, Salem, MA

October 31, 2013

Letter: Famico already getting results

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

Heather Famico has already been very helpful for us. I was at the playground in Collins Cove (across from our current councilor’s house) and noticed that some of the equipment was broken and looking rather dangerous, particularly the “shaky bridge,” which was broken in a few areas.

I emailed both Heather and my current councilor about this. I did not hear anything from our current councilor, but Heather spoke to someone at the Parks and Recreation Department, and they came to tape the area off. After repeated issues with the tape being torn down, Heather asked for a more permanent solution, and soon after, the Parks and Recreation Department installed metal gates to block access to the broken bridge.

We love our park and beach, but we find that even though our councilor lives directly in view of it, it continues to be a bit of a mess. Underage drinking occurs at the stairwell right outside his door, and those kids smash their bottles against the sea wall causing the beach to be littered with glass. There are lots of families and dog owners that use this park and beach every day, and it should be in better shape.

Heather went well above what I expected to see for a candidate and did things that I wish my current councilor was already doing. She was communicative and extremely responsive via email and phone. It would be great to have a “connected councilor” like this in Ward 2, where I know many people prefer reaching out via email or social media.

Jared Robinson