Mayor’s Message: Senior service day, Eagle Scout ceremony, D.A.R.E

Mayor’s Message: Senior service day, Eagle Scout ceremony, D.A.R.E graduation and Fourth of July parade

A weekly message from Mayor Joann Gattinelli

Senior Service Day

On June 1, I was happy to lend a helping hand on Senior Service Day at the Washington Township Police Station. Council President Joe Perry and I helped the seniors to freshen up the landscaping at the James G. Atkinson All Veterans Park located at Police headquarters. There were 10 yards of mulch laid down, the beds were weeded and trimmed, trash was picked up and dead trees were cut down. The area was beautified after being neglected for years. All of the lake lights were also repaired after not working for many years. I would like to thank Chief Gurcsik, the rest of the Police Department, the 2018 seniors, and the organizers of this event for making this day possible. There was a lot of work done that day and it was all thanks to those who volunteered their time and efforts

Eagle Scout Ceremony

I was pleased to be able to attend Gardner Kern’s Eagle Scout Ceremony on June 3. I recognized Gardner at the May 23 Council meeting with a Proclamation for his great achievement. In order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Gardner had to plan and oversee a community service project to help the world in a better way. He chose to extend the All Veterans Memorial Park wall which displays memorial plaques of fallen soldiers. He supervised fellow scouts, friends, and family for the project. They added 490 bricks, 18 bags of cement, 19 cinderblocks, and offered 304 volunteer hours over three Saturdays. I wish Gardner best wishes in all of his future endeavors.

D.A.R.E. Graduation

On June 5, I attended the D.A.R.E. graduation ceremonies for the Whitman and Birches Elementary schools. I was pleased to say a few words about the D.A.R.E. program. It is so important for our children to be educated on how to make the best choices in life. The children are taught to choose the best decision to avoid any negative or harmful consequences. I would like to thank Chief Gurcsik for his support in helping me bring back this program and for also saying a few words to open the graduation ceremony.

Fourth of July Parade

I am excited to once again host Washington Township’s Annual 4th of July Parade this year. Last year’s 4th of July Parade was a tremendous success. If you are a community group or a business owner and you would like to be a part of the 4th of July Parade, please visit the Township website at and search under events for the Registration Form. The Registration Form must be turned into our Event Coordinator, Lisa Collins in order to be considered. I am looking forward to celebrating America!

Joann Gattinelli is the Mayor of Washington Township. She can be reached at