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Three Sworn In As South Orange Trustees

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Members of the South Orange Board of Trustees, from left: Walter Clarke, Sheena Collum, Deborah Davis Ford, President Alex Torpey, Howard Levison, Mark Rosner and Stephen Schnall. Credits: Amy Kiste Nyberg
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Janine Bauer thanks the village staff and her colleagues on the Board of Trustees. Credits: Amy Kiste Nyberg
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Walter Clarke takes the oath of office, administered by Village President Alex Torpey. His father, Gregory Clarke, holds the Bible. Credits: Amy Kiste Nyberg
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Sheena Collum takes the oath of office administered by Village President Alex Torpey, assisted by Steve Hickson. Credits: Amy Kiste Nyberg
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Village President Alex Torpey administers the oath of office to Stephen Schnall. Holding the Bible is his wife, Shawn Kerby Schnall. Credits: Amy Kiste Nyberg
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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Three trustees took the oath of office at Monday’s Board of Trustees reorganization meeting.

Trustees Walter Clarke, Sheena Collum and Stephen Schnall won four-year seats on the board in the municipal election on May 14. They join Trustees Deborah Davis Ford, Howard Levison and Mark Rosner, and village President Alex Torpey.

Outgoing Trustee Janine Bauer was presented with a proclamation honoring her for her service to the board and the village, along with the board’s “sincere, heartfelt appreciation” for her contributions. Bauer said she was grateful for the “support from every person on the staff.” She also thanked her fellow board members.

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“Let’s cut to the chase – I love you, Janine Bauer,” Trustee Davis Ford responded, to laughter and applause.

Bauer presented her colleagues with a crossword puzzle she wrote. “It wraps up all the things we spent our time on,” she said. She gave the answers to village Clerk Robin Kline.

“Are those OPRA-able?” asked Torpey, referring to the Open Public Records Act, a New Jersey law that requires that most government records be made available to the public.

Trustees Michael Goldberg and Nancy Gould, who could not attend Monday’s meeting, were also recognized with a proclamation. Each sent a statement that Torpey read. Goldberg said it was “a true honor and privilege” to serve on the board, while Gould extended “well wishes and best of luck to the new trustees.”

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