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November 22, 2014
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Granddaughter responds to road name debate


In the letter, Frede let it be known that she would be opposed to removing her grandparent’s name from the sign. She wrote, “The family of Irving and Rose Rosenberg have no objection to sharing the name of this road with my grandparents’ old friends, the Segar family. However, we would object most strenuously to all record of our grandparents’ names being erased. My grandparents were very involved in the life of the local community during the many years they lived there; it was their primary residence, even though they also maintained a small apartment in New York City, they voted and paid taxes as Bethel residents. We do still own property on the road that was originally named for them, and if we or our children choose to build another home there, it would be very sad indeed if the name of our grandparents was no longer honored as it had been for so many years.”

Bethel supervisor Dan Sturm said the he was hesitant to change the name before, and now that he has received the letter he is even more convinced that it should not be changed. He said that if every time new residents moved onto a road and wanted to change the name, before long the town’s history would be gone.

Frede provided several documents including a tax bill that bore the address Rosenberg Road. Sturm has forwarded the letter to the other board members.

Go to www.riverreporter.com to read the full letter.