MADISON, NJ -   Mayor Robert Conley did a little bragging at the Borough Council meeting on September 10 when he displayed the September issue of New Jersey Monthly, which named Madison the “pinnacle of our top ten [list]” of best places to live in New Jersey.

What's the appeal of Madison?

Mayor Robert Conley attributed Madison's appeal appeal to its residents, to its fine school system and Board of Education, to the police and fire departments, to the Chamber of Commerce, to the Borough Council, and to all borough volunteers.

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It was some of those volunteers that Mayor Conley and Chief Louie DeRosa recognized on Monday evening. Six volunteer firefighters were presented with certificates of recognition for their years of volunteer service.  The Mayor presented Ed Nunn Sr (18 years of service), Vito Terranova (33 years of service), Neil Simonelli (44 years of service), Tony Giannone (47 years of service), Carl Weisgerber (50 years of service) and Jay Hagerich (53 years of service) with certificates recognizing their commitment and dedication to the safety of Madison residents.

DeRosa stated that these volunteers come to all department meetings and share stories of “yester-year, thereby keeping our history alive.”

Paul Morgan presented a video used to recruit more members to the volunteer force. According to the video there are more than 200 volunteers that curently serve on one of the Boards/Commisions, Advisories or is an active memeber of one of the emergency service volunteer groups. The Madison firefighters are a progressive department with goals, policies, and a philosophy, that they believe is a cut above the rest.

The Mayor added that it is rare to have a combined career and volunteer fire force.

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