I’ve had root canals. I’ve had gum surgery. But, when I went to get my driver’s license renewed recently, I knew real pain.
I had no choice but to appear in person. The letter I received from the state Motor Vehicle Commission contained a number of “skip the trip” urgings but they were countermanded by a contradictory warning superimposed on the renewal form: If you want your license, you had to do this thing live.
Good-bye, Mary Jo.
It was a crazy idea, I knew, and so did she–but it was the sort of crazy idea that drove young people like us to a profession like no other. Mary Jo Patterson and I, then both 31 and reporters at The Star-Ledger, would pose as young lovers in the New York neighborhoods haunted by the so-called “Son of Sam” killer. Be bait for the homicidal maniac and, in the process, snare a story like no other.
A. Zachary Yamba, twice named president of Essex County College in Newark, received a standing ovation Tuesday from students, faculty and staff after he promised to help–again–bring the struggling two-year college back from the brink of disaster. HIs return was cheered despite his warnings that the school was in “disarray” and that “morale was low.”
Susan Palmucci is a Newark teacher. First grade at the Cleveland School. In the city’s schools for 24 years. But forget her job for a moment. Think of her in a way many people don’t think of teachers–as a woman, as a person who saw an immediate, emergency need and did what she could to help another person–another woman who happened to be the mother of nine, including one of Palmucci’s students.
Joseph Del Grosso, the president of the Newark Teachers Union for 20 years, was buried Monday after a funeral Mass at St. Lucy’s Church in what once was the city’s First Ward, its Little Italy. It made sense to have the funeral there, and not simply because he grew up in the neighborhood before it was systematically destroyed in what had to be one of the stupidest decisions ever made by any government anywhere.
By Becca Fields
I admire and respect Mayor Ras Baraka. From the first time I spoke with him, I heard a leader, a man of deep thought and action. Then a high school principal, Baraka demonstrated commitment, intelligence, and a depth of understanding of the challenges facing not just Newark public schools, but the entire city. And he clearly demonstrated his willingness to look for solutions “outside the box” and beyond the expected as he demonstrated by meeting with gang leaders as part of his strategy to curb violence.
By Bill Winkler
Tom Moran is the editorial page editor of the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper. Just before Thanksgiving he wrote a panegyric to the boss of the South Jersey Democrat Party machine — George Norcross.
The state-operated Camden school district hired the cousin of Gov. Chris Christie’s wife to a $95,000-a-year administrative job in June. Kathryn Meeley, 32, the daughter of Mary Pat Christie’s first cousin and a strong advocate for charter schools, was given the position of chief of staff to the school district’s school support division.