Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Bird's The Word

What’s with those cardinals in the e-mail?

It’s too late for the Christmas Bird Count.

Must be the Inaugural Ball Head Count.

The Mayor’s Unity Ball will be held Feb. 4, 2006 in East Brunswick, according to the electronic missive. A donation of $150 will get you in.

“Unity” is a fine theme after the fractious events of 2005. May we also suggest invoking the cardinal virtues as themes for the new administration: Justice, Prudence, Fortitude and Temperance.

Sharon Robinson-Briggs, or "sharonmayorofplainfield" as she is known electronically, will be the city’s first woman mayor, definitely a cardinal event. Let’s hope she will take the example of feisty females in halls of government everywhere and stand up to bossy males!

She will be sworn in at 3 p.m. on New Year’s Day in the City Hall Rotunda, 515 Watchung Ave., and will give her first State of the City address at the Annual Reorganization, 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers/Municipal Court, 325 Watchung Ave.

The City Council will select a new president for 2006 and Councilmen Rashid Burney and Elliott Simmons will also be sworn in. Appointees for city administrator, department heads and corporation counsel will also be named at the reorganization.

--The Editors


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