May­ors spur kind­ness con­test

Which bor­ough will be king of kind­ness? Roy­ers­ford or Pottstown?

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

We’ve all hear the phrase — Ran­dom Act of Kind­ness.

If not, here’s an ex­am­ple: You’re walk­ing down the street, you drop your wal­let stuffed full of 20s, and some ran­dom pedes­trian you’ve never seen be­fore chases you down and says “hey you dropped your wal­let.”

Roy­ers­ford Mayor Jenna An­toniewicz would like to see more of it.

So, in the wake of the bul­ly­ing, racist and ho­mo­pho­bic com­ments en­dured by Mark Bar­bee, the mayor of Bridge­port, and the par­tic­i­pat­ing in sign­ing a let­ter with nine other Mont­gomery May­ors in sup­port of him, An­toniewicz de­cided the world needs more kind­ness.

On her mayor’s Face­book page, she chal­lenged res­i­dents of Roy­ers­ford to post on her page about ex­pe­ri­ences they’ve had with ran­dom acts of kind­ness, hop­ing for a to­tal of 35 by Oct. 24.

Pottstown Mayor Stephanie Hen­rick saw that and called her kind­ness, up­ping the ante by 965.

“She has asked for 35 posts of ran­dom acts of kind­ness to be posted by re­cip­i­ents and she’s giv­ing ev­ery­one un­til Oct. 24,” Hen­rick said dur­ing her mayor’s re­port at the Oct. 3 work ses­sion of Pottstown Bor­ough Coun­cil

“I’m giv­ing ev­ery­one un­til Oct. 31, and be­cause Roy­ers­ford is much smaller than Pottstown and we have 23,000 or more res­i­dents, I am go­ing to ask for 1,000 posts from re­cip­i­ents of ran­dom acts of kind­ness,” Hen­rick said.

Mayor An­toniewicz has started a ran­dom acts of kind­ness in Roy­ers­ford, so I am copy­ing her and I de­clare Oc­to­ber to be Ran­dom Acts of Kind­ness Month in Pottstown, said Hen­rick.

An­toniewicz laughed when in­formed Hen­rick had stolen her idea.

“Well that’s fair, be­cause I stole it from some­one else,” she said.

It be­gan sev­eral years ago when An­toniewicz met a woman at the Lim­er­ick Com­mu­nity Park named Jill Anoia. They had be­gun at a church, form­ing a group called Sim­ply Pos­i­tive Kids, which gath­ers peo­ple to­gether and then sends them out into the wider com­mu­nity to con­duct “Ran­dom Acts of Christ­mas Kind­ness,” ac­cord­ing to their Face­book page.

“Last year, they had over 1,000 peo­ple and so on Oct 1, I de­cided since my 35th birth­day is on Oct. 24, that I would ask peo­ple to com­mit 35 acts of ran­dom kind­ness by my birth­day, An­toniewicz ex­plained.

“But sure, if Mayor Hen­rick wants to up the ante, Roy­ers­ford is game,” she said. “Ev­ery­one likes a friendly ri­valry, so you can tell Pottstown ‘it’s on,’” she said with a laugh.

Any act is el­i­gi­ble, said Hen­rick. “Be it your friend bought you a drink at the pub, you came down to Edge­wood Ceme­tery and loaned us a rid­ing mower, you vol­un­teered at an event, what have you,”

She ask­ing such acts to be posted on her Face­book page, as is An­toniewicz, who is also ask­ing her con­stituents to post them on Twit­ter us­ing the hash­tag — #RoFoRAKs2018.


Pottstown Mayor Stephanie Hen­rick


Roy­ers­ford Mayor Jenna An­toniewicz

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