Letter to the Editor: Rooney, Jepsen Care About Issues That Matter Most

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Dear Editor: 

It will be my pleasure on November 6th to cast my vote to re-elect Kevin Rooney and elect Haakon Jepsen for Township Committee. The Rooney-Jepsen team cares about the issues that matter most to our community.

Over the past three years as a member of the Wyckoff Township Committee, Kevin’s devotion and care for all Wyckoff residents shined brightly. As our mayor in 2011 he made the hard decisions on what was best for the entire community.

This year as the finance committee chairman, he was recognized by his peers on the Township Committee for his forward out of the box thinking. The 2012 municipal budget [growth] of less than 1 percent was recognized by Mayor Chris DePhillips as lowest in Northwest Bergen and Committeeman Brian Scanlan honored Kevin by stating, “You made lemonade out of lemons.”

Kevin’s fiscal prudency and leadership skills are truly a required asset on the Township Committee. The Rooney-Jepsen team will bring the balanced business like approach best represented for all of Wyckoff.

Maintaining the character and small town charm of Wyckoff, while recognizing that property values need to remain high is part of their focus. They understand the need to keep our municipal tax low, our children and residents safe, and reduce traffic congestion.

On November 6th, please cast your vote for the Rooney-Jepsen Team. 

Chela Bruno

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John A. Unglert October 13, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Is Ms Avia on any local board or commission? Ah, nope. Haakon is an accomplished businessman with an excellent IT resume. He works in a very technical field where he is outstanding. His job, alone, requires Haakon to have a very extensive knowledge base. Haakon wife is FROM WYCKOFF, born and raised. Haakon's in-laws live in Wyckoff, so he knows, directly the needs of seniors in Wyckoff. Haakon is deeply involved in a very serious program at Saint Elizabeth's RC Church where some of his time is in counseling ADULTS, not children, which I think is a grand qualification since he will be interacting with all residents. I am not a 5th grader any longer and I fear Ms. Avia is going to be the teacher as they always are. Finally Haakon Jepsen has the traits required to SERVE Wyckoff without thought to his own self aggrandizement but to what HE CAN DO FOR WYCKOFF. I do not believe Ms. Avia has that quality. I firmly believe that Ms. Avia has a liberal/progressive agenda which will cost us a lot in taxes. Actually she scares me. I am sure she is a very nice lady and neighbor. But being a nice neighbor is not a qualification for this office when my tax rate is in her liberal/progressive hands. Well, if she somehow would to get Agenda 21 in place I could start to sue everyone on behalf of my squirrels which would then offset my tax rate.
John A. Unglert October 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I see an ACLU progressive here. And frankly I am very tired of the PC crap. I am tired of “everyone gets a trophy” and lets all feel good. Ms Avia has consumed the kool-aid of the liberal left and I will work with my vote to not have it in Wyckoff. I will continue to use tongue and tonsils to oppose, in a civilized, fact based manner to support those who are QUALIFIED for Office. And Ms. Avia has yet to show ANY VALID qualifications to handle the Township of Wyckoff in any reputable manner. But she was a teacher. Kevin Rooney and Haakon Jepsen come with verifiable track records of success in business and success in handling large financial matters and have equipped themselves with the knowledge necessary to operate Wyckoff. Thus I say again, why is Ms. Avia never at a Township Committee Meeting ? Why has she never addressed the Township Committee with any of her concerns for the Township ? Why has Ms. Avia never spoken up before, EXCEPT to help refuse a vote by the WEA to a salary raise go from 2.2 percent rather than 4.9 percent when most of Wyckoff was going through a deep financial crisis and even the Township Employees agreed to a ZERO percent increase. Oh NO, Ms. Avia has shown her mettle in the best way possible. She shall sell us out from house and home. WEA first
John A. Unglert October 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
My faith will be placed in the people who do something and are well known for their service to this Town ! And on the ballot on 6 NOVEMBER 2012 there are only two who have – ROONEY and JEPSEN. They have served Wyckoff in effective and honorable ways. Ms. Avia has served Wyckoff by causing our school tax rate to INCREASE and never to help out the residents first rather the WEA first Oh wait, she was doing it for the kids, right ? What a bull… line that one is. My apologies for the language.
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 01:09 AM
1. You need to give your ill-placed gripes against teachers a rest. If you think it's such a great job, go be one instead of spending all of your time on here bashing people. 2. You are delusional if you think members of the Township Committee had nothing to do with Boulder Run. People on this forum say you are smart...
JR October 14, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Leaving, Please explain what members of the TC had to do with Boulder Run. Also, whatever dreck you supply, do you have anything to back it up?
Ed October 14, 2012 at 04:26 AM
How UTTERLY DESPICABLE to launch personal attacks at Ms. Avia and to denigrate the work she has done and still does, including teaching summer school, with Special Education students, many of whom have severe mental &/or physical handicaps!!!!! I personally know five (5) students who, thanks to her (their words not mine) unique communication skills and patience, have become productive members of society, two (2) of whom served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces protecting your sorry, pompous asses and your freedom of speech to spout your verbal diarrhea!!! Perhaps you should have spent a year in her class learning, among other things, respect for other people, civility and tolerance. Your statements make me wonder who the mentally challenged REALLY are!! Remember, it's never too late to go back to school and learn something!!
JR October 14, 2012 at 04:43 AM
You put yourself into the public arena by running for office, you open yourself up to criticism. It's not rocket science.
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Plenty of info, but it's not necessary to ask me anything. Why don't you speak to the man who was Mayor at the time? He had plenty to do with it. I don't know how you could have the idea that members of the TC had nothing to do with Boulder Run. Be serious. My information is not dreck. Just because you don't agree with someone doesn't mean they are wrong and therefore deserve to be insulted. Grow up.
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Criticism and insults are two very different things. Look it up.
John A. Unglert October 14, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ah, show us the proof "Leaving" . Stop using inuendo, speculation, and hearsay but bona fide, verifiable proof. I know all the men who are on and were on the TC at the time. I will even state, here and now, that I may disagree with Mr. Scanlan's politics I will state he is a HONORABLE MAN and does what he believes what is best,in his heart AND I fill fight for his right to do just that. I also know not ONE of the members of the TC would break the law by acting as you seem to think. They just would not do it. Maybe YOU also, "Leaving" need to attend a TC meeting and state your case, factually to the TC. But I have never seen you at a TC meeting, have I. Say what you will, but unless you're involved you cannot know and gather the facts.
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 02:17 PM
To Mr. Unglert, What is wrong with you? I did not use hearsay, innuendo or speculation. Stop trying to pick fights and insult people. As far as Mr. Scanlan goes, I agree that he is a truly honorable man, and I said nothing to suggest otherwise. I don't even know why you brought up his name. I have been to many public meetings; just because you are there doesn't mean you know everyone in the room. Congratulations that you see all of our Township Committemen in a positive light. Over the years I have had experiences with them that showed them in a different light; on Township issues. You can keep your opinion, and I will keep mine. By the way, do you believe every politician? When you are done drinking the Kool-Aid, I have a bridge to sell you.
JR October 14, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Leaving, You have still provided no factual basis for your allegations. If you have something, show it. If not, it's hot air.
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Bottoms up!
JR October 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Riiiight. We're drinking Kool-Aid because you have absolutely nothing to demonstrate otherwise. You're no better than a birther.
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 08:17 PM
There you go with the name calling again. Also, again; talk to the gentleman who was the Mayor during the time that Boulder Run was being planned. He's the only one who can tell you, although I'm sure he won't tell the truth. If I give you information, you will just call me some more names. Enjoy the sugar. By the way, you really should start your own blog, rather than using this forum as your personal diatribe space. You could call it WTCCheerleader! Oh, that opens so many possibilities!
JR October 14, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Here's a better name, soothsayer, because apparently you are able to divine information out of nowhere. Deflect all you want and tell me to "talk to the Mayor", you still have no proof to support your contention. You made an allegation, but offer nothing in support. After this many rounds, it's evident that you have nothing you (not a former mayor, a leprechaun in your yard, Liberace, whoever) can offer in support of your position. Maybe I will start a blog, and if I do, you can guarantee anything I post will not be pure conjecture like you offer here.
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Great, good luck to you Kool Aid Drinker!! It's always best not to look too deep.
NLTITAN October 14, 2012 at 09:19 PM
What are your comments based on? You obvious don't even read the FREE paper we receive. Avia had a whole article on her background!! She is more than just a teacher!!!! What is my misguided emotions?????? Because you seem to know me better than I know myself! If you're going back to me stating it would be nice to have a female on the TC then you are dumb!! You know what is even dumber (if that is a word) - taking my time arguing with you and JR! You two are the type to vote for Rooney and Jepsen (which you still haven't answered me when I asked what you knew about him?????) because they are Republican! See that statement I just made was similar to your idiot statement about balancing a checkbook!! Has Jepsen held any public office? Does he know the laws governing the TC? Do these questions seem familar??? You and JR probably want the CHCC to be expanded too! I have gone to see "Meet the Mayor" since Mayor Avia started it. Have you? Oh - Mayor Avia - the last name sound familar? See ya - no more comments from me -
NLTITAN October 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Bravo " Leaving" - I know for a FACT and it was told to me at a meeting - "we fell asleep on the Boulder Run project".
John A. Unglert October 14, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Ah, Linda, if you read below I believe you will find my supporting arguments
Ed October 14, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Wait a minute. WAIT A MINUTE!!!! I knew the name JOHN UNGLERT rang a bell when mentioned in a prior comment. Ramapo HS, known to most of the student body as JOHN THE NARC, working undercover with the police to RAT OUT fellow students in something that should have been none of your business but even at that young age you couldn't overcome the urge to try and destroy other peoples' lives! If I remember correctly, your best friend was John Milligan who later went on to become a Wyckoff cop who was FIRED for "allegedly" asking young, female drivers for sexual favors in lieu of being issued a motor vehicle violation!! Good company you kept. Guess you haven't changed much or, for that matter, grown up as you are still strying to besmirch people and do what you can to destroy them!! My guess is that your two main idols are Richard M. Nixon and Judas Iscariot!!!! Enough said, STOOLIE RAT BUM!!!!!
John A. Unglert October 14, 2012 at 09:54 PM
You mistake me for John MILLIGAN, of fame from Green's and other places where we was selling firewarks, etc. Best you get YOUR facts straight.
John A. Unglert October 14, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Sorry, I meant HE
John A. Unglert October 14, 2012 at 09:55 PM
However it is oft made mistake...
Leaving October 14, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Well, now it all makes sense! Thank you so much, Ed! John the Narc and John Milligan; 2 fine upstanding citizens who have apparently gone on to do nothing productive with their lives and blame everyone else for that fact. Like I said, you need to grow up and stop bullying people on a local forum. I guess that makes you feel like a man?
John A. Unglert October 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Ah, first off I see no reason to attempt some defense, however, you all seem to have your facts WRONG and are way too small to admit it. Yes, John and I were friends in grammer school. However in HS we were not. I spent my own time with the Lawshe/Schmidlin group. My contact with the WPD at the time was with Dick Canova, Ray Whitford and Jay McCormick busting me a few times for various activities, mostly involving some rebuilt cars. However think what you will. It is a cruse one must have being freinds with someone in grammer school. LOL, of course it is interesting that when someone cannot state facts they come up with som 40 year old confusion as an attack on a person, rather than the subject. Enough said on my own part, on this matter.
Ed October 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Just got off the phone with "D", one of the people you helped "pinch." I am only using one initial so you might have a hard time going back through your files, probably bronzed, to identify who it is. YOU YOU YOU!!! were the one who was the source of the arrest which, by the way, made it impossible to get in to the college of choice. Nice way to ruin someone's career before it gets off the ground! As for you and Milligan being friends, I did not say in grammer school, moron; I said HIGH SCHOOL!!!!! Sorry if you findf the word "HIGH" offensive in any context. Actually, I'm not sorry, Judas!! I'm sure the fireworks thing dealt with grammer school rather than high school; after all, elementary students are able to get fireworks much more easily than a high schooler! By the way (which could be BTW, like your asiinine LOL), a simple FOI request could put this whole issue to rest. Does it drive you absolutely insane that there is now MEDICAL MARIJUANA? Imagine that!! Low-life bottom feeders, snitches and plain old RATS like you will have a harder time earning a few extra dollars at the expense of others. LOL AH!!!! Of course you want to drop it now Mary!! Getting a little too hot in the kitchen????
John A. Unglert October 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Whatever you say Ed. File your FOI, please. I think you will find you have been very badly mistaken. When that occurs I trust you will be man enough to offer an apology.
Joseph M. Gerace (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Wyckoff Patch is your forum, it's your community, it's your place to share ideas and opinions and discussion — so I'm not a big fan of diluting your discussion or moderating the things you say. However, full disclosure, I'm getting complaints regarding some of the comments here. Please just be mindful that this is a public forum and the people here — and the people reading — are your neighbors. Thanks, y'all.
Ed October 15, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Joseph, no problem. Please make sure that Unglert, who started it with his character assasination of Ms. Avia and denigration of her profession will cease and desist from further similar actions against people who are exercising their right to run for office without having to be subjected to Nixion-like tactics.


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