Long Overdue Apology to the city of Salem Massachusetts.

Dear City of Salem,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. I write to you today with a heavy heart, filled with remorse and regret. It is with utmost sincerity that I wish to apologize for the negative campaign I conducted in the aftermath of my father’s untimely demise.

First and foremost, please allow me to express my deep condolences for any pain or distress that my actions may have caused. I fully recognize that my behavior was inappropriate and completely inconsistent with the values of respect, integrity, and compassion that should underpin any political discourse.

The passing of my father was an extremely difficult and emotionally challenging period for me. In the midst of my grief and vulnerability, I regrettably allowed my emotions to cloud my judgment and guide my actions. It is by no means an excuse, but merely an explanation for the lapse in my behavior.

I now realize the gravity of my actions and the negative impact they had on the City of Salem and its residents. My intention was never to tarnish the reputation of this great city or to sow discord within the community. I acknowledge the harm caused and take full responsibility for my actions.

As a member of this community, I am committed to making amends and learning from my mistakes. I pledge to conduct myself with the utmost professionalism, empathy, and respect moving forward. I understand that trust is earned over time, and I am prepared to work diligently to regain the trust and confidence of the people I have let down.

Moreover, I would like to extend an invitation to engage in constructive dialogue with the residents of Salem, so that we may discuss the issues that matter most to our community and find common ground for progress. I believe in the power of unity and collaboration, and I am committed to using my platform for the betterment of our city.

Once again, I am deeply sorry for my negative campaign and the repercussions it had on the City of Salem. I understand that forgiveness may take time, and I am willing to put in the effort to rebuild bridges and contribute positively to the community.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, and I humbly request your understanding and forgiveness.

With profound remorse,

Skip Bensley

My sister Robin has passed away.

Robin Leigh Arena

May 18, 2023

Robin Leigh Arena, 59, wife of Erive Urena of Norwalk passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Born in Chicago, IL, on July 10, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Robert R. and Sharon Howard Bensley.

Robin had a way of lighting up any room she entered. You could feel her warmth with every smile and hug she would offer you. Her kindness in every day life, from providing food for a local homeless man for many years, to having meaningful conversations with the cashiers at CVS. No matter stranger or loved one Robin welcomed you into her heart with open arms. Her love will forever live within us as we carry on her legacy trying to be the best versions of ourselves for her.

In addition to her husband, Erive, Robin is survived by her daughters Jordan Arena of Norwalk, CT and Sarah Arena of Los Angeles, CA. Siblings Robert (Skip) Bensley and Vicki Stevenson.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 25, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 

For those who wish to send flowers to the family of Robin Arena, please visit https://www.brucesflowers.com/. Floral arrangements can be sent to Collins Funeral Home. Please ensure that the flowers arrive no later than 5/25 to be included in the service.