Dear Neighbors,

I first met Mark LoGrippo in 2011 on “Walk A Child to School Day.” As an elected official representing the Third Ward, Mark was appointed to walk with a child to school. Just a few months prior, I had lost my husband after a long battle with cancer. I was struggling at the time, as was my 9 year old son.

Mark showed up at our door that morning and met my son and I for the first time. I don't know if Mark knew our story, but I was overwhelmed by his attention to Colm on that walk. Mark asked him lots of questions, including how he thought we could improve our town. Mark left a very good impression on my son.

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Colm is a now a senior at Westfield High School and is looking at colleges. What has been most remarkable to me is after all these years, Mark continues to keep in touch. He often asks about Colm and offers his assistance in any way he can. Mark has congratulated Colm on every achievement and stops by to say hello whenever he's on our block.

I believe that it's these types of gestures, unknown to many, quietly behind the scenes, solely because he cares about people on personal level, that make Mark LoGrippo a friend and the best Councilman for Ward 3.

Thank you,

Donna Slevin