Email: Kaitlyn.Anness@patch.com Phone: 732-379-8575
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Birthday: January 11, 1989
I was born in Westfield, NJ and lived there for 22 years before joining the Patch family. I have been interested in and practicing journalism since I was 15, beginning at Westfield High School and continuing on through college. I began college at Quinnipiac University, where I spent two great years before transferring to Rowan University. After occupying several editorial positions on the college newspaper, I began freelancing for Patch in Collingswood. I graduated magna cum laude from Rowan in May, 2011.
Transplanting myself to Marlboro was not a huge change. Westfield and Marlboro are very similar. They are full of concerned, dedicated citizens that are working daily to make their towns the best possible.
But what Westfield lacks in open space, Marlboro certainly makes up for. Passing farms on the way to Town Hall is one of my favorite things, and proves Marlboro residents are dedicated to preserving what once was in the township.
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I do not identify with any political party. However, I am fiscally conservative while leaning toward the left regarding social issues.
I was raised Catholic but do not consider myself a religious person. I welcome an open-minded environment.
Local Hot-Button Issues
Citizens of Marlboro are painfully aware of the over-development of the area. Currently, only 14 percent of Marlboro is still farmland. As Marlboro moves forward, it is apparent that citizens are also concerned with preserving the uniqueness of Marlboro's farmland.
And, as with any town in America, residents are watching their tax dollars closely. After the crash of the market, citizens of Marlboro took action and got involved in every area of the township. Every committee in the township is full, from Open Space and Shade Tree to the Teen Advisory Committee. The amount of involvement in the community is astounding, and the willingness to become and stay informed is part of what makes Marlboro residents so great to be around as a journalist.