OCEAN TOWNSHIP:The town has a new mayor effective with the new year in the person of Chris Siciliano, the Acting Mayor since the retirement of Bill Larkin late last year. Siciliano was the Deputy Mayor and took on the "Acting" role with Larkin's announcement.
In a ceremony held at the Oakhurst firehouse on Larkin Place, Siciliano was sworn in by Freeholder Tom Arnone with Councilwoman Donna Schepiga assisting. Attending the event was Councilmen Bill Garofalo, Mike Evans (in full firemen's uniform) and Township Clerk Vince Buttiglieri, with Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini congratulating the new mayor.
In a brief comment Siciliano welcomed all in the audience, many there for the new Independent Hose Company No.1 Officers swearing in, and thanked all. He thanked the emergency services volunteers - fire, first aid and EMTs for allowing the ceremony at the firehouse and for all they do for the town. He thanked Police Chief Steve Peters for the fine job he and his team has done for the town all year.
"What you all do is far more dangerous and you do so as volunteers," he said. "You save lives and property and serve the community so unselfishly and whenever needed. You give of yourselves as a team; brothers and sisters serving your neighbors."
He also thanked them for sharing the ceremony and for the "best navy been soup in all of New Jersey," drawing smiles from the families who attended the double events.
The Council will be bringing on a new members this month at a Jan. 6 meeting when nominee Richard Long is expected to be sworn in for a spot on the dais.