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Mayor Barsa's Message 01-07-2020

Good Evening everyone and A Happy New Year.
2019 was quite the year. First, I want to congratulate Councilman Foschino and Ronney on their Coincil Elections. Running and putting yourself out there is always difficult and you should oth be commended on the volunteer work you do for this borough. I look forward to working with both of you over the coming year. I would like to recognize all that keep the borough running smoothly day to day. 
Our borough Clerk Laura Borchers and Deputy Borough Clerk Richard Buginsky for the countless hours you spend working and helping the residents of Norwood.
Debbie Whalen the secratary to the Board of Health as well as Registrar. Chris battaglia who just joined us earlier this year as our new CFO, Tax Collector, Lori Gonzalez and JoAnn Voccola who collect our taxes and pay our bills.
Judge Robert Travers and Lidsay Volpitta our Court Administrator for the outstanding work they do with the Courts.
The Norwood EMS for all the calls they make day and night helping people when they are truly in need of medical attention. This is one tough job and all of them are wonderful people. The Norwood Fire Co. for their outstanding committment to the Borough of Norwood, they are always the first to volunteer to help out, if its donating and handingout hotdogs on Norwood Day, to holdiing the Easter Egg Hunt or driving Santa around town. Their love for Norwood knows no bounds. They are truly a great group.
Our annual events continue to expand. The Fireworks on the fourth of July were more spectacular that ever. The weather for Norwood Day couldnt be better. Kickin Nash the Country Band that performed on Norwood Day was amazing and our Norwood Cheerleaders kicked of the event as they usually do in grand style. This year we gave out free Norwood Day T-Shirts. We also had our firstCornhole competition that was run by Lindsay Volpitta. A special thanks to Rick Buginsky for all your hard work and efforts that day. You did a great job. I wish to thank all of the residents and businesses that donate money to make that day so special.
The Annual 5K was held in October. Once again, the recepients included the Norwood PTO, EMS, Fire Department and Library, besides many charities that were chosen to receive donations. This is a great event and we look forward to it every year. The annual ChoDae Golf Outing was another terrific Success. The weather was a little tough and Norwood didn't win this year for the first time in 10 years. We will not let that happen again. However I am proud of my daughter Lauren who hit the woman's longest drive. The aanual event benefits both Norwood and Northvale's EMS and FIre departments. We are blessed to have such generous neighbors. I cannot forget to thank all of the many volunteers who serve on our boards and Committees as well as those  that give up their time to instruct and coach our youth. It is because of you that Norwood continues to be one of the top places to live in New Jersey.  
My job is made easy because of my Council members. Their dedication and committment to you, the residents of Norwood are endless. Every decision that is made is discussed, debated and decided by what is best for the borough. I tahnk each of you for taking the time out of your busy lives to serve with me on the governing body. I could not do it without you.
Our contruction official Gino Tessaro and his assitant Laurie Engle and all of the inspectors. Bill Maguire and Kenny Shepard in the Fire Prevention Bureau.
Our Tax Assessor John Guercio and his assistant Rob Brescia.
Thank you to our DPW who keep thia town looking great. This year you took it to a new level. The town looks the best it ever has. The beautiful flower decorations and fields look amazing. We all appreciate your committment to Norwood.
Chief Krapels and entire Norwood Police department for keeping us safe and helping our residents on a daily basis. It is comfortaing to know we live in one of the safest towns in the country due to you. A special thank you to all of the borough professionals for the guidance and instruction they provide.
Andrew Fede borough attorney, Michael Neglia nad Evan Jacobs our borough Engineers who are there for us at every meeting with sound advice.
Finally, I want to thank you, the people of Norwood for entrusting me with the running of this borough. I pledge my loyalty and honesty as I continue to serve as your Mayor.
Again, I wish you and your families a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.