Letter to the Editor: Rooney, Jepsen Care for Wyckoff

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Dear Editor,

It would be my honor to write a letter of support to re-elect Kevin Rooney and elect Haakon Jepsen for Township Committee on November 6th. This Rooney-Jepsen team is compassionate about doing what is best for the citizens of Wyckoff. I personally know Kevin and his family and know their moral values and devotion to the town of Wyckoff.

Throughout the past 3 years of Kevin being on the Township Committee, I have seen drastic improvements in the town we all love.  Kevin has kept the town of Wyckoff a place where mothers like me want to raise their children. I have full trust in him that he will do the same if re-elected. Kevin is dedicated to keeping the small town charm of Wyckoff and keeping property taxes low, which is the reason I moved to this beautiful town.

His time and commitment for the town is truly one to take note of. Last year during his term as Mayor, there were major storms that hit Wyckoff. Kevin and his wife Hayley, were out helping the citizens any way they could.  He is a true leader, who does not stop until the job is complete. They both are very hard working people who will keep running Wyckoff the right way.

When casting your vote on November 6th, please cast your vote for the Rooney-Jepsen team.

Karen LaCorte

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NLTITAN October 15, 2012 at 01:02 PM
So is Eileen Avia - she helps her neighbors too! I guess I'm crazy but I still can't figure out why you say there are improvements in town. What small town charm???? Low income in the middle of Wyckoff?? Can someone please tell me what background Jepsen has? No one seems to answer me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
James D October 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Why must you attack every letter Linda? Do you see anyone attacking Avias? If you do not think Wyckoff has the small charm feel then you should consider moving to somewhere that you feel has the charm.
James D October 15, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Gary Rabinowitz October 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
@James D -- I don't see comments made by "Linda C" as an attack. She a) defended Avia, b) reasonably questions assertions made by Rooney/Jepsen that seem untrue, and c) asked what qualifies Jepsen to be on the TC. I ask "James D" -- since moving to another town is so disruptive, why wouldn't a long time resident instead fight to preserve (and dare I say, "conserve") their current town? The great irony here is you have supposedly "liberal" (Democrat or Democrat-leaning) local politicians seeking to actually conserve what most in town consider to be Wyckoff's defining character. When it comes to town-changing development, the supposedly "conservative" (Republican) local politicians are either incompetent (they try but lose) or dishonest (they never try but campaign as if they really do try/want to conserve the small town feel). Another comment thread noted that it is illegal for TC members to get involved in zoning decisions. If so, then all TC members should clearly state that they are useless on the most important issue (over - development) in town and honestly campaign for their ceremonial position. So James D -- what do you have to say? Are TC members useless on zoning? Cheers - GXR
Ed October 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
James D.- You obviously missed the twenty (20) or so character assasinations of Ms. Avia and the equal number of comments denigrating her thirty (30) or more years as primarily a Special Ed teacher by John Unglert! If anyone feels that there is need for a new face with fresh ideas on the town council: A Very Intellegent Alternative
Gary Rabinowitz October 15, 2012 at 09:23 PM
@ Ed, Linda C and John A. Unglert: that comment thread was embarrassing. Shame on you. From now on, go to the Montclair patch with that stuff.
Ed October 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Gary, Why did you wait so long to say something?? I made my first comment about the tone of the discussion in the 19th comment!! I got sick and tired of your friend(???) Unglert personally trashing Ms Avia. If you go back and look at the comments, I made THREE!!!! Linda C. made FOUR!!!! JR SEVEN!!!!!!! Leaving EIGHT!!!!!!!! and John Unglert made FIFTEEN, YES, FIFTEEN, Including 3 in a row, 5 in a row and 3 more in a row, besides the one at a time ones. Each and every one of them something mean and snotty and insulting about Ms. Avia, Linda C., Leaving or me. No, not shame on me; SHAME ON YOU for not saying something earlier to the one posting all the rambling and derogatory comments. Your bias is stinking to high heaven. As far as going to the Montclair patch, take your own advice because I'm not going anywhere while there are still skunks and other vermin around here who don't see anything wrong with trying to tear someone down for no other reason than that person is running for office who disagree with the commentor's viewpoint!!!!! I don't care if it's Avia, Rooney, Jepsen or anyone else who's running; NO ONE deserves that type of treatment!!
NLTITAN October 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM
James D - I am merely expressing my OPINION! I didn't start all these back and forth "digs". JR and John Unglert started on me with "Donna Reed" and some stupid thing about balancing a check book?? I merely stated it would be nice to have a female on the TC. Avia is MORE than qualified! She had to run as a Democrat just like Scanlan did. It's just like when I watch these cooking shows - there is only one female Iron Chef. I emailed Food Network and stated that females shouldn't even compete because they won't win. How long have you lived in Wyckoff? Gary Rabinowitz - what did I say that was so wrong? Comment thread was embarrassing? What are you talking about? You were so nice on your first reply. Also, thank you Ed for sticking up for "Leaving" and me. I guess you're not allowed to express your opinions! Yes - I've lived in Wyckoff for a REALLY long time and that's why I can't stand the fact that it isn't a wonderful, charming town!!!!!
Gary Rabinowitz October 16, 2012 at 01:11 AM
@Ed-my "bias" is likely with you on the issues and the candidates, for the record. I quickly scanned the other thread's comments this morning as I was tied up all weekend. Mr Unglert needs a refresher on good manners, but he received some potshots that were uncalled for, too. Lets stay on topic, Wyckoff Patch commenters do a good job of (eventually) policing the crazies (in fairness to Ed, maybe not in a timely manner). Cheers all, GXR
NLTITAN October 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I have a crazy idea - let's put in Rooney and Avia and forget about Jepsen. No one seems to know anything about him any way! The reason I say that is no one answers me when I inquire about Jepsen!! Every letter, etc., is about Rooney!!! OK - I'm done with all of this. We'll just see the outcome in November! Go AVIA!!
Gary Rabinowitz October 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
@ Linda C: He is, by all accounts, a very nice guy. His tangible qualifications (aside from the subjective stuff -- enthusiasm, good attitude, energy, yatta yatta) -- are: Community wise - "Haakon currently serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment as 1st Alternate. He is also an active parishioner at Saint Elizabeth's Church where he is co-director of the 20th Annual Men's Cornerstone Program." Work- "Haakon is a Senior Analyst for Deutsche Bank's Global Technology Engineering division, thriving in that fast-paced and highly dynamic business environment."
Andrea October 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Just a little more info about Haakon: Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Maryland. His father is a former D.C. police officer who now maintains a legal practice serving law enforcement. His mother recently retired from a distinguished 26-year career as a Maryland public school teacher. This background has given Haakon a deep appreciation for the impact of public service. Haakon is a community-oriented husband and father, who will be a fresh force in resolving township issues. He will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the Township Committee, and provide open-minded and dedicated service. Haakon earned a Bachelor of Arts from Towson University and a Master of Fine Arts from the Catholic University of America. He is an arts and design enthusiast as well as an occasional editorial cartoonist for the Wyckoff Patch. He prides himself on being the oldest student at Wyckoff's Tae Kwon Do school where he earned his green belt earlier this year.
Ed October 25, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Andrea - Thanks for the info; although vague on what fresh ideas he will bring, you did supply some much needed background (as well as Gary R.) on Mr. Jepsen.


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