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Garwood Council Discusses Producing a Newsletter

Would you appreciate a newsletter? Tell us in the comments.

At Tuesday's Garwood Council meeting residents and council members discussed whether the borough should – and could afford to – produce a quarterly newsletter.

The discussion began after a resident spoke up during the public session to request the newsletter, saying he and several of his neighbors had not been well-informed about the borough's recently approved Athletic Field Complex.

Councilwoman Sara Todisco said the finance committee was in agreement that a newsletter would be a good idea, but that there was not a line item in the budget dedicated to a newsletter.

Borough Administrator Christina Ariemma estimated that such a publication would cost about $800 to create and $200 to mail per issue. When Garwood distributed newsletters previously, Ariemma said department heads would send her write-ups about their department's activities that she would then edit to create the publication.

Councilman Jim Mathieu offered to produce the newsletter and suggested perhaps recruiting volunteers to walk the borough distributing it. Todisco also suggested that many residents might opt to receive the newsletter via email.

Is a newsletter worth the price the borough would have to pay to create and distribute it? What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

MCortese September 26, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The current Garwood website is outdated and useless. It should be updated regularly with news and upcoming events by the different commitiees (Recreation, Celebration, etc.) Updating the website would save the expense of a newsletter and would be much more "green".
Rubbery Fenders September 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I agree about the website. Maybe an Update Garwood's Website Project could be presented to high school or grade school students, or even boy scouts. These kids are very sharp technically and would have fun doing it & it wouldn't cost much.
kim garwood September 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
i think an email newsletter would be a great way to get important information and events to the residents. hope this work out!
Mariane McDevitt September 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
How about the town learn how to correctly and effectively update the website - which doesn't cost anything to taxpayers? What in heaven's sake do we need a newsletter for? Nothing changes in this town - are they going to write a blank Newsletter, perhaps to themselves so they can feel important? What an incredible waste of time, effort and money. How about use what you already have effectively? OR GET THESE FOLKS OUT! M. McDevitt
Garwood Res September 26, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Yes! A quarterly newsletter is a great idea. This may come as a big surprise but not everyone attends council meetings. Also I really don't want to go to yet another website to check news. Call me lazy. I'd much rather have a newsletter delivered IN THE MAIL. Why don't we broadcast the meetings on local tv? that could also be an answer.
b paterson November 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
garwoodres. when we were publishing the hard copy TREE we decided to poll the residents as to whether they read the "Just the Facts" boro sponsored newslsetter. In an informal poll, we walked around one day and asked the first 10 people we met either on the street or on their property, they had to be residents of course.. This was done a few weeks after the boro newsletter was delivered to every house in the boro. The results-out of 10: 3 people read the newsletter, 2 people had heard of it and said it was in their pile of things to do, 4 people no idea what i was talking about, and one person said he had bigger problems that just reading a newsletter. so basically 3 out of 10 people were fully aware of the newsletter. The other 7 simplistically really could care less or knew nothing about it. We did publish the results in one of the hard copies of the TREE. As an aside, even the TREE did not have a deep penetration with the boro residents although over the years a lot of people said they were aware of it, but then it wasnt delivered to every doorstep free. Shoulda done a poll on the tree back then also.

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