It took a lot to get a broad smile out of this dedicated police officer. It occurred during our interview when, after stating that he had served 10 years with the Police Department but has worked for the Borough for 20 years. Vincent who is known as Vinnie by his co-workers has worked for the Shade Tree and Parks Department and the Paramus Municipal Court. I asked him why he became an officer, his eyes rolled back reflectively, that winning smile came forth and he stated â€œI always wanted to become a police officer. My lifelong dream.â€
Terrific Tuesdays were introduced by Cultural Arts Council Chairperson, Valerie Coniglio. In turn, she introduced a bevy of dignitaries who attended including her husband, State Senator Joe Coniglio, County Executive Dennis McNerney , Surrogate Mike Dressler, Mayor James Tedesco, Councilwoman Connie Wagner, Father Peter Lekkas and members of the Cultural Council.
Lisa Herrmann, Marketing Director of the Westfield Garden State Plaza Shopping Center, presented the Cultural Council with a blowup of the $20,000.00 check that Westfield presented. Mayor Tedesco not only thanked them, but also mentioned their support of the fireworks display on the 4th of July.
Police officer Cheryl Avagnano sent out a request that we help her to make the School Crossing Guard program more palatable. She wants to encourage residents to pitch in and help relieve the strain on the regular police force. If there is no guard or substitute available, then the regular police officers have to step in to fill the gap. The safety of our schoolchildren and parents are paramount in her mind and her superiors.
With commuting costs rising along with energy prices, many people are
considering bold conservation strategies, such as not going to work.
No, people aren't quitting their jobs - they're looking to lose the daily commute in favor of teleworking. Also called telecommuting, teleworking is the substitution of telecommunications and computers for work-related travel.
The Paramus Board of Health, in cooperation with Pascack Valley Hospital Laboratory, will conduct its annual Blood Chemistry Program on September 16, 2006. â€œThe purpose of the programâ€ according to John Hopper, Borough Health Officer, â€œis to identify individuals at risk for coronary heart disease and diabetes, and to prevent the associated premature death and disability associated with these diseases.â€
knows what a map is. Itâ€™s a piece of paper that shows the world â€“ or
part of it. It offers useful information such as the distance between
places, where the lakes are and the squiggly borders between nations.
Pretty straightforward stuff, right?
Westfield Garden State Shopping Center donated $20,000 dollars to the Paramus Cultural Arts Council. In return, the Council will call the band shell the Westfield Bandshell to thank them for their sponsorship for the year 2006 productions. Official opening will be Tuesday, July 11th featuring The Moonlighters.
This past Monday night was an unofficial opening of the band shell and thanks were given to Vornado/Bergen Town Center who donated $5,000 to the Cultural Arts Council. Vornado sponsored the Paramus Community Orchestra on Monday evening as a part of the four day 4th of July town wide celebration.
At 7:45 AM, the chimes of Our Lady of Visitation started ringing forth, first with a religious tune and then branched out into patriotic songs. That was the unofficial start of the celebration planned by Rich Siniscalchi and his Committee. Today was also the culmination of the four day town wide celebration of the holiday.
Senator Joseph Coniglio took time out from pressing state budget problems to visit the Paramus Mayor and Council meeting on the 27th of June to present a NJ State Senate Resolution to Jessica Diamond. Mayor James Tedesco followed with a Certificate of Commendation. Jessie, as she prefers to be known, received the prestigious 2006 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
For the first time in 12 years, the Paramus firemen beat out the police officers in a highly contested softball game. Fighting back from a six to one score, the firemen battled their way to a well deserved victory. The final score was 15 to 11.
Both sides made some beautiful plays and catches, but this year the Fire Department won out.