Letter to the Editor: Save Open Space
Lori Barton encourages New Milford residents to keep fighting to preserve the United Water Company property as open space; SOD February fundraiser.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful New Milford residents who have contacted me to tell me to keep up the fight to save open space and quality of life in New Milford. There are times when you start to feel burned out, but then some one stops you to tell your that they appreciate your efforts. They tell you they feel the same way. You don't know how important it is to hear that you support my position to fight United Water, Hekemian and Inserra to preserve New Milford's last undeveloped parcel of land.
Some of you have asked what you can do to help. The first thing I would ask is that you, too, join the effort by writing or calling United Water and Inserra to tell them that you do not support this development. Tell Inserra that you will not shop at any of their stores until they decide to rebuild where they are. And then, follow through. I have not spent a penny in an Inserra ShopRite since I wrote to them last year.
Tell United Water what poor neighbors they have been. Tell them you are tired of them blaming flooding on overdevelopment of coastal areas and then have them be hypocrites and sell coastal properties to a developer.
The other thing you can do is to attend the SOD Night Out fundraiser scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 PM. There will be wine tasting, light bites and yummy desserts for $40/person advance sale ($45 at the door). Money raised will fund the fight going forward to pay for the experts needed to testify in court. Call 201-261-0112 for tickets. We are all in this together and together we can win. Contact sod at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of addresses to send your letters.
And remember, "Never give in-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." (Winston Churchill)
New Milford, NJ