|Vol. IX, Issue 9.
||Friday, May 10, 2013
Open for Business
Just when we thought
things couldn't get any lower, fate along
with a lot of help from our "illustrious"
Board of Education (BOE) steps in and
the City of Clifton is once again taken
to new lows. Meetings that should be run
with respect, order and decorum have been
reduced to sessions laden with chaos and
confusion more closely resembling the
prelim to a brawl rather than a meeting
of elected public officials. The most
recent session featured BOE Commissioners,
with few exceptions, acting more like
a pack of wild dogs on the hunt rather
than the elected representatives they
are supposed to be. BOE candidates approaching
the dais to address the meeting were chastised
even before they began to share their
views. The peseta resistance of the evening
was a vote to level ethics charges against
a sitting Board Member, Michael Paitchel
for endangering Clifton students by releasing
enrollment figures said to be inaccurate
representations on his web site. Interesting
too, was the fact that the study requested
by Paitchel to look into the feasibility
of adding an addition to the high school
which was originally quoted at $4,000
by the BOE's official architect was passed
on by the BOE at the last session. This
month the cost of the same survey by the
same architect has gone up to $20,000.
March 9, 2007By:
Nicholas J. Veliky
Commissioner Norman Tahan
tried to offer an olive branch of sorts
to the people of Rosemawr during his remarks;
he's running for re-election, so every
vote counts. He stated that he has knowledge
of religious classes being taught in basements
of area homes and knowing this is illegal,
he has turned a blind eye and not reported
the events. He said he wanted to build
a school in Latteri Park so the religious
classes could use the facility. Answer
this, why would a city firefighter fail
to report an illegal gatherings in basements?
290 Brighton Road update:
March 16th marks the one year anniversary
of the denial of the faulted and incomplete
application submitted by the Board of
Education to build a school in an industrial
zone which is not a permitted use. Word
has it that the application has been stalled
in Trenton in the offices of the Department
Thank God for Karen Perkins,
she is a wealth of knowledge, always has
the answers and keeps things running smoothly.
How about a vote to extend her contract
and give her a raise!!
Implementation of full
day kindergarten throughout the school
district continues to be a challenge for
the Clifton Board of Education. Now it
seems because of limitations to the physical
plants (fancy way of saying there isn't
enough space, hey I thought we were only
space challenged in the junior high school
level. When did this happen?) Schools
3, 13 and 14 will not get the program
any time soon. Just asking, how can an
all day kindergarten program be selectively
offered to only certain areas of the city
and not to others? Isn't this a law suit
waiting to happen should any of those
denied the full day program decide to
seek legal relief against the school system
for not making an equal offering of the
full day kindergarten services?
On April 17th Clifton
voters will have the opportunity choose
three members of the Board of Education.
Those chosen by the electorate will serve
3 year terms and manage a budget in excess
of $100 million. Those who have come forward
from the community to run for office are
(in order of ballot number):
#1 - Incumbent Norman Tahan
#2 - Maura Giron
#3 - Jim St. Clair
#4 - John Salierno
#5 - Incumbent Kim Renta
#6 - John Houston
#7 - Steve Goldberg
#8 - Paul Graupe
#9 - Kevin Coradeschi
Take some time during the
next few weeks to learn something about
the candidates. listen closely to their
plans and solutions and make an informed
decision as to who you will send to represent
you on the Clifton Board of Education.
While she claims she
is no longer a part of the organization,
Kim Renta is still listed as an officer
of Kids First Clifton, a political committee.
There has only been one filing by the
group which is available from Trenton.
It was made back in 2005 in spite of the
fact that the organization has been active
and is required to make quarterly filings.
As a result, until the filings are made
current, she is still listed as an officer.
While some BOE members
may not want to hear about it, the $600,000
in Greenacres funding would do a lot of
good around the school district. The $600,000
would be just the first installment of
what could be 75% of the fair market value
of Latteri Park, should the board decide
to sell the parcel to the city. This is
a win-win and should be made a major issue
in the current Board of Education Election.
Board of Education candidate
Steve Goldberg stands out with his goal
of building a consensus on the board.
He hopes to be part of a "kinder
and gentler" Board of Education.
Now that's a lofty goal but it could be
done with a mandate from the voters. The
real question, Are we better off now than
we were three years ago?
Recent Board of Adjustment
appointments have caused quite a stir
among local residents with questions being
raised regarding the timeliness of applications
filed by applicants for the position.
It seems there is debate as to the "official"
cut off for the filing of applications
for the position. Word has it that the
records have been requested through OPRA,
(Open Public Records Act). Looking at
recent appointments to the board, one
might think there is a common theme, maybe
getting a rubber stamp approval for a
new school. I guess we'll just have to
wait and see. I believe you call it stacking
The North Jersey Regional
Chamber of Commerce is currently making
plans for their 2007 STAR Awards dinner.
The gala affair is traditionally held
in early December. The group has chosen
to honor local attorney Frank Carlet and
Deborah Hoffman, the Passaic County Director
of Economic Development.
In closing, I want to
send special wishes to my wife Sharon
who will be celebrating a special birthday
this weekend. Sharon is the perfect mother
of our three children; she has stuck by
me through good times and bad. Sharon
has been my business partner, confidant,
and is my best friend. Sharon is my once
in a lifetime and is truly the wind beneath
my wings. Happy Birthday Babe, I Love
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