WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi recently explained the function of municipal government to Girl Scout Troop #20745 of St. Cloud on the patio at Rock Spring Golf Club.

Troop leader Melissa Butler brought nine girls last week to engage in a discussion with the mayor as they work towards achieving a merit badge in democracy.

Parisi compared the role of elected officials in West Orange to that of the state and federal government. The entire troop engaged the mayor in a question and answer session that lasted more than an hour about understanding "democracy in action.​"