MADISON, NJ - The Hartley Dodge Memorial Building was awash in blue for the September 12 Madison Town Council meeting with the swearing in of three officers of the Madison Auxiliary Police Unit and recognition of three Madison police officers for their assistance with Chatham police in the rescue of a suicidal person above the New Jersey Transit tracks.

Superior Court Judge James DeMarzo swore in his brother Samuel J. DeMarzo as Chief of the Madison Auxiliary Police Unit. Judge DeMarzo commented that his brother Sam “loved the police since we were kids.” Pasquale Spagnuolo, the longest serving member of the Madison Auxiliary Police, was sworn in as Captain. Following in his father’s footsteps, Samuel J. DeMarzo Jr., a member of the Madison Auxiliary Police since 2006, was sworn in as Lieutenant. Four generations of the DeMarzo family packed the meeting.

The Council then recognized Madison Police Sgt. James Cavezza and Patrolmen Chris Burans and Travis Daniel, who on August 13 came to the rescue of an individual who was threatening to jump off the Union Hill Road train overpass of the New Jersey Transit tracks. Chatham police officers Chatham Patrol Officers Joseph Crecca and Agnes Cisek were unsuccessfully attempting to talk the individual out of his intention, when the Madison police officers came from behind and grabbed him and removed him from the bridge. The individual is now at home and receiving mental health assistance.

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The Council then agreed on a proclamation supporting the Out of the Darkness Walk on September 22, which was promoted by Chatham Council President and co-chair of the walk, Len Resto, who shared his personal story of attempting suicide when he was 17-years-old. The walk is scheduled to being at 4:30 p.m. at Cooper Field. The walk is intended to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.

Lisa Ellis, Director of Business Development, presented a slide show of the new Madison Community Arts Center at Rose Hill, which is now open for business. She opined that the “the sky’s the limit to what we can now do in the arts and culture” with the addition of the Arts Center to Madison’s Shakespeare Festival, the Writers’ Theater, and Drew University.

A Madison resident, part of whose property is also in Harding Township, asked for an amendment to an ordinance regarding her next-door-neighbor’s growing of bamboo, a broken fence, and lawn which has been unmowed for over a year.

The Mayor asked for a moment of silence to recognize the passing of Anthony Donato, Jr. who passed away on August 23, The Mayor stated that “Tony really earned the name of ‘Mr. Madison’, and was part of a fourth generation in Madison.” He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Madison Historical Society and Madison Council.