Richard Snyder shares his opinion on the investment in high-quality early education in Patch's Local Voices.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Patch Letter to the Editor on Deer Control.
Anti-culling activists insist there are economical and effective non-lethal alternatives to control local deer populations. A previous letter explored the high cost ($3,000+ per deer) and low effectiveness of immuno-contraceptives like GonaCon. Surgical sterilization (either tubal ligation or ovariectomy) would be less expensive (~$1,800 per deer) and far more effective – however, given New Jersey’s current regulations, neither method is operationally feasible. Under statute N.J.S.A. 23:4-42.4, a municipality wishing to conduct any kind of deer management program must first obtain a community-based deer management program permit from the DEP. Imbedded in this statute’s language is the requirement for prior written consent from …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Have you weighed in on the blog by Hari Chandra that's caused much discussion on Patch about his take on Millburn schools?
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Letter to the Editor regarding county deer hunt.
Essex County’s 2013 deer hunt has come to a close, once again removing many of this over-abundant species from our reservations (Hilltop – 61, South Mountain – 43). Contrary to naysayers, deer have not become extinct because of the program, and there are small signs that our nature preserves are beginning to recover from decades of browse damage. Contraceptives are sometimes proposed as an alternative to hunting. However, we need to acknowledge that non-lethal methods to control deer populations would involve significant investment of taxpayer dollars, particularly immuno-contraception (e.g., GonaCon). Each GonaCon inoculation costs more than $1,000 per dose (including locating, immobilizing, inoculating and collaring). In addition, each…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI's resignation inspired response by a Seton Hall faculty member who is also a priest
In response to Monday's announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would resign at the end of February, Msgr. John A. Radano, of Seton Hall University's School of Theology made a statement expressing both surprise and gratitude: Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation: an initial reaction The news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation came as a surprise. The first reaction to this announcement is to express a word of deep gratitude to the Holy Father for his eight years of service to the Catholic Church as Bishop of Rome. He brought to that work his great expertise as a theologian, his deep concern for the pastoral needs of people, and a sense of ecumenical responsibility for seeking the unity of divided Christians, and building bridges of understanding …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Have a romantic dinner at home with this three-course feast.
Editor's Note: Tammy Lipps' gourmet but easy, decadent but delicious Valentine's dinner menu was a big hit last year, so we're pleased she accepted our invitation to share another "eat in," romantic, flavorful menu. It’s me with that decadent, romantic, comfort food dinner for two. What’s on the menu? ***How do you cut a strawberry into a heart shape? If you look closely at the berry BEFORE you do anything to it, you can already see that if you carefully remove the green top with a paring knife, you have to do very little to actually shape the strawberry into a heart. At the top, cut into the side of the green top on two sides, into the center, as if you are “coring” the berry, leaving the two round mounds (as if it were a heart). You may…
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.
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 …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Schedule problems persist for station riders of Southwest Essex.
An open letter to NJ Transit provided to Patch: Mr. James Weinstein NJ TRANSIT Corporation One Penn Plaza East Newark, NJ 07105 Re: South Orange Train Station Village Schedule Dear Mr. Weinstein: As NJ Transit customers and community stakeholders, we are contacting you to collectively reiterate and emphasize the importance of restoring acceptable levels of service to the South Orange train station — specifically those that existed before the latest schedule change that took effect on October 14, 2012. Your latest accomplishment of being able to restore all commuter train service to New York to pre-Hurricane Sandy levels is to be commended. Despite the extensive damage caused by this storm to your rail cars and trains, you were …
New Year's resolution to give up the cigarettes? Here's how.
The following release is from Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention: For many Americans, the first of January is filled with hope and resolve to make positive changes. It may be a promise to exercise more, choose healthier foods or even spend time with family. For many, it was the life-changing decision to quit smoking. “There truly is no ‘bad’ time to quit smoking,” says Dennis Lee, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention (IFP), “but tobacco dependence is an addiction and it’s important to understand that quitting takes preparation and thought to ensure your efforts are successful.” If you are finding yourself struggling to fulfill your resolution to quit smoking, you are certainly not alone. To …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Millburn Resident and a vice president of Community Services of the National Council of Jewish Women in Livingston, Essex County Section, writes Patch seeking continued abortion rights support, not complacency.
As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, we must remember that complacency is the enemy of this epic reproductive rights victory. The truth is our hard-fought reproductive rights are at risk. The relentless efforts of New Jersey state legislatures continue to threaten and chip away at the core rights affirmed by Roe v. Wade. Invisible barriers including fewer providers, increased regulations, and restrictions on insurance carriers have been enacted to steadily erode the integrity of the law. As Vice President of Community Services of the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section, I am proud to say that our organization has long been committed to protecting every woman’s right to access to …