The needler in the haystack.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to Barbara Sandford

Barbara Sandford (r) and friend Bernice Swain.

A little bird told me that long-time Plainfield activist Barbara Sandford is celebrating a birthday today.

Barbara is well-remembered in the community for having chaired the city's Beautification Committee for many years, during which great attention was paid to the appearance of the grounds of City Hall and the many planters gracing Plainfield's downtown shopping district.

The pine on the lawn of City Hall that is the focus of the annual holiday tree-lighting festivities was originally given in memory of Barbara's late husband, Webster Sandford. It was replaced a few years ago with another tree that Barbara and Public Works Superintendent John Louise selected, which is happily beginning to really fill out.

Barbara's love of gardening is also shown in her membership in the Plainfield Garden Club and her longtime advocacy of the Shakespeare Garden in Cedar Brook Park.

But many others are familiar with Barbara through her long years of working on behalf of the League of Women Voters, making that organization a hallmark of nonpartisan citizen activism on behalf of full participation in the democratic (small 'd', she would remind me) process -- all the while being a staunch Republican of the Millicent Fenwick sort, which is sadly becoming more and more of a rarity.

So, from myself and all her many friends...




-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Mrs. Sandford is the best of old Plainfield. Her work on the Beautification Committee and Shade Tree Commission goes back for years. What a wonderful legacy she has left for new Plainfield to enjoy. I hope she got to celebrate her birthday with many of her long-time friends such as Mrs. Swain with whom she shares her picture.