A colder-than-average January has passed, and once again the "no skating" sign at Edgemont Park remained in place the entire month. Whether this inaction was due to over-caution or simply a lack of initiative, it ruined several potentially fun days for a good number of residents.

While the ice on some of the pond may not have been thick enough for skating, other areas were quite safe. Nearby towns, such as Verona and Nutley, cordoned off regions of their own ponds for supervised skating. I saw several Montclair residents in Verona, along with my family, making the best of the situation.

I'm an old-timer. Ice skating on ponds during the winter is a precious memory for me, and my grandkids should have the same chance. Warmer winters have made these opportunities rarer, but they still exist. I hope that in the future, town officials try just a little harder.

Filip Bondy
Montclair


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