Lake Como Starts New Year with Familiar Faces Taking Places on Borough Council

Lake Como Councilman Christopher D’Antuono, center, and his wife, Brittany, son Brayden and daughter Kinsley after he is sworn in by Mayor Brian Wilton during the borough's reorganization meeting. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Lake Como Councilman Kevin Higgins, accompanied by his wife, Kristen, is sworn in to another term on the governing body by Mayor Brian Wilton during the borough's reorganization meeting. Credits: Cathy Goetz
As former Lake Como Mayor Michael Ryan holds the Bible, Councilman John Carvelli takes the oath of office from Mayor Brian Wilton for another term on the governing body. Credits: Cathy Goetz
Richard and Cathy Sanborn are recognized by the Lake Como Council for donating a nativity scene they made for the display that adorned the front lawn of borough hall this holiday season. Credits: Cathy Goetz

LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como’s reorganization meeting was highlighted by the swearing in of three incumbent council members — Kevin Higgins, John Carvelli and Christopher D’Antuono.

While Higgins and Carvelli were elected on November 7 to full three-year terms, D’Antuono was voted in to complete the one year left on the term to which he was appointed in January 2017.

During the January 2 reorganization meeting, Douglas Witte was reappointed by his colleagues as council president.

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The governing body also made a host of reappointments to municipal positions, including Belmar Police Chief Andrew Huisman as public safety director, Marguerite Schaffer as borough attorney, CME Associates as municipal engineer, Steven Schueler as municipal prosecutor, Thomas Martin as public defender, Mark Fessler as zoning officer and John Rowe as construction code official.

For a full list of appointments and other resolutions approved for the new year, visit the borough’s website at

In other business, the governing body voted on second reading to disband the South Belmar Fire Company —a formality needed since the borough has entered a shared services agreement with neighboring Belmar for fire protection services.

Also, the governing body recognized several individuals for their generosity during the holiday season. Richard and Cathy Sanborn handcrafted and donated a nativity scene for the holiday display that adorned the front lawn of Lake Como Borough Hall, and Chris Hanulak donated his time to decorate the exterior of the building at 1740 Main Street.

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