Dedication Of Park To Former Mayor, Wife Set For Saturday
A Fair Lawn park will be re-named in honor of longtime public servants Marty Etler and his wife, Violet, who died in January.
Two longtime public servants will be honored for their years of dedication to the Fair Lawn community on Saturday when a neighborhood park is renamed in their honor.
The park -- bounded by Elliott Terrace and Eberlin Drive -- is within walking distance of the home former mayor Martin Etler shared with his wife, Violet, a Fair Lawn Democratic county committeewoman who died in January.
In addition to being a county commiteewoman, Vi Etler was a member of the Fair Lawn Democratic Organization, Bergen County Democratic Organization, New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women and a Fair Lawn Library Trustee.
"I’m delighted that we’re able to honor Vi Etler in a way that we’ll all be able to visit and think about her," said councilwoman Lisa Swain, who proposed the dedication at a work session in January.
Borough manager Tom Metzler, who will emcee the ceremony, said he was honored to coordinate the event.
"Marty and Vi are special to me," he said, calling the opportunity a highlight of his job. "I think Marty is the epitome of what an elected official should be, I really do."
Metzler credits Marty Etler, a Democrat, for reaching across the aisle to support his initial appointment as borough manager in 2006.
"I don’t think it’s a secret I would have never been the borough manager were it not for Marty Etler," he said. "Here’s a guy who was a die-hard Democrat who rolled up his sleeves and went to work with the two Republicans on his council."
Metzler said he respected Etler for always voting with Fair Lawn's best interest in mind, even if it wasn't always in lock step with his party.
"I think that’s commendable and that’s why I love him," he said.
The dedication ceremony on Saturday, expected to attract government officials from around the state and county, will begin at 11 a.m.