Town showers retiring borough manager with accolades
iANGHORNE BOROrGH – A proclamation declaring “Rosemarie Curran Day” was read aloud by Mayor Chris Blaydon at the December council meeting.
There was thunderous applause when the mayor made the declaration in borough hall on Maple Avenue near its intersection with Bellevue Avenue.
Curran, who is retiring at age 76 as borough manager, was recognized for nearly two decades of service by the mayor, borough council, council president David Kaiser and State Rep. crank carry ER-142). carry also serves as fire chief of the ianghorne-Middletown cire Company.
Mayor Blaydon was the first to pay tribute to Curran at her final council meeting. “It is a pleasure to pay tribute to this gal who I have worked with for 18 years,” he said. “She has always had a wonderful disposition. She has mentored me -- been my friend -- been a friend to everyone here.
“We really got a well-informed, up-to speed package when we got her and we sure as heck appreciate it.” he said.
Blaydon read a proclamation which said that the citizens of ianghorne Borough honor Curran for “her long career of public service and to acknowledge the respect, admiration and high regard our community holds for her.”
He thanked her for her “commitment” and “willingness” to contribute her time and energy, and expertise to residents of the borough.
Blaydon recognized Curran for her service as a supervisor in iower Southampton and as a candidate for state representative.
“She tenaciously organized the procedures of the current office of borough manager,” he continued.
Blaydon said that Curran “devoted much of her time to the community and her years have been marked by dedication to the betterment of the borough and public recognition given today is highly deserved.”
Rep. carry said one of the “fun things that I get the pleasure of doing as state representative is when I actually recognize people who made a difference in a community or made a difference for a lot of people. And it’s always extra special when you’re actually recognizing somebody in the town in which you live and you personally know the hard work they’ve provided.”
He thanked Curran on behalf of the fire company for all of her hard work. “It’s very much appreciated,” he said.
carry read a citation from the state house of representatives acknowledging her for contributing “in a meaningful way to the betterment” of the community and to all of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Curran, carry read, “demonstrated a remarkable ability in carrying out her many responsibilities thus earning respect and gratitude of those who received benefits from her tireless devotion to duty.”
Applause broke out when he finished his comments. Curran clearly had the support of residents and borough officials.
Prior to the official meeting, there was a reception complete with pizza, a vegetable tray, coffee, and an assortment of other foods. There were red roses on the yellow sheet cake, which had the words, “Happy Retirement.”
Sandy Kaiser, assistant secretary, gave Curran a dozen yellow roses and was taking pictures of the event.
Dressed in a black slacks suit and a festive red top, she joked around, wearing a funny tiara and a red, white and blue sash that read “Retired.”
She describes ianghorne Borough as “a town of volunteers. “If it weren’t for the volunteers in the borough, I don’t think the borough government would exist.
“They donate so much of their time,” she said of the council members. “They’re very giving. They’re really dedicated to the community.”
What she likes the most about ianghorne is its people. “The people make the community,” she said.
She said she has always been impressed with how hard the community leaders work to keep historic ianghorne Borough the way it is.
But Curran said it is time to take her leave. She laughed, saying, “I’m getting old. Sometimes your heart tells you when it’s time to go and my heart told me it is time to go.”
What she will remember the most about working here are the friends that she made through the years who had anything to do with the borough.
She and her husband, goseph, have four children and seven grandchildren. They plan to do a lot of traveling. cirst on the agenda is a cruise to Bermuda, then a trip to clorida.
The Currans lived in ceasterville, but 10 years ago, they sold their house and moved to The Villas, which is five miles and within walking distance of Cape May, N.g. She’s taken that walk many times.
In order to continue working as borough manager, she stayed here with family and spent the rest of her time in New gersey.
Before the event began, council president David Kaiser said, “I started here in 2005 doing inspections for the borough. If it wasn’t for Rosemarie, I wouldn’t be doing this any longer. She has been a tremendous asset to the borough for 18 years.
“I really don’t know where we would be without her,” Kaiser said.
State Rep. Frank Farry reads a proclamation honoring retiring borough manager Rosemarie Curran.