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October 24, 2013

Letter: Verga has shown he can get things done

To the editor:

I encourage you to vote for Greg Verga for Gloucester city councilor-at-large.

If you are interested in someone who will represent you, your concerns, hopes and ideas, he is a clear choice.

Councilor Verga has been city councilor for Ward 5, where my family lives, for the past two terms and is an asset for our community.

He is approachable and communicative via his e-newsletter “Ward 5 Updates,” containing information about what he and the City Council are doing, as well as local news, events and updates.

His newsletter is a conduit through which people can reach him when his help is needed, as I did a couple years back.

Our family lives on Essex Avenue (Route 133), and we have a child who attends school at West Parish.

We live a few minutes’ walk from school, but there was a problem: no sidewalks on Essex Avenue. I also love to walk and the lack of sidewalks on our busy road made it dangerous.

Having no experience of how these things “get done” I reached out to Greg to ask for help putting forth an effort to get sidewalks put in.

He told me he’d been working on this issue awhile, and that a fifth grader had sent a petition to our state representatives in 2004 long before he was our councilor. He gave me names and contact information of government representatives to write to, and suggested getting an updated petition going.

Greg then took my petition and the cause up from there, and this summer, the Mass Department of transportation installed a stretch of sidewalk along Essex Avenue from Kent Road to Beechbrook Cemetery.

Now, Greg is pushing for it to get extended farther.

Greg is also always quick to share any credit with the office of Sen. Tarr, with whom he worked with closely on this issue for over a year.

But Greg Verga made this happen for our neighborhood in Ward 5, and he can get great things done in our city wide community.

I ask you to give him your vote for city councilor at large, on Nov. 5, as I will.

MADELINE MOFFETT

Essex Avenue, Gloucester

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