Thursday, February 14, 2013
Hilltop Conservancy Treasurer Theresa Trapp pens Letter to the Editor regarding county deer hunt.
Thursday, February 14
Essex County’s 2013 deer hunt has come to a close, once again removing many of this over-abundant species from our reservations (Hilltop – 61, South Mountain – 43). Contrary to naysayers, deer have not become extinct because of the program, and there are small signs that our nature preserves are beginning to recover from decades of browse damage. Contraceptives are sometimes proposed as an alternative to hunting. However, we need to acknowledge that non-lethal methods to control deer populations would involve significant investment of taxpayer dollars, particularly immuno-contraception (e.g., GonaCon). Each GonaCon inoculation costs more than $1,000 per dose (including locating, immobilizing, inoculating and collaring). In addition, each…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Resident expresses outrage about the recent dismissal of varsity softball Coach James Galioto.
To Concerned West Orange Community Members: As a parent of two daughters that played varsity softball under Coach James Galioto, I find it outrageous that he was inexplicably not recommended and rehired as head softball coach at West Orange High School. He was notified of his termination on Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays! He has worked for many years building a losing program into a consistently winning one, rebuilding the middle school program, providing winter clinics for elementary students, and assisting in coaching fall and summer travel team activities for his players. He was also named Essex County Coach of the Year recently. This move is outrageous and irresponsible. Were his players and their parents consulted on this decision? Am …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Re: The Library During a recent visit to the West Orange Public Library I was saddened to see a police officer stationed in the main reading room. Instead of investing in much needed infrastructure and capital improvements, including a resolution of the historic Edison site, it would appear that we need to deploy public safety officers in the reading room. I am not aware of the history or the safety needs for the deployment. What concerns and disappoints me is the obvious decline in the values and respect for each other which has apparently resulted in this utilization of our scarce human resources. In light of the holiday season, I would suggest that we rethink how to respond to these issues considering even the use of auxiliary …