RANDOLPH, NJ- The town council came together to honor the Relay for Life of Central Morris County and to praise the high school's state championship hockey team. The council also quickly introduced a new ordinance to temporarily waive parking restrictions on certain roads.
"An estimated 51,410 residents in New Jersey will be diagnosed with cancer this year and 16,250 will not survive," said Deputy Mayor Roman Hirniak.
Relay For Life is the signature activity of the American Cancer Society and celebrates cancer survivors and caregivers, remembers loved ones lost to this disease and empowers individuals and communities to fight back against cancer.
"In 2014, $1.2 million was raised within Relay For Life events held in Northwest New Jersey," said Hirniak.
Randolph, one of seven united communities included within Relay For Life of Central Morris County, is joining over 5,200 other communities worldwide to host the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, an event to celebrate survivors and remember those who are no longer with us.
In May, Randolph will take part in Paint the Town Purple, a celebratory activity of the American Cancer Society that promotes cancer awareness, gives individuals and communities an opportunity to show their support by tying a purple ribbon around a tree or light post and posting signs of support about the event.
"I proclaim May 2015 to be Paint the Town Purple and further proclaim June 6th and 7th to be American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Central Morris County and ask all of our Randolph citizens to celebrate, remember, honor and join the Randolph community's fight against cancer and encourage citizens to help finish the fight against cancer by participating in these activities," said Mayor Joanne Veech.
Relay for Life representatives were present to receive the proclamation read by Hirniak. Bonnie Rosenthal had a few things to say to the high school hockey team who was also present to receive their own proclamation for another tremendous state championship winning year.
"I know you guys are very young and might not know somebody who's been affected by cancer. If nobody you know has been affected by cancer consider yourselves very lucky because ten or 15 years from now that might not be the case. I urge you guys to get involved," said Rosenthal.
Currently, there are 37 teams and over 200 participants. Over ten of those teams are made up of high school students. Randolph High School students are encouraged to form teams as well.
The relay is not a race neither a competition. It is a relay for the people who have cancer and the journey they travel from the time they hear diagnosis until hopefully when they receive the good news that they are cancer free. The event will take place at the County College of Morris on June 6t starting at 4 p.m. and it ends at 6 a.m. on June 7th. No one is required to stay overnight.
The council continued with a tribute to Randolph's high school boys ice hockey team. Their record this year consisted of 19 wins, five ties and two loses. This year is the eighth time the boys varsity team won a state championship since 2003. This group of seniors won the championship three out of the last four years.
"That's a testimony to the legacy you and those before you have built. Another testimony to your hard work, dedication, and motivation to be number one and not settling for anything less," said Veech.
Veech stated that the team has set a high bar once again for the years ahead.
"Make the right choices, never forget where you came from and remember the great words from Althea Gibson, an American tennis player and professional golfer, 'No matter what accomplishment you achieve, somebody helped you'," said Veech.
The team received their own proclamations from the mayor that read:
The Randolph High School Varsity Ice Hockey Team completed a highly successful season. The team won the 2015 NJSIAA Ice Hockey State Championship. The coaches and members of the team have brought recognition to themselves, their school and their community. The town recognizes these players and outstanding members of the Randolph High School Varsity Hockey Team and congratulates them for their tremendous athletic achievement.
The meeting preceded with an introduction to a new ordinance to empower the chief of police to temporarily waive parking restrictions on the north side of Dawson Road, the south side of Jared Drive and the area on South Road along the fencing fronting the cemetery to accommodate services held at the cemetery on South Road. The town also desires to suspend the parking restriction on Mohawk Place during voting for primary and general elections.
Parking restriction will be temporarily waived on the north side of Dawson Road and the south side of Jared Drive to accommodate three special annual events; Little League Opening Day Ceremony, Memorial Day Weekend Soccer Tournament and Labor Day Weekend Soccer Tournament, all held at Heisteins Park.
The temporary waived restriction along the area on South Road with the fencing fronting the cemetery to accommodate services held at the cemetery on South Road as long as the arrangements are made in advance and approved by the chief of police.
Potential suspended parking regulations on the north side of Dawson Road and Brandywine Court and the south side of Jared Drive were requested as well. This will accommodate special requests of Randolph residents on these roadways should temporary street parking be required for social and family gatherings.