Glen Ridge Borough Council Addresses Concerns Over Holiday Greetings on Social Media

During the recent Glen Ridge Borough Council meeting, a public comment raised concerns about the absence of Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah greetings on the town’s official Facebook page, despite other holidays being acknowledged. The citizen’s query sparked a discussion on diversity, inclusion, and the handling of holiday communications by the borough. Councilor Deborah Mans responded to the concerns, clarifying that there was no deliberate exclusion of any holiday and that any gaps in social media posts were not intentional oversights. Mayor Stuart K. Patrick and other council members assured that the matter would be reviewed, emphasizing that any errors were not made with ill intent.

Further into the meeting, several resolutions were addressed, including the authorization of the payroll, the nomination of new Library trustees, and the approval of a raffle submitted by the Glen Ridge High School HSA. The council also discussed a tabled resolution concerning a settlement agreement related to rehab grants on Baldwin Street, which Borough Attorney John Malyska explained was complicated by the involvement of multiple parties and divergent views, making a resolution difficult to achieve.

In addition, Borough Administrator Michael P. Zichelli paid tribute to the late H. Mark Blesi, a former police officer, fire chief, OEM coordinator, and code enforcement officer, acknowledging his contributions to the community. Council members echoed the sentiments of loss and extended condolences to Blesi’s family.

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Stuart K. Patrick
City Council Officials:
Deborah Mans, Ann Marie Morrow, Peter A. Hughes, David Lefkovits, Rich Law, LoriJean Moody, Rebecca Meyer, John Malyska (Borough Attorney), Michael P. Zichelli (Borough Administrator), Tara Lyn Ventola (Clerk)

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