Rose: Sure there’s a law somewhere, but did Antonelli really need to pull down her sign?

The banner in question.

To the Editor:

For the past two years with COVID, the situation at our southern border, Afghanistan and rampant inflation, there has been little to celebrate. So a woman, who I assume is the baby’s grandmother, wanting to share her pride, and happiness, puts up a sign on her business ”It’s A Girl” is threatened with a $1,000 a day fine for doing so.

I’m sure somewhere there is a Kearny ordinance that she has violated, and it probably serves a purpose in many instances, but couldn’t it have been overlooked, or have someone from the town discretely visit her, and tell her that a permit fee was due?

Not a day goes by that laws at the federal, and state level of government are broken, with the full knowledge of the Department of Justice, broken laws that have, and will have serious consequences for us citizens Yet a sign that denotes happiness has to come down.

To Bernadette Antonelli, I wish your grandchild a long, happy and successful life, hopefully in a better world than the one we are now living in.

To Mr. Chisari, or whoever prompted him to write that threatening letter, I ask, would you have taken the same action if it were a pro-choice or Black Lives Matter sign?

Armand Rose
North Arlington


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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, an organization he has served since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook, and X, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to Kearny to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.