South Hadley group to honor Scibak at Town Hall event on Dec. 7 

  • John Scibak  File photo

Staff Writer
Published: 11/30/2018 8:53:21 AM

SOUTH HADLEY — Know Your Town of South Hadley is inviting members of the public to a free reception on Dec. 7 honoring state Rep. John Scibak, D-South Hadley, who will be retiring at the end of his current term.

After 16 years as a state representative, Scibak announced at a constituents dinner in February that he would not seek reelection. Scibak will be succeeded by current Easthampton City Councilor and state representative-elect Dan Carey.

Linda Young, a board member of Know Your Town, said that the organization does not typically hold farewell receptions, but that members saw the event as an appropriate send-off for Scibak. 

“I think John deserves it,” Young said. “A lot of what he has done has gone under the radar. He helps individual families and individuals, and people don’t know that.”

Prior to his election to the Legislature, Scibak served on the South Hadley Select Board from 1991 to 2002. Scibak said that he plans to move to Florida after his term ends.  

“He has been our representative in many ways for quite a while,” Young said of Scibak, “and this is the community’s opportunity to just come and say thank you and to honor him, especially since he is leaving town.”

Although Scibak spent much of his time at the Statehouse in Boston, he continued to live in South Hadley as a state representative, driving over 275,000 miles in his commute to and from Boston.

Young described Scibak as instrumental in securing grants for Beachgrounds and Buttery Brook parks, as well as a new Senior Center, adding, “and he has done a lot lot more in his 16 years, particularly for legislation that has been pertinent to South Hadley.”

“John just really stepped in and stepped up and really helped us out,” she added, “and I appreciate that. Not all state representatives in the past have done that.”

Culinary arts students from the high school will serve desserts and light refreshments at the reception, and the high school’s jazz quartet will play later in the evening. The reception will take place at the South Hadley Town Hall auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com. 


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