This week, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch presents a on the ongoing fight between and its neighbors. It is a dispute that principally concerns three families who live on Dutch Lane and eight families who live on Black Birch Road.
Nevertheless, in the interest of full disclosure, my family and I live on Black Birch Road. We are four houses away from Union Catholic’s southern property line, and eight houses – or about a quarter-mile – south of the eight households chiefly affected by the baseball field.
Numerous factors and considerations contributed to my decision to write this story myself. It is a decision that my editors and I discussed at length. We determined that while we had covered the dispute regarding Union Catholic’s baseball field piece-by-piece – most frequently when it came up during zoning board, planning board or township council meetings – we had yet to provide a truly in-depth and comprehensive report on the conflict. We had not yet told its story.
The length and exceeding complexity of the dispute between Union Catholic and local residents – now in its second year – ultimately forced us to rule out using either freelancers, who have limited time and resources, or neighboring local editors, who are already overburdened with important stories to report in their own communities. Hence, that left me.
This series went through multiple layers of edits to ensure, in part, an absence of bias. However, if you do still have concerns, comments or questions, I invite you, as always, to contact me directly by sending an email to AlanN@patch.com, or to share your thoughts in the comments section below.