Mayor Kathleen M. Cole
(Term of Office to 12-31-15)
Greetings To All The Residents Of Pompton Lakes!
Our 2014-2015 calendar provides information for town events, meetings and services that are offered to the residents of Pompton Lakes. This has been a busy year and displayed throughout the calendar are some of the accomplishments we as the Governing Body have achieved. During the year a pocket park was designed for the gateway in the south end of town, the Cahill Memorial that pays tribute to a fallen firefighter has been refurbished by the Fire Department, and a photo contest sponsored by the PRIDE Committee portrayed spectacular views of our lake.
As we began the New Year several presentations were provided during Council Meetings. Consultants for the Business Improvement District provided an in depth analysis which focused on redevelopment concepts within the business community. The BID, along with the Council is committed to the revitalization of our downtown area and the formation of a Redevelopment Agency has commenced. NJ Global Advisors Smoke Free enlightened us to the benefits of smoke free parks. The Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex/Passaic offered assistance with storm water management control as well as provided educational programs.
Our annual events such as the VFW Memorial Day Parade, the Little League Parade, the Chamber of Commerce Car Show and Holiday Stroll are well attended and demonstrate the spirit of the community. Our Recreation Department also hosts various events during the year and provides a variety of activities for all age groups. This year Recreation will host the Tenth Annual Pompton Day, which has something for everyone.
The youth of Pompton Lakes continue to amaze me!!! When we think of volunteers it is only natural that we think of our adult residents, but in Pompton Lakes our youth is a viable part of the make up of our volunteers. Very often when I attend an event I witness the generosity and kindness of this young generation such as collecting and wrapping holiday gifts for local residents as well as Toys for Tots, serving food and dancing with the seniors at the Annual Senior Luncheon, or just lending a helping hand for someone in need. Three of our Pompton Lakes High School students designed and maintain an APP on Pompton Lakes services, events and businesses. The Borough is always honored to welcome home those young residents who volunteered to serve our country and were stationed over seas.
Our community provides many programs for school age children. Two such programs are DARE and CTO Day. The DARE program is introduced to fifth graders and instills the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. CTO Day is held yearly for high school students and provides guidance as well as raises awareness of how government functions. The Pompton Lakes Municipal Alliance continues its commitment to provide programs to educate and promote awareness for the prevention of alcoholism and drug abuse. Our Teen Center strives to coordinate activities for Middle and High School students.
Over the past six years as Mayor of Pompton Lakes I have had the privilege of attending ceremonies that honor and acknowledge the achievements bestowed upon our youth. Eagle Scout Awards and Gold Awards are achieved through meritorious service, clubs assist the community through their good will and actions, sport organizations provide the opportunity for sportsmanship and team playing, and church groups organize food and clothing drives for those less fortunate.
The youth energize our community with inspiration and the Borough is committed to investing in our young people, for they are the leaders of tomorrow.
As always my thanks to everyone who strives to make our community such a wonderful place to live, work and visit.
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