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It is a sad situation when the weakest member of the BOE goes unchallenged. But hey, would you really want to be the only member on the BOE that had a brain in your head and actually used logic to make decisions.
Jack Carrol lasted one term and gave up on these folks. All but one is employed in the private sector. Shelia rules the BOE, working behind the scenes to manipulate the outcome. Ask former BOE member Mark Bombace, he will attest to this.
No, sane people reject working in such environments. Unless two people can be elected at the same time, as a slate, in order to protect one another, there is no sense in running to be the odd man out.
It is unfortunate but that is the political reality. Our BOE is totally out of touch and is radically to the left of center. It is easier to affect change from the outside than to be on the inside at the moment. Witness the debate over math. The math mom’s have won the war of public opinion regardless of what the BOE does.
Everyday Math has been chosen by Regina and Dan for our grade schoolers. But at what price to their credibility. Ask around, everyone knows these people are inept and foolish. We just hire tutors for now. But you wait, when the kids do miserably on their SAT’s in a few years, then we’ll see the backlash. Ridgewood parents are patient and compliant for the most part. That is until you mess with their child’s chances of getting into collage. Oh, the chickens will come home to roost and then we’ll see the real fireworks.
The truly sad thing about this venture, is that none of these BOE members have kids in the system that are now being thought this dumb, dumb math, so they really don’t care. How’s that for representative government.
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan holds an 8 point lead over incumbent
Governor Jon Corzine, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll released this afternoon.
The poll, commissioned by the television station My9, shows the Governor’s reelection prospects at their weakest so far with Lonegan leading Corzine by eight points, 43% to 35%.
Corzine’s approval ratings are low in the poll, with the largest number of respondents – 42% — strongly disapproving of his job performance. Twenty-four percent of respondents “somewhat disapprove” of Corzine, while 24% “somewhat approve” and eight percent “strongly approve.”
Corzine’s favorability ratings are also upside down, with 54% of respondents either having a “very unfavorable” or “somewhat unfavorable” view of the Governor.
Former Morris County Freeholder Chris Christie was seen favorably by 52% of respondents while Lonegan was seen favorably by 45%. Twenty-four percent of those polled weren’t sure how they felt about Christie, while 34% weren’t sure about Lonegan.
On the budget front, the public does not trust the Governor and state legislature to balance the state budget “in a manner that is good for New Jersey.” Only 33% expressed confidence in that prospect, while 64% said they were not confident.Rasmussen surveyed 500 likely voters on March 10 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5%.
In what could best be categorized as one of the most bizarre twists of Village political life, former Ridgewood Mayor Quentin W. Wiest, II, spouse of former Ridgewood Deputy Mayor Betty G. Wiest, may be top contender for the Village Manager’s post if and when incumbent Manager James M. Ten Hoeve retires.
Mr. Wiest served as Ridgewood’s Mayor from 1986-1990. His government service experience extends beyond Ridgewood; he also served in a full-time capacity as Director of Public Works for the County of Bergen (Mr. Wiest, a politically active Republican, lost his appointment to that job once the Democrats took control of Bergen County government).
The Wiest’s currently reside on North Walnut Street in the Village. Quentin is now employed as a Senior Project Manager for Neglia Engineering Associates in Lyndhurst, NJ. Neglia provides engineering advisory services to local governing bodies, planning and zoning boards, boards of education, and other municipal bodies.
Best of luck to you Mr. Wiest!
With giving down, congregations cut back
BY JOHN CHADWICK
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The economic crisis has hit collection plates at North Jersey houses of worship, with many congregations cutting costs and, in some cases, reducing staff and programs to compensate.
At Mount Olive Baptist Church in Hackensack, the Rev. Greg Jackson said he slashed his 2009 operating budget by about 10 percent and cut two staffers.
“The offerings are down,” Jackson said. “People are a little nervous and afraid and reserved.”
A Catholic priest in Glen Rock said his weekly collections are off about 10 percent, with some parishioners writing him to explain their frugality.
“I have had people write to me and say, ‘It’s not a reflection of what’s going on in the parish, we are just cutting back,’ ” said the Rev. Thomas Wisniewski of St. Catharine’s Church.
Even some congregations with stable collections say they are instituting cost-cutting measures to prepare for a potentially painful year.
A Presbyterian church in Ringwood, for example, has reduced staff salaries by 1 percent.
“This was symbolic and preemptive,” said the Rev. Ben Fraumann of Community Presbyterian Church. “So far, we have not had this happen to us.”
But in Ridgewood, where many people work in financial services, an Episcopal priest said she can see the fallout from the Wall Street meltdown.
“There are various [church members] who have been downsized or had to take packages or just don’t have jobs anymore,” said the Rev. S. Elizabeth Searle of Christ Episcopal Church.
Searle said annual pledges that account for much of the congregation’s income are down for 2009. She is wondering aloud whether the church’s air conditioning will be among the casualties.
“How do you decide what’s really non-essential so you don’t have to cut what is fundamental?” Searle asked.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, meanwhile, has instructed its 226 parishes to halt capital improvement projects except for essential repairs. The diocese has instituted a hiring and wage freeze at the chancery offices.
“Everyone has to ask themselves, ‘Is this really needed now?’ ” said Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese. “We have to hold off for a little while and make sure all the current needs are met.”
Despite the bleak financial picture, some clergy say they’re seeing an extraordinary response by congregants, who, mindful of the crisis, are contributing more to local food pantries and volunteering their time to care for the homeless.
“The local food pantry was very short on turkeys, and almost overnight, we had 40 turkeys,” said the Rev. Kimberly Chastain, who serves as the sole pastor to three small Presbyterian churches in Lyndhurst, Moonachie and Wood-Ridge.
Chastain said one of the congregations recently decided to make its little-used college loan fund available for members facing financial emergencies.
“The reality is that the economic situation for individual members is very difficult, especially for my retired folks on a fixed income,” Chastain said. “Because everyone knows people are hurting, they are all pulling together and finding ways to make that a basis for ministry.”
A Hackensack pastor said he is heartened by his congregation’s generosity to a local food bank and in volunteering to host homeless people in the church.
“It reminds me of what my parents and grandparents told me it was like in the Great Depression,” said the Rev. Steven McClelland of the First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack. “There was a sense then that it was our job to take care of people.”
A Wayne rabbi said his synagogue is committed to helping what he said is an increase in congregants having difficulty paying their membership dues.
“Our general attitude is that these are hard times, and we want everyone to be able to afford a synagogue,” said Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen of Temple Beth Tikvah. “If they are unemployed or underemployed, we will carry them.”
Jackson, of Mount Olive Baptist, said he is joining with a dozen other clergymen in organizing an “employment mission” that will begin with an April 1 worship service. Jackson said the service is aimed at raising money to help offset job-search costs, such as clothing and transportation to interviews. But he said the service also is aimed at lifting people’s spirits as they struggle with the economy.
“My vision is to pack our church with people,” he said. “We offer something else other than financial resources, which is hope.”
Some faith groups, meanwhile, have had some success even amid the downturn.
The Paterson Diocese, which covers Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties, said the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in 2008 generated $3.38 million in pledges, surpassing the goal of $2.88 million. A total of 21,005 Catholics made or pledged gifts to the fund drive — the first time the appeal has exceeded 21,000 gifts since 2001.
A Teaneck mosque said it raised about $30,000 during a recent one-day fund-raiser to benefit Palestinians in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. Waheed Khalid, president of Darul Islah, said members of the mosque, in general, haven’t been hit too hard with job losses because they do not work in the banking and investment trades.
Khalid said many members work in the public sector or in the fields of engineering and architecture or medicine.
“Those jobs are not affected at the moment, and I hope they will not be,” Khalid said
Issued by The National Weather Service
New York City, NY
11:17 am EST, Sun., Mar. 1, 2009
… WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST MONDAY…
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST MONDAY.
AFTER A LULL IN THE PRECIPITATION THIS AFTERNOON… A STEADIER SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST THIS EVENING. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT AND INTO MONDAY MORNING. THERE MAY BE ENOUGH WARM AIR ALOFT FOR SLEET TO MIX IN ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT AND THE TWIN FORKS OF LONG ISLAND AT THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM. THE SNOW WILL THEN TAPER OFF FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST MONDAY AFTERNOON.
TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM 6 TO 10 INCHES OVER ORANGE AND WESTERN PASSAIC COUNTIES AND 7 TO 11 INCHES ON THE SOUTH FORK OF LONG ISLAND… TO 10 TO 14 INCHES IN BETWEEN… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. WHILE SOME SNOW SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE MONDAY NIGHT… ESPECIALLY OVER CONNECTICUT AND LONG ISLAND… LITTLE OR NO ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED FROM THESE.
SUSTAINED NORTH WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 30 TO OCCASIONALLY 35 MPH WILL RESULT IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH VISIBILITIES OF LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A MILE AT TIMES.
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW… SLEET… AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.
one of the best explanations I have seen on the banking crisis
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