ROSELLE, NJ - Residents gathered on April 18 at the Borough of Roselle Council Chambers for a night filled with awards and proclamations.

The chamber room was filled to the brim as Mayor Christine Dansereau administered the oaths of office to public safety personnel promoting the following:

Fire Department

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  • Christopher Laba to the title of Fire Battalion Chief 
  • Kenneth Hudak to the title of Fire Captain

Police Department 

  • Helder Freire to the position of Police Lieutenant
  • William Lord to the position of Police Lieutenant
  • Dariusz Bziuk to the position of Police Sergeant
  • Cornelius West to the position of Police Sergeant

Following, the council issued four proclamations. 

Councilwoman Carla Walker read a proclamation stating March 5 to March 12 to be known as National Girl Scout Week in the Borough. 

Councilwoman Kim Shaw announced a proclamation for April 3 to be known as National Service Recognition Day.

Councilman-at-Large Reginald Atkins read a proclamation honoring Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization, for their service to the community in “helping disparaged families and youth”.

Councilwoman Denise Wilkerson read aloud the proclamation stating April 8 through April 14 to be National Library Week in the Borough.

Following the proclamations, Mayor Dansereau and Council members announced their choices for the Borough’s Phenomenal Women Award. 

This award honors women in the community of Roselle for their service to the community. They are Lona “Mother” Wiggins-Nixon, Anita Yhap-Hamilton, Beulah Woody, Delia Ware-Tibbs and Diane Mathis. 

Lona “Mother” Wiggins-Nixon “established a neighborhood watch program...helped designate every first Tuesday in August as National Night to say no against drugs...was instrumental in organizing jobs wherein she helped create summer work programs for youth”, explained Mayor Dansereau.

Anita Yhap-Hamilton is a nurse who spends her time on mission trips bringing medicine to third world countries, like Haiti.

Beulah Woody is a funeral director who “accepts everybody as her family. At the worst point in your life, she is a blessing”, says Councilwoman Walker.

Delia Ware-Tibbs was deployed in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Storm. Following her 28 years service, she worked for Horizon Communications. She is a member of the Urban League of Union County and dedicates her time to promoting children's education through multiple organizations.

Diane Mathis “is a local community activist who co-founded the African American Business Leaders for Excellence which supports and empowers African Americans in businesses to excel beyond industry norm” stated Councilman Samuel Bishop.

Finally, Mayor Dansereau presented the Roselle Everett Hatcher Prevention Coalition with a plaque for “successful completion of the essential elements of the National Coalition Academy” and their work fighting against the opioid crisis that has plagued our country.

Nicole Diefenbacher is reporting this story as part of the journalism program Kean University.

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