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Mayor's Message 2014

January 2014

This year’s annual reorganization meeting had that special family-get-together feeling when - for the first time, as far as anyone could recall - a husband and wife were sworn in as chief of the Fire Department and captain of the Emergency Medical Service.

For 2014, Peter Giblin succeeds Andrew Smith, who served as fire chief for two years, and Liz Uliano Giblin succeeds Mike Very as EMS captain. Among the other volunteer officers who were sworn in, Dan Kelly took the oath for a second term as captain of the Fire Police.

Little Silver can be extremely proud of all of the men and women in its emergency services, and the governing body truly looks forward to working with these critical volunteers in 2014. Thank you all for your contribution to our town.

At the same meeting, Stuart Van Winkle and Don Galante were sworn in to new terms on the Borough Council. Mr. Galante succeeds Mr. Van Winkle this year as council president. Both of these hard-working members look forward to continuing to serve our residents.

In other business, I inflicted on those attending the reorganization meeting a look back at 2013, and a brief look forward to 2014, in verse, as follows:

The years bring change, though thankfully, this year not so abrupt, 
We kept our own sure pace this time, no Sandy to interrupt.

Little monsters roamed the streets - a trick, or else a treat!

Roads were clear, flood waters gone, and most of us had heat.

Slow change marked two-naught-thirteen, disasters happened elsewhere,
Though recovery for some is slow, some still in disrepair.

This year we lost two volunteers, who helped us every day,
Gerry Deverin left the field, George Drawbaugh’d planned to stay.

Retirement took Gail Spencer from our library stacks,
And Helen Gormley’s desk was bare - we hope both can now relax.

But work continues, new faces help, Kim Jungfer takes the reigns,
Emily Mazzoni’s here, our library posts great gains.

In town our citizens stayed safe, thanks twice to cops off duty,
Mike Lahey’s barefoot chase ran down, the perpetrator’s booty!

At school kindergarten lasts a full day, not just half,
And down the street, a bridge was built, its road was paved, at last.

At Parker House, we got to step into a time long past,
To see our future come to life, and an ice boat’s antique mast.

A speedy Little Silver girl, took the women’s 5k race,
Was she 11, maybe 12? Catherine Wimmer set the pace.

Signs bright with news at Borough Hall and by the Fire House,
A town with lots to say, it seems, must do so now, by mouse.

What’s up this year? The lights, for sure, a winery’s been proposed,
A theater – or two - to take the place, of buildings now bulldozed?

Monte Edwards and his folks hand off to Sickles, Wells, Pardee,
The Homestead’s goal, to bring to all, our town’s rich history.

A ladder truck arriving soon, musicians in the park,
And Little League has come to town, rec always hits its mark.

So for Rick, and Dane, and David, and for Stuart, Dan, and Don,
We wish you peace and cheer this year, Little Silver marches on!

The annual poem is meant to provide just a brief snapshot of the activity in Little Silver, and to mention just a few of those who have helped make our community the special place that it is. The fact is, so many of our employees and residents contribute so much, that to mention everyone would be impossible – a wealth of talent that makes it so difficult to select just a few as examples, but such a privilege to serve on the governing body.

On behalf of the entire governing body, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2014! We all look forward to continuing to serve our residents this year to the best of our abilities. As always, if you ever have an issue or concern, please call me at home at (732) 576-8595, or send an email to [email protected] .