|Vol. IX, Issue 9.
||Friday, May 10, 2013
Open for Business
The latest chapter in
the Board of Education saga is sickening
at best. Here we are two weeks out from
the original date that the Board of Education
leveled ethics charges against Board of
Education Commissioner Michael Paitchell
and still we have not seen a list of the
formal charges. It would seem that if
you were taking so serious a step as to
besmirch a fellow board member that you
could easily and expeditiously provide
a list of charges against him. Perhaps
the Board realized that the only thing
Michael was guilty of was voicing his
opinion and making already public information
more accessible on his website. Where
I come from that's known as freedom of
speech. The current Board of Education
members who voted to level the charges
should all be officially sanctioned for
making false accusations. The vote was
6 to 3 in favor of bringing the charges.
Commissioners Mary Kowal, Keith Laforgia
and Paitchell all voted against. The figures
Michael posted on his website by no means
cause any threat to local school children.
What does cause a potential threat to
local school children is the scandalous
behavior on the part of the Board of Education
and School Superintendent Michael Rice.
. . You will never guess who called Board
of Education President around 1 AM following
the meeting where the Ethics Charges were
filed. The message from the late night
caller was rather profound - "I think
we may have taken this too far."
Once again, where is the list of charges?
March 23, 2007By:
Nicholas J. Veliky
It looks like his past
may be coming back to haunt him. Norman
Tahan's anti-Semitic remarks were the
focus of a recent letter to the editor
in a local daily. Norm's most recent term
was also spotted with his unbridled activity
on the web reportedly taking on a number
of pseudonyms on nj.com. nj.com is known
for its atmosphere where hateful and damaging
comments are commonplace. By the way,
it was Commissioner Norman Tahan who made
the motion to bring charges against Commissioner
Michael Paitchell. . . what is that biblical
quotation - let he who is without sin
throw the first stone. . .
One of the many things
the Clifton Insider prides itself in is
being independent. We use discretion in
choosing the stories we print and what
we print is based in truth. Recent rumors
and innuendo that we are controlled by
an outside source and print what we are
told to print is baseless fabrication
and a boldfaced lie!
Here we are in the middle
of a Board of Education Election, and
with all the nonsense and personal attacks
it's hard to see the real issues for the
rhetoric. With more at stake than most
voters of Clifton realize, this may be
a good time for the candidates to get
serious about what is going on and get
focused on the issues and challenges and
offer some solutions. Novel concept, wouldn't
you say? In order to help the process
along, the Clifton Insider will be distributing
a series of questions to the candidates
and we will be publishing their answers
in our next issue. If you have a question
you would like us to consider including
in our forum, you can send it via e-mail
Michael Rice is certainly taking this
election seriously; he's inviting the
candidates to come in for an interview.
Just asking, is he interviewing his potential
bosses on our time? God knows we pay him
enough, the least he could do is focus
on raising the bar on the educational
standards here in Clifton rather than
What's the deal with
graffiti these days? There is an ordinance
that requires graffiti to be painted over
within 24 hours. There are a few spots
around the city, one on Main Avenue on
the Clifton Merchant Building and one
on Chittenden Road on the Newark Water
Supply pumping station that have been
allowed to remain on display for weeks.
These appear to be tags and have been
allowed to stay on display. A few months
back, an inspirational "mural"
of Kim Possible sending a message of hope
to the many joggers and walkers that passed
along Chittenden Road was covered within
days of its appearance. Where do we draw
the line between public art and graffiti?
The Passaic County Office
of Economic Development has a supply of
new maps of Passaic County and a County
Resource Directory available to everyone.
If you would like a map or a directory,
they are available through the North Jersey
Regional Chamber of Commerce or through
the Passaic County Office of Economic
Development. Contact Deborah Hoffman,
Passaic County Director of Economic Development
Did you know that 15
new banks opened in the City of Clifton
over the past year?...Clifton's culinary
offerings continue to become more diverse
with the arrival of some new restaurants.
There is of course the Papaya King offering
hot dogs and tropical drinks located on
Getty Avenue in the Corrado's building.
Other new arrivals are located in the
River Front shopping center located along
Route 3 West just across the highway from
Clifton Commons. The first to open was
the Uno Chicago Grill featuring great
pizza, next to open was Chipolte offering
Mexican fare and the latest to arrive,
Pollo Tropical, will open March 30th.
This Miami based chicken and barbecue
restaurant is sure to attract a crowd.
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