Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Epic Fail: Carnival in the 4th Ward
This past weekend, the mayor sponsored a "carnival" at Hannah Atkins Park for the "community." I only found out about this event on Monday, October 1. For those who want to know, since this event did not require a roadway encroachment, it did not have to come before the city council for approval. I am still wondering why the mayor decided that this small park was a proper venue for this event. How much money did the carnival owner pay the city for the use of our park? After seeing it, I am further confused. Poorly executed, overpriced at thirty dollars plus--yes, $30+--and poorly attended, the entire event looked rather seedy and forlorn.
Nearby Bowcraft Amusement Park in Scotch Plains isn't even this expensive. Will we see political contributions to the mayor's re-election campaign from this owner and his operatives? What amount of police resources were used? Fire? Cleanup costs? Although the carny eventually provided some free tickets to some children, this debacle, too, can be listed as an "epic fail."
Be forewarned about the next event the mayor has promoted--for a fee of ten dollars--yes $10. It is yet another patronizing attempt at veterans' recognition. I am unclear as to why this event is even occurring. Our Independence Day celebration was focused on veterans, and rightly so. However, Veterans Recognition Day is in November--it's a FEDERAL HOLIDAY called "Veterans' Day." Why on earth would the mayor encourage this hastily planned event (it is supposed to take place this Sunday on South Avenue at Plainwood Square), which will encroach on our main business thoroughfare, thus blocking it? Why isn't this "recognition" being held at the Veterans Center on East Front Street, a much more appropriate venue? Why is only one business (Sweet Lew's) involved? Why aren't the Plainwood Square Merchants supporting this? Why is it that the city council received no documentation about this event? Why, as well, has this event been promoted with the date, venue, and the name of the mayor PROMINENTLY diplayed in advance of city council approval?
I hope the people of our community "recognize" this patronizing "Veterans Recognition" event for what it is, yet another cheap display to fuel the mayor's re-election fantasies. Also, look for further ridiculous fundraising events for her "re-election" campaign. I fear the damage she will continue to do to this city if she does not resign.
Again, the city is "functioning" with NO CFO, NO purchasing agent, NO corporation counsel, NO health officer, NO deputy clerk, along with a number of other vacancies.