Proclamations Honoring Police Department, VFW and Students

Posted: May 13, 2014

At the May 12, 2014 council meeting, the mayor and township council issued three proclamations.

National Police Week 2014
L to r: Mayor Victor Marotta, Patrolman Ron Koumaras, Patrolman Harry Russo, Captain Stephen Moran, Chief Randy Mills and Council President Brian Lynch.

In honor of National Police Week, which runs from May 11 - May 17, 2014, the essential role that members of the Vernon Police Department play in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of Vernon citizens was recognized. Emphasizing the unceasingly vital service provided by department personnel, the community was asked to join in commemorating law enforcement officers, past and present, who, by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.

May is Buddy Poppy Month
Members of the Wallkill Post 8441 VFW accept the proclamation from Council President Brian Lynch and Mayor Marotta.

May 2014 is Buddy Poppy Month in Vernon Township. The purpose of the sale of buddy poppies by the Wallkill Valley VFW 8441 and its Ladies Auxiliary is to “honor the dead by helping the living.” Buddy poppies are assembled by disabled veterans and the proceeds from this fundraising campaign are used exclusively for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans. Residents were urged to recognize the merits of this cause by wearing a buddy poppy as a symbol of gratitude to the men and women of this country who have risked their lives in defense of the freedoms which we continue to enjoy as American citizens.

This is Me! It's Great to be Alcohol Free awareness contest winners
L to r: Council President Brian Lynch, Annemarie Schafer (Vernon Coalition coordinator), Claire Schlesinger, Cynthia Schneider, Justin Shea, Gemma Chalkley (Vernon Coalition) and Mayor Marotta.

Vernon students Claire Schlesinger, Justin Shea and Cynthia Schneider were recognized for their winning entries in the Vernon Coalition’s “This is Me! It's Great to be Alcohol Free” awareness contest. Students were tasked with raising awareness and encouraging youth to make healthy choices and abstain from underage drinking. More than 250 students from 14 schools countywide entered the contest.