SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Several proclamations were made by Mayor Matt Anesh at the March 20 Borough Council meeting.

Anesh proclaimed March 19 through March 25, 2017 as National Poison Prevention Week in the borough and also proclaimed April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Additionally, a proclamation acknowledging March as Women’s History Month was also made.

National Poison Prevention Week 2017 (March 19-March 25)

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Designated by Congress in 1961 and held annually during the third full week of March, National Poison Prevention Week is intended to help raise awareness of the dangers of potentially poisonous medicines, household chemicals, and other substances. During this time, poison centers across the county will focus the public’s attention on identifying poisoning hazards at home as well as learning ways to prevent poisoning emergencies.

“Every poisoning is preventable. From the youngest to the oldest, all people and even pets are at risk,” stated Anesh in reading the proclamation. “Although the majority of reported poison exposures involve children five years old and younger, the majority of poisoning deaths occur in adults aged 20 to 59.”

During National Poison Prevention Week 2017 – March 19 through March 25 – citizens are encouraged to ‘pledge their commitment to ensuring the safety of themselves, their families, and their community.”

March is National Women’s History Month

In 1987, Congress officially declared March as National Women’s History Month and, in the Borough of South Plainfield, the mayor called upon the community to observe the month with ‘appropriate ceremonies and activities and to remember throughout the year the many contributions of American women.’

“Women of every race, class and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our community, our state, and our nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways,” stated Anesh in reading the proclamation. “Women of strength, vision, and character have long influenced our country by contributing their time, efforts, and wisdom in vastly diverse ways to improve and enhance our government and communities, our schools, and religious institutions, our businesses and the military, and the arts and sciences.”

The proclamation, which was presented to several female community representatives in attendance for Monday night’s meeting, goes on to state, “Women’s History is an opportunity for us to recognize the influence that women have made to our nation and to honor those who blazed trails for women’s empowerment and equality.”

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

During the March 20 meeting, Anesh also declared April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Borough of South Plainfield and presented a proclamation to South Plainfield Suburban Woman’s Club members Grace Butrico Bettucci, Debbie Boyle, and Diana Catone.

Child Abuse Prevention Month, according to the proclamation, is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

“During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country,” stated the mayor, adding, “Incidences of child abuse and neglect can be reduced by making sure all families have the support they need and deserve to raise their children in a healthy environment. It is recognized that no person can do everything but that everyone can do something, and together we can create change for the better.”

The proclamation recommends residents display a pinwheel or plant a pinwheel garden as a positive reminder that ‘all children deserve great childhoods’ that are ‘happy, healthy, and safe.’

“I…call upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, and businesses to engage in activities that strengthen families and communities to provide the optimal environment for children to learn, grow, and thrive …”

The next South Plainfield Borough Council meeting will take place on Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

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