WEST ORANGE, NJ - The retirement of a longtime Deputy Municipal Clerk Joann Beharr was celebrated at Tuesday’s Township Council Meeting. Beharr, a lifelong West Orange resident who graduated from Montclair State University, was appointed as municipal clerk in 1999, where she worked under Nancy O’Hara. 

Mayor Robert Parisi noted that it’s hard to say goodbye to someone he’s worked close with for so long. “I’m sad to see you leave, but I wish you the best of luck,” Parisi said.

In honor of her work, Mayor Parisi declared June 1 “Joann Beharr Day” in West Orange. 

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Council President Jerry Guarino, who spoke on behalf of the council, thanked Beharr for her contributions. “Thank you for making my job easier,” Guarino said. 

Beharr, who credited her strong work ethic to her parents, said she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband Ricky and her children, Ricky Jr. and Carla. 

“I would like to thank the mayor and council for this honor,” Beharr said. “It has been my pleasure to serve as deputy clerk in the town I was raised in.” She thanked her family, and said about her children that she thinks “they’re so happy their mom is retiring.”

Resolutions and Ordinances

The consent agenda was approved during discussion over resolutions. During the ordinances on the second and final reading portion, Councilman Joe Krakoviak voted 'no' on a bond ordinance that authorized improvements for the Township of West Orange by appropriating more than $6 million and authorizing the issuance of nearly $6 million. Krakoviak cited concern with borrowing money for unspecified projects. The council pointed out that before the undertaking of any project starts, those in charge of it must first stand before the council for approval. For more information on this ordinance and other resolution information, click HERE.

Save the Date

Turtle Back Zoo will be hosting an Open House on May 30, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. There will be free admission into the zoo for those who attend.

On June 6, the Downtown Alliance will be hosting a Street Fair from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“A lot of new things are going on this year,” said Downtown Alliance Chairman John McElroy. “Over 100 vendors registered, there will be a concert in the evening and ‘unprecedented participation’ from downtown businesses. We’d like to see all residents come out and have a blast.”

The next Township Council meeting will be on June 9.