charging station for residents to charge cell phone, laptops, etc. at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The PD is sending out alerts using its new Nixle alert system alerting sections of the township to go to the station to charge electronic equipment. Mayor Laforet issued the following alert at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday: There are countless trees that have fallen onto trees. We are fortunate the expected rains did not occur and there was no flooding in the Township. We have …