ROSELAND, NJ - Mayor John Duthie and the Roseland Borough Council presented the Ahern family with a proclamation of appreciation to the late Terence Aherne, M.D., for his dedication as the borough physician for more than 25 years during Tuesday’s mayor and council meeting.

In addition to his private internal medicine practice in Roseland, Aherne, 62, was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a medical director at Arden Court Assisted Living and the first New Jersey doctor to become board certified in geriatrics. He passed away on May 5.

“He rendered service to this community which deserves special resignation,” Duthie read from the proclamation. “His dedication and zeal has won for him the respect and affection of his fellow citizens. Dr. Ahern contributed to the well being and welfare of his fellow citizens by giving tirelessly of his time and energy without desire for recognition remuneration or personal gain.”

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The Mayor and Council issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 17 as "West Essex Class of 1965 Day" in Roseland as the class prepares for its 50th reunion celebrations from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17. They were the first class to attend grades nine though 12 at West Essex Regional High School.

Superintendent of the Roseland school district, Lisa Gross, delivered an update on upgrades at the Lester C. Noecker School for the new school year. The school is utilizing new technology including an updated security system and more access points to improve wireless signal throughout the school.

“We have a Chrome Book one-to-one initiative for our fifth- and sixth-graders,” Gross said. “We’re very excited. Our students are really excited and that gives us an opportunity to bring the [tablets] down to the lower grades.”

She also introduced the new interim principal at the school, Larry Hughes. The former superintendent principal will serve as the school’s principal, while the board of education continues its search for a full-time principal.

The mayor and council also adopted 10 separate resolutions, including an approval of the 2015-2016 senior citizen transportation agreement at $21,700; the purchase of a grinder for the Cooper Sewer Station at $10,250; an increase in the youth basketball fee to $125; and new rubber floor in the police department locker room at a cost of $5,375.

Two ordinances, Ordinance 11-2015 and Ordinance 12-2015, were introduced by the mayor and council and will be open to public hearing on Oct. 20.

The next regular mayor and council meeting will be held on Oct. 20.