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Letter To The Editor — The Observer, June 1, 2022

by Frank Fleischman III (FF3,) Lead Editor Recently, I sent a letter to Kevin Canessa, Editor of The Observer, calling him out on an editorial he’d written about Belleville’s May 10th election. He published it in the June 1, 2022… Continue Reading →

OPINION: The Same Old Belleville Politics Disguised As “Progress:” The Case Against Melham and BetterBelleville

Belleville has seen bad politicians come and go but we believe that never has a Belleville mayor like Michael Melham so blatantly and arrogantly grabbed for power, control, and benefit. Throughout the past four years of Melham’s reign, his running mates on the Town Council have been largely silent. For these reasons, it is our opinion that Melham and BetterBelleville do not deserve re-election.

Mayor Melham’s Planning Board Caper, Part II

By FF3, Lead Editor Note: This is the second part in a multi-part series about the Planning Board and its activities since the election of Mayor Michael Melham’s BetterBelleville slate of candidates in 2018. You can read Part One here…. Continue Reading →

Mayor Melham’s Planning Board Caper, Part I

Since 2019, Mayor Michael Melham has claimed the right to appoint almost all members of the planning board, despite contrary evidence. The planning board’s vice-chairman challenged the mayor’s claims at a recent planning board meeting. by FF3, Lead Editor Note:… Continue Reading →

Preserve The “Great Lawn:” An Open Letter To “Real Growth For Belleville.”

by FF3, Lead Editor To Whom It May Concern, I am going to assume you are either the owner of one or both of the properties around the Soho Hospital (the owners of both properties have the same address in… Continue Reading →

BOE Trustee Erika Jacho, Found Guilty in Court, Should Do The Right Thing: Resign

Belleville Board of Education trustee Erika Jacho was found guilty of several misdemeanors related to an October 2020 motor vehicle incident. For the good of the community and to provide a lesson in accountability and personal responsibility to Belleville’s children, she should resign her seat.

AlphaDog Solutions and The Belleville Public Library: Conflict of Interest?

Why would a legal opinion from a library board attorney, apparently concerning a conflict of interest with AlphaDog Solutions — Mayor Michael Melham’s company — be necessary?

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