Good Afternoon Ms. Seymour,
I am writing to you with regards to the article "Fierce" in your May 2013 issue. My wife subscribes to your magazine and I generally peruse it looking for interesting items. I was intrigued by the women that you highlighted in that article. It truly depicts women who have done amazing things and it is important that they be recognized for their accomplishments.
But, I would like to call attention to a woman whom I believe deserves to have been on that list or perhaps deserves a separate article all on her own. That woman is Jennifer Maier and she is the township administrator of Union Beach, NJ. This is a town that was totally devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Maier had literally taken the job of administrator just months prior to that tragedy.
Since that awful day last year she has worked seven days a week (only recently starting to take off half a day on Saturday and all day Sunday) to bring that town back from this disaster. She has worked tirelessly to solicit funds and grants from an incredible number of organizations. These include the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation just to name two that are prominently known. Jennifer has been successful with the Robin Hood Foundation because she has spearheaded an effort to have sustainable and green houses designed and built specifically for Union Beach. The Red Cross is, in fact, interested in these designs because they might have applications world-wide. These houses will be pre-fab and built elsewhere and put together on site in Union Beach.
Jennifer has also been working with FEMA and every governmental organization that has been available. Dealing with the frustrations of the arms of various government entities has become her stock in trade. While doing all of this she has continuously worked with the people of Union Beach to ease their suffering, while endeavouring to get them back on their feet as quickly as possible.
Might I also mention that she is a single mother raising two teenaged children.
I realize that these problems are manifest all along the Jersey shore, but I truly believe that Jennifer stands out from the crowd. As she said to me a while ago, for the first few months after the hurricane she found that at some time during each day she would have to go into her small office and just cry for a while as the suffering of the people in the town just overwhelmed her. Her humanity and compassion adds a level of depth to her involvement with the people of Union Beach.
I have had the pleasure of working with her and the people of Union Beach because I am a volunteer in an organization that works to assist Union Beach in their recovery efforts. Her job is no longer just a job, it is a passion that she works hard at every day to improve her town and the people who live in it.
Jennifer is truly a "Fierce" woman and her efforts need to be recognized as an extraordinary example of the women that "More" magazine writes about.
Thanks you in advance for any consideration that you might give to this e-mail and this AMAZING WOMAN.
I just had to say that the photos of Lauren Graham were terrible. She
didn't look like herself, so I'm guessing she was photoshopped a lot.
The poses were so off target for her personality that if I was her I
would never let that photographer near me again. While I appreciate
your goal is to show successful, accomplished women who still have sex
appeal, that bent over angles were simply hideous.
She's a great subject for a cover and I know she's been on your cover
before, but please have some class and make these people look like who
they are. I don't care if you erase a few lines or even a double chin.
I do care when you try to make them look like pole dancers. So
disrespectful to their accomplishments. I must sound like a prude but
that;s not the case. Sexy is wonderful, obliterating an identity is not.