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SOD Takes Protest March To Borough Hall

Over 100 residents turn out to turn up the heat on stopping over development.

New Milford came out in full force Monday protesting the proposed mixed-use development of the United Water property that includes a 70,500 sq. ft. supermarket, 4300 sq. ft. bank and a 221 unit townhouse complex, 40 units reserved to meet the town's COAH requirement, that includes a four-story parking garage. 

Over 100 residents, many with children, some with bullhorns, packed the sidewalk in front of Borough Hall on River Road holding signs asking the Mayor and Council to join them in their fight to keep the United Water property as open space and agree to hold off on rezoning it until the application has run its course through the Zoning Board.

Arguing for letting the application run its course through the Zoning Board, SOD member John DeSantis said, "In nine months if the mayor and council offered the same (rezoning) deal to Hekemian, he'd still accept it."  

"If they rezone it now, they're just giving (Hekemian) what he wanted from the beginning," DeSantis said.

SOD's Executive Director, Miriam Pickett, was more than pleased with the turnout.

"I am so pleased with tonight's turnout," Pickett said. "It's proof to the Mayor and Council that we are not going away. We will do everything we can to fight the development of this property."

Lori Barton September 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
James, at least this year is a presidential election. You will have more voters than in a non-presidential year. If people don't want to bond for the field or simply don't want the field at the Middle School upgraded, then they have the opportunity to vote NO. If they want it, they have the opportunity to vote YES. But these two projects are vastly different. One may be unfair to residents who live in the immediate vicinity. The other will disrupt the quality of life for the entire town. The Middle School property is already a field. The UW property is not already a paved over shopping center looking to make improvements. Once that land is developed, it is gone forever. Voters will have their say on Election Day concerning the Middle School field. The same should have been done with the UW property. Former Mayor George Batterson will always be remembered as the mayor that allowed Brookchester. If this development gets built, then Ann Subrizi will always be remembered as the mayor who let the last open space in New Milford disappear.
steven meyers September 26, 2012 at 08:41 PM
i never said hackensack was all low income. once again someone on this blog trying to put words in people's mouths. even the bronx is not all low income, duh! i am aware of the summit (summit ave.) and other well to do areas in hackensack. as far as him not receiving his pension (zisa), i do not know where you get your information from but if that is accurate i am glad. he does not deserve it. the FACT is james that i have been following this story through the newspapers and never saw anything saying he had lost his pension. as sad as it sounds, i figured he would be able to collect it and no one would say or do anything about it. hell, knowing the way things work in government, he might get his conviction overturned, get his pension back, and run for mayor of hackensack.
concerned resident too September 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Mary, I'm guessing based on your denial of the bad coaching in upper level town football in NM that your children are the ones playing. And i'm glad that you teach your children to work hard, but do you think the parents of chilldren who don't play are not teaching their children a hard work ethic? The difference between you and I is the fact that I can recognize the nepotism that comes with ones child playing sports in this town. You can't because I'm sure your kids must be the ones playing, and how terrible would it be if someone took your child's position? And as far as children needing to learn about nepotism you're absolutely right, but the only children who are learning it are the ones not playing! Oh and Mary I'm not putting the parents down because they are the ones telling me how bad the football program is! See Mary my children are adults now but things haven't changed with regard to team sports in New Milford. See Mary, this has been going on for years and you just can't recognize it because it doesn't affect you! But why don't you sit back and think about what it is doing to all those young boys standing on the sidelines. Also, i don't know what you're talking about when you say that every boy gets to play each week, because there are not B games every week. And even when there are, how do you think the players feel when the so called A team rarely shows up to support them? The cheerleaders aren't cheering for them? Pretty bad I'm sure!
concerned resident too September 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Steven, I never said you were the one who said it, but it was said by one if the sod members.
steven meyers September 26, 2012 at 09:39 PM
i was actually responding back to a comment from james, not you crt.
steven meyers September 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM
i did say what concerned resident too? what did i say? i said it was not a good idea to increase traffic so close to the high school. as far as the field at the middle school? i have not made any comments regarding that matter. my concern right now is the proposed development on the united water property. how old are you? do you have alzhiemers or just trouble comprehending what you read? were you a straight d student in school? you need to review the comments. you obviously have comprehension problems. the proposed united water development is alot more damaging to the safety of the high school students and the residents in the general vicinity. it seems to me your only concern is the field at the middle school. i guess you live in that area? it is my understanding that the building of the field would increase property taxes $8.00 a month for each resident in town. based on information i read in the town paper. as far as traffic because of the field, i am sure it would increase when they have games. but as far as i am concerned it is no where near as devastating as a shop-rite, a strip mall, a bank, a pool, and 221 units of low income housing across the street from your house.
steven meyers September 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM
i want to say that it is my personal opinion that those of you who put your true feelings on this blog and leave your full name are wonderful individuals. whether i agree or dis-agree with you the fact that you state your true feelings and state your name is awesome. i have noticed that most of the people who talk all kinds of crap on here are afraid to state their identity. in my opinion this is a cowardly act.
concerned resident too September 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Steven, I don't even know if that's your real name and really I could care less if it is . And for those like myself who choose to remain private...that is not cowardly that is smart! I have been to some council meetings and have watched people insulted and attacked for speaking their mind. I personally am not willing to subject myself or my family to that type ignorant verbal abuse.
james September 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
It's my personal opinion that some people need to protect their identity for one reason or another. Reading some post you might think there are immature people with anger issues. Did you not write the below? What are the odds I or CRT would like to bump into you at the local store? This is distracting from the real issues though and I wish SOD good luck. I hope the FoD is voted down and that those in charge will recognize that they will be voted out for not listening to the residents of this town. I have a question for the younger families who are debating these issues also. IF you were looking for a home right now would NM be on your list of towns? For those of you who have been around for 30 plus years who have adult children who were raised in NM would you recommend NM as a town to settle in? Think about those answers before you vote for FoD and join SOD. how old are you? do you have alzhiemers or just trouble comprehending what you read? were you a straight d student in school? you need to review the comments. you obviously have comprehension problems.
steven meyers September 27, 2012 at 12:31 AM
"what are the odds I or CRT would like to bump into you at the local store?" first of all you should speak for yourself and not other people. especially when you are not willing to reveal your true identity. second of all, is that a threat? you are a neanderthal. like i said cowardly. you are talking about commiting a violent act against me now. you would probably try to hit me when i am not looking. you are ridiculous and sad. you are not worth my time. go away.
james September 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Steven..you wrote this not I. I copied and pasted it from your response to CRT. how old are you? do you have alzhiemers or just trouble comprehending what you read? were you a straight d student in school? you need to review the comments. you obviously have comprehension problems.
Mary McElroy September 27, 2012 at 02:51 AM
.The differences between us are clear; I'll let my comments & willingness to put my name behind them speak for themselves. What I recognize very easily is BS & NIMBY. You can write all you want, but I don’t buy it & I'm basing that on the totality of all your comments under "concerned resident too". Today is bash Jr. Football day, but you've flip flopped like a pancake for reasons why a multisport field -football, soccer, baseball & softball is a bad idea. Are those programs all terrible too? Now you’re saying that you’re not involved in Jr. football, but it’s ok to bash the program. I’m wondering if you’d be so willing to do that if you actually had to put your name to your comments. You also might want to watch who you're listening to-there has been a B game every week & the stand is open. Every other item you mention are things that parents focus on, not the kids. My kids have been involved in several sports, in & out of NM, sometime they've started & sometimes not. I’ve learned to let my kids make up their own minds about their coaches, their teammates & who deserves to play. The kids are often better judges than the parents. I’ve also noticed that it’s not our kid's self esteem that comes into play, it's more often ours as parents. So perhaps you should watch the info. that you’re being fed & ask your sources to explain the record enrollment this year, interestingly enough the biggest group with record turnout is at the senior level.
miriam pickett September 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Mildred, if you see Bonita, say "hi!".
TommyIce September 27, 2012 at 12:34 PM
So then is it a better idea to move it to a more residential section of town where the roads are narrower and surrounded by single family homes, a school and a senior citizen center? I certainly don't think so. I think it might be the very definition of ignorant.
TommyIce September 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Mildred Pierce how much compensation do you receive from Heikemian for trolling? Are there health benefits too?
TommyIce September 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
"you know, stores, will pay taxes, why put an apartment complex with more people. NM, needs money, it can be generated by stores. Don't be so negative. Stay positive."--Mildred Pierce There are better ways to make money than pimping yourself out to a developer like Heikemian.
TommyIce September 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM
"All of you have nothing to do but complain. It is amazing, the complains, increase in taxes, traffic, too close, living on a budget...how many deliveries shop rite gets...get a job, do something that will not only help you, but NM."--Mildred Pierce I have a job. In fact honey, I've got two jobs so I can pay the ever increasing taxes in town. Maybe you can help everyone who doesn't have a job get one like yours--with Heikemian for TROLLING. Are you the new spokesperson for the M&C?
TommyIce September 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Why do you stay dear Mildred?
Darlene September 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
LOL!!!
james September 27, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Agree with Tommy below. Plus we already have quite a few commercial spaces available. They have been empty for a long time so why rent in a new and possibly more expensive retail area. We really do not need more stores in NM. JMO Copied and pasted: "you know, stores, will pay taxes, why put an apartment complex with more people. NM, needs money, it can be generated by stores. Don't be so negative. Stay positive."--Mildred Pierce There are better ways to make money than pimping yourself out to a developer like Heikemian.
CB September 27, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I'm pretty sure they were sitting together at Monday night's meeting.
CB September 27, 2012 at 03:35 PM
OK, I'm going to stay positive. I'm POSITIVE that this is bad for New Milford. I'm POSITIVE that more stores are not needed in New Milford. I'm POSITIVE that New Milford needs open space. How's that Mildred? Is that positive enough for you?
Mizz Flanagan September 27, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Also Mildred, in 1958....,people CARED about their neighbors!!!!! I grew up on the other side of town (by Ascension Church) but I respect my hometown and its inhabitants ....interesting our Mayor lives in part of town that does not flood either and is supossed to be our neighbor too.......
Ulises September 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Attend tonight's Zoning Board meeting at Boro Hall, 7 PM, and ask the tough questions to the paid expert witnesses, who are justifying why this Mega ShoRite Strip Mall & Bank (without traffic lights - no need as there traffic expert stated) is beneficial to NM.
mildred pierce September 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Sorry, don't anyone by the name.
mildred pierce September 29, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Yes they did! Unfortunately, look what has happen, some, maybe more...don't care, that is sad. I to respect my town, and my neighbors (all residents). Unfortunately, as always there are different views, all I'am saying, is to please be positive,let's try to do the best for NM, if it doesn't come our way, then we move on, I beleive we have said enough, we don't want the traffic, the taxes, the "field. Let's unite.
mildred pierce September 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
There is a lot of animosity, people talking senseless,threats, insults, why? and these are neighbors?
Sheldon Cooper October 07, 2012 at 01:06 PM
How dare you disagree with the SOD people? They own the town and will gang up on you such as the bullies they are. Glad I don't live there.
james October 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Sheldon that has not been my experience. I started off being very unsure about the development and listening to both sides. There will be heated debate on both sides of an issue all of the times. I don't see bullying. I like living in a town where the residents care enough to organize and fight for what they feel is right instead of just complaining and doing nothing.
Michelle October 09, 2012 at 02:45 AM
The fictional character Sheldon Cooper doesn't live in NM, but that's where the fiction ends. You can't see that SOD are your neighbors, all you can see is your personal interest in seeing this development developed, and that's questionable in my opinion, Ms. Cooper.

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