SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At the May 18 Borough Council meeting, the mayor and council presented proclamations in support of May 17 through May 23 being both Nurse’s Week and Municipal Clerk’s Week; May 18 through May 31 being ‘Click It or Ticket’ Seat Belt Mobilization; and Thursday, June 4 being Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day.

According to the mayor, South Plainfield will once again be supporting the statewide ‘Click It or Ticket’ Seat Belt Mobilization’ initiative from May 18 through May 31, 2015. Chief of Police James Parker was on hand to accept the proclamation presented to the department by Councilman Robert Bengivenga, Jr.

The goal of ‘Click It or Ticket,’ said the mayor, is to raise awareness and increase seat belt usage through a combination of high visibility enforcement and public education. According to Anesh, there were 556 motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey in 2014 and a large percentage of motor vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were not wearing a seatbelt.

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“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 135,000 lives were saved by safety belt usually nationally between 1975 and 2000 and … the Division of Highway Traffic Safety has set a goal of increasing the seat belt usage rate in the state from the current level of 88 percent to 90 percent,” said Anesh. “A further increase in seat belt usage in New Jersey will save lives on our roadways … I encourage awareness of the mobilization and benefits of seat belt use.”

May 17 through May 23, 2015 is Nurses Week and South Plainfield is recognizing all nurses for the vital services they perform and their exemplary dedication to their professions. There are nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States and, according to Anesh, the demand for registered nursing services will be greater than ever because of the aging of the American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technology and the explosive growth of home health care services.

“More qualified registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community …” said the mayor, who along with Councilman C.J. Diana presented a proclamation to Olivia Gromek, a register nurse with AristaCare Health Services.

Municipal Clerks Week is also May 17 through May 23 and, during the meeting, Anesh and the borough council recognized South Plainfield Clerk Amy Antonides. In addition to a proclamation, Antonides was presented with a photograph from her swearing in ceremony this past January that had been signed by Lt. Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno.

The office of municipal clerk provides the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at all levels. “The municipal clerk serves the information center on functions of local government and community… I further extend appreciation to our municipal clerk and to all other municipal clerks for the vital services they perform and their exemplary dedication to the communities they represent,” said Anesh, adding, personally, “We are very lucky and honored to have you here.”

Additionally, the mayor announced that Thursday, June 4 is Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day in the borough and presented a proclamation to South Plainfield High School student Tommy Licato. An inherited neurological disorder, Tourette Syndrome (TS) affects 1 in 100 children and there are more than 20,000 school-aged children in New Jersey dealing with TS. Characterized by ‘tics,’ TS can strike people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and although medication came help there is no standard treatment or known cure for this disorder.

“It is important to increase awareness, understanding and support for individuals and families affected by TS as well as the individuals and organizations that are committed to promoting education and awareness about TS to the general public, healthcare community and educational institutions,” said the mayor. “…Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day is a special day to promote understanding, compassion and acceptance for all our fellow citizens who deserve and need our support to break the stigma related to Tourette Syndrome.”

The next South Plainfield Borough Council meeting will take place on Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m.