BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Residents of Bloomfield have joined Mayor Michael Venezia and the Town Council in a collective effort to say “thank you” to essential workers with a video message shared on social media on Wednesday.

“Essential employees like EMS, hospital workers, public servants, grocery store and pharmacy employees, and local restaurant workers are working around the clock right now to keep the community safe, healthy, and supplied,” said Mayor Venezia.  “We are incredibly grateful for their service and wanted to share this message of support from the entire community with them. In particular I would like to thank Paulette Reuther and Kris Walter for producing the video and Anthony Torres Photography, Clara Maass Medical Center, and the many residents who provided photos.”

The video was produced and edited with the support of television producer/editor and Bloomfield resident, Paulette Reuther.  “It’s hard to find a way to give back right now, so when I was approached about helping to make a video to support the people who are risking their health while I sit comfortably at home in my joggers, I jumped at the chance,” said Reuther.  “It was something I could do to turn my nervous energy into something positive and it was easy to be inspired by the way our community has come together during this time.”

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Councilwoman Jenny Mundell collected photos from residents and video “thank you” statements from the council for the project.  “Everyone is eager to give back and show their support. It was truly moving to hear from all the residents who wanted to take part in the effort to express our deep appreciation for those on the front lines.”

The video can be viewed here on YouTube is posted on the Township of Bloomfield website (https://www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/), and will be shared on WBMA-TV.