In order for our residents and other readers of the Suburban Trends to get a true understanding of the events and occurrences in Riverdale as reported in the newspaper, we will attempt to correct their mistakes, misrepresentations and typographical errors. We understand that we all make mistakes, but those presented in the media as facts tend to cause disproportionate confusion among the citizenry.
"All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else." H.L. Mencken
On Monday evening, at a meeting of the Riverdale Mayor and Council, Christopher Scilingo, a U.S. Marine, who just returned from Iraq for a two week visit, was honored for his service to our country. All the newspapers and electronic media were notified. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Chris on behalf of the Mayor and Council and our representatives from the 26th Legislative District, Senator Robert Martin, Assemblymen Alex DeCroce and Joseph Pennachio. A letter of congratulations and an invitation to receive a service medal was read on behalf of the Morris County Freeholders.
Unfortunately, the only print media we have seen was the Trends. I don't know what is worse, ignoring the story or treating it as something so insignificant that it is considered no more than a "by-the-way" story - a filler. See for yourself if this story deserved more than given it by the Trends. Iraqi Freedom War Veteran
If you would like to see some of the photos taken that evening check them out on our website, the homepage under Welcome Home, Chris Scilingo, or Chris Scilingo Photo Album
Subject: That's It?
This is a copy of an email I received from a member of the Recreation Committee. So you see, dear editors, I am not the only one who perceives this inadequacy in your news coverage when it comes to Riverdale.
"The Trends never ceases to amaze me when it comes to coverage of Rec stuff in Riverdale. If anyone saw the Trends this morning, Fright Night only got one picture of a Carved Pumpkin by the DJ Stand. I saw, met, and spoke to the Trends Photographer Saturday who was snapping away and still, Rec only gets one pic in the paper. Other towns will get an entire page for their event! Oh well....congratulations to him who carved the pumpkins shown in the picture!!" (Rob Schrock).
"TCR project may be DOA" claimed the front page headline in the Trends.
Where to begin?
Trends: "...the developers refused to sign the contract because they did not want to pay a $3.6 million connection fee."
FACT: $1.6 million
Trends: "This $3.6 million was determined by a state formula, the mayor said. 'At $25 a gallon, they are buying 144,000 gallons.'"
FACT: The $3.6 million dollars represents the cost to be paid to Lincoln Park for the purchase of the 144,000 gallons for TCR. It is not a state formula, merely free market pricing.
TCR said after the meeting that they would sign the contract.
Throughout July and August the Borough of Riverdale provided free Summer Concerts in the Park. We had professional recording artists, including the Shirelles, perform in Freedom Park. Thousands attended the seven concert series, but to the Trends it was a non-event.
On Saturday, August 25, the Fire Department celebrated its 100th Anniversary, which included the memorial dedication to one of our fallen heroes, "Papa" Joe Ezzo. That date happened to be the 25th anniversary of his death. His family was here to take part in the service. No story in the Trends.
On that day a lamp post was dedicated to Fireman Daniel Sturm, Jr. for his 50 years of service to the department. His family was there to witness his proud moment. No story in the Trends.
See for yourself some of the photos from this memorable day:
Fire Department's 100th Anniversary
They did it again! The Riverdale feature in this edition was a photo, Nice Yard. We finally get a positive photo in the Trends, but they couldn't even get the caption correct! (There was no accompanying story, just the photo and caption.) The caption read, "The Riverdale Recreation Department held a best garden contest and the winner was June Carello and Russ Maria of 25 Cotluss Road. Carello and Maria can both be seen outside tending to their yard almost every day."
Two (?) mistakes:
It is not June Carello, the correct spelling is Carelli.
More importantly, it isn't a picture of June Carello-Carelli. It is a photo of Elfriede and Russ Maria. They are the ones who work on their yard almost every day. As far we are aware June Carelli, our Recreation Director, has never been known to work on the Maria's yard ever, let alone almost every day. June was not even present when the picture was taken, but if the Trends can find a way to get something wrong, it does.
Photo of Elfriede and Russ Maria
Riverdale Board of Health Chairman Larry Feld had responded, by way of a letter to the editor, to a Trends article that did not present a balanced representation of the facts and the deliberations supporting the Board's decision to take part in the shared nursing services with the Township of Pequannock. The Borough of Riverdale had no intention of eliminating or reducing public health nursing to its residents; the Board merely decided to find an alternative way, at a savings of $24,000 per year, to meet its state mandates. Since the Trends, whose editor personally assured Mr. Feld that his letter would be printed, has, for whatever reason, unilaterally determined that the letter was non-newsworthy, the Borough is making this forum available to our chairman to inform the residents of Riverdale of this important decision.
Chairman Larry Feld's Letter to the Editor of the Trends
A story entitled: "Nurse says seniors helped save her job" had its usual amount of errors.
Trends: Referred to Board of Health Chairman Larry Fled.
FACT: His name is Larry Feld
Trends: "The borough would have saved slightly less than $9,330 by eliminating this position and leaning upon Pequannock for its registered nurse services through a joint contract with that town."
FACT: The borough would have saved $24,000 per year by contracting with Pequannock for the nursing services.
Trends: "Decreasing the hours saved just over $3,000 per year."
FACT: Decreasing the hours would have saved the borough $5,000 for the remainder of this year or $11,000 per full year.
While perusing the last two issues the reader gets the impression that just about every community had a Memorial Day Parade, except for Riverdale. Since the Trends claims to be At the Center of Your Community, one would gather that Riverdale went parade-less. The Truth is we did have a parade, the first one in nearly twenty years, which should make it a newsworhty event. June Carelli, our Recreation Director, put it together and we are extremely grateful for her and her committee's work. Jame McMichael organized his last Memorial Day Ceremony; he's "retiring". With his entire family present, he was given a Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor and Council and presented an American Flag that was flown above the U.S. Capitol, sent to us by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen.
If the Trends had sent a reporter and photographer to Riverdale, these are some of the sights you would have seen (just click below):
Memorial Day Parade - Page 1 Memorial Day Parade - Page 2
To see photos from the Memorial Day Ceremony click:
Memorial Day Ceremony
This is the section of today's Trends preparing for Memorial Day. Apparently they could not find pictures more worthy in honor of those who gave their lives if defense of our country. Click the prompt below to view a picture the Trends chose instead of any of those available on our website.* Trends' Photo
Click the prompt below and view photos of our monument dedicated to Riverdale's fallen heros. Riverdale's War Memorial
To view the photos in the Riverdale Photo Album, just click below:
*They could have used some of the photos from our website, since they obviously don't mind plagiarizing material. On Page D2, the notice, Parade, is taken verbatim from our website. It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. We are flattered.
All news worth printing is in the Trends each week. Since there is no news about Riverdale these past two issues, nothing of note must have happened in Riverdale.
A News Brief, Senior Center Fees is, non-editorially speaking, incorrect.
TRENDS: The revised ordinance prohibits non-residents, individuals, groups, and organizations from using the center for private functions.
FACT: This is a new ordinance, not revised. The ordinance reads: § 159-2. Use of the Senior Community Center by private groups, organizations, or individuals shall be subject to rules and regulations established by the Mayor and Borough Council and it shall be a violation of this Ordinance and the failure to comply with the rules and regulations shall be a violation of this Ordinance. There is no mention of prohibiting anyone from using the center for private funcitons. The Borough is encouraging the private use of the facility for private functions, which is one of the original reasons for the center.
Not expecting much from the Trends, we weren't disappointed. Maybe the relevant news will make the paper before it is too late. See ya' Sunday!
There is an entire story about the school's budget presentation on March 28 in this issue of the Trends. Unfortunately, for those interested in getting the entire story, the reporter, who wrote the article, wasn't at the meeting. Discussions of critical importance to the taxpayers of Riverdale were obviously omitted. It is hard to accurately report the news when you aren't where the news is happening. Let's hope that the next issue of the Trends fills in the missing blanks.