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Robert “the Onceler” Gilman to be Appointed to the Bergen County Open Space Committee

You can’t make this stuff up.  In a complete flip of the figurative bird to the taxpayers of Bergenfield and tree lovers everywhere, the disgraced Bergenfield Councilman who ordered trees chopped down before the Green Acres hearing, who destroyed the Riparian buffer along Mezler’s creek  with his backhoe, and who oversaw the construction of a building in the stream buffer of Mezler’s Creek, in full violation of the Flood Hazard Control Act, THAT GUY – is on the agenda tonite in Bergenfield to be appointed to the Bergen County OPEN SPACE Committee.  

Excuse me, but I thought the whole idea of the Open Space Committee was to PRESERVE open space. So why is the Bergenfield Council about to appoint “The Onceler” to the Open Space Committee? Good question, I’d love to hear Mayor Tim Driscoll answer that one.

My Lorax Moment Update #2

Another update on my Lorax story.  Bergenfield is getting more interesting by the minute. Now I understand the Chinese curse – “May you live in interesting times.”

At this moment, residents who have been writing letters in the newspaper opposing the destruction of Whittaker Park by the PAL under the direction of Councilman Gillman, have been subject to “visits” from the police department and also threatening phone calls.  Fortunately, us Bergenfield types don’t scare easy.

My Lorax Moment Update

A political update to my Lorax story. It appears Councilman Robert “The Onceler” Gillman who summarily chopped down my childhood, lost his primary in Bergenfield.  How sad. Not.  

Unfortunately the Record is spinning it that it was all Clancy’s doing.  Gillman wants a recount.  


His running mate happened to win – which means that voters in Bergenfield are savvy enough to know that Councilman Lodato is a class act, while his running mate was only representing his organization – the PAL rather than the rank and file mere Bergenfield citizen.

There is a council meeting tonite. I plan on being there with my folks – just like I have been for the past few months – with dozens of other angry residents – long before Clancy even made a peep about this or used it for his own ends.

The biggest disappointment was the Mayor, who  let this whole thing unfold because Gillman is his Golden Boy who could do no wrong – even when he cut down trees on Green Acres land BEFORE the public hearing.  The Mayor could have saved Gillman from himself and those trees, and the creek and the flooded residents, but he chose to support Gillman’s actions and to disregard the concerns of flooded residents – which makes him no better than Clancy.

My Lorax Moment

When is Green Acres Land not Green?  When Bergenfield officials cut down the trees at Whittaker field BEFORE any public hearings or approvals.  

Forgive me if I am emotional today.  Those trees they cut down are very familiar to me.  My parents bought the house next to them on my very first birthday. Our house was originally owned by the head of the Audobon society and had all manner of bushes and trees to attract wildlife.  The house was at the end of a dead end street with a huge piece of parkland next door.

Years ago the town wanted to create a ball field and promised my parents that the area between the ball field area and their tiny Cape Cod house would remain forested buffer.  It was tough keeping it that way – since over the years – the Police Athletic League which would not allow me or my three sisters, or any girls for that matter, to play on their manicured fields, would occasionally cut a tree here and there forgetting all about the long ago promise to keep the park green.  It was after all Green Acres land  designated and zoned as park open space.   As a girl I had to travel across to the other side of town to play softball on a rutted excuse for a field.  But we had still had that little piece of green as a beautiful visual buffer.