Saturday, January 06, 2007

Theo Buklad, RIP 
Theo Buklad, the first woman to be elected to the Maplewood Township Committee, passed away last night (1/5/07) as the result of a massive stroke she suffered two weeks ago. She was only 64 years old. Condolences to her family.

I knew Theo as a good, warm, committed friend, a person who couldn't sit still when there was work to be done to make the world, especially our little corner of it, a better place. She got me, like so many others, involved in local politics, and practically twisted my arm to get me to join the Maplewood CBAC. She was former Chair of the Maplewood Democrat Committee, a dedicated and long-time member of the League of Women Voters, a fierce partisan in the righteous task of ending the war in Iraq, an indefatigable booster of the What Exit? theater company, and so much more. Even for those in town who'd never heard of her, Theo made life in Maplewood better than it otherwise could have been. Although a Roman Catholic, she embodied the Jewish ideal of Tikkun Olam.

I will miss her, as will her many other friends, and we will all be the poorer for her passing. May her memory be for a blessing.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year 
Best wishes to all for a healthy, happy, prosperous 2007.

I hope to be posting a bit more often this year. See ya then...

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