SPRINGFIELD, NJ – During Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting, two new firefighters were sworn in.  They are Lawrence Chan and Michael Ridge.

Family and friends of the two newest of Springfield’s Bravest, were on hand to watch the ceremony.

In greeting the two new firefighters into the Springfield Fire Department, Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo took time to thank the Township Committee for its support. “This has been a long road for the Springfield Fire Department, he said. “Former Mayor Stampoulos was instrumental in spearheading this.”

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The Chief added, “Each and every one of you took the time to listen to the needs of the fire department. It is greatly appreciated. Each and This committee puts public safety in the forefront and puts the safety of my firefighters in the forefront as well,” he concluded.

In other Township Committee business:

●     The Township’s July 4th celebrations will take place on July 4th at Meisel Park starting at 5 p.m.

●     The first day of the Township’s Farmer’s Market will take place on July 2nd. The Farmer’s Market will run every Monday through October 29th.

●     The first Concert in the Summer Concert Series will take place on July 12th starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring Bob Marino and Barbara Harris.

●     The Township Committee will have a joint meeting with the Springfield Board of Education on July 16th starting at 6 p.m. at the Media Center at Jonathan Dayton High School, followed by a workshop Committee Meeting at Town Hall at 7 p.m.  A Township Committee Meeting will take place at July 17th at 7 p.m.

There were no ordinances for either first or second reading considered at the meeting.

As reported in an earlier article, New Jersey Senator and former Governor Richard Codey was on hand at the Township Committee’s June 26th meeting to congratulate Springfield on being the 31st town in New Jersey and only the second in Union County to take the pledge under the Codey Fund for Mental Health’s Stigma Free Pledge.

Codey and his wife, Mary Jo, who has been frank with the public in her struggles with depression, established the Codey Fund for Mental Health in 2012 as a way to improve access to mental health treatment services and overcome the stigma related to mental health issues through greater awareness.

Codey, in his remarks to those gathered at the Township Committee meeting, called out teen suicide in particular, noting that “working for my Dad [in the family funeral parlor business as a young man], we did about 350 funerals a year, and I had never heard of a teenager taking their own lives. Today, it’s not uncommon.”

He cited the pervasiveness of social media, which can remove safe havens from bullying, as well as the decline in religion, which once acted as a source of solace, as possible causes for the rise in teen suicides.

Read a separate story about Springfield’s Stigma Free Pledge on TAPInto.