|Vol. X, Issue 1.
||Friday, January 1, 2014
Open for Business
of the day, will Councilman Peter Eagler
ever get to host the dinner he invited
his council colleagues and the Board of
Education Commissioners to? Peter felt
meeting in a casual atmosphere might be
the right approach to finding a solution
to "Clifton's build a school dilemma".
Peter's concept has merit. The only problem,
a high ranking school official is said
to have stated that Peter's olive branch
has thorns. This is totally out of control.
After canceling a city lease on Latteri
Park, in closed session no less (Hey,
wait, aren't closed sessions supposed
to be for handling sensitive issues such
as personnel matters, disciplinary matters
and student issues?) How does canceling
a lease with the city fit the criteria
for a closed session? Any legal minds
out there have an opinion on whether this
was a violation of the Open Public Meetings
January 12, 2007By:
Nicholas J. Veliky
any case, the Board of Education has the
right to use their property as they see
fit, and if the team needs a practice
field well, it's obvious. What does remain
to be seen is why the secrecy and the
timing of the decision is suspect. There
are still many questions at hand and this
issue is far from closed.
is off to a record start, record breaking
warm temperatures that is. Take advantage
of the unusually mild winter and take
a walk around Clifton's Municipal Complex
and take in some of the sculpture garden
or pay a visit to the Art Center. It's
a great respite from the day to day turmoil
that seems to permeate this municipality
on a regular basis. Get grounded and refocused,
go and enjoy the art.
the most part, it's business as usual.
As late as this past Monday elected officials
were still listed as officers of Kids
First Clifton Political Committee. Here's
a helpful tip in order to resign as an
officer of a Political Committee: you
need to do it in writing!
Brighton Road decision is being appealed
by Van Ness Plastics. Transcripts were
ordered in early December and the appeal
was filed just before years end and shortly
after that, the Clifton Board of Adjustment
decided to join the appeal. One thing
for sure, this action will undoubtedly
tie up the property for some time to come.
It's hard to believe that even with all
the attention being paid to the yet to
be approved Brighton Road School, there
is still no plan as to who will attend
if it ever opens. . . Just a housekeeping
note to keep in mind, the new Board of
Adjustment members have their work cut
out for them with 17 meetings of transcripts
to read before they can act on the application
should it ever make it back to the Board.
some out of the box thinking, perhaps
an educational voucher system may be the
answer to the overcrowding problem we
are currently facing. Choice in education
offers just that choice for families as
to where their children are to be educated.
In this system the funds follow the child
no matter where they choose to go to school.
it just a moment in time or was it? As
Al Kipnis so aptly pointed out, the City
of Clifton was proud of their Championship
Football team. Accolades flowed and everyone
was proud of what our Varsity Team had
accomplished, yet where do the plans stand,
if any, to permanently memorialize the
accomplishment? Hopefully someone will
soon unveil what the city plans to do.
Columbus and Woodrow Wilson Middle Schools
are planning a joint fund raising carnival.
The event is scheduled to be held from
Wednesday, May 30th through Sunday, June
3rd. There is a dual purpose to this event,
not only will the group raise much needed
funds, but it provides an opportunity
for the students to begin to assimilate
as one Clifton High School family. In
order to offsetting some of the fixed
costs that come with putting on an event
of this magnitude, the Joint Carnival
Committee needs the support of local businesses,
organizations and individuals to sponsor
rides and games for the carnival. Sponsorships
are available at different levels and
will help make the event a success. If
you would like to make a tax deductible
contribution, contact either the Woodrow
Wilson or Christopher Columbus Middle
School Home and School Associations.
new Police Officers were recently given
the oath of office at a ceremony held
in City Hall. The new officers will not
increase the overall size of the Police
roster; instead they will simply fill
posts loft open as a result of retirements.
While budget is important, Clifton could
use more police officers on the streets.
Marie Hakim, long time commissioner and President
of the Clifton Board of Education will
be honored by the Clifton Education Foundation
with a recognition luncheon on April 22,
2007 at the Valley Regency on Valley Road.
The luncheon will recognize Hakim's being
named the 2006 State School Board Member
of the Year by the NJSBA. The cost of
the luncheon will be $50. The proceeds
will be used by the non-profit organization
to continue to fund creative programs
and special projects not covered by the
regular annual school district budget
of the Clifton school system.
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