ROSELLE, NJ - Many were honored on Tuesday evening at the Roselle Chamber of Commerce Dinner Ball and Community Service Awards. The event held at Central Park restaurant in Roselle had a record turnout as many residents came out to help celebrate with the honorees.

Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau and New Jersey State Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley spoke briefly of the dedication of this years honorees and thanked them for their service to the Roselle community. 

The “Humanitarian of the Year” was presented to Roselle School Superintendent Dr. Kevin West for his dedication he has put forth to the Roselle school system and to the youth of the community. Starting out as assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, West was promoted to Superintendent in October of 2011. 

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“Police Officer of the Year” was awarded to Detective Woodygens (Woody) Lespinasse, who has been with the police department for 13 years. Roselle Police Chief Gerard Orlando presented Lespinasse with the award. 

There were two firefighters chosen as the “Firefighter of the Year” and were given their awards by Fire Chief Paul Mucha. Robert Palmer is a Firefighter/EMT and has been with the department since 1993.  Wendel Williams has a long career with the borough, starting out working in the Department of Pubic Works in 2009 and joined on to the Fire Department in 2011. 

The “Teacher of the Year” award was presented to Rosanne Puma who teaches at the Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School. Puma has been teaching there for five years. She was presented the award by West. 

“Business of the Year” award was given to Central Park restaurant for their participation in events and giving back to the community. 

The “Presidents’ Award” was presented to Prevention Links for their dedicated service and the many programs that they bring to the community. 

The Roselle Chamber of Commerce strives and sustains an environment to help enhance the reputation of the town as a good place to work and live. To learn more about the Chamber or to become a member, you can contact them at (908) 671-1452 or