Stories written by Vice Mayor Felicia M. Brunson

Creating a Healthier Community Today, Tomorrow, Together

You’re sitting at home with your family, irritably bored with TV reruns and annoyed with the constant play of video games. Do you need a scheduled reason to get you and your family outside? As the weather turns fine, now is your chance to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors. As part of a […]

Forging forward!

Forging forward!

As we saw the sun set on 2012, we can be proud as a community for all the good we have received and the great things that have been accomplished. The train of 2013 has left the station on its journey, and I am confident that the ride will be a good one for West […]

Be Blessed, Be Safe and Be Thankful!

It is official! The holidays are here. This is the time of year when we give thanks, count our blessings and celebrate a season of giving. Most of us have much to celebrate- a job, health care, shelter and family. Be a blessing But there are those who don’t enjoy these basics of life right […]

Be Thankful


Although we should remember the significance of all our holidays, I believe that Thanksgiving is the holiday which should be used for a time of quiet reflection. We would all do well to pause and remember those brave souls who risked their lives to travel to a new and uncharted land in search of freedom. […]

Help the Vision: Education 2012-13

Vice Mayor Felicia M Brunson

West Park residents, I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer! WELCOME BACK to a new school year! This is always a very exciting time for students, parents and educators. This time of year carries a great deal of expectations for me also. The opening of a new school year reenforces my belief that […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: October 2012

Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President […]

Budgeting for Democracy


In this time of economic crisis and considerably negative property values, West Park is confronted by extraordinary challenges that require us to come together as a community to reconfirm our priorities and define the kind of City we want to be. These shared goals are expressed each year in the preparation of our City budget. […]

If Ever Your Voice Counts, It Is Now!


“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual—or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to […]

West Park – A City Where Young People Thrive


One of West Park’s top priorities is ‘community collaboration for youth well-being,’ an important goal for all of us. Yet we see daily how our young people are struggling in many ways. Some of our children feel burdened by pressure, academic and otherwise, as they strive to achieve in a community where achievement is a […]

Celebrating real and profound women


A real and profound woman, she moves through the world with a sense of confidence and grace. Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom. Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation. She now understands what it means to live and […]