Mayor Rich Walker
Mayor Rich Walker

A Message from Mayor Rich Walker

While back-to-school mode is about supplies and schedules, it is also about taking a moment to set a positive tone for the months ahead.

Making a point to start off the year with respect for parents, teachers, and administrators is also key to a successful school year. It is our duty to show them the respect and appreciation they deserve. By being attentive in class, completing assignments on time, and following school rules, we demonstrate that we are committed to our education and value the efforts of those who make up our school communities.

As students focus on academic and personal growth, they can also set meaningful goals, whether it be improving grades, joining a club or sports team, or volunteering in the community.

Here are a few quick tips that will help students to maintain a sense of purpose and reach their goals throughout the school year. I think these points can help benefit us all:

  • Set goals.
  • Establish good study habits early in the school year.
  • Stay organized and focused.
  • Take care of yourself physically and mentally.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Commit to being a good friend.

I believe the last point—committing to being a good friend—is crucial. If we strive to be kind and caring to those around us—especially those struggling with personal or academic challenges—we can make a positive difference in the lives of others and foster a sense of community within our schools.

Make the most of the few weeks ahead to approach the new school year with positivity, determination, and kindness, and make it a school year to remember.

If you would like to share your thoughts or if you have questions or comments you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached via e-mail at or via cell phone at (973) 390-1453. I am frequently available monthly at Parkland businesses and love to talk with residents there. I encourage you to visit the City’s website, and click on the social media icon that you prefer, to ensure that you stay informed on events and helpful information.

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