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Council Proposes Naming Neighborhood Park for Vi Etler

Fair Lawn Democratic county committeewoman Violet "Vi" Etler died on Jan. 8 at the age of 83

During her life, Democratic politcal maven Vi Etler's kindness and wisdom made an impression on all those she encountered.

In her passing, borough council would like to ensure those memories live on in perpetuity.

To commemorate Etler's public service and dedication to the borough of Fair Lawn, the council has proposed naming a neighborhood park in her honor.

The park -- bounded by Elliott Terrace and Eberlin Drive -- is within walking distance of the home Etler shared with her husband, Marty.

"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.

"She was a champion for women," Swain said of Etler. "She was also a champion for Democrats everywhere. She helped out throughout the state, not just in Fair Lawn."

Barry Winston, chairman of the Fair Lawn Democratic Organization and a longtime friend of both Vi and Marty Etler, said he remembered Vi as someone who befriended everyone and knew how to get things done.

"She was a wealth of information and she easily shared it with anybody who was interested," he said.

In addition to being a Fair Lawn Democratic county commiteewoman, Etler was a member of the Fair Lawn Democratic Organization, Bergen County Democratic Organization, New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women and a Trustee.

Specifics are still being arranged, but manager Tom Metzler said the borough would hold a dedication ceremony -- likely in the spring -- once the necessary steps are taken by council to name the park, and the moves forward with the cleanup and installation of signage

Go Figure January 26, 2012 at 04:20 AM
What a wonderful idea to honor a very special Fair Lawn woman. I think that the council should consider naming it in memory of Mrs. Etler and in honor of Mr. Etler. Let's not wait till someone is gone to let them know that we appreciate them and their service to our great Borough.
Michael Rosenberg January 26, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I think that is a great idea Go Figure. The two of them have certainly done great things for Fair Lawn.
John Cosgrove January 26, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Just so everyone knows that the Council's intent is to name the park after both Vi and Marty!
Bruce Knuckle January 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM
John, glad you guys are handling the tough ones right off the bat.
Go Figure January 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Mr. Cosgrove: so glad to hear that. This is one of the good decisions you all get to make. keep up the good work.
Michael Rosenberg January 26, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Thanks John. That is great!
tacitus January 26, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Please do not use Officer Collura to justify your disinterest in the proposal. I doubt you even know that much about her to even make such a statement. Officer Collura and the Etlers got along and knowing her she would not have had an issue with the Borough naming a pocket park after them in recognition of their years of community service.
Jack O'Neil January 27, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I sure hope that the coucil's intent comes to fruition. The park should always be a reminder of the dedication and service of both Vi and Marty. Jack O'Neil
Bruce Knuckle January 27, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Another example of politicians taking care of themselves. How about naming the park for a hero or someone who gave to the entire community not just a political party.

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