To the Editor,
We write this to extend our tremendous appreciation and praise to the Orange Department of Public Works for their assistance on February 9, the day of the snowstorm/blizzard.
I watched the every growing estimates of snow fall, as I prepared for surgery at St. Raphael’s on that morning. As my surgery was confirmed and the snow accumulation projections were increasing, I worried how I would make my 7:30 a.m. surgery preparation. Living on the upside of Saddle Ridge Road, I knew I could get down my driveway, but getting up the street could have proved to be a real challenge. Once on the top, it was all downhill to the hospital. Since schools were already canceled and we live on a 13 house dead end street, past experience had shown that ours was not a high priority street for early cleaning.
My wife decided to call the Park and Rec office and explain the situation. The gentleman who answered the phone was very understanding and assured her that they would make a note and try to help out. At 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, our street was cleaned (for undoubtedly the first of several cleanings). We left home at 6:30 a.m. and I returned home post-surgery on Friday afternoon.
We are very grateful we live in a town where a resident feels comfortable that a call to her Park and Rec office will be graciously received and understood. Our gratitude and pride in our Orange Park and Rec Department. We are very fortunate to live in our lovely town.
Bert and Martha Weisbart