Daily Archives: August 3, 2016

Letter to the Editors – from Parks Commissioner Joe Peruzzi

We received a letter from current Parks Commissioner Joseph Peruzzi regarding yesterday’s election, and the work preceding it.  We thought we should share it with our readers.  Here it is:

The August 2nd Primary was a true acid test for the heart and soul of Oakland Township. Fortunately, residents in our community came through with flying colors as demonstrated by their rejection of those who resorted to name calling, harassment and misleading statements over the past four years.

This column has reported in detail much of the controversial behavior on the part of some at township board meetings and Parks and Recreation meetings. Such reporting, supported in detail by the very words and actions on video of these perpetrators, had to be a monumental task for the creators of this column. Perseverance was the order of the day and township residents are better for it.

But as the saying goes “many hands make for light work,” such was the case in this election. Many hands did come forward to help in this election. Some came in the form of successful candidates standing for re-election. Other newcomers stepped up of their own accord to run for office in what obviously was going to be a hotly contested debate that pulled no punches when it came to name calling, vilification, disinformation, etc.

Other residents served behind the scenes to lend their support through funding and volunteering their time and talent that helped greatly to turn the tide in this township.

And of course, Oakland Township residents who voted in the primary must receive the greatest share of thanks for coming to the polls to support candidates for our Board of Trustees and Parks and Recreation Commission, and to help save our Parks Millage.

With that said now is the time for Oakland Township to once again begin the process of moving forward in serving the needs of residents and not the individual needs of certain politicians and political wannabes. It is time to work on consensus and not confrontation. It is time to truly recognize and appreciate the special characteristics of this beautiful township.

We are the stewards of this community—at least for a short while—and it is all our responsibility to preserve it the best we can for future generations. That is the best legacy we can pass on to our children and grandchildren.

Congratulations to those candidates who have been chosen to lead our community for the next four years. And congratulations to our residents who made that leadership possible.

Joseph Peruzzi

Parks Commmissioner

Well said Joe!

Richard Michalski


Civility will return to Oakland Township! Our reputation restored!

Congratulations! Our collective efforts have been successful!


Here are the names of the unofficial winners of the Oakland Township Board positions for 2016-2020 – pending the results of the November election:

Supervisor – Mike Bailey

Treasurer – Jeanne Langlois

Clerk – Karen Reilly

Trustee – Robin Buxar

Trustee – Frank Ferriolo

Trustee – John Giannangeli

Trustee – Lana Mangiapane  (only member of Terry Gonser’s ‘ticket’)

Here are the names of the unofficial winners of the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission positions for 2016-2020 – pending the results of the November election:

Emily Barkham

Craig Blust

Dan Bukowski

Colin Choi

Cathy Rooney

Daniel Simon

Hank Van Agen

In addition, both the Parks renewal millage and the OPC transportation millage were approved.

Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township?

With these public servants:

  • Civil, ethical and professional behavior will be restored at both the Board and Parks Commission level.
  • Turmoil regarding the form of governance in Oakland Township will be eliminated.
  • The certainty of the position of Township Manager will enable us to have the most qualified professional municipal manager run the day to day operations in the Township.
  • Conflicts between the Board and the Parks and Recreation Commission will be eliminated.
  • The great reputation of our Township will be restored.

Will there be difficult and contentious issues our community will have to deal with?  Absolutely!  Will there be differences of opinion on how to resolve the issues?  Absolutely!

However, we have seen how the returning Board members have developed and worked together as a team over the past few years.  Our future looks bright!

Thanks to all the great candidates that chose to run for office!  Thanks to the retiring Parks and Recreation Commission members for ‘vetting’ the new Commission’s candidates, so their legacy will continue!  Thanks to the countless others that helped get the new officials elected! Thanks to all those who have been following this website!  Thanks to all of those who contributed to the ‘Oakland Township Watchers Action Committee’ for helping to make the election results a success!

BUT, most of all, thanks to all those who voted!


Richard Michalski & Jim Foulkrod