Thursday, April 18, 2013
West Essex Ministerial Association says its responsibility extends beyond prayer.
Thursday, April 18
Statement on Gun Regulation Based on Life and Love As the West Essex Ministerial Association, we hosted an Interfaith Service of Remembrance for the Victims of Newtown, Conn. Our responsibility to the local community does not cease with prayer; our social conscience as religious leaders obliges us to endorse the following joint statement: Our statement is in memory of those children and teachers who died in Newtown, Conn. May our activism to regulate gun by law be a tribute to their innocence and a sign of ongoing solidarity with their grieving families especially their bereaved parents. Undersigned: Fr. Anthony J. Randazzo Rev. Laurin C. McArthur Rev. Rick Sommers Rev. Jeff Markay Rev. Don Brown Rabbi Alan Silverstein Joy McDonald Sr. …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The writer is Sister Justine Pinto, pastoral associate of Saint Aloysius Church in Caldwell. Send letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 17
During The Holy Season of Lent each family/household of Saint Aloysius Parish is encouraged to eat one simple meal a week and donate the money that they saved from that meal to charity. The last few years Saint Aloysius Parish has hosted “Lenten Soup Supper” on the Friday evenings during Lent. Before the soup was served there was prayer focusing on the Scripture readings of the day with reflection and a suggested practice during the coming week. The “Soup Supper” menu included three or four homemade meatless soups that were made and donated by our parishioners, members of various parish ministries and our friends. Paper supplies (this year eco friendly paper goods were used) cookies, coffee, tea, juice, water, soup crackers and a …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The writer is Susan Russell, Wildlife Policy Specialist, with the Animal Protection League of New Jersey.
Thursday, April 11
Recently, the Animal Protection League of New Jersey responded to Hilltop Conservancy anti-deer activist Theresa Trapp’s claim that deer killing programs are somehow superior to non-lethal approaches. Now, Ms. Trapp has responded to our response (March 19). Humane deer management is an important public issue. We welcome the exchange, but we do insist on adherence to fact and avoidance of straw man arguments. Key facts omitted in Hilltop Conservancy’s initial pro-kill position included white-tailed deer response to hunting programs (stimulated reproduction), the Department of Agriculture’s rating of GonaCon’s efficacy, burdensome requirements that deer be captured and inoculated account for most of the cost, and the ecologically damaging …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Mark Dunec, of Livingston, writes this letter to the editor about gay marriage and his Congressman's position on it.
A short time ago, I wrote to express my frustration with Washington’s failure to provide responsible leadership during difficult times. Specifically, I have taken note of one of my Congressman, Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11), who has a particularly unimpressive 20-year record of sitting on the sidelines on important issues. From debt reduction and gun control to healthcare and immigration reform, Frelinghuysen has failed to lead while a divided Congress argues off of talking points. This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the question of gay marriage and, specifically, the federal government’s efforts to legislate discrimination against gay Americans through the Defense of Marriage Act. Gay marriage is one of the seminal civil rights…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Patch Letter to the Editor on deer control.
Tuesday, March 19
Anti-culling activists insist there are economical and effective non-lethal alternatives to control local deer populations. A previous letter explored the high cost ($3,000+ per deer) and low effectiveness of immuno-contraceptives like GonaCon. Surgical sterilization (either tubal ligation or ovariectomy) would be less expensive (~$1,800 per deer) and far more effective – however, given New Jersey’s current regulations, neither method is operationally feasible. Under statute N.J.S.A. 23:4-42.4, a municipality wishing to conduct any kind of deer management program must first obtain a community-based deer management program permit from the DEP. Imbedded in this statute’s language is the requirement for prior written consent from surrounding …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The following letter was submitted by the Animal Protection League of New Jersey.
Wednesday, February 20
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp (Deer Contraceptives: It's All About the Math posted on Feb. 14) omits key facts when claiming that the annual killing of deer at Hilltop and in South Mountain Reservation is somehow more effective than non-lethal approaches. First, there is established science: the white-tail’s breeding ecology. Deer, especially previously non-hunted populations, respond to hunting pressure with higher fecundity. Hunting stimulates breeding by increasing carrying capacity. Fewer competitors results in more food for surviving females, earlier pregnancies, better neonatal health, and larger litters. Non-hunted sites show no increase in breeding. By Ms. Trapp’s own admission: "… and yet 30% of female fawns become …
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…
Friday, January 11, 2013
New West Caldwell restaurant serving up a taste of the Windy City—dipped Italian beef sandwiches—plus healthier versions of comfort food.
West Caldwell, home to a Chipotle, a Five Guys and a Muscle Maker Grill, is no stranger to the concept of fresh, fast food. But the newest entry to the restaurant scene stands out for dishing out fare that's fast, fresh and also unique to the area. Red’s, which opened at 800 Bloomfield Ave. on Monday, introduces Chicago-style, dipped Italian beef sandwiches to our North Jersey palates. Owner Barbi Ellen Newman, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, started out working at the Ritz Carlton and Le Perroquet Restaurant in the Windy City. When Newman returned to her native Jersey, she had much success with her Verona-based catering business, Mardi Gras. After selling Mardi Gras and spending time recently as a personal chef, she envisioned…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A study released Tuesday says 34 percent of smokers say this is their year; are you one of them?
We here at Patch end up on mailing lists all over the place, for events and stories with absolutely no connection to our coverage areas. While an email we received Tuesday morning follows this path, it's a subject that goes well beyond geographic boundaries. The Legacy Foundation on Tuesday released a new study indicating 34 percent of smokers plan on quitting in 2013, twice as many as in 2012, the press release notes. How they were able to survey every smoker on the planet must be the work of magic and we are not going to dig deeper for fear they will turn us into a frog or something. One of the biggest reasons for the higher number of proposed quitters, according to the release, is the increasing cost of visiting Flavor Country. (For …
Monday, January 7, 2013
This mom around town is planning back to school lunches and has some tips to share.
In the spirit of the new year and resolutions galore, we're looking at interesting, healthy lunch box options. Add yours below: Peanut butter and jelly gets boring. Nutella has been a great backup especially paired with some strawberries, but that gets old, too. Regardless, both options will be in my pantry for busy mornings but I need some more interesting solutions. Do you have any good lunch box ideas? I asked around and some other moms shared their tips with me. Elise S., mom of two, told me how she brightens up peanut butter and jelly or tuna sandwiches with a little trick. “I sometimes cut them into different shapes with cookie cutters or use a little gadget that cuts the sandwich into a circle with no crusts.” Kids love the “no …