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Letter: Resident Thanks Westfield Memorial Library Director and Staff

Due to extensive outages, the library remained open until midnight for several evenings.

As a recent past president of the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Director Philip Israel and the staff of our library for their service to the Town of Westfield and neighboring communities during Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

The library was one of few places open to provide warmth, internet access, charging of cell phones and a place to come together during a most difficult time. In a world where people are quick to complain about all manner of things, it is imperative to let our friends at the library know how much we appreciate their being there for us (even for 3 nights until midnight!). Many staff members had to travel in the dark, and the snow, to make this wonderful building available for those of us without heat, lights, phones and internet.

I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Westfield Memorial Library and its staff.

-Diane Weinberg

bill schrul November 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I would also like to say thanks so much. Being a Mountainside resident without power for 12 days, the library was a godseend. Our library was down for most of this time, and the Westfield Library was a wonderful place for me and my family to utilize during a difficult 2 weeks. Great staff and thanks so much for the late nights!!
Diane Barabas November 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Phil Israel is an exceptional Director. It's called character, doing the right thing! I grew up with Phil and his family so I feel there is something special to say about Irvington, NJ. Great fiber, all of us walk the same, talk the same, and take responsibilities seriously. A great find for Westfield!
Ricky L. November 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM
The library director and staff did an excellent job, and provided an essential service to a huge number of people. Thank you!

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