Springfield Republicans File for Recount
Following a close election marked by unusual circumstances due to Tropical Storm Sandy, Springfield Republicans have asked the courts to once again go over the ballots. This week, Springfield Republicans filed paperwork with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Union County requesting a recount of the ballots cast for the four candidates for Township Committee. The Union County Board of Elections certified the results on November 26, 2012. David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski were declared winners by a narrow margin, with Bandrowski has beating incumbent Jerry Fernandez by five votes.
Springfield Parent Protests Newly Implemented Teacher Gift Policy
In a letter to the Editor, an anonymous Springfield parent decried recently enacted changes to school district policy. This year, parents have been told not to collect gifts for teachers as they have in the past. The edict follows other school mandate considered by some parents to be draconian and against the natural state of youth and childhood, including the end of Halloween parties and rules surrounding treats at school.
Wake Me Up on January 2nd: Grief and the Holidays
What can you do when the holidays aren't happy? Patch blogger and grief councilor Lisa Athans offers advice for coping for holiday seasons that fall shortly after the loss of a loved one, reminding those who are grieving to be extra good to themselves at this time and to be gentle and take care of yourselves and those around you who also may be grieving during this holiday season.