HAWTHORNE, NJ - On Wednesday at the Louis Bay 2nd Library, Hawthorne Police Officer Tonya Schneider read Washington Irving's 1820 classic, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to a group of approximately 40 adults and children. The audience was seated on the grass, either on blankets or lawn chairs, as Officer Schneider, assisted by Julia Mazacca, recounted the famous early American gothic horror.
Once the story was done, however, from the pages written two centuries ago appeared the ghostly Hessian horseman himself. The spectral cavalryman was, in fact, a very-much-alive member of the Mounted Unit of the Passaic County Sheriff's Office and kids were invited to take pictures while keeping a safe distance.
Mayor Goldberg and Library Director Monica Smith were also present along with members of law enforcement such as recently-minted-Chief James Knepper, Captain King, Captain Carr, Lieutenant Michalski, Officer Suarez, Sheriff's Commander Kaba, Sheriff's Officer Akins, and Sheriff's Officer Sadowski.
"This was a very well attended, happy event," TAPinto Hawthorne contributor Judy Kopitar said. "Everyone I spoke to remarked what a wonderful idea this was to take away some of the gloom and doom. Adults and children alike were able to have fun listening to the story of the headless horseman."
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