Atlantic Highlands has many great things going for it, from the amazing Victorian Architecture as evidenced in the Strauss Mansion to the unmatched vistas overlooking the magnificent Verrazano Bridge and the entrance of New York Harbor, but undeniably, the greatest resource that this community has is its’ people.

That resource was on full display this evening during the Borough Council Meeting with the appointment of Dave Rossback as Chief of Police, and the Proclamation honoring former Mayor Helen Marchetti.

Both, lifelong Borough residents, both dedicated and conscientious public servants, both well deserving of the honors and accolades bestowed upon them this evening…but I can’t help but to question if the Borough did enough,

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a huge fan of former Mayor Helen Marchetti, but then again, who isn’t?  As a young man, Mayor Marchetti was the epitome, the shining example of what a public servant was supposed to be, selfless, energetic, altruistic, and above all else, she put Atlantic Highlands first.

No matter what position she was serving in, Mayor, Council-Member, on the Harbor Commission, Yacht Club, or volunteering at the Historical Society, Lions Club, or the Fire Department Auxiliary, you were safe to bet the full monty on any decision she made was for the benefit of the Community.

It is for this lifelong self-sacrificing approach to public service that I suggest that a Proclamation calling for April being Helen Marchetti Month in Atlantic Highlands is inadequate in thanking Mayor Marchetti, and that renaming the Municipal Harbor in her honor is a more fitting expression of the Boroughs appreciation for such long and dedicated service to the greater good.


Jim Smith
Holly Springs, Mississippi