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Raiders Program Alum 'Dismayed, Disheartened' by Rumored Change

Former Raiders cheerleader, mother of player says football program has no good reason to change colors or uniform.

Editor's note: The Long Valley Raiders Football Association, an organization that runs the recreation football program for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, has discussed potentially changing its colors and name to align with the West Morris Central Wolfpack football program. The LVRFA Board told Patch it is still doing their due diligence on the potential change and have not decided yet if they will send this proposal to their membership to vote.

Dear Editor,

As a long-time resident of Washington Township, having moved here in 1977, I have been dismayed and disheartened to learn that the Long Valley Raiders Football Association is considering changing the mascot and colors of the long-standing program to align with those of West Morris Central High School. 

The Long Valley Raiders have a long and proud tradition dating back to 1972, started by a group of local families dedicated to providing their young boys and girls with a recreational football and cheerleading program, one that continues to flourish today. I was a Long Valley Raiders Cheerleader and have fond memories of practicing and cheering for our players at the Long Valley Middle School fields and of the day I received my jacket which I still have! 

For many of us, it is a part of what it means to be from Long Valley and a tradition that binds generations together here. My son played Raiders football for 9 years, his dad was his first flag coach, my daughters were cheerleaders and I coached them as well.  I always feel a surge of pride and excitement driving past Rock Spring Park on Saturdays and Sundays and look at the sea of Green and Gold and the giant Raiders banner on the press box.

This does not mitigate my pride in being a West Morris Alum. 

I also cheered proudly for the Wolfpack as does my sister today and I had tears in my eyes the first time I saw my son in his freshman football uniform wearing the Blue and Gray.  I think we are a town that embraces both traditions, the Raiders being a rite of passage for our kids.  I'd like to see it continue and so far haven't heard any compelling reason for the change and I think many agree. 

Respectfully,
Jen Burgener Deo

Letters to the Editor can be sent to jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.
Kevin M. Nedd January 16, 2014 at 01:01 PM
@ lv1 - No one claimed the issue of changing uniforms and/or mascots involves "taxes or finances". Someone did question whether or not it the issue should be subject to public comment. Since the Raiders directly benefit from public funds, public comment is appropriate. I realize it may be hard for you to see the nuance, but try and keep up.
Jen Deo January 16, 2014 at 01:18 PM
@lv1 I just laughed out loud. Thank you for a much-needed dose of reality:) Totally accurate and to the point! I'm still chuckling ....
Howdy January 16, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Kevin Nedd - You are a tool. Get a hobby.
Nicole Faulkner January 16, 2014 at 03:21 PM
It is your seemingly endless need to use this forum as an opportunity to be contrary, insulting, condescending and self-righteous that has me "dismayed" (distressesd, very worried or disappointed), Kevin Nedd. It is "disheartening" (cause to lose determination or confidence) that one of the problems "our beloved community" faces is the example of some adults who spend their time inserting themselves into situations in which they are neither invested nor to which they have anything of value to contribute. if this issue is of no significance to you, move on, and do so with respect to your former neighbors. Instead, why not spend that time coming up with a solution to the water supply, power grid, road repair and library issues? Jen is not demanding that any reader make this a priority in their life, no more than you ought to demand or insinuate that she should readjust hers.
Howdy January 16, 2014 at 03:30 PM
I guess you could call that a hobby, but most of us would call that being a douche.
Terry Gilespie January 16, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Kevin---- two thoughts, (1) if you are so displeased with this town, I'm sure one of your nice neighbors can help you out with a for sale sign. (2) Why not close the Library on Friday's when nobody uses it? Enough said!
Howdy January 16, 2014 at 03:43 PM
not challenging enough to keep you from trolling the internet at 3PM on a workday though huh?
Jen Deo January 16, 2014 at 03:48 PM
@Nicole Thank you:) AND I see we've circled right back to the beginning. Predictable but also boring Kevin.
Mike L January 16, 2014 at 04:26 PM
What hs childish bulls1t? Nedd, whoever you are, you aren't a Raider or a Raider supporter. Take your psychotic butt out of here or face the consquences.
Mike L January 16, 2014 at 04:38 PM
No, sorry, insufficient, creep. You come here mocking one of our mothers for being disheartened. You are real tough with women and children. Post here one more time.
BigJoeFla January 16, 2014 at 04:42 PM
lol....Kim Lane in The Woods, Mike.
BigJoeFla January 16, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Time to adjust the tinfoill hat. Now you have another 300 people in Raider's football thinking "what a disturbed horse's patoot!".
Howdy January 16, 2014 at 07:45 PM
We should have a vote to see if Nedds input is wanted. I have a feeling he will lose in a landslide. Again.
History WT January 16, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Ok, well, since there are a few hundred non-political types here gaping in horror, it should be made clear that extremely former Committeeman Nedd's 2008 loss wasn't a landslide -- it was THE landslide, the worst incumbent rejection in any municipal or BOE vote in ANY municipality in Morris County's 269-year history. More than 2,200 votes -- think the entire K-8 school population. Mr. Nedd's reaction to this rejection of his leadership/opinions was to say that....well, he'll be along momentarily to explain why it was a Big Victory, or maybe he will deflect by recounting various past Republicans tax, legal, driving and marital problems. Could break either way.
History WT January 16, 2014 at 09:13 PM
That said, the township needs fresh blood on its committees and governing bodies, so please do not look at this as a norm and be repelled.
Minuteman Too January 16, 2014 at 09:33 PM
History WT et al...please do not feed the insatiable narcissism of Mr. Nedd....ignore him as the repenting voters did in 2008...there seem to be no depths to which this sad man will not sink...
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 09:37 PM
I'd really rather not have to close the sandbox here, so let's all play nice, ok? Also, as a reminder, this is about a youth football player's plea to not have his uniform or team name change. THAT is the topic, in case you forgot. Thanks!
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) January 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Excuse the confusion on my part. No, not a slow news week at all, actually. And I'm surprised you'd say that, considering you've commented on nearly every article posted this week. As for the four separate articles on this topic; I received four letters to the editor from four different residents. Clearly I'm not going to stifle their ability to have their sides heard, as part of my duties is to enable Patch to be a conduit for residents to reach their neighbors. Also, correlating this topic with the library issue, like you did in your comment, makes no sense. Your segue is forced and, as everyone on this thread has now seen, probably would have been better off with the first or second remark you made in response to my previous comment. Now I'm violating my own request: back on topic!
Kevin M. Nedd January 16, 2014 at 11:19 PM
@ Jason – Thank you for your comments. Since you are offering suggestions, let me offer one. Maybe the Patch ought to take its cue from the OT and differentiated between "news articles" and "letters to the editor" on its home page. This would present a more accurate impression of real news (e.g., the Library closing on Sundays) vs. unsolicited letters enabling people wishing to have their sides heard (e.g., reactions to Pee Wee football uniform changes).
WWJD January 16, 2014 at 11:49 PM
Mr. Nedd. I have been following your difficult journey here on The Patch this week. I can not push people toward a happier life, they must seek and embrace it for themselves. But I have given you the key. But here, Each of the football letters had "Dear Editor" in them, and all the comments except yours were direct to their letter writers. I don't think anyone believed they were news articles. May I make a suggestion? Perhaps rather than 140 or 150 or so posts per day here, you might consider reading thoroughly and carefully and perhaps limiting your self to 40 or 50?
12345678 January 16, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Kevin, I get much more community information from the Patch than I do from the OT. Probably because all voices are heard on the Patch, even your unsolicited views.
Kevin M. Nedd January 16, 2014 at 11:59 PM
@ WWJD - I am well aware the BODY of each letter is preceded with the words "Dear Editor". My suggestion would differentiate "news" vs. "letters' on the HOME PAGE. Looking at the HOME PAGE, can you tell the difference between new stories vs. letters? Do you know what a HOME PAGE is? Next time, try understanding a suggestion before commenting on it in a snarky manner and making an ass of yourself.
Kevin M. Nedd January 17, 2014 at 12:04 AM
@ 12345678 - Good for you. I wasn't advocating you read one publication verses the other. My suggestion has to do with how information is presented on the HOME PAGE.
WWJD January 17, 2014 at 12:52 AM
@ To Mr. Nedd. I am again sorry at your anger. I understand you want the "home page" changed on Patch to the way you like, and you are angry. My question to you is] what will your behavior be if it is not changed to what you want? You may perhaps, as I do, ponder the prayer of Reinhold Neibuhr. While this is not of the Gospel, it has helped many. If you ponder it tomorrow when you wake, and try to follow it in each of your actions, see what tomorrow may bring, perhaps a brighter day? I would like to hear what you report tomorrow evening: ""God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference."" Good night and God Bless, Kevin Nedd.
lv1 January 17, 2014 at 01:32 AM
47 posts ago lv1 January 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm This has nothing whatsoever to do with taxes or finances. It is up to Raiders and their families, past and present. It shouldn't amaze me anymore, but every g-damn article on this site has to become about one person. This is merely the current recordholder for stupidity. 10 Recommend
Liberty January 17, 2014 at 09:55 AM
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
Howdy January 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Kevin Nedd, up at 2am, still posting on an article about youth football.
12345678 January 17, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Did I miss an article stating why the board is considering the change? Is it strictly to coordinate with the high school or is there a logo issue as another poster mentioned?
12345678 January 17, 2014 at 02:11 PM
I admit I haven't read all four letters,got the gist from the titles. I know the competition cheerleaders wear high school colors but still call themselves "Raiders".
lv1 January 17, 2014 at 05:22 PM
ding-dong the witch is dead!

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