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The Huey is lowered into place on the plaza.
stewart resmer April 16, 2014 at 02:11 pm
While the sound of the whop whop whop of a Huey's far off blades always meant help or trouble toRead More every one who heard them? That sound always made me stop to discern if I was hearing automatic heavy weapon fire. To this very day that sound gets my attention day or night awake or asleep.
John April 16, 2014 at 02:16 pm
I love the smell of napalm in the morning
country joe April 16, 2014 at 04:57 pm
No matter where I am or what I am doing hearing that sound takes me right back, I know it will hauntRead More me forever. Rest in Peace Brothers, You will never be forgotten..
Sue Martin April 16, 2014 at 09:43 am
Beautiful! Thanks for writing this; the message is for everyone.
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 16, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Thank you Barbara and Sue, that means a lot, he is truly a joy!
Marie Brady Hempsey April 16, 2014 at 02:36 pm
You are a brave and awesome mom!
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 05:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
Hookerman April 17, 2014 at 06:12 pm
According to this thread, Autism is caused by; vaccines, environmental chemicals, pre-natal drugs,Read More pre-natal alcohol use, later-age pregnancies, bad air quality, high tension wires, cell phones, computers, foreign kids, and genetically modified food. Is there anything I missed???
Fred Jung April 17, 2014 at 08:53 pm
It's also cause by Aliens.
Gavino April 18, 2014 at 10:47 am
I am the parent of 5 children, over the course of 20 years. One (a male) has been formallyRead More diagnosed as being on the Asperger's spectrum. All were MMR vaccinated. There is such a thing as natural genetic variation. There is such a thing as environmental causes. There is also a thing called public health. There are NO strong correlations (forget causality) between ANY vaccination (including MMR) and autism whatsoever. There are NO repeatable, verified studies that establish beyond reasonable doubt even the case to explore the correlation further. As I noted, there is such a thing as public health. The "choice" to not vaccinate not only affects the children involved but also the adult population for some diseases. Several diseases technically require "booster" vaccinations - FOR ADULTS. One such booster is for pertussis (aka Whooping cough). It has not been necessary for adults to get it, tho, because the childhood vaccinations have been so effective that there are almost no carriers. However, due to the panic on the part of some parents to not vaccinate for pertussis, there are now far more carriers and that makes the adult, non-boosted population more vulnerable to a disease that has been easily controlled for decades. The rates of adult pertussis have skyrocketed. We require people to get driver's licenses as a matter of public safety, because the repercussions of untrained drivers to PEOPLE OTHER THAN THEMSELVES can be horrendous. When parents decide not to vaccinate, they not only put the health of their children at risk, they put the health of the entire public at risk. A wise, conservative woman once said to me, "For every freedom there is an equal responsibility." The emphasis on the freedom not to vaccinate is not being balance by a responsibility to the community.
The northbound travel lanes on the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway will be closed for approximately 24 months while the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) rehabilitates the bridge deck.
Linda Maloney April 13, 2014 at 10:09 am
It's about time they started to make repairs on the Pulaski Skyway, it's been literally fallingRead More apart for years! I heard there is even some controversy with the Port of Authority paying for much of this renovation. It is an access road to the Holland Tunnel, but The Port of Authority isn't responsible for The Holland Tunnel roadways because The Holland Tunnel was there before The POA. I guess the gov. and his people do whatever they want with his own little slush fund(POA).
Marlboro Mann April 13, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Lets hear it for the NJDOT. They could have started the work on Christmas, Palm Sunday, or AshRead More wednesday, but they chose instead to begin the chaos on the first day of Passover thus ensuring that the large percentage of Jewish workers arrive late at work but most importantly arrive home long after the sedars are to begin. Anti Semitism? NO Piss Poor Planning? Yes!
Mac April 13, 2014 at 09:07 pm
hey, there's that big whirlybird dropping orange cones on us again - it must be the PassovergateRead More scandal
Rachel Canning in a recent photo posted to her Facebook page. Photo Credit: Facebook
bayway mike April 14, 2014 at 11:47 am
Can't believe that this piece of shit is still having her 15 minutes of fame..
triptakers April 16, 2014 at 07:55 am
Patch, you're selling out. Let this family figure out their junk without gawkers. You can do betterRead More than this - this is NOT news, it's sensationalism.
MissElanyS April 17, 2014 at 08:49 am
@triptakers, what do you expect from the Patch? They are no longer reporting news and have fired allRead More of their professional staff and hired people off the street with no experience or journalism training whatsoever. Even the National Inquirer has more experience on their writing staff than the Patch. What you are reading here is bird cage liner.
ER April 10, 2014 at 01:10 am
@ OE Defending him or merely telling you of my experience in attending 2 Town Halls? My ownRead More experience is that although like others here, I disagree on some political points, I found him surprisingly accessible. After one of the events, he actually chatted with THE PEOPLE afterward in the parking lot, and although I'm a nobody, even I was afforded an opportunity to have a brief exchange with him out there, about an issue I was concerned about. This article in no way resembled my own experience at either of the events I've attended. Just sayin....
ER April 10, 2014 at 01:16 am
p.s. One of the reasons he stayed to chat with THE PEOPLE outside the venue, was that theRead More attendance was so beyond what they had expected, many folks did not get into the building and he felt bad they had come to the event and the place wasn't big enough to hold them all.
grace April 10, 2014 at 08:24 am
has there ever been a teleprompter there @ jools? i bet not! like your statement btw
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Thanks Barbara, I truly appreciate that!
anonymous April 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm
Your blog always brings back my faith in humanity. Remember --You are braver then youRead More believe----Stronger then you seem and smarter then you think.---- If you ever reach a rough patch just repeat that to yourself and find what truly lies inside. I wish the best for Zach and Justin and know they will be just fine with you at the wheel. ----------anonymous
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Thank you, I truly appreciate this!
FIMF the ll April 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm
I have no idea Schmuck. That thing spins quicker than the National Debtometer.
FIMF the ll April 18, 2014 at 01:02 pm
Good news Spooner, Laura's going to attend as well.
Michael pellettiere April 18, 2014 at 01:17 pm
Spooner, wouldn't the person killing an unborn girl be the misogynist.
John April 4, 2014 at 10:08 am
Its amazing that we have any kids that do not have any problems....From the foods we eat to theRead More shots we do not get its a huge problem good luck...
TRISH SCHWECKE April 4, 2014 at 01:10 pm
GOD BLESS JUSTIN & YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY....SUCH A TOUCHING STORY.....ALWAYS HAVE HOPE.......
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 4, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Thank you to everyone for reading!
Bill Erikson April 3, 2014 at 01:15 pm
genesko, my heart goes out to you. I've done most of this on my own. Until someone actually has aRead More child with a disability, they will never truly understand. I can respect that. Had my son not had the stroke, and the severity of the Autism did not subside, I don't know how I would of made it. CHOP Neurological never could explain how the severity subsided. Just Luck. A trade off if you will. My Son drives, yes, but sometimes his emotions overwhelm him. He has learned how to recognize that, and he knows to call me first. But the Joys are great. He can read other's clues for social interaction, and he is always improving there. But again, a lot of work at home was required. I know depending on the severity of the situation, it may never improve. Regarding the group homes, you are right. 20 year waiting list. I'm reminded of my Late Dad's best friend who's oldest son is Autistic. He is now about 57, living in a home. He was lucky. His parents were very upper middle class. They were able to afford what was needed and was able to see to it. Unfortunately today, many of us cannot earn the incomes of our parents with the health benefits that they had. The best advice I can give you, which I am certain that you know, is to keep your children close. Raise them to appreciate and love each other. So as we go to the great beyond, we may hope our disabled children will still be loved and looked after by their siblings. A burden their brother's and sisters never asked for. But a love and appreciation of life and for life, that perhaps most in our country today seem to lack.
Theresa White April 4, 2014 at 12:38 am
GOD BLESS YOU. ONE DAY DEDICATED TO AUTISM, NOT ENOUGH,IS MY VIEW. WHY NOT ALL OF APRIL. I WANT TORead More KNOW ABOUT RESEARCH, WHY DO SOME SAY IT'S THE IMMUNIZATIONS. MOST OF ALL I WANT TO HELP.
Yvonne April 4, 2014 at 07:48 am
You continue to shine your special blue light on all with whom you encounter. You've raised 2Read More amazing sons with love and light. I love that you continue to focus on the good and the positive. Shine On Kimberlee!
Dame Bridgid April 1, 2014 at 01:52 pm
What is even more scandalous is the 6.6 MILLION DOLLARS NEWARK is getting for AFFORDABLE HOUSINGRead More taken from the US funds to help Sandy victims. The Newark Post articles declared Newark damage to residences was MINIMAL with NO RESIDENTS LOSING POWER for any significant amount of time. This is the REAL scandal!What is our new STATE SENATOR FROM NEWARK doing about this theft of Sandy funds?????
dm2beach April 2, 2014 at 11:03 am
Belmar did a spectacular job with Sandy recovery. I am from another local town. Let's give BelmarRead More mayor free pass this time. I have crossed paths with our *** Governor before he was elected....He is not a nice man...he his a bully...and his silence recently might be a blessing...shame on all who re elected him...and thank the stars maybe just maybe he has hurt himself enough to keep him out of Washington, one can only hope!
The Truth April 2, 2014 at 11:39 am
dm2beach This Time ? wasn't ashritt a pass , wasting towns money on "his " vision of theRead More new pavilons , Missing over $10,000 in shop rite gift cards , please this is just name a few. This is to mayor has had more passes than any mayor in the history of this town. If you could name one thing ( lawsuit) that he has actually been on the winning side I would be shocked.It is these same lawsuits that are they only thing that keeps this guy check.
DD March 31, 2014 at 04:55 pm
We'll get back to you with a full report on the baby's health, Not Domino.
Michael J Walsh April 1, 2014 at 02:24 pm
Boy's name is either "Eden" or "Nails"
Mike April 5, 2014 at 06:38 am
Or "Wang".
Spooner April 3, 2014 at 01:02 am
Now Read This: ...the Louisiana Senate race will be a test of the old proposition that elections areRead More won by bringing home the bacon, and Landrieu has always argued that she "delivers" In the coming campaign she'll cite the millions and millions of federal dollars she has brought to the state like it's no accident that St. Tammany Parish is feeling a lot of Landrieu love these days. "The St. Tammany Parish school district is getting $67.8 million in disaster loans and accumulated interest for Hurricane Katrina forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced Monday. The announcement follows FEMA's earlier decision to cancel a $9.9 million loan for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office and a $14.5 million loan to the St. Tammany Parish government." Landrieu, it turns out, inserted a loan forgiveness provision into the 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill -- a move that will likely mean future forgiveness for even more Katrina loans. Remember her when you get your flood insurance bill to pay for all those forgiven Katrina loans...
D Cianci April 4, 2014 at 08:56 pm
Still beats obama
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:47 am
What politician can do anything with the spider web of BS they have to navigate to get anythingRead More done. This goes for Dem's and republicans.
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Vic Monaco March 30, 2014 at 02:31 pm
During training, editor trainees including myself were told Patch was going to focus onRead More "hyperlocal NEWS." But when some of us heard questions from some trainees such as "what do you mean by a news beat?," we realized they weren't necessarily focused on hiring journalists. Not sure if folks were being conned or Patch was naïve. In any case, hard news was lacking on the sites and then almost disappeared.
DD March 30, 2014 at 03:16 pm
"You were the one who defended a Patch story on zombies, so it seems fair to believe you are aRead More zombie enthusiast who reads Patch." Not sure about what "fair" means, but this is certainly a flawed analysis.
Paul Wolsko March 30, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Good grief - the article was intended to be light humor, unless I am mistaken.
Nordrom Keni March 24, 2014 at 06:35 pm
You forgot to mention that another Morristown team, Morristown-Beard, won its first stateRead More championship along with CBA on the Devils' home ice as well.
Nordrom Keni March 24, 2014 at 06:40 pm
Forgot to mention that 2 former Devils coach Mo-Beard's hockey teams; Bruce Driver coaches the girlsRead More team, and Randy Velichek coaches the boys team. Shame on the mayor and Patch for ignoring Mo-Beard's accomplishment and ties to the NJ Devils.
Steve March 25, 2014 at 07:25 am
Well Nordrom, your overpriced education left you lacking. The Mayor of Morristown did not comment onRead More Morristown-Beard because it's not in Morristown. Morristown-Beard is in Morris Township, not Morristown. Different town ... different mayor. Too late to ask Morristown-Beard for a refund?
South Hackensack is composed of three non-contiguous portions/Image via njspotlight.com
John Santaella March 25, 2014 at 11:08 am
NJ and YOU Richard Thornton, perfect together.
Politics.man March 25, 2014 at 05:18 pm
Art, if a actual quanatative/qualitative reseach was done on public sector spending vs. productivityRead More and was presented to the public without bias, it would blow your mind. Its all political numbers game rather than actual want vs. need. Things need to be adjusting according to the times. You say cost vs. benefits. I say yea your gonna a few hundred people out of work but put millions back in the tax payers pockets. Yes public jobs are neccessary, but not cause you want it as a luxary but because its strategically caculated by research. So the questions present, are expensive firefightershere for saving lives or for showin up in minutes for services, such as lock outs. are teaching adminastrators neccassary for individual towns or can it be handled by the county. Can cops be utilized in other fields, like ems, many other services that fire depts. handle. Answer is, there needsresearch done to be a standard based on demographics.
Frazure March 26, 2014 at 07:37 am
Someone asked about the number of NJ school districts in existence......the number is around 561 -Read More higher than the number of municipalities, boroughs, townships, cities, etc. in the state.
Loretka April 3, 2014 at 09:18 pm
My comments, concerning the scholarship, were based solely on what was posted here about herRead More announcement on her Facebook page. I was just curious - but not to the degree that I would research it or contact the college. Don't have time. But good for her that she got the scholarship money. However, my comments regarding my support for her and her family resolving their issues and getting back together were straight from the heart. I am glad the family is together, and I hope the negative comments will stop.
Loretka April 3, 2014 at 09:22 pm
Note to John - in case you were referring to me - my comments were NOT based on ignorance - justRead More curiosity about the scholarship. My earlier comments were based on my heartfelt wishes that this family would get back together and be happy. Family is important.
DD April 3, 2014 at 09:54 pm
Not sure how you define ignorance, but those comments were certainly based on an admitted ignoranceRead More of the facts.
MARTHA LIEBERMAN March 20, 2014 at 08:47 am
Kimberlee, after reading my last comment, I realized that you might take it as a sales pitch---by noRead More means did I intend that--this is just another resource for families with Autistic members. I hope that you will still consider sharing your story.
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty March 21, 2014 at 09:59 am
Martha, I didn't take it that way at all. Send me the link please if they accept the story and I'llRead More promote it. Thanks!
Lucretia B March 21, 2014 at 05:06 pm
This was nothing more than an exercise in "how to write". Very dramatic. Dripping withRead More emotion.
Sharon H March 18, 2014 at 10:51 am
How much is it going to take to get people to realize our climate IS changing? It doesn't happenRead More overnight, and I will keep repeating that. There will be violent swings back and forth as well as increased severity and frequency of storms. Do all of you doubters think that, especially since the Industrial Revolution, we could keep spouting all this garbage up into the atmosphere and nothing was going to happen? Oh, yea, the junk just disappeared or was somehow reabsorbed. Get your heads out of the sand.
Tom Bartman March 18, 2014 at 05:21 pm
Sharon - Nobody will tell you the climate is not changing. Worry when the climate does not change,Read More not when it does. The problem is the alarmists lack the proper mindset to have a discussion about this. Since you mention the Industrial Revolution, I assume you are well versed in history. Go back and take a look at the extremes from the Cretaceous period to the Permian period. Were humans around then? Explain the unprecedented heat in the 1930's. Look, we only now have 30 years of satellite data on a planet that is over 4 billion years old. The issue has become political. I am about using the scientific method to prove a hypothesis, no politics. Rather than people name-calling and telling people to get your head out of the sand, I challenge you to go back and look at history. Step away from CNN, Fox, ALL OF THEM and do you own analysis. You'd be surprised to find how there are two sides to this.
dwayne roberson March 18, 2014 at 06:29 pm
The medieval warming period was a good thing if you were alive at the time. Truth is the planet hasRead More always been cycling long before the internal combustion engine. Weather is the ultimate dynamic, solar, winds, clouds, pressure zones ,temperature distribution, moisture content, lunar phases, sun spots! local topography and massive moving oceans. Weather is not ruled by alarmist computer models that are easily manipulated. We have not seen global warming in 16 years. I'm not sure what climate change represents beyond a lust for a carbon tax. Climate change? We always have and will continue to have it.