Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Don Links, recognized at Monday's Borough Council meeting, said he's had 'time to do things that are much more important.'
With Monday night's Borough Council meeting the last of his three-year term, Don Links is looking forward to spending more time with his family. Links, who is battling ALS, bowed out of his re-election bid in September and he said in an email Monday he hasn't looked back since he stepped out of the race. "There was a moment I believe in August when I realized that I couldn't campaign in the manner I wished and I decided at that time it was time to pass the campaign over to others to run," Links said. "Since that time I haven't had one regret in my decision and frankly it has given me time to do things that are much more important. "As far as my plans after the New Year, well I've learned to take everyday one at a time and to enjoy my time …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Carmen Pico tabbed to take Don Links' spot on ballot, joining John Hoover.
Madison Borough Councilman Don Links has stepped down from his re-election campaign for health reasons, and Carmen Pico, who waged a write-in campaign in the Republican primary, will join John Hoover on the ballot in November, the Madison Republican Committee has announced. A statement from Links about his decision references the physical challenges of his battle with ALS, and says he plans to serve the remainder of his term, which ends in December. "I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for Madison Borough Council," Links said. "When I announced my re-election candidacy earlier this year, I acknowledged the physical challenges I face with ALS, but expected they would not hamper my ability to run a rigorous campaign. But today, I feel …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
'We agree with the comments that there are other, less intrusive ways of promoting bicycling in town,' Don Links and John Hoover said.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Madison Borough Council candidates Don Links, a current councilman, and John Hoover, the Board of Health president, issued a joint statement Tuesday saying they support the residents of the Pine, Rose, Cedar and Beech section of the borough in their opposition to the Morris County Park Commission’s planned expansion of the Traction Line Trail that currently ends at Danforth Road. They said there are environmental, flooding, privacy and security concerns with the project, and there are other ways to promote bicycling in Madison. They also expressed interest in holding a town hall meeting to organize a response to the Park Commission's plan. The full text of their statement is below. Press Release “Our records clearly show our support for …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Rosedale Avenue home to host Madison Republican Committee's annual picnic Sunday.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Madison Republican Committee’s Annual Picnic is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Judy and Dennis Mullins, 100 Rosedale Ave. Invited guests include Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford, and Morris County Freeholder candidates John Cesaro, John Krickus, David Scapicchio and Hank Lyon. Hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausage, beer, wine and soft drinks are on the menu. The suggested donation is $10 per couple. For more information call Jerry Stevenson at 973-377-1818.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Councilman, Board of Health president face former Councilwoman Astri Baillie and Ben Wolkowitz in November.
Board of Health President John Hoover will join Councilman Don Links on the ballot as the Republican nominees for two three-year Borough Council seats up for vote in November, according to preliminary primary election results Tuesday night. Links was the only Republican to file for the primary by the deadline, but Hoover and then Carmen Pico subsequently declared they would be waging write-in campaigns in an effort to get on the ballot for the general election. Links and Hoover face the Democratic ticket of former Councilwoman Astri Baillie and Ben Wolkowitz, who ran uncontested for their party's nominations. With mail-in and provisional ballots not yet counted, Links had 499 votes, Hoover 109 and Pico 71. Baillie received 313 votes and …
Friday, May 4, 2012
In response to release by Democratic candidates, they say they faced other challenges.
Friday, May 4, 2012
The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Borough Councilmen Don Links and Rob Catalanello in response to one submitted by Democratic candidates Astri Baillie and Ben Wolkowitz, which questioned no votes on the budget by the two and Council President Jeannie Tsukamoto. We voted for the introduction of the budget to advance the budget process. The decision was based on the agreement from the Mayor and Borough Administration that we would find adequate savings to accomplish our goals: We voted against the final budget because these goals were not met. For details, please refer to Ms. Tsukamoto’s letter to the editor printed in the May 3, 2012, Madison Eagle. From inception, residents were cautioned that this budget process would be…
Friday, April 13, 2012
Don Links found to have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent disability, giving his property tax-exempt status.
The Borough Council on Monday approved a resolution approving tax-exempt status for 39 Shadylawn Drive because the owner, Councilman Don Links, has a permanent disability connected to his military service. After Links left Council Chambers for the vote, the remaining members voted unanimously to approve the measure. Links has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Links, who is a United States Air Force veteran, has not talked about his military service, but those who serve in the military are twice as likely to become afflicted with ALS than those who have not served. The resolution does not name Links, but …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Following diagnosis, councilman tries to control what he can as he seeks second term.
Don Links says he isn't afraid of things he can't control. He doesn't like to worry about what he can't change. Links describes himself as pragmatic. He tries to look at things from a logical standpoint. Sometimes, though, not everything makes sense, especially something you can't control. What Links hasn't been able to stop for the past year is the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Life expectancy is variable, with the average between two to five years, but with many living for five or more. More than half live more than three years after diagnosis. For those who attend Madison Borough…