SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Four new firefighters took their oath of office at the South Orange Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Feb. 27.

South Orange Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan commended the new recruits, and also thanked their families for supporting the decision. Inductees included Alec DeSocio, Henry Callaghan, Alexander Gibson, and Brandon Infantes.

“Kids often follow parents into their career fields, and tonight we have four examples of that,” said Chief Sullivan. “One new member is even the son of a police officer, much like myself.”

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That new firefighter is Brandon Infantes, whose father Robert Infantes serves the community as both a police officer and dispatcher.

“All those who enter public service work a dangerous line, and our community is the direct beneficiary of your service,” said South Orange Village President Sheena Collum. “We hope you all find a second home here in South Orange.”

Another topic of discussion proposed eliminating the existing parking regulations on Ward Pl. between South Orange Ave. and Wilden Pl. This parking would be potentially available to students, residents, and commuters without time constraints. Current signage prevents parking on this area of Ward Pl.

VCollum remarked that before Seton Hall’s parking deck was built, many residents of Ward Pl. attended meetings to oppose free street parking. Residents felt that Seton Hall students monopolized the parking and reduced the overall visibility and safety of the street. Collum suggested that to avoid rehashing old issues, residents of Ward Pl. should be notified about the potential changes and given adequate time to voice their opinions at a future meeting.

“I just want to make sure we circle back and touch base with the residents on Ward that this issue started with,” said Collum.

The South Orange Board of Trustees will meet again on Monday March 13, at 7:15 p.m. at SOPAC.