My grandfather left war-stricken Europe to make a better life for his family here in America. After working in the coal mines of Scranton, then two jobs in Newark, he gave his five sons an opportunity to have a better life.
With the help of the G.I. Bill, my father moved out of Newark and settled in South River for the same reason: to leave his children with an opportunity to do even better. I plan to stay in South River and follow in my father’s footsteps to continue that progress and make the lives of my children better.
The ability to leave a better world for our children is what America is all about and is why so many come for the chance at the American Dream. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme but a steady, hard-work driven advancement of a people to greater things one generation after another.
We settle in a town for the same reason. Each generation leaves improvements that can benefit our next generation. I want to continue contributing to this town. I hope to make practical changes that improve the quality of life for folks in town. What happened to the tree-lined streets, our bustling downtown, and well maintained parks that welcome children and families for all sorts of purposes? Focusing on small efforts that provide benefits now can recapture that dream.
I want to see parks that are state-of-the-art, multi-purpose spaces that can be utilized for special events as well as everyday use.
Our roads need to be worked on with a schedule that makes sense. Our main roads need more crosswalks and other accommodations so that pedestrians, families walking to school, and cyclists can share the roads and sidewalks safely.
South River needs to move into the 21st century and make online payments and applications a reality. Having an online method for registering for recreation programs, dog licenses, and parking permits saves residents time and adds convenience. We need to adopt the latest computer technology for our systems and invest in those that help make residents’ lives easier.
Projects need to be thoughtfully planned and designed with an eye toward the future so that other towns will eventually look towards South River as a model. As an Eagle Scout, I was taught to leave a campsite better than how you found it. I am running for council carrying with me the wisdom of my grandfather and the philosophy of my Eagle Scout days. Let’s work to leave South River better than we found it.