Everyone's Blog Posts - Media Hookup 2013-01-28T18:08:56Z http://mediahookup.com/profiles/blog/feed?xn_auth=no Are your local cops smarter than a sixth-grader? tag:mediahookup.com,2010-06-09:5403302:BlogPost:1101 2010-06-09T23:35:07.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman <div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23px;"><strong style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23px;"><span style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;">Just a quick shoutout to MH members</span> <a href="http://mediahookup.com/profile/MeganRozsaandKellyMetz"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;">Kelly and Megan</span></a> <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;">for an entertaining blog post on those little niceties that would make all our journo-lives a bit easier. My favorite ...</span></span></span></strong></span></div> <div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23px;"><strong style="padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px;"><br/></strong></span></div> <i>Everyone at police stations or jails should have the ability to email a mug shot, not just one person –</i> <i>Seriously. (Kelly’s) 11-year-old sister has a Windows Live account and a GMail account for the purposes of GChat. If she can do it, a mug can be sent by anyone.</i><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23px;"><i><br/></i></span></div> <div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23px;"><a href="http://fieldlessons.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/should-be-rules-of-thumb/">Head on over to their blog for the whole thing.</a></span></div> Patch makes me a better person ... tag:mediahookup.com,2010-05-20:5403302:BlogPost:1039 2010-05-20T22:30:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman <p><img src="http://api.ning.com/files/9CYoVUYxeWSqHQ3dM7K*xFyTAF9kh1HChpYQZinUshdvT-YpRcWxr6aiS2CpKITXEN8ThXiKMmQ01qMD-v0qI0inAJNJoRdi/2010052013.19.41.png?width=350" style="float: right;"></img> ... well, at least it asks me to do nice things. <a href="http://AOL.com">AOL</a> — which owns my new employer, <a href="http://Patch.com">Patch.com</a> — recently asked its employees to find opportunities to volunteer in their communities. At Patch, we focused on helping the communities we serve — or, in my case, will serve — as part of our Give 5 program (<a href="http://www.patch.com/about">see the "Giving Back" section here</a>).</p> <p>The region I'll be leading includes…</p> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://api.ning.com/files/9CYoVUYxeWSqHQ3dM7K*xFyTAF9kh1HChpYQZinUshdvT-YpRcWxr6aiS2CpKITXEN8ThXiKMmQ01qMD-v0qI0inAJNJoRdi/2010052013.19.41.png?width=350"/>... well, at least it asks me to do nice things. <a href="http://AOL.com">AOL</a> — which owns my new employer, <a href="http://Patch.com">Patch.com</a> — recently asked its employees to find opportunities to volunteer in their communities. At Patch, we focused on helping the communities we serve — or, in my case, will serve — as part of our Give 5 program (<a href="http://www.patch.com/about">see the "Giving Back" section here</a>).</p> <p>The region I'll be leading includes Morristown, N.J. (<a href="http://mediahookup.com/forum/topics/hiring-journos-in-nj-apply-or?xg_source=activity">want to be its editor?</a>), where there's no shortage of community groups already doing great work. The kind folks at the <a href="http://cskmorristown.org/">Community Soup Kitchen</a> were nice enough to squeeze me in to their volunteer schedule today; they had me working at <a href="http://www.redeemermorristown.org/">The Church of the Redeemer</a> alongside volunteers from <a href="http://www.stjoesmendham.org/">St. Joseph's Church</a> and <a href="http://www.stmarksmendham.org/">St. Mark's Episcopal Church</a>, both of Mendham (hopefully, it won't be long before I can replace some of those with Patch directory links!).</p> <p>In all, we served about 115 guests — which, from what I'm told, is nothing compared to a typical winter day, when the crowd swells to 160 people or more. Day in, day out, the CSK and the volunteer groups that support it are making a real difference in the lives of the guests who come for the kitchen's services — an appreciative and friendly crowd of people who could use a little extra help.</p> <p>I look forward to being in touch with the CSK more in the coming months — these folks do good and often unrecognized work (though, fortunately, we at Patch will soon be in a position to do something about the latter).</p> <p>A few more pics:</p> <center><object width="500" height="394" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="src" value="http://static.ning.com/socialnetworkmain/widgets/photo/slideshowplayer/slideshowplayer.swf?v=201005191535"></param><param name="quality" value="high"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="never"></param><param name="scale" value="noscale"></param><param name="wmode" value="opaque"></param><param name="flashvars" value="feed_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmediahookup.com%2Fphoto%2Fphoto%2FslideshowFeedAlbum%3Fid%3D5403302%253AAlbum%253A1038%26mtime%3D1274394509%26x%3DyUue1XIABZuildlbf0Xy7sewP7RfE8eL&amp;autoplay=0&amp;hideShareLink=1&amp;config_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmediahookup.com%2Fphoto%2Fphoto%2FshowPlayerConfig%3Fx%3DyUue1XIABZuildlbf0Xy7sewP7RfE8eL%26xn_auth%3Dno%26feed_url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fmediahookup.com%252Fphoto%252Fphoto%252FslideshowFeedAlbum%253Fid%253D5403302%25253AAlbum%25253A1038%2526mtime%253D1274394509%2526x%253DyUue1XIABZuildlbf0Xy7sewP7RfE8eL%26version%3DDEP-4496%253A9b3bbd3_288_288_37&amp;slideshow_title=&amp;fullsize_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmediahookup.com%2Fphoto%2Fphoto%2Fslideshow%3Ffeed_url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fmediahookup.com%252Fphoto%252Fphoto%252FslideshowFeedAlbum%253Fid%253D5403302%25253AAlbum%25253A1038%2526mtime%253D1274394509"></param><param name="pluginspage" value="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></param><embed wmode="opaque" width="500" height="394" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://static.ning.com/socialnetworkmain/widgets/photo/slideshowplayer/slideshowplayer.swf?v=201005191535" quality="high" allowscriptaccess="never" scale="noscale" flashvars="feed_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmediahookup.com%2Fphoto%2Fphoto%2FslideshowFeedAlbum%3Fid%3D5403302%253AAlbum%253A1038%26mtime%3D1274394509%26x%3DyUue1XIABZuildlbf0Xy7sewP7RfE8eL&amp;autoplay=0&amp;hideShareLink=1&amp;config_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmediahookup.com%2Fphoto%2Fphoto%2FshowPlayerConfig%3Fx%3DyUue1XIABZuildlbf0Xy7sewP7RfE8eL%26xn_auth%3Dno%26feed_url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fmediahookup.com%252Fphoto%252Fphoto%252FslideshowFeedAlbum%253Fid%253D5403302%25253AAlbum%25253A1038%2526mtime%253D1274394509%2526x%253DyUue1XIABZuildlbf0Xy7sewP7RfE8eL%26version%3DDEP-4496%253A9b3bbd3_288_288_37&amp;slideshow_title=&amp;fullsize_url=http%3A%2F%2Fmediahookup.com%2Fphoto%2Fphoto%2Fslideshow%3Ffeed_url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fmediahookup.com%252Fphoto%252Fphoto%252FslideshowFeedAlbum%253Fid%253D5403302%25253AAlbum%25253A1038%2526mtime%253D1274394509" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" bgcolor="#"></embed> </object> <br/> <small><a href="http://mediahookup.com/photo/photo">Find more photos like this on <em>Media Hookup</em></a></small></center> Blogging strategy ... tag:mediahookup.com,2010-05-17:5403302:BlogPost:1020 2010-05-17T16:00:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman It's been several days since I've had time for a new blog post (new job! yay! keeps me busy! yay! neglecting MH! boo!). So while you patiently wait out the next one, I thought I'd share this cartoon on blogging from <a href="http://xkcd.com">xkcd</a>. Why? Because I, too, <i>love</i> content.<div><br/></div> <div><p style="text-align:left"><img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/blogging.png"/></p> </div> It's been several days since I've had time for a new blog post (new job! yay! keeps me busy! yay! neglecting MH! boo!). So while you patiently wait out the next one, I thought I'd share this cartoon on blogging from <a href="http://xkcd.com">xkcd</a>. Why? Because I, too, <i>love</i> content.<div><br/></div> <div><p style="text-align:left"><img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/blogging.png"/></p> </div> Goodbye, Daily Record tag:mediahookup.com,2010-05-07:5403302:BlogPost:1009 2010-05-07T05:30:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman <p><img alt="" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/8LEvAgxH-dIHf3m2IdPr6O7X5CNhRYE87CuKoO9PNz2u0pvLydqqJnF9*H3ULC3v95PlszP7cBIOZ8LSZCQfqfqFOiriqX1a/2010050622.25.04.png" style="float: right;"></img></p> <p>Tonight I wrapped up my last shift at the <a href="http://DailyRecord.com">Daily Record</a>, the way I've wrapped up most shifts — quietly and tiredly, as one of the last staffers (but not quite the last staffer) to leave for the night. I did what I do most nights — see off the DR print edition as deadline passes, and guide <a href="http://DailyRecord.com">DailyRecord.com</a> into the new day. It was nice to be able to leave on such a familiar note.</p> <p>I said goodbyes,…</p> <p><img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/8LEvAgxH-dIHf3m2IdPr6O7X5CNhRYE87CuKoO9PNz2u0pvLydqqJnF9*H3ULC3v95PlszP7cBIOZ8LSZCQfqfqFOiriqX1a/2010050622.25.04.png" alt="" style="float: right;"/></p> <p>Tonight I wrapped up my last shift at the <a href="http://DailyRecord.com">Daily Record</a>, the way I've wrapped up most shifts — quietly and tiredly, as one of the last staffers (but not quite the last staffer) to leave for the night. I did what I do most nights — see off the DR print edition as deadline passes, and guide <a href="http://DailyRecord.com">DailyRecord.com</a> into the new day. It was nice to be able to leave on such a familiar note.</p> <p>I said goodbyes, all of them bittersweet. I promised to stay in touch (and I will!). I trained my successor, the very deserving <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/meghanvandyk">Meghan Van Dyk</a>, who will do great things as the DR's new assistant digital editor. As valuable as my peers at the Daily Record have made me feel for the last three years, I know they'll continue to do wonderful work well after I'm gone. I look forward to enjoying that work as a reader, and trying to meet the challenge it presents as a competitor.</p> <p>I joined the DR in a job defined by the print; I'm leaving it in one defined by the Web. It's a journey I hope and believe has prepared me well for my next adventure, as a regional editor at <a href="http://Patch.com">Patch.com</a>. Along the way, I've worked with so many great people, people who've taught me so many valuable lessons.</p> <p>Among them:<br/> * Bill Demarest, who taught me to pick my battles, and to fight like Hell. Bill showed me time and time again that a little creativity and a lot of determination can make something extraordinary out of even the rawest material. <a href="http://newcity.patch.com/users/william-demarest">See you on the other side, Bil</a>l.<br/> * Jim Namiotka, who let me run with wacky ideas — and who encouraged me to be wackier. Jim's got an fantastic talent for not only recognizing potential, but for identifying the missing ingredient that makes potential practical. Attention, current DR staffers: When Jim says, "Hey, you know what," it's time to listen.<br/> * Adam Hollaneck, whose everyday genius reminded me it's possible for talent to shine bright without burning out. My best designs remain an attempt to answer this question: WWAD? What Would Adam Do?<br/> * Jack Bowie, a leader, a mentor and a sounding board. Jack's experience, perspective and wisdom are invaluable. So's his open ear. Jack's the glue holding the DR newsroom together. Jack's the kind of newsman I want to be when I grow up.</p> <p>There are others — many others. Friends and peers, each one. I'm privileged to have met and worked alongside them all.</p> <p>It's been my honor, Daily Record.</p> <div style="text-align: center;">-30-</div> Don't put all your eggs in one digital basket tag:mediahookup.com,2010-05-06:5403302:BlogPost:1004 2010-05-06T01:00:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman Here’s an old idea the digital age kindly renews every so often: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.<br></br><br></br><img alt="" src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/pjZhVVySyDQ5T36t*Ldu*07rcRyiUqVaNXHuibStjzrLN4xfg7iXU1O-2dlaDFT3p*Fbcaf2ErLlRdW7IfQWyfb-zW3qgTWJ/fcopy1b.png" style="float: right;"></img> If you’ve ever done any sort of work with complex systems, you’ve heard the phrase “single point of failure.” It’s a term for what you’re supposed to avoid: A component that, when it fails, brings the whole system crashing down. Think of a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg">Rube Goldberg</a> contraption after the birdie’s flown off and… Here’s an old idea the digital age kindly renews every so often: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.<br/><br/><img src="http://api.ning.com:80/files/pjZhVVySyDQ5T36t*Ldu*07rcRyiUqVaNXHuibStjzrLN4xfg7iXU1O-2dlaDFT3p*Fbcaf2ErLlRdW7IfQWyfb-zW3qgTWJ/fcopy1b.png" alt="" style="float: right;"/>If you’ve ever done any sort of work with complex systems, you’ve heard the phrase “single point of failure.” It’s a term for what you’re supposed to avoid: A component that, when it fails, brings the whole system crashing down. Think of a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg">Rube Goldberg</a> contraption after the birdie’s flown off and escaped.<br/><br/>And then there’s the related concept of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vendor_lock-in">vendor lock-in</a>. We’re all buying music and movies online these days, but I’ve avoided anything bogged down with copy protection or other restrictions. It’s not that I want to share my (totally hypothetical) <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=the+worst+thing+in+the+world+ever+ever&amp;ie=utf-8">Lady Gaga</a> collection with 5,000 of my closest friends — it’s that I don’t want to depend on the kind graces of Apple, Microsoft or anyone else to ensure I can still play it 10 years from now. <br/><br/>If I buy music that only plays on an iPod, and Apple gets out of the music business, I’m screwed. If I buy music that only plays on an iPod, and Dell builds the next great music player, I’m screwed. My solution: Don’t buy music that only plays on an iPod.<br/><br/>And while in some way the consumer market is moving away from lock-in (most big music vendors, including Apple, now sell copy protection-free music; e-books and movies are still generally locked down), we consumers, creators and even businesses remain all too willing to tie our futures and fortunes to organizations that have their own agendas — agendas that may easily come into direct conflict with our own.<br/><br/>Media Hookup is hosted on a service called <a href="http://www.ning.com/">Ning</a>. It’s a quick, convenient way to set up a social network, even with little technical know-how and few resources. But <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/04/ning-goes-premium/">Ning’s just radically changed its product offerings</a> and pricing structure; it’s also significantly downsized its own staff. For many running Ning networks, that means it’s time to look elsewhere; for those who can’t easily migrate to other platforms, it may mean it’s time to shut down. Some are inconvenienced. Many feel betrayed.<br/><br/>In the short term, Media Hookup is fine — the changes made by Ning don't really cut to MH's core. In the long term, MH may move to another platform I can more completely control (so long as I can make the change in a way that’s pretty painless for the MH community). And even if MH were to disappear tomorrow (it won’t), it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I started this site as a hobby, not a business venture, and we’ve got a small user base that would cope well enough.<br/><br/>But when we collectively start treating platforms beyond our control as infrastructure — forgetting that they could disappear or morph into something unrecognizable at any time — we’re doing so at our peril.<br/><br/>Look at all the hubbub about Facebook these last few weeks. Facebook’s been slowly extending its reach over the Internet for the last few years. It’s pushed with great success a system that lets you <a href="http://developers.facebook.com/blog/post/108">sign into other sites with your Facebook login</a>. Now it’s more actively <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/facebook-open-graph-social-metadata-for-everything/">sharing your data with other sites</a> — all in the name of creating a more social, personal, interactive user experience across the Web, while setting up Facebook as the lax gatekeeper (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/05/facebook-flaw-exposes-you_n_564126.html">sometimes more like a dimwitted doorman</a>) of all that makes your digital self you.<br/><br/>That’s frightening enough from a company that’s neither shown <a href="http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/facebook-timeline">much interest in</a> nor <a href="http://security.cbronline.com/news/new_facebook_security_flaw_exposed_230609">competence</a> <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/facebook_security_lapse_private_photos.php">at</a> <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/160545/facebook_hit_by_five_security_problems_in_one_week.html">protecting</a> privacy. But we shouldn't be surprised. Facebook isn’t here to make the world a better place. It’s here to make the folks at Facebook money. As individuals, when we hand over valuable data to organizations with their own interests, we shouldn't be surprised if they happen to notice that the data is valuable.<br/><br/>What’s truly scary is that we so often let ourselves become dependent on such organizations. In the case of Facebook, we trust it to safeguard our information — when it might well violate that trust. We ask it to maintain connections it might sever — you never know when a company might decide you’re in violation of its <a href="http://www.blackwebportal.com/wire/DA.cfm?ArticleID=4223">terms of service</a>, or when it might <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10373349-36.html">lose your account information in a datacenter catastrophe</a>. We let it become a defacto standard for managing identity across the Web — when it could close up shop tomorrow and catastrophically break functionality all across the Internet, stranding us without access to our own content and data.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/myspace-tanks-as-social-networks-soar-20091014-gwxj.html">The world moved on from Myspace</a> when it was one-upped by better and more user-friendly sites like Facebook, and when it lost credibility to trendier services like Twitter. Moving on from Facebook won’t be nearly as easy.<br/><br/>It’s not that Facebook necessarily will let us down; it’s that we can’t know for sure it won’t. The same applies anywhere else. What happens if <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/youtube_will_start_charging_for_some_videos.php">YouTube starts charging</a> for access to your videos, or introducing your toddler’s birthday footage with condom advertisements? What happens to the novel you’ve been publishing bit-by-bit on Blogger if owner <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9175893/Group_calls_for_antitrust_probe_into_Google_search_ad_practices">Google becomes the target of an antitrust probe</a> and gets split up? Is the content that defines your online identity safe?<br/><br/>If you're depending on others to keep it that way, the answer is simple: No.<br/><br/><span style="font-style: italic;">Louis C. Hochman is on</span> <a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://www.facebook.com/LouisCHochman">Facebook</a><span style="font-style: italic;">,</span> <a style="font-style: italic;" href="http://twitter.com/LouisCHochman">Twitter</a><span style="font-style: italic;">, and lots of other services. He doesn't sleep very well at night.</span><br/> Wow. I've been busy. tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-26:5403302:BlogPost:858 2010-04-26T18:00:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman <p>Here's the official job-listing description of the post I'm vacating. Actually, it misses some things (I edit sports copy twice a week), but it's essentially right. Jeez. I've been busy.</p> <p>The post is for the Daily Record, in Morris County, New Jersey.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Position is responsible for managing The Daily Record website 5 evenings a week, as well as the responsibility for how it appears the following early morning. Daily duties include editing Daily…</span></p> <p>Here's the official job-listing description of the post I'm vacating. Actually, it misses some things (I edit sports copy twice a week), but it's essentially right. Jeez. I've been busy.</p> <p>The post is for the Daily Record, in Morris County, New Jersey.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Position is responsible for managing The Daily Record website 5 evenings a week, as well as the responsibility for how it appears the following early morning. Daily duties include editing Daily Record stories and placing them on the website and managing budgets with other editors. Also the Editor of Denville/Rockaway This Week, gathering and budgeting all content and working with the production editors. On Sunday this position is the sole News Editor and as such supervises reporters and photographers, corresponding with production editors in Asbury and manages the Daily Record website.<br/></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Attn: sstahosk@gannett.com</span></p> J.D. Lasica reminds us of how independent journalism came to Rutgers tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-23:5403302:BlogPost:853 2010-04-23T02:00:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman <p><a href="http://www.jdlasica.com/">J.D. Lasica</a> knows a thing or two about using media (and social media) <a href="http://www.jdlasica.com/about/">to advance the public good</a>.</p> <p>A gathering looms — one of former staffers of <a href="http://DailyTargum.com">The Daily Targum</a>, the student newspaper at Rutgers University, where both Lasica and I (though a few decades apart) learned valuable lessons about what it means to be a journalist.</p> <p>Lasica won't be there, but he…</p> <p><a href="http://www.jdlasica.com/">J.D. Lasica</a> knows a thing or two about using media (and social media) <a href="http://www.jdlasica.com/about/">to advance the public good</a>.</p> <p>A gathering looms — one of former staffers of <a href="http://DailyTargum.com">The Daily Targum</a>, the student newspaper at Rutgers University, where both Lasica and I (though a few decades apart) learned valuable lessons about what it means to be a journalist.</p> <p>Lasica won't be there, but he reminded those of us eying the invite of how the Targum became an independent paper — and therefore an independent voice for the Rutgers community. Some time back, he wrote a great summary about the role alumni played in the late 1970s and in 1980 — and how perhaps their greatest contribution to the betterment of student journalism at Rutgers was their recommendation that the Targum untether itself from an institution that could stifle its expression at any point.</p> <p>It's a worthwhile read — and a good reminder that we should never forget our roots, or hesitate to push those who come after us to do amazing things.<a href="http://www.jdlasica.com/2003/04/08/birth-of-an-alumni-association-%E2%80%94-and-an-independent-targum/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.jdlasica.com/2003/04/08/birth-of-an-alumni-association-%E2%80%94-and-an-independent-targum/">Take a look here</a><span style="font-weight: bold;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-style: italic;">PS: J.D., we've never met, but we more recently extinct Targum dinos will have a drink in honor of you and all the other ex-Targumites who are continuing to to great work, and who helped lay the groundwork for the fantastic hands-on journalism education we enjoyed.</span><br/> <br/></p> Jarvis' 'This is BS' ... is BS (sort of) tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-18:5403302:BlogPost:832 2010-04-18T23:30:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman <p><a href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/" style="font-weight: bold;">Jeff Jarvis</a> — the journalism professor, author, and leading voice in new and social media — just posted a video of his recent lecture from <a href="http://tedxnyed.com/" style="font-weight: bold;">TEDxNYED</a>: “<a href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/04/18/this-is-bullshit-my-tedxnyed-talk/" style="font-weight: bold;">This is Bullshit</a><span style="font-weight: bold;">.</span>" (I was prudish; I censored it in my…</p> <p><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/">Jeff Jarvis</a> — the journalism professor, author, and leading voice in new and social media — just posted a video of his recent lecture from <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://tedxnyed.com/">TEDxNYED</a>: “<a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/04/18/this-is-bullshit-my-tedxnyed-talk/">This is Bullshit</a><span style="font-weight: bold;">.</span>" (I was prudish; I censored it in my headline.)</p> <p>It’s worth a watch (<a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/03/08/tedxnyed-this-is-bullshit/">or a read, via the notes</a>).</p> <div style="float: right; margin: 10px;"><object width="320" height="265" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="false"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="never"></param><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rTOLkm5hNNU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;"></param><param name="allowfullscreen" value="false"></param><param name="wmode" value="opaque"></param><embed wmode="opaque" width="320" height="265" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rTOLkm5hNNU&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" allowscriptaccess="never" allowfullscreen="false"></embed> </object> </div> <p>In it, he argues that the traditional lecture format — the format he’s employing (hence the title) — is outmoded in the digital age. I’m going to summarize (and probably oversimplify; really, watch the original):</p> <p>* In teaching, as in journalism, there’s no point in repeating what’s been said elsewhere. Direct your students (or audience) to great examples of what’s already established. If you're going to say something, say something new. “Do what you do best and link to the rest.”<br/> * If you’re not offering a new perspective on a topic, be a curator. Add context.<br/> * Don’t start from preconceived ideas about what students (or those in your audience) need to know. Ask them. They won’t always know what it is they need to know, but they might.<br/> * Don’t see incorrect answers as failures — see them as opportunities to identify what information’s missing.<br/> * Students (and your audience members) know a lot. Challenge them; let them challenge you and one another. Don’t assume or teach that there’s one right answer. Don’t let ego convince you you’re an infallible authority, or that the conversation only moves in one direction.</p> <p>Jarvis is a fantastic speaker. He's thoughtful and engaging. It’s easy to get caught up in what sounds and feels visionary. I did.</p> <p>But when I boiled the speech down to those basic points (did I do a fair job? Seriously, seriously, seriously, watch the video and decide for yourself), it didn’t seem all that revolutionary. It seemed like a basic outline of the ethics that have always made great teachers great.</p> <p>There is, indeed, a great deal of unnecessary repetition in academia, as in media of all sorts. And Jarvis is right that we need to be more effectively thinking about economies, about eliminating redundancy. What’s more, academics need to be more willing to freely share their work under <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://creativecommons.org/">liberal licenses</a>(or via the public domain), if we’re really going to move into an age in which collaboration takes its birthright as king.</p> <p>But let’s not pretend that's a wholly new idea. Every worthwhile teacher draws on outside material — on texts and other media that well-establish the ideas he or she is trying to share (total knobs cite only work of their own authorship). Certainly, in what Jarvis calls “the Google age,” academia needs to take an extraordinarily fluid and open approach to that concept; if it doesn’t, it’s wasting obvious and invaluable resources. But the concept itself is well-grounded in tradition.</p> <p>And let’s not pretend there’s nothing useful about a local, in-person, engaged presentation of a valuable (though unoriginal) idea — even if the idea is well-covered in great presentations available elsewhere. There’s something to be said for knowing your very specific audience — for matching your pace against its own, for facilitating interruption and interaction that are more natural in person than through any remote (or even precomposed) media. A curator can customize and contextualize; a local authority can reimagine.<br/> <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeJJOjb7fj4"></a></p> <p><a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeJJOjb7fj4">Bad teachers have always been victims of their own egos</a>, unwilling to acknowledge the valid and intriguing perspectives their students (and the larger community) bring. They’ve always assumed there’s only one right answer, and insisted their students do the same. They’ve always treated education as a cookie-cutter product, instead of an ever-evolving process.</p> <p>Great teachers have always been both open to questioning and eager to question. Great teachers have always listened and learned. No great teacher has ever taught the same lesson twice.</p> <p>The vision Jarvis lays out is one of a great teacher — only one much more connected than yesteryear’s. It’s a perfectly fine vision, but one that’s much more novel in the newsroom (still, sigh) than in the classroom.<span style="font-style: italic;"><br/></span></p> <div><span style="font-style: italic;">— <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman">Louis C. Hochman</a> is wholly unqualified to be talking about academia; his teaching experience is limited to Senior Takeover Day at Old Bridge High School. And he's</span> <a style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;" href="http://mediahookup.com/profiles/blogs/i-was-on-friendster-trolling">sure as hell no social media expert</a><span style="font-style: italic;">. And he really digs a lot of what Jeff Jarvis has to say. But he enjoys <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://mediahookup.com/profiles/blog/list?user=1http2oswhoa9">writing and rambling</a>, so there's that.</span></div> AP gave in. This is a "website." tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-16:5403302:BlogPost:822 2010-04-16T18:30:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman Since the Intrar-Web-Iverse first came onto the public radar, the Associated Press Stylebook — the style bible for news organizations everywhere — has insisted the Web is made up of "Web sites." Not websites. The thinking: Web is short for World Wide Web, and therefore a proper noun. A site is just a site. Ain't nothing proper about that.<div><br></br></div> <div>But today, the AP gave in to overwhelming popular usage. Here's the e-mail I just got via my online stylebook…</div> Since the Intrar-Web-Iverse first came onto the public radar, the Associated Press Stylebook — the style bible for news organizations everywhere — has insisted the Web is made up of "Web sites." Not websites. The thinking: Web is short for World Wide Web, and therefore a proper noun. A site is just a site. Ain't nothing proper about that.<div><br/></div> <div>But today, the AP gave in to overwhelming popular usage. Here's the e-mail I just got via my online stylebook subscription:</div> <div><br/></div> <div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: arial, sans-serif; border-collapse: collapse;"><i>A new entry has been added to the AP Stylebook Online ...<br/><br/>Editor's Note: A separate entry on website has been added to note a style change from Web site.<br/><br/>website<br/><br/> A location on the World Wide Web that maintains one or more pages at a specific address. Also, webcam, webcast and webmaster. But as a short form and in terms with separate words, the Web, Web page and Web feed. See Web.</i></span></div> <div><br/></div> <div>Has anyone noticed how inconsistent this is? Website, but Web page? And the rationale: Terms with "separate words" get treated as two. But since when did we remove "site" and "master" from the dictionary?</div> <div><br/></div> <div>As my friend and former coworker Brian Hogue said after hearing the news: <b>"What's the proper style for wtf?"</b></div> <div><br/></div> <div><br/></div> I was on Friendster trolling for girls before all y’all tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-13:5403302:BlogPost:802 2010-04-13T18:30:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman I’m getting a little tired of all the <a href="http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23socialmedia">chatter surrounding social media</a>.<br></br><br></br><img src="http://api.ning.com/files/5wq8wTAk2n95pA43sMwf7KlUrzz2ZF5kXZlWj46AHxZuQ3dOBCxGpBmkgdUMpagbpQdqmgws-R3nJC1JDKAyM2mYgfiQcdiG/chatter.png?width=310" style="float: right;"></img> That’s not the sort of thing people in the news industry are supposed to say — since we’re al<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/opinion/11pubed.html">l clumsily wandering about</a>, hoping to stumble into the promised land of milk, honey and relevance social media (excuse me,… I’m getting a little tired of all the <a href="http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23socialmedia">chatter surrounding social media</a>.<br/><br/><img style="float: right;" src="http://api.ning.com/files/5wq8wTAk2n95pA43sMwf7KlUrzz2ZF5kXZlWj46AHxZuQ3dOBCxGpBmkgdUMpagbpQdqmgws-R3nJC1JDKAyM2mYgfiQcdiG/chatter.png?width=310"/>That’s not the sort of thing people in the news industry are supposed to say — since we’re al<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/opinion/11pubed.html">l clumsily wandering about</a>, hoping to stumble into the promised land of milk, honey and relevance social media (excuse me, <a href="http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23socialmedia">#socialmedia</a>) is supposed to offer.<br/><br/>But I don’t have a problem with social media itself (though the term is beginning to wear on me). To paraphrase my mother: I’m on <a href="http://twitter.com/LouisCHochman">The Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/LouisCHochman">The Facebook</a>, as both Louis C. Hochman and as Media Hookup (<a href="http://twitter.com/Media_Hookup">here</a> and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/Media-Hookup/105432209495003">here</a>) . I’m a big part of my <a href="http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/Morris-County-Crisis-and-Crime-Watch/471542490564">employer’s effort</a> to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Parsippany-NJ/Paw-Prints/341879532433">embrace</a> the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/#%21/pages/Daily-Record/49896855793">wacky world</a> of <a href="http://twitter.com/dailyrecord">the social</a>. And, oh yeah, I started a <a href="http://MediaHookup.com">social media network</a>.<br/><br/>It’s been obvious to me for a long time — this is what the Internet is for. And there’s nothing revolutionary about the idea that if we in the news business aren’t engaging our audience on its own terms, we aren’t engaging our audience at all.<br/><br/>It’s the god-awful, incessant, overwhelming, oversaturated, redundant and insipid chatter. <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;tbo=1&amp;as_q=social+media+expert&amp;as_epq=&amp;as_oq=&amp;as_eq=&amp;num=10&amp;lr=&amp;as_filetype=&amp;ft=i&amp;as_sitesearch=linkedin.com&amp;as_qdr=all&amp;as_rights=&amp;as_occt=any&amp;cr=&amp;as_nlo=&amp;as_nhi=&amp;safe=images">Everyone is a social media expert these days</a>. Everyone. Hell, I’m a social media expert. I was on <a href="http://profiles.friendster.com/2439704">Friendster trolling for girls before all y’all</a>.<br/><br/>Look, if you’re <a href="http://www.buzzmachine.com/">Jeff Jarvis</a> or <a href="http://shankman.com/">Peter Shankman</a>, you’ve got some cred. But if all you’ve got to offer is an unfiltered ray of social sunshine, you’re boring me. If you’re pretending an unquestioning embrace of everything with a login and a public broadcast function is going to save journalism, you’re boring me. If you’re ignoring the potential pitfalls of going uber-social — privacy loss, vendor lock-in, unconsidered utterance and accidental exposure — you’re boring me. If you’ve got nothing new to offer, nothing clever and insightful that boosts the signal-to-noise ratio, you’re boring me.<br/><br/>In other words, if you’re all retweet and no tweet, you’re boring me.<br/><br/>And if you’re one of those folks who has forgotten that content matters — that delivery and interaction are only useful if there’s actually something worth discussing — you’re not just boring me. You’re annoying me. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_medium_is_the_message">Sorry, Marshall, the medium isn’t always the message</a>. Sometimes, the message is the message.<br/><br/><img style="float: right;" src="http://api.ning.com/files/yO-D*bKDqbmOCziL4yljNTEO1VhGo0114s7PzvK-d3*KE3*VSoygFvREesjIRp3tNAfxi7-fICCNQLN7ylHw54EtlgMtToLQ/fromfield.png?width=180"/>But I do sort of like the discussion the young’un rookies at "<a href="http://fieldlessons.wordpress.com/">News: From the Field"</a> are trying to lead with their new blog. They’re talking about what it’s like to do community journalism in a company that’s recently taken a cannonball dive into a <a href="http://jxpaton.wordpress.com/">whole frikin’ pool of the social media Kool-Aid</a>. And they’re talking about what it’s like to do so with little experience (and, as a former JRCer, I can assume few resources), but lots of drive.<br/><br/>They’re not offering any terribly groundbreaking insights into the future of media — but they’re not trying to. They’re muddling through with the rest of us, armed with a little insight and a lot of desire to learn more. It’s refreshing to hear from people who don’t think that just because they know some things they know everything. It’s refreshing to hear from people who don't think becoming mayor of Burger King on Foursquare puts you at the forefront of media's evolution — but who still might give Foursquare a shot, if it seems interesting and useful enough.<br/><br/>I’d bet that as their blog continues, their insights will become more sophisticated and their experiments in reader interaction will become more interesting. I’m looking forward to it.<br/><br/><br/><br/> News Clip: Perr resigns as Dems chief tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:716 2010-04-05T22:30:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <div class="byline"><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/26/2009/august/26/perr-resigns-as-dem-chief.html?cHash=a91991ea8399c6808e4c65de959889d8&amp;tx_pbcomments%5Bcomment%5D=177783">From the Aug. 26, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></div> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES AND DAVID LEVINSKY</div> <div class="byline">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Burlington County Democratic Committee Chairman…</div> <div class="byline"><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/26/2009/august/26/perr-resigns-as-dem-chief.html?cHash=a91991ea8399c6808e4c65de959889d8&amp;tx_pbcomments%5Bcomment%5D=177783">From the Aug. 26, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></div> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES AND DAVID LEVINSKY</div> <div class="byline">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Burlington County Democratic Committee Chairman Rick Perr has resigned.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, Perr sent an e-mail to party committee Vice Chairwoman Alice Furia stating: "I am resigning as chairman of the Burlington County Democratic Committee effective 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2009."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">On Sunday, a Burlington County Times story revealed Perr's ties to the Medford-based New Frontier Committee, a political action committee that donated more than $19,000 to a North Jersey politician charged in a federal political corruption sting.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The county party's treasurer, Jeff Meyer, resigned earlier this month, citing personal reasons, after news reports revealed he was fundraising for former Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano III.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Democrats from all levels of government asked for Perr's resignation Monday.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Furia, who will serve as acting chairwoman, released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the party was moving forward. She also used the statement as an opportunity to target Republicans, who first revealed the political action committee's ties to Cammarano.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"In an unprecedented display of unity, county Democrats at every level and in every region stood up and rebelled against corruption in our own house," Furia said. "It is this dedication to clean and open government that separates us from the Republicans and is a testament to the fortitude of our party."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Furia stressed that the problem was with two individuals and not the party as a whole.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"I have spent my entire life working tirelessly to promote the values and principles of the Democratic Party. Our party has made tremendous gains and won historic elections in the past few years," she said. "That momentum must, and will, continue."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Vice chairwoman for 20 years, Furia has served under eight chairmen. This is her fourth time serving as acting chair of the party. The committee will meet Thursday night, but Democrats said a new chair probably wouldn't be elected at that meeting.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"I think it's highly unlikely," said Lumberton Democratic Committee Chairman Chris Fifis, considered a contender for the top spot. "I think what you're going to find now is the party is going to fall behind Alice Furia as acting chair. She's the bedrock of this party. Right now is a time of healing. The party needs stability."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Fifis said Perr did the right thing by resigning.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"This is all about the party and doing what's right for the party," he said. "No one individual is bigger than the party. I think he realized that."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Chris Russell, spokesman for the Burlington County Republican Committee, said the Democrats cannot distance themselves from the situation by putting all the blame on Perr and Meyer.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"The entire Burlington County Democratic Party, including their elected officials and candidates, are to blame for the growing pay-to-play scandal engulfing their party," Russell said. "They all pledged allegiance to Rick Perr and Jeff Meyer, were recruited to run for office by them, collectively took hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash from them, and stood arm in arm with Perr as recently as last week.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"Watching them step all over each other now and scramble for political survival by jumping from the sinking ship reveals a party in total and utter disarray, and politicians who stand for nothing but themselves."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Republicans first made an issue of the PAC after 44 politicians, local officials and rabbis were arrested in a federal corruption and money laundering scheme last month.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">New Frontier donated $19,100 to Cammarano and a joint account he shared with his Hoboken City Council running mates. Cammarano resigned as Hoboken's mayor amid allegations that he accepted $25,000 in bribes - through a middleman - from an FBI informant.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">While Perr and Meyer have said they weren't involved in the PAC's operation, e-mails obtained by the Burlington County Times showed both had communicated with New Frontier treasurer Jack Senechal, advising him and making fundraising requests.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Also on Tuesday, the Burlington County Republican Committee filed a formal complaint with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission requesting that it conduct an investigation into New Frontier's campaign activities.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The complaint, filed by county GOP political director Brandon Umba, asks the commission to investigate whether Perr violated campaign finance regulations by running a PAC while serving as chairman of the county Democratic committee and whether New Frontier violated rules by not disclosing the names and addresses of all people in control of the PAC.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Umba's complaint also asks the commission to investigate whether New Frontier's chairman, Dean Buono, violated regulations by "allowing his treasurer to take orders from Perr and Meyer."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The complaint cites Burlington County Times stories reporting that Perr and Meyer advised and communicated with the New Frontier treasurer on fundraising, campaign contributions and committee finances.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Buono, who has been registered as chairman of the New Frontier PAC since 2006, has said that he wasn't actively involved in fundraising or in deciding to whom the PAC donated and that his name was merely on the paperwork.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Leonard Gicas, director of reviews and investigations for the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, said his agency is "aware of the allegations" against New Frontier and the Democrats.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">However, Gicas said, commission rules forbid him from commenting on any specific investigation or review.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In general, he said the commission would review any request and decide within 90 days whether it warranted further investigation.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Until recently, Perr was seen as a rising Democratic star who led the party to win four county seats over two years and was poised to help the Democrats win control of the county Board of Freeholders for the first time in 30 years.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Perr was elected chairman in June 2006, replacing Gary Karr, who did not seek re-election.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">He showed up on the political radar in March 2003, when he founded the Burlington County Taxpayers Association, a watchdog group that advocated that government should be run more like a business.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">As the group's leader, Perr sought information from the Burlington County Bridge Commission on its relationship with a Trenton lobbying firm linked to no-bid contracts at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark in 2005.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Lobbyist Robert Stears was investigated and eventually admitted in court that his former government-relations firm, the Strategy Group, deliberately overbilled the bridge commission from 1997 to 2002. Federal investigators estimated losses of up to $1 million from Stears' fraudulent billing and subsequent tax evasion.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline"><em>Note: Dave and I won first place in "Responsible Journalism, First Amendment (The Art Weissman Memorial Award)" in the 2009 New Jersey Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest for a series of articles including this one.</em></div> News Clip: E-mails show Dem leaders' ties to PAC tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:717 2010-04-05T22:00:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <div class="byline"><a href="http://74.125.45.132/search?q=cache:EDp126QyRewJ:www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/23/e-mails-show-dem-leaders-ties-to-pac.html+E-mails+show+Dem+leaders'+ties+to+PAC+Melissa+Hayes&amp;cd=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=us">From the Aug. 23, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES and DAVID LEVINSKY…</div> <div class="byline"><a href="http://74.125.45.132/search?q=cache:EDp126QyRewJ:www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/23/e-mails-show-dem-leaders-ties-to-pac.html+E-mails+show+Dem+leaders'+ties+to+PAC+Melissa+Hayes&amp;cd=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=us">From the Aug. 23, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES and DAVID LEVINSKY</div> <div class="byline">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The Burlington County Democratic Committee's chairman and former treasurer say they advised and made funding requests of an officer of a political action committee that donated to the former Hoboken mayor accused in a corruption scandal.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Democratic Chairman Rick Perr and former committee treasurer Jeff Meyer previously had denied any involvement with the Medford-based New Frontier Committee, but numerous e-mails obtained by the Burlington County Times show the two corresponded with New Frontier's treasurer Jack Senechal on fundraising, campaign contributions and committee finances.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Senechal has served as treasurer since the political action committee was founded in 2006 by former county Democratic Committee chairman Gary Karr.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Senechal, also treasurer of the Medford Democratic Committee, said Perr asked him to assist with a "new PAC being formed" in 2006. He said he had no prior political experience.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"After it was set up, I relied on the advice and recommendations of Jeff and Rick," Senechal said. "I did not fundraise in any way, and I have not met most of the individuals who gave or received money. + I keep the books and I tried to do the best job I could."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Perr said he didn't recall asking Senechal to be treasurer. Also, two former county Democratic Committee employees said Meyer frequently gave them contribution checks for the PAC.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In interviews, Perr and Meyer denied any wrongdoing and insisted they did not control the PAC. They said they sought donations and directed people where to donate to benefit the Democrats.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"I would make requests of the New Frontier Committee to make donations maybe a couple times during the course of the year, just like I would with any other committee or donor," Perr said Thursday.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Any involvement by Perr or Meyer in New Frontier activities could be interpreted as a violation of New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission regulations because their names and mailing addresses are not listed on any New Frontier filings.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Commission rules require PACs to disclose "the names and mailing addresses of all the persons having control over the affairs of the prospective continuing political committee or who, directly or through an agent, participated in the initial organization of the committee."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Informed of Perr's and Meyer's communications with the New Frontier treasurer, Burlington County Republican Committee spokesman Chris Russell said the GOP would call for an investigation.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"As we suspected from the beginning, it appears the New Frontier PAC was nothing more than a front for Rick Perr and Jeff Meyer to conduct a pay-to-play scheme," Russell said. "Knowing it was a blatant violation of state campaign finance laws for him to officially chair the PAC, Rick Perr ordered his puppets to form the PAC and then ran it from behind the scenes. We will be calling for a full investigation by (the state Election Law Enforcement Commission) into Perr's involvement while we determine whether there were any potential criminal violations committed."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Burlington County Republicans began criticizing the New Frontier Committee last month after news reports revealed it had donated several thousand dollars to the campaign of Democrat Peter Cammarano III, who resigned as Hoboken's mayor amid allegations he accepted $25,000 in bribes - through a middleman - from an FBI informant.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The New Frontier Committee was not mentioned in any of the FBI's criminal filings.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">New Frontier also has been accused by Republicans of being a vehicle for "wheeling," a process that allows individual campaign donors or businesses to circumvent campaign contribution limits or pay-to-play laws restricting businesses from receiving lucrative contracts from officials whose elections they helped finance.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The state's pay-to-play law restricts businesses that contribute more than $300 to state or county candidates from receiving contracts of more than $17,500.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Many municipalities also have their own pay-to-play restrictions that disqualify businesses from receiving work if they have donated more than $300 to a local candidate or candidate committee.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">However, the laws don't restrict those businesses from donating to political action committees, which then can donate the money to candidates.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In New Frontier's three years of operations, it raised about $119,000 and donated about $115,000 to Democratic candidates, mostly in Burlington County and South Jersey.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Among the donors that contributed to the New Frontier PAC, were engineering firms CMX Inc. of Howell and Remington &amp; Vernick of Haddonfield, as well as the Trenton law firm Gluck Walrath. All three have received contracts from Hoboken, according to public records.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The majority of the e-mails obtained by the Burlington County Times are correspondence between Senechal and Meyer. In a Jan. 2, 2007, e-mail with the subject line "New Frontier Committee," Senechal asked Meyer for Burlington County Democratic Committee account information as well as the occupation and employer of a donor and the purpose of a $15,000 expenditure.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In the e-mail, Senechal also told Meyer that two checks Meyer had given him were deposited and should clear soon. In a follow-up e-mail the next day, Senechal told Meyer : "There is a balance of $2,700 in the account as of today. Let me know what you need."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In an Oct. 7, 2007, e-mail with the subject heading "New Frontier Committee reporting," Senechal asked Meyer for the correct address for the "Burzichelli for Assembly" committee and informed Meyer that checks from the New Frontier Committee to the campaign of Democrat George Kotch for county surrogate and to the Hillary Clinton Exploratory Committee for President had been written but neither had been cashed.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"Obviously, you know that I don't give a hoot one way or the other. I am reporting the money as being 'expended' either way. But I just don't want George coming back to you wondering where your commitment may be," Senechal wrote.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">According to state Election Law Enforcement Commission reports, New Frontier donated $500 to John Burzichelli, D-3rd of Paulsboro, on Sept. 12, 2007.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">It also donated $2,000 to Burzichelli on March 30, 2009. Kotch ended up cashing a $500 check from New Frontier, but Clinton's committee returned a $1,000 check.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">E-mails also show that Meyer provided Senechal with instructions on making a $300 charitable donation to Burlington City for recreation and tourism.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The PAC donated that amount to Burlington City the day after the e-mail, according to campaign finance reports.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In addition, Meyer provided Senechal with the campaign addresses or account information for donations to candidates in Hoboken, including Cammarano.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In March 13, 2008, Meyer e-mailed Senechal the address for the Voice for All Hoboken campaign fund, for which Cammarano was campaign manager.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In May, 2009, Meyer sent Senechal the routing and account numbers for the Cammarano for Mayor election fund. State Election Law Enforcement Commission reports show New Frontier donated $4,000 to Voice for All Hoboken in March 2008. The PAC then donated $15,400 to Cammarano's election fund between April and June of this year.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Meyer resigned as treasurer of the Burlington County Democratic Committee on Aug. 7, after it was revealed he had helped raise funds for Cammarano's election and served on his mayoral transition team.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Mount Holly Mayor Jules Thiessen was named acting-treasurer Thursday.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Reached Thursday, Meyer said he helped raise funds for Cammarano, but he had no knowledge at the time the politician was allegedly accepting bribes.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"I am deeply disgusted and disturbed by the actions of a candidate that I supported vigorously," he said.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Meyer defended his communications with Senechal, describing them as "aggressive fundraising."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"I'm proud of the fact that I've been an aggressive, persistent and passionate fundraiser for the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates that I believe embrace my vision and values for government," he said.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Despite Meyer's denials, Heather Israel and Christine Scott, both former county Democratic Committee employees, said they believed Meyer was in charge of the New Frontier PAC.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Israel, who served as political director for the county committee between February 2008 and January this year, said Meyer often had her deliver checks to Senechal or pick up donations from him.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"I thought the PAC belonged to the Burlington County Democrats because Jeff controlled it," Israel said.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Scott, who was the political director for the county committee from March to June, said: "New Frontier was one of many accounts that I would deposit checks into. I would receive these checks from Jeff Meyer or be directed where to get them from Jeff Meyer."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Scott is the sister of George Scott, director of government marketing for the engineering firm Adams, Rehmann &amp; Heggan Associates in Hammonton, Atlantic County.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">The firm formerly employed Meyer as a public relations consultant, but terminated its contract with him in April for "financial reasons," George Scott said.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Meyer said claims he ran the New Frontier Committee were "disheartening - deeply, deeply disheartening."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Perr also communicated with Senechal on at least three occasions, according to the e-mails. An Oct. 17, 2008, e-mail from Perr to Senechal asked for a $3,000 check from the "Medford account" to pay for a fundraiser at the Medford Village Country Club.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Senechal's e-mail responded with the balances of the Medford Democratic Committee and New Frontier accounts. There were not enough funds in the Medford account. Ultimately, the Medford Democrats paid the bill in November.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Perr also wrote Senechal in March of this year, asking if New Frontier had received any donations from a specific attorney or law firm. Senechal responded that it had not.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">In the third e-mail obtained by the newspaper, Perr wrote Senechal on May 12 this year telling him: "Do not move any money until after we speak."</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">When asked about that e-mail, Perr said, "That was legal advice." He declined to elaborate.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Perr said all his other communications with Senechal were routine and in line with his duties as party chairman.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">"When people asked where to fundraise, where to make donations, that was one of many places I told people they could donate to, to benefit Democratic causes," he said.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">Meanwhile, New Frontier's chairman, Hainesport attorney Dean Buono, said last week that the PAC would be dissolved after an audit of its finances was completed.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">While Buono has been registered as chairman since 2006, he has said he was not actively involved in fundraising or in deciding to whom the PAC donated. His name was merely on the paperwork, he said.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">He has previously said he did not know who was running the political action committee.</div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline"><em>Note: Dave and I won first place in "Responsible Journalism, First Amendment (The Art Weissman Memorial Award)" in the 2009 New Jersey Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest for a series of articles including this one.</em></div> News Clip: Democratic committee treasurer steps down tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:715 2010-04-05T22:00:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <p><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/04/democratic-committee-treasurer-steps-down.html">From the Aug. 4, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="byline">By: DAVID LEVINSKY AND MELISSA HAYES</div> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="affiliation"></div> <div id="pbTextBody"><p>The treasurer of the Burlington County Democratic Committee says he will resign from his…</p> </div> <p><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/04/democratic-committee-treasurer-steps-down.html">From the Aug. 4, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="byline">By: DAVID LEVINSKY AND MELISSA HAYES</div> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="affiliation"></div> <div id="pbTextBody"><p>The treasurer of the Burlington County Democratic Committee says he will resign from his party post, just days after it was revealed that he helped raise funds for a North Jersey politician charged in last month's federal corruption sweep.</p> <p></p> <p>Jeff Meyer, who has served as treasurer since 2006, tendered his resignation Friday by e-mail to committee Chairman Rick Perr. In the e-mail, he cites "increased demands for my time in my professional and personal life" for his decision to step down. Meyer's resignation will be effective this Friday.</p> <p></p> <p>The e-mail makes no mention of recent revelations that Meyer and other Democratic leaders helped raise funds for Hoboken Democrat Peter Cammarano III and that a Medford-based political action committee known as the New Frontier Committee also donated money to Cammarano's campaign as well as those of other Hudson County Democrats.</p> <p></p> <p>Cammarano was elected Hoboken's mayor in June but resigned Friday amid accusations that he accepted a $10,000 bribe from a witness cooperating with an FBI investigation.</p> <p></p> <p>Meyer, who is executive vice president of Capital Public Affairs Inc. in Princeton, a lobbying and public relations firm, hosted fundraisers on Cammarano's behalf and was one of more than 75 people who served on his mayoral transition team.</p> <p></p> <p>Reached Monday, Meyer provided the Burlington County Times with a copy of his resignation e-mail. He said he contemplated resigning for several weeks before submitting the letter to Perr. He declined to comment further.</p> <p></p> <a id="adjump" name="adjump"></a><p>Sources within the party said Meyer was asked to step down.</p> <p></p> <p>Perr, who also solicited donations for Cammarano, confirmed Monday that he had accepted Meyer's resignation. He said the party would find a replacement soon but declined to comment further.</p> <p></p> <p>The Burlington County Republican Committee, which revealed the connection between Cammarano and the New Frontier Committee on Thursday, continued to attack the Democrats on the issue Monday afternoon after news of Meyer's resignation became public.</p> <p></p> <p>"Jeff Meyer being forced out as treasurer of the Burlington County Democratic Committee is a clear indication that there are more shoes to drop in this growing scandal," GOP consultant and spokesman Chris Russell said in a news release. "It's time for county Democratic Chairman Rick Perr to answer the questions we first posed last week: What prompted him to direct tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to corrupt public officials in Hoboken and Hudson County?"</p> <p></p> <p><em>Note: Dave and I won first place in "Responsible Journalism, First Amendment (The Art Weissman Memorial Award)" in the 2009 New Jersey Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest for a series of articles including this one.</em></p> </div> News Clip: Mayor in corruption sweep has county ties tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:714 2010-04-05T22:00:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <p><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/02/mayor-in-corruption-sweep-has-county-ties.html">From the Aug. 2, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES and DAVID LEVINSKY</div> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="affiliation"></div> <div id="pbTextBody"><p>A North Jersey politician charged in last month's federal corruption sweep has ties to Burlington…</p> </div> <p><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/02/mayor-in-corruption-sweep-has-county-ties.html">From the Aug. 2, 2009 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES and DAVID LEVINSKY</div> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="affiliation"></div> <div id="pbTextBody"><p>A North Jersey politician charged in last month's federal corruption sweep has ties to Burlington County political leaders, who raised large sums of money for his campaign this year.</p> <p></p> <p>According to state Election Law Enforcement Commission reports, the Medford-based New Frontier Committee raised $15,400 for Hoboken Democrat Peter Cammarano III between April and June.</p> <p></p> <p>Cammarano was elected as Hoboken's mayor in a runoff election in June but resigned Friday amid accusations that he accepted a $10,000 bribe from a witness cooperating with an FBI investigation. He was one of 44 people arrested by the FBI on July 23. Others included state Assemblymen Daniel Van Pelt, R-9th of Ocean Township, and L. Harvey Smith, D-31st of Jersey City.</p> <p></p> <p>The New Frontier Committee is an ideological political action committee formed in 2006 by former county Democratic Committee Chairman Gary Karr and Medford attorney Jack Senechal, who serves as treasurer. Shortly after its creation, Evesham Democrat Dean Buono took over as chairman.</p> <p></p> <p>In its three years, the committee has raised about $119,000 and donated about $115,000 to Democratic candidates and political committees, mostly in Burlington County and South Jersey.</p> <p></p> <p>The largest donors to New Frontier were Hudson County-based Royal Printing Services; Hammonton engineering firm Adams, Rehmann &amp; Heggan Associates; engineers from CME Associates in Howell; and Palisades Park resident Joseph Dell'Aquila, who works for Hoboken development firm JDA Group LLC.</p> <p>In addition to the New Frontier PAC, county Democratic Party Chairman Rick Perr and party treasurer Jeff Meyer both solicited donations for Cammarano's campaign.</p> <p></p> <p>"While we tend to stay within our geography, this is one time that your assistance in another part of the state will help Burlington Democrats," Perr wrote in a March 9 e-mail to party members and donors. "I am asking you to donate $300-$500 to Peter Cammarano for mayor in order to put into place other young, progressive Democratic leaders like our own in Burlington."</p> <p></p> <p>In the e-mail, Perr asked that donations be sent to Buono's home in Evesham.</p> <p></p> <p>Meyer, who is executive vice president of Capital Public Affairs Inc. in Princeton, a lobbying and public relations firm, hosted fundraisers on Cammarano's behalf in the spring, and he was one of more than 75 people who served on Cammarano's mayoral transition team after the June election.</p> <p></p> <p>Perr and Meyer said they were shocked and sickened by the federal charges against Cammarano, who was considered a promising young Democratic leader. <img style="DISPLAY: none" height="0" alt="" src="http://us.bc.yahoo.com/b?P=fe7ea3f0-40fe-11df-b282-3b8b3b558c2c&amp;T=199hrg2qh%2fX%3d1270504978%2fE%3d2022775850%2fR%3dncnws%2fK%3d5%2fV%3d8.1%2fW%3d0%2fY%3dPARTNER_US%2fF%3d3629705276%2fH%3dYWx0c3BpZD0iOTY3MjgzMTUxIiBzZXJ2ZUlkPSJmZTdlYTNmMC00MGZlLTExZGYtYjI4Mi0zYjhiM2I1NThjMmMiIHNpdGVJZD0iNzQxMDUxIiB0U3RtcD0iMTI3MDUwNDk3Nzk5ODQzNyIgdGFyZ2V0PSJfdG9wIiA-%2fQ%3d-1%2fS%3d1%2fJ%3d918D0D4C&amp;U=13up3uo83%2fN%3dL0mEDkwNjVQ-%2fC%3d600632992.600656305.407437212.406930397%2fD%3dLREC%2fB%3d1749929501113992558%2fV%3d2" width="0"/></p> <p></p> <a id="adjump" name="adjump"></a><p>"We publicly and categorically denounce corruption in public office and those associated with it. To the extent that Peter is convicted [or] pleads guilty, he deserves the fullest sentence that the law will allow," Perr said Friday after being asked about the county party's connections.</p> <p></p> <p>The Burlington County Republican Committee revealed the connection between Cammarano and the New Frontier PAC on Thursday in a news release.</p> <p></p> <p>The release pointed out that New Frontier donated $1,500 to Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy's campaign in March, and that it also donated $3,500 to Cammarano's running mate, Hoboken City Council candidate Michael Novak, in May.</p> <p></p> <p>Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Deldini was among the 44 people charged in the federal corruption probe. Healy was not charged but was named in a federal criminal complaint. He has declined to resign.</p> <p></p> <p>Novak was unsuccessful in winning a seat on Hoboken's council but was named chairman of Cammarano's transition team.</p> <p></p> <p>New Frontier also donated $4,000 to A Voice for All Hoboken PAC last year, according to election commission reports.</p> <p></p> <p>Republican political consultant Chris Russell questioned why Burlington County Democrats were taking interest in North Jersey political campaigns.</p> <p></p> <p>"Burlington County property taxpayers deserve to know the truth about what interests county Democrats have with corrupt public officials in Hoboken and Hudson County," Russell said.</p> <p></p> <p>Perr and Meyer criticized the county GOP's attempts to connect them to corruption by association.</p> <p></p> <p>"I find it ironic that the Republican Party, whose very own membership rolls are filled with individuals who have been the subject of federal and state criminal investigations and who are involved in a proven scheme in which millions of dollars of inflated bills at the [Burlington County] Bridge Commission were funneled back to their party coffers, is in a position to lecture anyone about ethics or corruption," Perr said.</p> <p></p> <p>Meyer said the GOP was trying to "distract the voters from their record on taxes, spending and government."</p> <p></p> <p><em>Note: Dave and I won first place in "Responsible Journalism, First Amendment (The Art Weissman Memorial Award)" in the 2009 New Jersey Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest for a series of articles including this one.</em></p> </div> News Clip: Figures don't add up tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:713 2010-04-05T22:00:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <div class="byline"><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/07/figures-dont-add-up.html">From the Aug. 7, 209 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times:</em></a></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES</div> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="affiliation"></div> <div id="pbTextBody"><p>How much money did a Medford political action committee actually donate to a North…</p> </div> <div class="byline"><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/07/figures-dont-add-up.html">From the Aug. 7, 209 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times:</em></a></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline"></div> <div class="byline">By: MELISSA HAYES</div> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <div class="affiliation"></div> <div id="pbTextBody"><p>How much money did a Medford political action committee actually donate to a North Jersey Democrat embroiled in the midst of a public corruption scandal?</p> <p></p> <p>According to campaign finance reports filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission by the New Frontier Committee, the PAC donated $15,400 to Peter Cammarano III, who resigned as Hoboken's mayor last week.</p> <p></p> <p>It also donated $3,500 to Michael Novak, who ran for City Council and filed a joint campaign finance report with Cammarano and two other Democrats.</p> <p></p> <p>But according to reports filed with the state by the Cammarano slate, the New Frontier Committee donated $21,100 to the Democrats, a discrepancy of $2,200.</p> <p></p> <p>A spokeswoman for the Election Law Enforcement Commission, who declined to provide her name, said she could not comment on whether or not the commission was investigating the discrepancy because it would be a legal matter.</p> <p></p> <p>She said the commission launches investigations into campaign contributions when questions are raised internally and externally. She said the commission also conducts routine spot checks of campaign contributions.</p> <p></p> <p>Cammarano was elected mayor of Hoboken in a June runoff election but resigned July 31 amid accusations that he accepted a $10,000 bribe from a witness cooperating with an FBI investigation. He was one of 44 people arrested by the FBI on July 23. Others include state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, R-9th of Ocean Township, and L. Harvey Smith, D-31st of Jersey City.</p> <p></p> <p>The Burlington County Republican Committee raised the issue about New Frontier's contributions to Cammarano in a July 30 news release, questioning why a Burlington County PAC would donate to Hudson County officials.</p> <p></p> <p>The New Frontier Committee is an ideological PAC formed in 2006 by former county Democratic Committee Chairman Gary Karr and Medford attorney Jack Senechal, who serves as treasurer. Shortly after the PAC's creation, Evesham Democrat Dean Buono took over as chairman.</p> <p></p> <p>Reached Tuesday at his Hainesport law office, Buono declined to comment on the discrepancy in the reports or the committee's donations to Cammarano.</p> <p></p> <p>Senechal did not return a telephone message left at his office Tuesday.</p> <p></p> <p>Republican political consultant Chris Russell said Thursday that the funding discrepancy only creates more unanswered questions.</p> <p></p> <p>"The pay-to-play scandal linking top Burlington County Democrats to a North Jersey politician arrested on federal corruption charges is bad. The possibility that one or both sides violated campaign finance laws makes it even worse," Russell said.</p> <p></p> <p>According to New Frontier's reports, which were submitted by Senechal, the PAC donated $5,200 to Cammarano on April 8. It also made two donations to a joint campaign fund for Cammarano and his council running mates, contributing $7,200 on May 15 and $3,000 on June 1.</p> <p></p> <p>In addition, the PAC donated $3,500 to "Novak for Council" on May 8. However, there are no campaign finance records for such an account. Novak's fundraising is listed under the joint campaign.</p> <p></p> <p>Cammarano's reports record the $5,200 donation on April 13, but the other contributions don't match. The joint account lists a May 20 donation of $15,900. There is no mention of the $7,200 or the $3,500 given to Novak.</p> <p></p> <p>The post-election report, which would detail contributions made to Cammarano and his running mates in June, was not filed with the state, according to a spokeswoman for the Election Law Enforcement Commission.</p> <p></p> <p><em>Note: Dave and I won first place in "Responsible Journalism, First Amendment (The Art Weissman Memorial Award)" in the 2009 New Jersey Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest for a series of articles including this one.</em></p> </div> News Clip: Political action committee folds tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:712 2010-04-05T22:00:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <div class="byline"><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/14/political-action-committee-folds.html">From the Aug. 14, 2010 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></div> <br /> <p>By: MELISSA HAYES and DAVID LEVINSKY</p> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <p></p> <p>A Medford-based political action committee that donated to a Hoboken politician accused in a public corruption scandal is folding.</p> <p></p> <p>Dean Buono, a…</p> <div class="byline"><a href="http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/678/2009/august/14/political-action-committee-folds.html">From the Aug. 14, 2010 edition of the <em>Burlington County Times</em>:</a></div> <br /> <p>By: MELISSA HAYES and DAVID LEVINSKY</p> <div class="affiliation">Burlington County Times</div> <p></p> <p>A Medford-based political action committee that donated to a Hoboken politician accused in a public corruption scandal is folding.</p> <p></p> <p>Dean Buono, a Hainesport attorney and chairman of the New Frontier Committee, announced in an e-mail late Wednesday night that he was shutting down the PAC.</p> <p></p> <p>Reached by telephone Thursday, Buono said he wanted to set the record straight and that he was being made a scapegoat by Republicans and Democrats after revelations that the committee made campaign donations to Peter Cammarano III, who resigned as Hoboken's mayor amid allegations that he accepted $25,000 in bribes - through a middleman - from an FBI informant.</p> <p></p> <p>Buono said he signed on as chairman of the PAC in 2006 because he agreed with its mission of promoting ethical and progressive leadership in Burlington County. However, Buono said he never was actively involved in fundraising or deciding to whom the committee donated. His name was merely on the paperwork, he said.</p> <p></p> <p>"Unfortunately, I took my eye off the ball," Buono said of his lack of involvement. "The PAC, according to media reports, drifted from its core mission and from the values that I believe in. It lost the public's trust. I am deeply disappointed."</p> <p></p> <p>He said he couldn't say who was behind the contributions made by the PAC.</p> <p></p> <p>"I was not the decision maker. I was not involved," he said. "I don't know."</p> <p></p> <p>Burlington County Democratic Committee Chairman Rick Perr also has denied involvement with the committee.</p> <p>Jeff Meyer resigned as Democratic Committee treasurer earlier this month after news of the PAC's connections to Cammarano became public. He also has claimed no involvement with the PAC.</p> <p></p> <p>Burlington County Republican Party spokesman Chris Russell said although the PAC is dissolving there are still several unanswered questions.</p> <p></p> <p>"The Burlington County Democrats need to explain what compelling interest they had in bankrolling the campaigns of corrupt North Jersey politicians, why they knowingly used the New Frontier PAC to help Peter Cammarano skirt Hoboken's local pay-to-play laws, why the campaign finance reports filed by the PAC with the state are inconsistent with the ones filed by the disgraced Hoboken mayor and what is the real reason they cut ties with county Democratic treasurer Jeff Meyer so hastily in the wake of this scandal. The taxpayers of Burlington County deserve answers and they deserve them now."</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Called for a final audit</strong></p> <p></p> <p>According to campaign finance reports filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission by the New Frontier Committee, the PAC donated $15,400 to Cammarano's campaign.</p> <p></p> <p>The committee also donated $3,500 to Michael Novak, who ran for Hoboken City Council and filed a joint campaign finance report with Cammarano and two other Democrats.</p> <p></p> <p>But according to reports filed with the state by the Cammarano slate, the New Frontier Committee donated $21,100 to the Democrats, a discrepancy of $2,200.</p> <p></p> <p>Buono said he personally reviewed the finances and that the PAC's reports are accurate. However, he said he has called for a final audit to close out the books and assure people it did nothing wrong.</p> <p></p> <p>He said he thought about whether or not to dissolve the committee, which has been inactive since the Cammarano contributions. He noted that at the time the contributions were made, there were no allegations against the young Hoboken Democrat.</p> <p></p> <p>"The PAC is just nonfunctional and there's no purpose to it," he said.</p> <p></p> <p>In addition to the Cammarano connection, the New Frontier PAC has been accused of being a vehicle for "wheeling," a process that allows donors to circumvent individual campaign contribution limitations.</p> <p></p> <p>Under New Jersey campaign finance laws, individuals can donate only $2,600 per election directly to a political candidate's campaign. However, an individual can donate as much as $8,200 to a political action committee such as New Frontier, which can send up to $8,200 to an individual candidate.</p> <p></p> <p>In addition to bypassing donation limits, wheeling provides a loophole for most pay-to-play laws, restricting businesses and firms from receiving lucrative contracts from officials whose elections they helped finance.</p> <p></p> <p>The state's pay-to-play law restricts businesses that contribute more than $300 to state or county candidates from receiving contracts of more than $17,500. Many municipalities have their own laws, including Hoboken and Evesham, which disqualify businesses from receiving work if they have donated more than $300 to a local candidate or candidate committee.</p> <p></p> The laws don't restrict those businesses from donating to political action committees, which then can donate the money to candidates.<p></p> <p><strong>Contracts from Hoboken</strong></p> <p></p> <p>In New Frontier's three years of operations, it raised about $119,000 and donated about $115,000 to Democratic candidates, mostly in Burlington County and South Jersey.</p> <p></p> <p>Among the donors that contributed to the New Frontier PAC were engineering firms CMX Inc. and Remington &amp; Vernick, as well as the law firm Gluck Walrath. All three have received contracts from Hoboken, according to public records.</p> <p></p> <p>CMX Inc. donated $2,500 and received a $65,185 contract last year to perform environmental engineering at a public works garage the city is interested in selling. That contract was increased to $98,445 in June. The firm donated $2,500 to New Frontier in May, according to campaign finance records.</p> <p></p> <p>Remington &amp; Vernick received an engineering contract that could not exceed $50,000 from Hoboken in 2007. The firm donated $4,000 to the New Frontier Committee in February 2008.</p> <p></p> <p>Gluck Walrath received a $104,606 contract from Hoboken and a $171,187 contract from the Hoboken Municipal Authority. Records show five attorneys from the firm donated $275 each to the New Frontier PAC in February 2007.</p> <p></p> <p>Gluck Walrath and CMX Inc. long have held contracts with Hoboken, according to public records.</p> <p></p> <p>Democratic Freeholder candidate Kim Kersey is an attorney who represents CMX Inc. Perr's wife, Cindy, is an attorney at Gluck Walrath. Neither Cindy Perr nor Kersey made donations to the New Frontier PAC or Cammarano, according to records.</p> <p></p> <p>New Frontier also received contributions from the engineering firm Adams, Rehmann &amp; Heggan Associates and from engineers employed by CME Associates. Neither of those firms was awarded contracts in Hoboken during the last five years, according to a Hoboken response to an Open Public Records Act request.</p> <p></p> <p>Democrats also have been critical of wheeling by Republican committees. Earlier this year, former Evesham Councilman Michael Schmidt, who was among a Democratic slate defeated in the township's May nonpartisan election, filed a complaint with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission accusing the victorious GOP candidates of using wheeling to circumvent contribution limits because they received thousands in donations from Republican political action committees such as the Evesham Young Republicans, the Evesham Republican Club and the Evesham Federation of Republican Women.</p> <p></p> <p>The individuals or entities that donated to those GOP committees have not been made public because all the contributions to those groups were below $300.</p> <p></p> <p>The executive director of the Election Law Enforcement Commission would not confirm or deny that an investigation into Schmidt's complaint has been launched.</p> <p></p> <p>Gov. Jon S. Corzine has called for a new state law banning the practice as well as an extension of the state's pay-to-play ban to all municipalities. So far, the Legislature has taken no action on either of his requests.</p> <p></p> <p>Heather Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Citizens Campaign advocacy group, said the dissolution of the New Frontier Committee was an example of the impact public scrutiny can have. The group also has campaigned for a ban on wheeling.</p> <p></p> <p>"We've often said that it's going to require public scrutiny to end pay-to-play," Taylor said.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Unfair accusations</strong></p> <p></p> <p>Buono said he has been wrongly accused of being a criminal because the committee donated to Cammarano.</p> <p></p> <p>"Everyone is accusing me of being a crook because he was indicted, and that's unfair," he said. "To make that epic leap is unfathomable to me."</p> <p></p> <p>Buono said he is donating the remaining funds in the account to the Boys &amp; Girls Club of Burlington County, an organization that does good things for area residents.</p> <p></p> <p>"That has always been my goal as a public servant - ethical service to the people of Burlington County," he said.</p> <p></p> <p><em>Note: Dave and I won first place in "Responsible Journalism, First Amendment (The Art Weissman Memorial Award)" in the 2009 New Jersey Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest for a series of articles including this one.</em></p> News Clip: Abducted by his mom: Son of Jersey City man overseas for four years tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:711 2010-04-05T21:30:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jerseycity/index.ssf?/base/news-9/126863438612930.xml&amp;coll=3">From the March 15, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p>Flipping through photographs of his son Brendan, Brian McGinley smiles as he shares stories of trips to Wildwood, ice skating at Pershing Field and visiting the Intrepid.</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley, 45, of Jersey City, explains that even though he was an avid Rangers fan and grew up across the street from…</p> <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jerseycity/index.ssf?/base/news-9/126863438612930.xml&amp;coll=3">From the March 15, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p>Flipping through photographs of his son Brendan, Brian McGinley smiles as he shares stories of trips to Wildwood, ice skating at Pershing Field and visiting the Intrepid.</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley, 45, of Jersey City, explains that even though he was an avid Rangers fan and grew up across the street from Pershing Field, he did not learn to ice skate until Brendan was born in July 1998.</p> <br/> <div style="Z-INDEX: auto; xg-p: absolute; WIDTH: 1px; HEIGHT: 1px; OVERFLOW: hidden"><img id="StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_12/Spacer_SpanMJX.html" class="OAS_counter" src="http://ads.nj.com/RealMedia/ads/adstream_lx.ads/%3Ca%20href=" name="StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_12/Spacer_SpanMJX.html"/><a href="http://www.nj.com/xml/story/jersey_journal/nj/njc/L10/1511522587/StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_12/Spacer_SpanMJX.html/3050474a5545744c696c594144556549?_RM_EMPTY_&amp;">www.nj.com/xml/story/jersey_journal/nj/njc/L10/1511522587/StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_12/Spacer_SpanMJX.html/3050474a5545744c696c594144556549?_RM_EMPTY_&amp;</a>;;" width=2 height=2&gt;</div> <p></p> <p>But the happy memories abruptly stop in Christmas 2005, when McGinley's ex-wife Monika McGinley Mikeczova took their son Brendan to Slovakia - and never returned.</p> <p></p> <p>Brendan turns 12 this year.</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley, a supervisor for NJ Transit's Hudson/Bergen Light Rail who had visited his ex-wife's family in Slovakia, allowed Mikeczova to take their son to visit family over Christmas break.</p> <p></p> <p>At the time, the couple had been divorced three years and living separately. But McGinley said his wife had taken his son to visit relatives before and returned.</p> <p></p> <p>He still remembers receiving her phone call Jan. 4, 2006 saying she wasn't coming back.</p> <p></p> <p>"I was heartbroken," he said.</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley said the Hague Convention, an international treatise that governs international parent child abductions, failed him.</p> <p></p> <p>Although Hague mandates that cases be heard immediately, McGinley didn't get his first court date in Slovakia until September 2006. He won the right to bring Brendan back to New Jersey. But Mikeczova appealed and got to keep Brendan during that process.</p> <p></p> <p>In June 2007 the appeal was heard and McGinley again won, but Mikeczova filed yet another appeal.</p> <p>In February 2008, McGinley said the case went to Slovakia's Supreme Court, which interviewed Brendan and allowed him to decide which parent he wanted to live with. After two years in Slovakia, Brendan chose his mother.</p> <br/> <div style="Z-INDEX: auto; xg-p: absolute; WIDTH: 1px; HEIGHT: 1px; OVERFLOW: hidden"><img id="StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_11/Spacer_SpanMJX.html" class="OAS_counter" src="http://ads.nj.com/RealMedia/ads/adstream_lx.ads/%3Ca%20href=" name="StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_11/Spacer_SpanMJX.html"/><a href="http://www.nj.com/xml/story/jersey_journal/nj/njc/L10/441649877/StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_11/Spacer_SpanMJX.html/3050474a5545744c696c594144556549?_RM_EMPTY_&amp;">www.nj.com/xml/story/jersey_journal/nj/njc/L10/441649877/StoryAd/NJONLINE/Spacer_NJ_RoS_11/Spacer_SpanMJX.html/3050474a5545744c696c594144556549?_RM_EMPTY_&amp;</a>;;" width=2 height=2&gt;</div> <p></p> <p>"It's supposed to work expeditiously. They dragged it out for two plus years," he said. "Of course he's going to say he wants to live with his mom. He hasn't seen me in two years."</p> <p></p> <p>The decision devastated McGinley.</p> <p></p> <p>"I just don't want Brendan to feel that I didn't turn over every stone," he said.</p> <p></p> <p>The last time he spoke to his son was in July, when he called to wish Brendan a happy birthday. Otherwise McGinley said Mikeczova's family doesn't answer the phone when he or his family call.</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley recently received Slovakian court documents and was contacted by the federal State Department that informed him that his ex-wife is pursuing child support through the Slovakian courts.</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley said he plans to file his own paperwork, seeking parental rights to his son, whether that comes in the form of phone calls or visitation.</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley's situation is not unique.</p> <p></p> <p>Jeremy Morley, a New York attorney specializing in international divorce and familiar with McGinley's case, said he works on hundreds of abduction cases a year.</p> <p></p> <p>"It's very common," he said. "Here in the tri-state area, there are so many marriages where people are from different countries. When relationships break down, parents want to 'go home' with a kid. Often that means the other parent is deprived of the child."</p> <p></p> <p>He said about 80 countries have signed on to the Hague Convention. Some, such asCanada and Australia, are very good about abiding by the rules, but others, he said, including Slovakia, Honduras and Brazil, don't abide by it.</p> <p></p> <p>"Just because countries sign the convention doesn't mean they'll abide by their treaty obligations," he said. "Quite a number of them don't."</p> <p></p> <p>McGinley understands that he is out of options under Hague but hopes that sharing his story will help others.</p> <p></p> <p>"Even if I could prevent somebody else from maybe having this happen to them, I've got to believe there's something positive," he said. "Nobody can repay me for those years I've lost with Brendan."</p> News Clip: Jersey City is losing scores of firefighters eager to retire to protect benefits tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:710 2010-04-05T21:30:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/02/jersey_city_losing_scores_of_f.html">From the Feb. 25, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p>The <b>Jersey City Fire Department</b> has <b>lost 26 members</b> since the start of the year and will <b>lose 20 more</b> March 1 as firefighters rush to retire <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/gov_chris_christie_praises_pen.html">before the Legislature caps payouts.</a><br></br></p> <p>"All of a sudden, I've…</p> <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/02/jersey_city_losing_scores_of_f.html">From the Feb. 25, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p>The <b>Jersey City Fire Department</b> has <b>lost 26 members</b> since the start of the year and will <b>lose 20 more</b> March 1 as firefighters rush to retire <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/gov_chris_christie_praises_pen.html">before the Legislature caps payouts.</a><br/></p> <p>"All of a sudden, I've got all these people that are retiring," said Fire Director Armando Roman.<br/>Across the state, municipal and school employees are making a mass exodus, fearful of state legislation that would cap their payouts for unused sick time at $15,000.</p> <p><br/>The Senate <b>approved the bill,</b> S-4, 36-0 Monday. The bill would only apply to those hired after the bill is signed into law, but it has employees nervous enough to leave before it becomes law.<br/></p> <p>The Assembly is expected to introduce its version of the bill today. If approved, Gov. Chris Christie, a proponent for pension reform, is expected to sign it.<br/></p> <p></p> <p>Not only does it mean the city is losing firefighters, but retirees are walking away with large payouts for unused sick and vacation time.<br/></p> <p>The payouts to firefighters amount to about $5 million, said Jennifer Morrill, a spokeswoman for Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy.<br/></p> <p></p> <p>The city allotted a total of $7 million for "accumulated absence" payouts in the proposed current year budget. That's up from $4.5 million for that line item last year.<br/></p> <p>"If this continues, this is obviously going to exceed the allotted amount in the budget and the city is just not in the position to pay out any additional lump sum than what is allocated -- namely $7 million," Healy said in a statement.<br/></p> <p></p> <p>"We will instead have to develop a plan where we can pay these amounts out over a number of years.<br/></p> <p>"There may be some people who are happy about this because of the potential savings, but the serious downside is that we are losing some of our most knowledgeable and experienced personnel from the ranks of the civilian workforce and the Police and Fire departments," Healy added.<br/></p> <p>Roman is not surprised people are retiring.<br/></p> <p></p> <p>"You saved your time. You were told legally that you could accumulate your sick time," Roman said. "People have made plans with that money. It's been like a savings account for their retirement almost."<br/></p> <p>Roman said not too long ago he had 12 deputy chiefs. The department will be down to five deputy chiefs, 17 battalion chiefs, 132 captains and 372 firefighters.<br/></p> <p></p> <p>"We've been out to do more with less, and that's what we're trying to do," he said. "You have to manage with what you have for now, but inevitably something has to give. You can't just keep losing people at the record amounts you're losing them."</p> News Clip: Jersey City honchos receive huge payouts, stay on payroll tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:709 2010-04-05T21:30:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/02/jersey_city_honchos_receive_hu.html">From the Feb. 21, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p>Legislation backed by the governor that would cap retirement payouts didn't come soon enough to stop two longtime Jersey City employees from leaving with large checks.<br></br><br></br>Assistant Business Administrator <b>Roger Grego</b> and Chief of Administrative Services <b>Kathy Dealy</b> retired Feb. 1.<br></br><br></br>Grego walked…</p> <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/02/jersey_city_honchos_receive_hu.html">From the Feb. 21, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em>:</a></p> <p></p> <p>Legislation backed by the governor that would cap retirement payouts didn't come soon enough to stop two longtime Jersey City employees from leaving with large checks.<br/><br/>Assistant Business Administrator <b>Roger Grego</b> and Chief of Administrative Services <b>Kathy Dealy</b> retired Feb. 1.<br/><br/>Grego walked away with $238,138.11 for 127 unused vacation days, 356 sick days and six personal days. Dealy was paid $133,447.26 for 60 unused vacation days, 269 sick days and six personal days.<br/><br/>But even through they are retiring from their current jobs with hefty pensions, they will continue to bring home city paychecks.<br/><br/>The Jersey City Council approved resolutions Wednesday to create shared services agreements with the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and Jersey City Library, which have hired Dealy and Grego as consultants.<br/><br/>Councilman <b>Steven Fulop</b> and Councilwoman <b>Viola Richardson</b> abstained from voting on the resolutions, which passed 7-0-2.<br/><br/>"I like both as employees and they are great assets, however if you retire and take the payout, then you retire," Fulop said. "I don't believe one can have it both ways regardless of how good of an employee one is, especially when they are laying other employees off."<br/><br/><b>Business Administrator Brian O'Reilly'</b>s memo to the council said that Grego, who worked on labor contract negotiations, the budget and capital project development for the city, will be paid by the library as a consultant, but through the agreement will continue to work for the city. City officials didn't immediately say how much Grego was to be paid as consultant. <br/><br/>Daniel Becht, executive director of the MUA, said Dealy, who worked on the budget, capital accounts and fiscal matters related to the MUA, would work on financial issues and on the city's budget through the shared services agreement.<br/><br/>He said she would be paid hourly, for no more than 20 hours per week for a total of 90 to 120 days. Becht said the rate of pay has not been set.<br/><br/>Grego, who worked for the city for just over 38 years, was earning $127,104 when he retired and will be paid a $83,024.55 pension annually, city officials said.<br/><br/>Dealy, who worked for the city for 27 years, was earning $103,969 and will be paid a $62,972.16 pension annually.<br/><br/>In a memo to the council, O'Reilly noted that pending state legislation pushed by Gov. Chris Christie would cap retirement payouts at $15,000.<br/><br/>"As a result...the city is experiencing a sudden loss of knowledgeable senior employees," O'Reilly said, adding that the city hasn't had time to train replacements. "The shared services agreements will address the immediate needs," he said.<br/><br/>The city budgeted for the payouts after the legislation was introduced last year. The current fiscal year's budget, which will be voted on Wednesday, contains $7 million for accumulated absence payouts.<br/></p> News Clip: Census fails to reach newer residents tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-05:5403302:BlogPost:708 2010-04-05T21:00:00.000Z Melissa Hayes http://mediahookup.com/profile/MelissaHayes <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/04/census_didnt_know_to_send_form.html">From the April 2, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em></a></p> <p></p> <p>Yesterday was National Census Day, the day all residents were asked to return their completed forms.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>But several high-rises in Jersey City - which is working hard to outpace Newark as the state's largest municipality - never received Census forms.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>A resident of The Regent…</p> <p></p> <p><a href="http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2010/04/census_didnt_know_to_send_form.html">From the April 2, 2010 edition of the <em>Jersey Journal</em></a></p> <p></p> <p>Yesterday was National Census Day, the day all residents were asked to return their completed forms.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>But several high-rises in Jersey City - which is working hard to outpace Newark as the state's largest municipality - never received Census forms.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>A resident of The Regent in the Liberty Harbor North development called The Jersey Journal yesterday after reading a story in yesterday's paper about Jersey City's low Census response and said she never received a Census form.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>As it turns out, neither did her neighbors at the Zenith building in Liberty Harbor and nearby Gull's Cove, as well as Metropolis Towers and Grove Pointe on Marin Boulevard.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>These buildings represent thousands of residents.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>"It's bad and it's not just here, it's all over. I know New York has had complaints, Newark has had complaints," Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said last night about the no-Census form dilemma as he handed out palm card reminders to fill out the federal tally sheet at the Pavonia/Newport Path Station.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Aaron Eckenthal, president of the 'A' Condominium Association, at 389 Washington St., said he doesn't think anyone in his 250-unit building received forms.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Eckenthal estimates 1,000 people live in the building and said several residents contacted the U.S. Census Bureau only to be told to call back at a later date.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>"I suspect many other Downtown buildings have also been left out," he said. "This could have a significant impact on the population count in Jersey City and the federal and state funding the city receives."</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>When Healy kicked off the 2010 Census count at City Hall in January, he said the city, and specifically Metropolis Towers, was "grossly undercounted" 10 years ago. The site has over 800 units, but only 40 residents were counted, he said.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>While a number of Downtown residents didn't get a Census form, they said they got other notices from the U.S. Census Bureau including post cards with a phone number to call with questions and a reminder to return completed forms.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>John Theiroff, a resident at Gull's Cove who didn't get a Census form, said he was able to pick one up at the Main Branch of the Jersey City Public Library, on Jersey Avenue.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Mike Gregorio, a spokesman for the Census Bureau, acknowledged that the Bureau might not have had some of the newer developments on its mailing list, which he said the Bureau is updating.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Gregorio said he expected Census workers to make follow-up visits once they realize the omission.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>Healy told Brian Lehrer on WNYC radio yesterday that only about a third of the city has returned forms.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>"The way we feel, it's late in the third quarter, so it's not over," he told Lehrer. "We can still pull out this victory. We want to get everybody to fill out those forms and send them back in."</p> <p></p> <p><em>Journal staff writer Patrick Villanova contributed to this story.</em></p> Ramapo's Krautman Hits the BIGTIME tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-03:5403302:BlogPost:598 2010-04-03T16:06:32.000Z Nicholas Loffredo http://mediahookup.com/profile/NicholasLoffredo <p></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 12/17/09</b></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">After years of team practice and individual training, all of Ramapo High School senior Ross Krautman's athletic dreams are being realized.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Krautman, a four-year starter on the football team, has had an almost surreal few weeks. The kicker recently finished his last high school season celebrating a state title with his teammates on the turf at Giants Stadium. Now, the postseason honors are pouring in for an All-American who will play for his dream school, Syracuse University, starting next fall.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Krautman's family and Ramapo coach Drew Gibbs were in attendance last week at the Empire Theater in Manhattan to watch him win a 2009 BIGTIME High School Football Award as the region's best kicker. Krautman, who's been named an All-American by several recruiting services, also recently joined running back Jesse Devonshuk as first-team All-County selections by the Bergen Record.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I've worked so hard throughout my career on and off the field, so all those awards and accomplishments definitely paid off. It feels great to be awarded different things, but none of it gets to my head. It just makes me want to work harder and become a better kicker," Krautman said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">It's hard to see how he could get better, considering he was nearly perfect in four years of high school ball. Krautman set a <a href="http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/krautman-sets-state-record-in-ramapo-win" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">state record</a> for consecutive extra points in a game against Northern Highlands this season in which he converted his 60th, 61st and 62nd PAT to break a record set by his brother, Rick, in 2002. He continued the streak through the state title win over Wayne Hills, converting 81 in a row and 123 for his career to finish with the highest percentage of successful PATs in state history. In fact, Krautman only missed one PAT in four years, and that one came on a block during his sophomore year.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I give credit to my kicking coach Pat Sempier, who I've worked with since I was in the fifth grade. He was the one who taught me how to kick. I give credit to all my coaches because they had a lot of trust in me throughout my career with kicks," said Krautman, whose brother also helped give him tips over the years.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Krautman competed against four other finalists at his position to win the BIGTIME award, which was decided in part by Chuck Mound, a speed trainer, (<a href="http://www.chuckmound.com/" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">www.chuckmound.com</a>) and Chris Melvin, a recruiting analyst for <a href="http://eliterecruits.com/" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">eliterecruits.com</a>. While Melvin watched hours of game tape to winnow down lists of 30 players by position, online voting at the two sites helped select the winners. Krautman joined other standouts and future college athletes such as running back Tony Jones of Don Bosco, wide receiver Kai Dominguez of St. Joseph's Regional and defensive end Trevor Clemmings of Paterson Catholic in the winner's circle.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"He has one of the best legs I've seen in a while," Melvin said. "He's accurate, precise. I think he's going to be a brilliant kicker at the next level."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">While Krautman appreciates the recognition, it can't come close to the feeling of earning a<a href="http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/raiders-win-state-championship" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">championship</a> in the snow on the same field used by the Giants and Jets.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"It was the best feeling I have ever felt in my life. I had chills running onto that field. My dream ever since I was a freshman was to one day play on that field in the state championship game," Krautman said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Ramapo survived a first quarter injury to Devonshuk, their most potent offensive weapon, and still went on to defeat their archrivals, 16-8, behind a punishing defense and an offensive unit that stepped up upon losing its star.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"It was beyond description," said Jeff Krautman, Ross' father. "The memory is still vividly on my mind."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Raiders could have been shut out of Giants Stadium and the entire playoffs if not for a late-season run of victories. Ramapo had fallen to 3-2 in October after a loss at Ramsey and would later need to beat Pascack Valley to keep its postseason hopes alive.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Krautman said the Ramsey loss "woke up" the team.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"Ramsey was a good team, but we came into the game with no intensity or motivation to win at all. We were looking ahead of Ramsey before we played them. After we lost that game, we became a whole different team, and that's when the senior leadership came in. Everyone stepped up in practice, and we practiced with such great intensity. We knew that if we lost one more, we wouldn't make the playoffs, and that's when we felt we would win every game. We learned not to look ahead of a team and took each game by game."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">As if there wasn't enough pressure already, Krautman faced the prospect of having to kick in a snow storm against Wayne Hills.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"With the snow and swirling winds, it obviously made the kicking game even more of a challenge. I didn't think about the conditions or the big stadium at all though. I thought of it as kicking at any other place," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">That approach may help him next year, when he takes his kicking game to Syracuse University, home to the almost 50,000-seat Carrier Dome. Krautman can't wait.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"Nothing is better than kicking in a dome," he said. The senior also calls Syracuse his "dream school" with a "great tradition and great academics."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">He may not have to report for months, but the preparation has already begun. Krautman said he aims to train harder in the weight room the rest of the year while practicing his kicking game at Superdome Sports in Waldwick.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">Career Stats</b></span></p> <ul style="margin-top: 10px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 40px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; list-style-type: square; list-style-xg-p: initial; list-style-image: initial; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"> <li style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 2px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">18 field goals; career long, 44 yards, to tie a school record</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 2px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">56 touchbacks</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 2px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">123 of 124 PATs (state record)</span></li> <li style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 2px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 2px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">81 consecutive PATs (state record)</span></li> </ul> Raiders Win State Championship tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-03:5403302:BlogPost:597 2010-04-03T16:04:53.000Z Nicholas Loffredo http://mediahookup.com/profile/NicholasLoffredo <b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 12/5/09…</b><div><br></br></div> <b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 12/5/09</b><div><br/><div><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Ramapo stands alone as the class of Group 3, North 1.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Raiders came into Giants Stadium Saturday as underdogs in the minds of many fans, and that was before losing their best player to injury on the game's first series. No matter. The boys showed their resolve on both sides of the ball and put together a team effort to win a state championship over archrival Wayne Hills.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The 16-8 win in a blinding snowstorm denied the Patriots their sixth straight state crown under head coach Chris Olsen.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Wayne Hills and Ramapo have a long history of regular season play as well as state title match-ups, although the two schools didn't play each other this season after conferences were realigned. However, Saturday's game wasn't the first time they saw each other this year; the squads scrimmaged in the pre-season.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We couldn't bear the thought of going a year without playing them," Ramapo coach Drew Gibbs said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"The rivalry between our schools is tremendous. We have great respect for them. They have a tremendous commitment to winning," Gibbs said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Ramapo's chances of winning appeared to take a big hit at the start of the game when standout running back and captain Jesse Devonshuk was carted off the field after carrying the ball on first and 10. Devonshuk would return to the sidelines but was ruled out of the game with what Gibbs later said was a knee injury.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The captain's absence allowed other Raiders to step up on offense. Junior Scott Kuenzle filled Devonshuk's role and paced the Raiders ground game with help from fullback Sean Munier, who often dragged defenders on his 230-pound frame. Munier also keyed a stout defensive effort that completely took away Wayne Hills passing game.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Gibbs said the boys didn't flinch when Devonshuk went down.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I'm so proud of the way they reacted. A lot of teams, if you lose your best player on the second play of the game, they might have folded up, but there's no quit in these guys. They were tremendous."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Raiders struck first after the two teams started the day off with punts. Kuenzle, who hadn't played much in the backfield this season, gave the crowd a glimpse of what they'll likely see next year, as he converted a fourth down and got the ball again for a 22-yard score. Ross Krautman's point-after gave the Raiders a 7-0 lead.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The ensuing kickoff left Wayne Hills pinned back against their end zone, and Ramapo kept them there on a strong defensive stand. The Patriots were forced to punt, but the snowy ball went through kicker Tim Divers' hands and out of the end zone for a safety, putting Ramapo ahead 9-0.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">A Divers miscue led to more points for Ramapo later in the second quarter. He inadvertently took a knee when attempting to kick, which gave Ramapo the ball on the Patriots 45. Quarterback Tyler Ward and Munier capitalized on the mistake, connecting on a pass play that saw Munier streak up the right sideline for a touchdown. State record-holder Krautman made it 16-0, which Ramapo took to halftime.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Gibbs said he warned the team in the locker room against getting complacent.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"Whoever quits first is going to lose," he said he told the boys. "We kept playing for four quarters."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Wayne Hills got on the board in the third quarter after a Ramapo fumble. Star tailback Brian Dowling ran the ball in and then scored a two-point conversion to make it 16-8.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The score would hold due to Ramapo's aggressive defensive pressure, especially on Mike Quinn, the quarterback.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"That is what you have to do against a good high school quarterback like that, you have to blitz. We couldn't sit back there and let him throw the football."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Quinn often attempted to throw, especially as the pressure to score began to mount in the fourth. However, his receivers were blanketed by Raider defenders, and he often overthrew his targets. Wayne Hills' last series was mostly a succession of pass incompletions, and Ramapo was able to kneel down to preserve the victory.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"It doesn't get old at all," Gibbs said.</span></p> </div> </div> Teen Offers Window Into Others' Worlds tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-03:5403302:BlogPost:596 2010-04-03T16:01:50.000Z Nicholas Loffredo http://mediahookup.com/profile/NicholasLoffredo <p></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 1/4/10</b></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Chances are that if you look out your window, the view will offer the familiar, maybe even the mundane. But what if you could see the view from someone's window in Italy? Hungary? Israel? And if they could "visit" Wyckoff by seeing what we may take for granted each day?</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Township resident Coreen Burke, 16, is making such virtual visits possible, with the establishment of a new online project, <a href="http://www.outsidemywindow.tk/" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">www.outsidemywindow.tk</a>. The brand-new blog offers a glimpse into the lives and daily realities of people around the world, all via snapshots taken from their homes.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">While the concept sounds simple, the results are striking. Viewer-submitted photos include a transfixing view of the Romanian countryside, taken from the home of a teenager. Blog visitors can see the sun come up over Malaysia or watch it set over the Bahamas. Skylines and regionally specific architecture abounds, allowing viewers to tour small towns around the world without leaving their homes.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Burke, a Ramapo High School junior, explains that the blog originated in part from her interest in sightseeing.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I want to travel. I'd like to see the world," said Burke, who hasn't gotten very far yet. "I've never left the country. I've never been on a plane," she said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">When Burke decided to create a new blog, she wanted something unique and was surprised to find that there wasn't a similar blog elsewhere. Outsidemywindow was established just barely two weeks ago, but the idea is already catching on.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I didn't expect to get any pictures, but I've been getting seven or eight a day," she said. Viewers around the world sent 52 photos in the blog's first week.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">In fact, Burke is having a hard time keeping up with the blog's fast growth, seeing as how she juggles school, track and volleyball, which she plays year-round. The junior would like someone near her age to help run the blog, which she'd like to improve.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I didn't want this to be a blog, I wanted it to be a Web site... but I can't code for my life!" Burke said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"Ideally, I want somebody who is better at coding than I am."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Burke is no Web novice, though. She's had two or three Web sites in the past, all of which were "complete failures," including the defunct Everything in a Sentence. "We'd pick a topic and write a sentence about it," she said. "It was a lot of work."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The teen has always been interested in and adept at computers, to the benefit of her peers. "My friends call me when something is wrong with their computers," she said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Burke would like to major in computer information systems in college, and is already looking upstate at SUNY-Binghamton and Oneonta, as well as in Virginia at George Mason. She also hopes to continue playing sports in college.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Although the windows blog may have started as something of a lark, Burke already has plans for the future. She'd like to move it over to a dot.com address and hopefully find a partner who can help make it an open source site, where viewers can upload their pictures directly, upon the administrators' approval.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Presently, she sifts through the submissions herself and promises to upload at least one picture a day. All appropriate submissions will be used, though.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I get really excited when I get a new country."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">She didn't necessarily intend for the blog to be a business, but the page already features advertising, and she will split whatever profits come with a future partner.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Viewers who would like to have their pictures featured can send them to Burke at outsidemywindowblog@gmail.com. Additionally, any teens interested in helping to run the blog can contact her at the same address.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"As long as it's something of where you live, I'm not picky. Everyone's location is unique."</span></p> School Boards Lose Millions in State Aid tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-03:5403302:BlogPost:595 2010-04-03T16:00:37.000Z Nicholas Loffredo http://mediahookup.com/profile/NicholasLoffredo <p></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 3/18/10</b></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">School districts were well aware heading into the current budget season that they were likely to sustain a cut in state aid, owing to New Jersey's economic problems and the governor's desire to make deep spending cuts. The reality—unveiled Wednesday—is far worse than a simple reduction, leaving Wyckoff and Ramapo-Indian Hills with only days to make difficult funding decisions.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Both the local and regional districts will receive no state formula aid under Chris Christie's proposal to lower state spending on education by approximately $819 million. While districts had been told to expect a 15 percent reduction in their overall aid figure, the state Department of Education's aid numbers represent up to 5 percent of the overall budgets.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Wyckoff Board of Education will lose $1,452,374 while the Ramapo Indian Hills Board of Education will have to make up $2,102,944. The figures excludes specialized state aid used for debt service, Social Security payroll taxes, etc.—$2,257,524 for Wyckoff and $2,643,532 for Ramapo Indian Hills.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">State Education Commissioner Bret Schundler defended the increased cuts in a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon. He avoided discussing individual districts and their cuts, stressing the overall aid figure.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"Districts had the understanding that it would be 15 percent and it is a number that is less than that," Schundler said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">However, that simply isn't true for the local and regional districts. A 15 percent cut in aid would have left both boards with some money to work with. Instead, since Wyckoff and RIH's aid doesn't even rise to 5 percent of the overall budget, they joined dozens of mostly suburban districts in losing their entire formula package.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Both Wyckoff and RIH have until only early next week to adjust their 2010-11 budgets to reflect the total loss of aid.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Wyckoff school board <a href="http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/board-oks-school-budget-awaits-news-on-aid" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">tentatively adopted</a> a $36,593,029 budget earlier this week with a projected expenditure increase that had already incorporated cuts in planned capital projects while keeping district offerings stable. The <a href="http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/rih-keeping-costs-down-as-it-awaits-aid-figures" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">regional district's budget</a> has been projected to come in at $49.5 million with a roughly $1 million expenditure increase that can be attributed almost entirely to fixed costs and contracted increases.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Wyckoff business Administrator Alan Reiffe has said the board identified a series of cuts that could be made based on different aid assumptions, but the board had not budgeted for the possibility of a 100 percent reduction.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Wyckoff board can take advantage of a cap waiver that would give districts the option of essentially passing the loss on to the taxpayer by exceeding the state's 4 percent expenditure cap and incorporating the loss into the tax levy. Were the district to cut the existing budget by the full $1.45 million, the administration expects that personnel and/or programs could be in jeopardy.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">RIH had been expecting to keep all existing programs without having to make cuts because of cost concerns. Business Administrator Frank Ceurvels could not be immediately reached for comment as he works to revise the budget. Check back with Patch later for updates.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Schundler defended the cuts by saying that the state Legislature can avert layoffs at the school district level by quickly implementing Christie's package of public employee reforms. The package includes changing the pension and health benefits packages for teachers, including requiring co-pays and larger payments for pensions. The co-pays would apply to school personnel who retire after the changes are made, but not to those who leave their jobs before the proposals are enacted.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Schundler said this will allow for more quick retirements from teachers who do not want to pay part of their health insurance in retirement. He said quick enactment, which is not considered likely, will help stem the expected layoffs in school districts statewide.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"That will dramatically reduce the number of personnel reductions that would be achieved through a layoff," he said. "These reforms will reduce costs to the districts and create a need for early retirements."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">In addition, Christie has proposed a constitutional amendment requiring a 2.5 percent cap on expenditure increases. That amendment could not become law until the end of the year at the earliest. Districts currently face the 4 percent cap, and the local districts have criticized the idea of lowering the ceiling while they still deal with state mandates and fixed costs.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Schundler said he has instructed county superintendents to thoroughly review each school district budget and be prepared to make line-item vetos in order to make further reductions before the budgets go to the voters on April 20. State law allows county superintendents to make these vetos.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Wyckoff school board will conduct a public hearing on the budget at 8 p.m. April 1 at Eisenhower Middle School. Ramapo Indian Hills will hold its public hearing at 7 p.m. March 31 in the Ramapo High School auditorium.</span></p> Helping Kids Play Hockey, One Donation at a Time tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-03:5403302:BlogPost:594 2010-04-03T15:58:23.000Z Nicholas Loffredo http://mediahookup.com/profile/NicholasLoffredo <p></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 3/12/10</b></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Ice hockey is not a game easily played; any committed player knows the sport is costly. From sticks to masks to pads to skates, it can easily cost hundreds of dollars for equipment that sees much wear and tear, making the sport prohibitive for the less fortunate.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">But with a Ramapo student's help, kids from urban areas will be able to suit up and hit the ice—for free.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Brandon Nicodemo, a junior and member of the school's ice hockey team, has launched a Web site, <a href="http://www.secondtimerink.com/" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">www.secondtimerink.com</a>, to solicit donations of used hockey equipment for distribution to economically disadvantaged youths.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"It's nice to help out and make someone happy," the Wyckoff resident said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Although its only been active for a few weeks, Nicodemo is already receiving interest from people with old equipment taking up space in the basement. Those interested in donating need only contact him through the site; Nicodemo will take care of the rest, from arranging for pickup to distribution.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Donations will get to needy kids via <a href="http://www.hockeyinnewark.com/" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">Hockey in Newark</a>, a nonprofit organization that has partnered with the New Jersey Devils, the Newark Public Schools and the Newark Recreation Department to both teach urban children the game and provide them the equipment to hit the ice.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The organization was born out of the efforts of East Side High School hockey coaches Keith Veltre and Dennis Ruppe, who helped resurrect a moribund hockey program at the Newark school that was failing before the men were hired in 2003. After many donations of equipment and many hours of teaching the game, the coaches began to draw more kids to the team, which made the playoffs in 2006. Hockey in Newark was launched to support that progress, and it soon attracted powerful sponsors.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">However, while Hockey in Newark benefits from a corporate sponsor such as the Devils, it is reliant on the efforts of volunteers like Nicodemo to continue its mission.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><i style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; font-style: italic; background-xg-p: initial initial;">"</i></b>Hockey in Newark would not have the success it has had thus far without the help from people like Brandon. The hockey world is filled with some of the best people, and Brandon exemplifies teenagers at their best," Veltre said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Nicodemo first became involved in the effort last year, when the Devils fan learned of Hockey in Newark while attending a game at the Prudential Center. After looking over a flier, he "thought about it and figured I could help," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The then-sophomore set out to hold a charity drive for old hockey equipment at Ramapo. Word quickly spread, and the week-long drive was so successful, his father had to rent a van to deliver the donations to Hockey in Newark.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"Bins were overflowing," Nicodemo said. "From the great response, I figured, wow, I can definitely do more."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">With the help of a relative who owns a Web design firm in California, Second Time Around the Rink was born. Nicodemo designed the site's logo himself, featuring two sticks and a puck, meant to evoke the familiar recycling logo. People interested in donating can fill out a form located on the site or contact Nicodemo via e-mail (<a href="mailto:info@secondtimerink.com" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">info@secondtimerink.com</a>) or phone (201-848-7637). Now that he has his license, the Ramapo student will go to homes himself to pick up equipment.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The effort is a natural outgrowth of the teen's love for the sport, which began when he started playing roller hockey as a small boy. After hitting the ice for the first time in middle school, he was hooked.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"Once you get into ice hockey, you want to play. Whenever you can get on the ice, you do," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Nicodemo's on the ice often; he plays on club teams in the fall and spring and trains in the summer. Winter's are reserved for Ramapo, where he was a member of the junior varsity this season. Although the team will lose six players to graduation from a group that reached the state quarterfinals this year, Nicodemo said "we'll be strong next year" under the leadership of coach Lee Barber.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">With senior year looming, Nicodemo will have to start thinking about life after high school soon. He's not yet sure of what he'd like to study but is interested in attending Fairfield University, where his brother, Matthew, is a student, or possibly Loyola or Villanova.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Nicodemo knows he's fortunate to live in Wyckoff and attend Ramapo, afforded opportunities that not all children experience. He realizes that hockey can be a luxury and just wants to do whatever he can to help others play the game he loves.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">That support is much appreciated, Veltre said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I am extremely proud of the children who are in the Hockey In Newark program, but I am equally proud of the young men who are still in high school and sacrifice a lot of their spare time to be involved with Hockey In Newark. In the end, Brandon exemplifies what our program is all about. It's a win-win situation when you can bring suburban and urban children together to share in a common bond and passion."</span></p> Township Officials: Where's PSE&G? tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-03:5403302:BlogPost:593 2010-04-03T15:56:57.000Z Nicholas Loffredo http://mediahookup.com/profile/NicholasLoffredo <p></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 3/15/10</b></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The effects of the weekend's powerful storm are still being felt in Wyckoff, as power outages, downed power lines and uprooted trees continue to pose dangers for residents.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">A mobilized Township Committee has been busy coordinating emergency response with the police and fire departments, who have been responding to calls around the clock since Saturday evening. However local officials are largely at the mercy of a force they can't control: the utility company.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Mayor Rudy Boonstra said PSE&amp;G "won't give him an answer" as to when attention may be paid to the township, where two critical facilities—Christian Health Care Center and the Eastern Christian Children's Retreat—are keeping residents warm with backup generators.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Noting the presence of several PSE&amp;G crews in the Ridgewood area today, Boonstra said it's a "tremendous misallocation of resources" on the part of the utility company given the township's population of vulnerable residents, especially those at the aforementioned facilities.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">After being told by police Chief Benjamin Fox that a utility crew was working near Cedar Hill Avenue and Cedar Court, the mayor said "one crew is not enough.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"The answer is for PSE&amp;G to get here and repair the problem," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Committeeman Kevin Rooney agrees. "We're very concerned about our residents," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Power is still largely out in the Sicomac section of the township, down Cedar Hill Avenue to the border with Midland Park.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">A PSE&amp;G representative could not provide any data on how many residents within the township are still without power, saying the utility does not have town-specific numbers. However, most estimates that have been released publicly, as well as to township officials, say power will be restored by Wednesday, if not Thursday. Additionally, Rockland Electric still shows a handful of residents without power, with Wednesday estimates for restoration, as well.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Karen Johnson, a PSE&amp;G spokesperson, could not provide information as to the planned response in Wyckoff. She said the utility generally first repairs "the equipment that will bring the largest number of customers back at one time," before moving on to restoring individual customers.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"It's a pain-staking process at this point," she said, noting the continued bad weather has been bringing in reports of new outages.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Additionally, PSE&amp;G's president attended a county news conference this afternoon, during which Bergen Executive Dennis McNerney declared a state of emergency.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"This is a near hurricane-like atmosphere, and we're treating it like the major storm it is," he said at the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management in Paramus, with PSE&amp;G President Ralph LaRossa and officials from United Water and Rockland Electric present.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Calling it the "largest event in their service territory," LaRossa credited the 70-mph winds and melting snow for the massive hit to Bergen County power coverage. Currently, 57,000 Bergen County residents remain without electricity.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The emergency declaration enables the county to use public buildings as shelters. Bergen Community College's gymnasium will be utilized for temporary overnight housing. Additionally, the Midland Park senior center will remain open until 10 p.m.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The county also asked all municipalities to estimate preliminary damage and faxed assessment forms so officials may apply for disaster relief funds.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">Township hazards</b></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The mayor was particularly concerned about a dangerous situation at the intersection of Holly and Merrywood drives, in the Sicomac section of the township. The storm felled a tree that subsequently took down four phone lines. Police have erected a sign warning residents of live wires at the entrance to the closed Merrywood Drive.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Boonstra said PSE&amp;G have been notified of the situation, which is an obvious danger to any nearby resident or passerby. Yet, the scene remains the same: a tangled web of downed lines blocked by police tape.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"It's an irresponsible situation," Boonstra said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The residents of the Cedar Hill condominiums, who are predominantly seniors, have been struggling without heat or power since Saturday. Jack Fox, the president of the Cedar Hill Condo Association, said residents among the complex's 98 units have been calling him, but he has no answers. He said he and his wife were able to sleep last night, heavily bundled up, and plan to stay in their home, but he worries about his residents who may not have people to check on them. Among those dealing with the elements is a 95-year-old woman who may need to be evacuated.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Indeed, a chill was in the air inside the condo complex's "clubhouse," where elected officials, police Chief Fox, fire Chief David Murphy and police Lt. Charles Van Dyk met with the condo association's Fox and representatives of the Christian Health Care Center, who offered Jack Fox the use of a room in case the elderly resident needs another place to stay.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Space is available in the township for those residents who may need shelter. Murphy, who also heads the local Office of Emergency Management, said the township has multiple areas that could be used as shelters if the need arises. However, the primary shelter, Eisenhower Middle School, is not an option, as it's also been without heat and power.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Chief Fox urges residents to call the police with any problems related to the storm, and they'll coordinate responses with the Wyckoff Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Fire Department, Department of Public Works, etc. Fox also said the police will provide residents with transportation, if need be.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We'll work with you," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Douglas Struyk, president and CEO of the Christian Health Care Center, which houses hundreds of elderly and infirm residents, said his facility at Sicomac Road lost power on Saturday but has been operational with the help of three generators. However, the backup power only provides reduced heat and electricity for up to 48 hours when fully gassed. Even with the generators, he said many of the residents are getting anxious, aware that "things aren't the way they're supposed to be."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Chief Fox said at least eight cars within the township have been crushed by trees since Saturday, and Rooney said a tree went down and through a home on Midland Avenue.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"The structural damage was incredible," Rooney said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Murphy said the Fire Department has responded to more than 60 calls since Saturday. Van Dyk and Fox said the police have not had much of a problem with traffic accidents, despite the presence of several four-way "Stop" signs in lieu of working lights at intersections.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"People are being cautious," Van Dyk said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Police have been on steady patrol since the storm hit, trying to identify potential hazards and rope off areas with downed power lines. Some "don't know they're exposed and on the ground," and the police can do little to alleviate the situation until PSE&amp;G responds and confirms the wires are without charge, Fox said. Officials warn residents to assume any lines could be live and not to go anywhere near them.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Additionally, while municipalities served by United Water have been issued advisories to boil water before drinking, no such situation exists in Wyckoff, mainly served by Ridgewood Water, Fox said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The lingering effects of the storm also served to cancel schools today. With Eisenhower out, officials had no choice but to cancel classes for all students. Superintendent Dr. Janet Razze and Administrator Alan Reiffe could not be reached for comment today, although residents signed up to receive the district's Honeywell alerts can expect notification this evening if the district is forced to close the schools again. However, the district no longer has any days built into the annual schedule, so any days missed now will have to be made up at some point.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Additionally, Ramapo High School was dismissed early today due to water pressure problems. Superintendent Dr C. Lauren Schoen also could not be reached, although parents signed up through Honeywell also would receive word at home should the regional district be forced to cancel classes Tuesday.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Boonstra said the township also has been in touch with Sen. Kevin O'Toole's office in an effort to continue to put pressure on PSE&amp;G to get to work in Wyckoff.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><i style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; font-style: italic; background-xg-p: initial initial;">Ridgewood Patch Editor Sam Fran Scavuzzo contributed to this report.</i></span></p> Staff Cut, Capital Slashed in Wyckoff School Budget tag:mediahookup.com,2010-04-03:5403302:BlogPost:592 2010-04-03T15:56:04.000Z Nicholas Loffredo http://mediahookup.com/profile/NicholasLoffredo <p></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;"><b>By Nicholas Loffredo, Wyckoff Patch, 4/2/10</b></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Ten staffers will lose their jobs, capital expenditures will be sharply reduced and taxes will rise should voters approve the 2010-11 Wyckoff school budget.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The Board of Education unanimously adopted a $33,228,727 spending plan Thursday that calls for a $31,808,113 tax levy that would increase the average tax bill, based on a home assessed at $807,000, by $290. Initial projections made before the board learned it would <a href="http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/school-boards-lose-millions-in-state-aid" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">lose its state aid</a>estimated an <a href="http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/tentative-school-budget-calls-for-average-226-hike" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">average tax hike of $226</a>, but the board chose to apply some of the lost aid toward the overall levy, which is increasing by 4.2 percent over the current plan.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We have worked tirelessly" to minimize the impact of the state aid loss, said board President Daniel Moynihan, who delivered a budget presentation to an audience of dozens at Eisenhower Middle School. The loss of $1.45 million in aid left the board with "hard choices to make."</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Among those choices was to let go of 10 staffers. Two world language teachers will lose their jobs, as well as two Eisenhower Middle School teachers. Four clerical aides will be let go, along with a part-time ESL teacher and a part-time nurse at Eisenhower (who will be replaced with a part-time aide).</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Moynihan explained that world language programs will not be cut from the district's offerings as a result of the loss of teachers. Rather, the district will find ways to incorporate the lessons within the daily programming as opposed to instruction being delivered by set teachers.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We have to be creative with it and decide how to do it," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Similarly, students who need instruction in English as a second language will still receive that attention; the district plans to designate two schools among the four elementary schools where lessons will be provided, rather than at each school.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Staffers were not the only casualties of what Moynihan termed a "maintenance budget." Interscholastic sports will be eliminated, at a savings of approximately $30,000. However, the travel program could be resurrected under new terms. The board president said the district could consider a "pay to play" option, where parents pay an extra fee for their child to participate in a sport, or the board could look to work with the Wyckoff Family YMCA and/or the Wyckoff Recreation Department to provide sports offerings.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"I wouldn't say its dead, just wounded," Moynihan said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Capital expenditures will be sharply cut, affecting planned painting and paving projects. The 2010-11 budget allots $294,500 toward improvements, down from $722,454 in 2009-10 and $1,403,000 in 2008-09.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The school board had initially drafted a budget under the assumption that aid from the state would be reduced by 15 percent, as articulated by education Commissioner <a href="http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/schundler-defends-school-budget-cuts" rel="nofollow" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 51, 153); text-decoration: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;">Bret Schundler</a>. However, Gov. Chris Christie's budget proposal called for aid packages to be reduced by up to 5 percent of districts' total budgets. Wyckoff, like many suburban districts, lost its entire expected $1.45 million package as its aid doesn't rise to even 5 percent of the total operating plan.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The board could have applied the entire aid loss toward the tax levy and taken its chances at the polls, as the state is issuing waivers to exceed the mandated 4 percent expenditure increase cap. Instead, it chose to cut nearly $900,000 from the 2010-11 budget and apply the balance of money lost toward the amount to be raised by taxation.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We have to find ways with less dollars to do more," Moynihan said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">However, the spending plan doesn't include just expenditure reductions. Mandated and contractual costs are rising. Teacher salaries are slated to go up by 4.4 percent next year, with a $20.6 million outlay that represents nearly 62 percent of the total budget.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Moynihan and business Administrator Alan Reiffe confirmed that the district did send letters to the employee unions, requesting conversations on a wage freeze that could potentially lead to the restoration of some state aid, under a Christie proposal made public last week. The unions have not responded thus far, although Wyckoff Education Association President Kathy Bowers said earlier this week that the governor's suggestion was a "Band-Aid, not a solution.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"The WEA wants to be a part of the solution for excellence in education, not a quick fix to balance his budget," Bowers said via e-mail.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Bowers did address the board and administration Thursday, praising them for the work they put into the budget.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"You were able to keep the integrity of the district and staff intact. I appreciate all the time, energy and forethought that was spent preparing the budget... I know for the staff members that lost their jobs and the programs cut, it stinks. It always does. But I think we need to point out that the district lost staff and programs due to the governor's budget cuts. We need to remember that in your initial budget, no jobs or programs were cut," she said to a round of applause.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Other fixed increases in the 2010-11 plan include $3.73 million in health benefits, representing more than 11 percent of the budget, and $2.1 million for special education and tuition, roughly 6.2 percent of the budget. Utility costs are budgeted at $1.07 million.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Resident Robert Grossman of Frederick Court asked the board about how much thought has gone into future budget cycles, as the funding situation may not improve.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We are always having conversations," Moynihan said, detailing various examples of how the district could theoretically be restructured alongside its counterparts in the FLOW districts.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We're always looking big picture, but unfortunately we have a myopic view of it today," he said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">Resident Jim Savage was concerned about rising taxes.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We're out of work, our houses are foreclosed on ... the message really is that we're supposed to be taking the taxes down to nothing... we are not a bottomless pit.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">"We have to find a way to hold the numbers down," Savage said.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The school board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Eisenhower. Moynihan will again deliver a budget presentation.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 14px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-style: none; border-right-style: none; border-bottom-style: none; border-left-style: none; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; font-size: 1em; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: transparent; border-width: initial; border-color: initial; background-xg-p: initial initial;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 19px;">The budget's tax levy will be up for a vote on April 20.</span></p> Social media and minors: Where do we draw the line? tag:mediahookup.com,2010-03-30:5403302:BlogPost:910 2010-03-30T19:30:00.000Z Louis C. Hochman http://mediahookup.com/profile/LouisCHochman <p>I got a little blowback this week for a social media-outreach effort: We at DailyRecord.com created a <a href="http://bit.ly/aKGyJA">Facebook group</a> to ask Morris County, N.J. students what they thought of the major budget cuts that threaten programs and staff sizes at their schools.</p> <p>We thought it was a good way to represent a typically underrepresented voice in the school budget debate. But some parents thought otherwise.</p> <p>Some of our online commenters thought we were…</p> <p>I got a little blowback this week for a social media-outreach effort: We at DailyRecord.com created a <a href="http://bit.ly/aKGyJA">Facebook group</a> to ask Morris County, N.J. students what they thought of the major budget cuts that threaten programs and staff sizes at their schools.</p> <p>We thought it was a good way to represent a typically underrepresented voice in the school budget debate. But some parents thought otherwise.</p> <p>Some of our online commenters thought we were stirring up trouble — inciting kids to protest (the very idea for the page was prompted by the massive student-organized school walkouts that happened this week). Another parent called me, worried that we were encouraging kids to be fast and loose with their privacy — in particular when I asked for photos from one of the protests that our paper didn't attend.</p> <p>Everyone knows by this point that the news industry is supposed to be using social media to better engage audiences — but where do we draw lines when minors are involved? Are there new rules we need to develop and consider? New ways we need to apply and clarify the rules we've always followed and respected?</p> <p>I have a <a href="http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20100501/OPINION03/100429070/Teens-show-how-to-discuss-issues-civally">column on the matter running in the Daily Record</a> (edit: The link is now dead, but the article is copied below). But I'm also curious what the MH folk have to say on this. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.</p> <p><a href="http://bit.ly/aKGyJA">Here's the Facebook group.</a></p> <p>-Lou</p> <p></p> <p>-----</p> <p> </p> <p><span class="font-size-4"><strong>We can learn a lot from teens — if we'll listen</strong></span></p> <p>By Louis C. Hochman</p> <p>A lightbulb lit up over my head Tuesday -- right after someone else did me the favor of flipping the switch.</p> <p>One of the Daily Record's more Web-savvy reporters, Meghan Van Dyk (@MeghanVanDykDR to you Twitter folks), realized what should have been obvious to all of us well before thousands of students across New Jersey walked out of their schools in protest of Gov. Chris Christie's budget cuts -- these kids have something to say.</p> <p>There are plenty of people affected by and injected into the ongoing debate over how to handle school budgets in a fiscal crisis -- teachers and their union, taxpayers, school board members, and, of course, the governor. We hear from all of those parties regularly. But we in the news media don't often hear from the students whose education is in play.</p> <p>In part, that's because those students simply aren't easily found in the places we go -- they don't spend their evenings at school board meetings, and their phone numbers aren't listed in county directories. Talking to students involves more effort; that means it often doesn't happen, which is a shame.</p> <p>So Meghan suggested we engage Morris County's teens on their own turf: Facebook. We created the Morris County Student Sound-Off group. As I monitored and moderated the group, I got two surprises -- one very pleasant, and one less so.</p> <p>Let's start with the second: The Daily Record (and I) got a little blowback from people who thought the group would cause trouble. Some online commenters thought we were encouraging students to protest, throwing out any claims to objectivity or impartiality along the way. One parent called me, worried we could violate teens' privacy with the group.</p> <p>Of course, that wasn't our intention. As we try to use new and social media to hold more complete conversations, fine lines are easily blurred. We're in new territory, and we're aware we've got to tread boldly, but thoughtfully. But I'm glad most respondents seemed to understand what we were trying to do: Open our ears to whatever these frequently underrepresented stakeholders in the budget debate have to say.</p> <p>And that brings me to the pleasant surprise: The teens who posted to our Facebook group, by and large, offered civil, well-thought out and varied perspectives on the budget crisis. The masses who walked out of schools in Morris County and elsewhere sent one message: Gov. Christie's budget cuts put students' futures at risk. That sentiment was shared in our Facebook group as well, but it was part of a dynamic discussion.</p> <p>Some students said the New Jersey Education Association is unfairly demonizing Christie ("Someone is manipulating the kids in thinking the Gov. is doing a bad job"). Others wondered why administrator pay is so high, or whether it would really be so bad for teachers to sacrifice more ("My dad hasn't had a raise in two years and my mom hasn't been able to find a permanent job, so they don't understand why a pay freeze for school employees is such a big deal"). And some took issue with the protests themselves, saying they should have been done in a way that wouldn't disrupt the very education the protesters claimed to value ("I'm sad to say a good number of people standing out there today didn't even know why they were there").</p> <p>Contrast that with the debate that's raged on DailyRecord.com. There, adults and teens alike are also having a valuable discussion about the budget and protests -- but it's often interrupted by people who are hateful or vandalous, or who get so caught up with emotion they resort to personal attacks. Here's one of the more timid examples from the last few days: "Do you have OCD that you must keep repreating (sic) yourself? Didn't I prove last night that you're not to (sic) bright -- what are you doing back?" </p> <p>So thanks, teens, for showing us that what we hoped to find is true: Sometimes, you're the ones offering up the most mature and balanced commentary. And when we dismiss or forget what you have to say, it's our loss.</p> <p><em>Louis C. Hochman is the associate digital editor of the Daily Record, and didn't have any Facey-booky Twitter-tweeting doohickeys when he was a kid. Now get off his lawn.</em></p> <p> </p>