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Letter to the Editor:
What I do know a lot about is the large Chapter 40B Eaton-Lakeview development on my street. I was heartened to hear both candidates state that the development is too big for the neighborhood as currently proposed. I also appreciate that both candidates expressed support for the residents’ efforts to be part of the process and have their concerns heard.
However, I do feel that I need to correct the record regarding Mr. Arena’s involvement. John reached out early on to the residents. He shared his personal experience from the time when a 40B project came to his neighborhood. He has offered encouragement and advice on how to become part of the process and offer constructive alternatives. John has participated in multiple neighborhood meetings and is always available for a discussion. He was instrumental in giving the residents the opportunity to present in front of the Board of Selectmen. He has also worked hard towards finding a forum where residents can participate in discussions with the developer team. He proposed and championed the workshop idea that was endorsed by the development team at the first ZBA meeting.
John has been an effective liaison between the residents, town staff, and the development team. He is always thoughtful, respectful, civil, and a true gentleman. I am grateful that he has chosen to become involved in our town government and I sincerely hope that he will be re-elected for another term.