Auxiliary police force sworn in at board of commissioners meeting

Rochford urges public to participate in upcoming Census.

With fellow Commissioner Jeffrey Kasko (far left) and Mayor Neal Rochford (near left) looking on, Commissioner Colleen Bianco Bezich (center) administered the oath of office to Haddonfield Auxiliary Police Chief Jack Matty, Jr. (near right) and Sergeant Timothy Chase (far right) at the board’s Jan. 14 public session. Matty, Chase, as well as the remaining 11 officers were appointed for calendar year 2020.

At its first public session of 2020, Haddonfield’s Board of Commissioners authorized the appointment of 13 citizens to the borough’s auxiliary police force through the end of the calendar year. 

Approved by the three-person body were Auxiliary Chief Jack Matty Jr., Capt.  Steven F. Harski and Sgt. Timothy A. Chase. Officers appointed are William Cantiello, Frederick W. Chase, John Curatola, Peter Dobush, Kyle Erdner, Eugene Haag, Sean Kyser, Devora Lapidot, Steve Luecke and Ameet Shah.

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“These ladies and gentlemen offer their time throughout the year for many hours of work, that take away from their family and sometimes from their jobs to come and help us here in town. We could not be more grateful as a police department and grateful as a town for everything you do and all that you give to us,” said Lt. Stephen Camiscioli.

Following the ceremony, commissioners also issued a pair of proclamations. It first moved to declare January School Board Recognition Month, in accordance with sentiment expressed by the National School Boards Association and the New Jersey School Boards Association. 

Kasko (third from left) reads a proclamation declaring January “School Board Recognition Month,” along with Rochford (far left), Bezich (second left), Board President Adam Sangillo, board members Lynn Howard-Hoag, Jaime Auletto Grookett, Linda Hochgertel and Board VP David Siedell.

Language in the document recognized “the efforts of the Haddonfield Board of Education (which) have long contributed to New Jersey ranking among the national leaders in benchmarks of academic quality such as graduation rates, teacher-to-student ratios and college preparation through advanced placement offerings and SAT assessments … and endeavors to meet the challenges facing our public schools and to help our students attain the education necessary to excel in college and in the workplace, as well as enable them to compete in a global economy.”

On hand to accept the honor were board President Adam Sangillo and board Vice President David Siedell, as well as board members Jaime Auletto Grookett, Linda Hochgertel and Lynn Howard-Hoag. 

The board also recognized the importance of the upcoming 2020 census. 

“I’m just reminding everybody how important the census is, and to please fill out your forms when they come in,” urged Mayor Neal Rochford. “When they call you for an interview, please make time for this very important endeavor.”

“Basically, how federal dollars are allocated throughout the states depends on the population. So, if one area is undercounted, that means federal dollars are not going to come in our direction. It usually doesn’t take more than 20 minutes of your time to do so.”

Rochford also told the assemblage the U.S. Census Bureau wants to hire people on a temporary basis to collect data, with the going pay rate in Camden County $17.50 an hour. That includes training expected to take place in the spring. 

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In other news

  • Commissioners authorized the appointment of Patty Lynn to the library board of trustees, filling the expired term of Cheryl Moskowitz through Dec. 31, 2024.
  • The board also unanimously passed a resolution to correct the 2020 schedule for the Zoning Board of Adjustment, whose regular meetings are slated for the third Tuesday of each month in the auditorium of borough hall. Meetings will be held on the following dates: Feb. 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. Copies of the amended schedule will be posted on the public bulletin board at borough hall.
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