A Message From Councilman Mark LoGrippo

LoGrippo suggest employing "block captains" for each street/ neighborhood.

Dear Neighbor,

It has been a long 2 weeks since Hurricane Sandy and for many, things are getting back to normal. 

Overall, Westfield was very fortunate compared to other parts of the New Jersey and New York region. Over the past weekend, the Star Ledger recognized Westfield for performing very well regarding lines of communication with regards to storm updates, power outages, resource availability and service updates. 

I want to acknowledge the hard work of Mayor Skitbitsky, Town Administrator Jim Gildea and his staff, the Westfield Police and Fire Departments as well as the members of our Town Council who all left their families and tended to the needs of the Westfield community. 

Walking our Ward, updates via email, and facebook were very effective in getting the word out in these extreme conditions. Please feel free to provide me your feedback. One initiative that I think might help our Ward is to have a block captain for each street/neighborhood. In the event of a power outage or a severe storm, the block captain can help to check on neighbors and assist with communication such as handing out flyers.  

Attached is a map of the 3rd Ward. I support every effort that can help provide safety and support to our residents and fellow neighbors. Again, thank you to all of you who volunteered to hand out flyers to advise residents about the town conference call. 

I appreciate your feedback and if you would like to help in this endeavor, please let me know via email at  mlogrippo@westfieldnj.gov

Also, I would like to remind everyone to sign up for Twitter as another way to obtain information and stay connected. https://twitter.com/TownOfWestfield.

For those of you on facebook, I also post updates on my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/LoGrippo2011

Thank you again and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.


Mark LoGrippo

3rd Ward Councilman

A.John Blake November 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM
I agree, the term "major artery" is probably not technically correct, however, Boulevard is a heavily used street and is a normal alternative for anyone in the area to the use of Central. For commuters, it is the main street used to get to the station. It is a large two lane street which is down to one lane in at least one spot and , at night, it is dangerous. A.John Blake
Let It Rip November 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM
I use the Boulevard to avoid that horrendous light on Central Ave. Uh Oh, I hope they don't make all the side streets on Boulevard into dead ends since I use Boulevard as a cut through street.
Pete November 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
It's bizarre that they've apparently cleared whole zones of twigs but left roads with TOWN TREES still blocking parts of streets in other zones. The people who run the DPW are the most incompetent buffoons.
Westfielder November 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Might you be one of the idiots that use Boulevard as their own personal race track, dong 45MPH past Jefferson School?
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