Monday, June 3, 2013
Francine Moccio-Anastasopoulos reflects
This was written by Francine Moccio-Anastasopoulos Our son, Tony Anastasopoulos, was struck by a NJ Transit train on August 19, 2002, and it was recently the tenth anniversary of his death. Tony would be 28 years old this year. Instead, at the age of 17, similar to Eamonn Wholley, also an MHS senior, he died in the street on Valley Road: struck in the head by a NJ train that sent him reeling off the Valley Road trestle, down onto the pavement below. Two eyewitnesses said that they thought someone had “flung a white towel off the trestle.” When I heard this, I realized of course, that it was Tony they were talking about -- my son was wearing a long white short-sleeve tee shirt that night when he left our house to meet his girlfriend and …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Nutley official reflects on accomplishments with health department during his time heading the Director of Public Affairs and Department of Health.
Wednesday, May 22
As a member of the Nutley Board of Commissioners it has been my pleasure to represent the people of Nutley as the Director of Public Affairs and Department of Health. Since being elected to office in May 2012, I have strived to bring to our residents effective and efficient government through the many services and programs we have established throughout the first year of my first term. Fortunately, I have a world-class staff of professionals who go above and beyond the call of duty and work very hard to ensure that the people of our community receive the best health and other services we provide through our department. Soon after taking office, I established new priorities and realigned our attention toward Nutley’s Military Veterans …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Race organizers thank sponsors and runners
Dear Editor: For the past 15 years, it has been my honor to Chair the Nutley Chamber of Commerce 5k Fun Run. And over those years, I am happy to say that it has continued to grow in size and ambition. This year, we had over 200 runners. The event would never be as successful without the help of all of our sponsors, volunteers, prize contributors, the township offices and of course, the runners. Special thanks this year to all of the Nutley High School students who handed out water to our thirsty runners. Great Job! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s Township Beautification Fund. That fund allows us to take care of the town planters and make an annual donation to Nutley’s Earth Day projects. Thanks again to everyone …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Patch reader urges support for school he alleges has been mismanaged by town and school board.
The saga of Belleville School #1 rolls on as the Belleville Board of Education and the Township Council continue to use our hard earned and limited tax dollars to benefit certain special interests. I have fought for two decades to save School #1, our first Belleville school, that sits on an entire city block. The BOE has intentionally neglected this property and has attempted to sell or transfer it to certain connected entities. I have maintained that we must retain this school to accommodate our ever increasing school enrollment. This site was also used to park our school bus fleet. About two years ago, the BOE transferred this valuable property to the Township Council. This action started the process of getting this property into the …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A thrift shop expert declares NJ a shopping and saving mecca
When I found $20 on the sidewalk, I thought of Jenny DeMaio. The best-dressed girl in my high school, Jenny has moved to the area, and I ran into her recently. Even after nearly 25 years, I remembered and mentioned her sense of style. “And I did it on a dime,” she said, laughing. I was skeptical. “No, really,” she said. “I remain the queen of thrift store shopping. Give me an afternoon and twenty bucks and I’ll prove it to you.” With the newfound $20 in my hand, I called Jenny and we made a date. Over the course of the afternoon, she shared thrift-shopping tips. New Jersey is “thrift store Mecca,” says Jenny, as we set out for a thrift store. Not Manhattan, I wondered. “No,” explains Jenny. “In New Jersey, thrift stores are often large…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Letter to the Editor regarding county deer hunt.
Thursday, February 14
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…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Petracco also commends 'extraordinary effort' by town employees
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The following was submitted by Nutley Mayor Alphonse Petracco. The recent destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact on municipalities throughout the State of New Jersey, and Nutley was no exception. As your mayor, I would just like to thank all of our residents for their understanding and patience during this difficult time. I would also like to thank all of our municipal workers for the extraordinary effort they put forth to maintain essential services. Employees from every department participated in our 24-hour Emergency Operations Center, and they are to be commended for their dedication. I know that there are those who say that services were not restored fast enough, and that information was not disseminated in…
Republican congressman applauds constituent's efforts that helped get him re-elected.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I am writing to thank the voters of the 11th Congressional District for supporting my re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. I am pleased now to represent many new constituents in Essex, Passaic and Sussex Counties in January. My heart goes out to those who are in need and to so many who were able to vote Tuesday and keep their community and America strong, despite incredible obstacles. Our focus in Congress continues to be jobs and the economy, getting people back to work, government “out of their way,” lowering taxes, and creating a climate where small businesses can survive and flourish. That effort needs to be bipartisan. I am grateful to the voters of the new 11th Congressional District who have allowed me to continue …
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?
Friday, October 12, 2012
Groups helped make Columbus Day celebrations a success
Friday, October 12, 2012
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nutley and Belleville's UNICO organizations, the Nutley Italian-American Association and the Nutley -Belleville Columbus Day Committee for providing another year of great events celebrating Columbus Day. Despite the weather, a great day was had by all, starting off by welcoming our guests from the Italian Carabernieri at the wreath-laying ceremonies in both Nutley and Belleville and then followed by the parade celebrating Columbus. We are very fortunate to have people who are so willing to give of their time to make sure these events are a great success and are enjoyed by all. Great job! Submitted by Mayor Alphonse Petracco