Monday, November 3, 2014
Why do they do this? Well, there are several reasons.
Their election advertising for the next year will read "Vote For Mayor Smith" and there are many politically-naïve residents who think that they are actually chosing their mayor. This also allows next year's candidate to get a lot of Mayoral photo-ops and other free advertising without running afoul of the NJ Election Law - so far.
And now with the advent of social media like Facebook, the "Mayor" can open a Facebook page, use his honorific title, and claim that it is a personal page even though he self-identifies as a politician. He loads up this "mayors" page with vote-for-me advertising, only lets his worshippers (otherwise known as fans) and sycophants post on there, and blocks and deletes the comments of residents who don't agree with him.
Of course, this is the same mayor who works as a lobbyist and sent out a disgraceful negative political mailer last week.
"Effective social systems depend heavily on compromise. It is impossible to gather a large number of people without some disagreements, so dissension must often be subverted for the common good. Without a willingness by the majority to compromise, the social structure of the group quickly erodes."
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Hillsborough’s voters can hope that Mr. Tomson and Ms. McCauley understand that this was wrong. If they consider this moral and right, if they consider this politics as usual, if they don’t do whatever they can to correct it, then we are all in trouble.
One can hope that this mailer backfires. That the residents of Hillsborough prove they possess a higher moral character and more intelligence than Tomson and McCauley think they do. That voters realize that this was character assassination that has gone beyond the pale.
It has occurred to the HNJJ crew that members of Hillsborough’s Republican Organization may be afraid to stand up for what they know to be wrong . Maybe they fear that they will be the next target. Maybe this has to do with monetary support or hoped-for political appointments. Maybe there is an old-fashioned shunning that takes place. All of the members of the HNJJ crew are so glad they are unaffiliated. - SG
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The ordinance addresses "Vacant and Abandoned Residential Properties", establishing minimum standards for the maintenance, appearance, and condition of these houses.
The exterior should not be in disrepair, have out-of-service pools, have dead/rotting/diseased trees or loose or overhanging tree limbs, accumulated junk, litter or debris, accumulated hazardous, noxious, or unhealthy substances or materials, and not have landscaping in major disrepair.
There is a list of 15 conditions used to ascertain that a property falls under this ordinance. These include overgrowth, accumulated papers/circulars/flyers, disconnected utilities, junk/litter/trash, absence of window treatments, broken windows, deterioration of the property, and boarded up entries. Three of them existing on an individual property may fulfill the ordinance's definition of an abandoned and vacant property.
The ordinance also list maintenance standards for vacant and abandoned properties including uncut grass, exterior repair, loose parts that may fall, water entering the building, and broken gutters.
For more complete information, the entire ordinance may be read at the Township website under Introduced Ordinances 2014-11
If it appears that an empty house exists in Hillsborough that may meet these criteria, they may be reported to Health Officer Dr. Glen Belnay at the Hillsborough Municipal Building.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
This week one of the HNJJ crew had jury duty. That is not to say that they served on a jury or even saw the inside of a courtroom, but following the receipt of a Jury Summons in the mail and several emails over two weeks-or-so they actually drove into the county seat at 8:30 a.m. one morning to report for jury duty.
This person forgot what commuting at the same time as people who work "normal" hours is like. It is not good. Try not to let it effect your mood if you get on a jury.
After finding the parking garage, walking over to the Jury Assembly Room via the courthouse metal detector, and checking in, the waiting began. The jury assembly room is in a beautiful historic church that even contains four Tiffany stained glass windows.
Finally, the nice jury duty lady gave the welcoming informational speech and the potential jurors screened the NJ Judiciary Juror Orientation Video Part 1: You the Juror. This is an interesting movie that everyone should watch, even if they haven't been summonsed for jury duty. But, the HNJJ crew member - being a type A person - had already watched the movie at home.
By late morning the peanut-butter-and jelly sandwich brought for lunch was beckoning. But just then, the nice jury duty lady made an announcement that we were free to go as our potential case had settled.
The remainder of the week consisted of several more emails advising that the jurors did not have to report and finally thanking the jurors for their service.
Interesting, but kind-of a disappointment and makes for a rather boring HNJJ post which won't have to be repeated for three years.