Abing­ton pres­i­dent holds last meet­ing

The Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

An era is end­ing. With a stand­ing ova­tion and ap­plause the Abing­ton Town­ship Board of Com­mis­sion­ers bid farewell to board Pres­i­dent Carol DiJoseph, whose re­tire­ment was an­nounced at the Dec. 13 board meet­ing.

“I wanted to thank all of you for giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity,” DiJoseph said. “It’s been a great time. We’ve had ups and downs, but I could not have been hap­pier to serve you.”

DiJoseph, who has been pres­i­dent of the board of com­mis­sion­ers for the past fiYH yHDUV, ODLG KHU JDYHO to rest Dec. 31. DiJoseph has served the town­ship in var­i­ous ways through­out the years. She was a mem­ber of the school board for four years and was com­mis­sioner of Ward 12 for four years, be­fore be­ing elected pres­i­dent. Prior to that, she taught in the North Penn and Up­per Dublin school dis­tricts.

DiJoseph and her hus­band, Larry, a re­tired Abing­ton SROLFH RI­fiFHU, wLOO EH PRY­ing to Cape May, N.J., from their home in the Glen­side.

“My hus­band has lived in [Abing­ton] all his life,” she said. “We are ready for a re­laxed life. I have three daugh­ters, who all grad­u­ated from Abing­ton. We’ve been here a long time.”

DiJoseph said her re­tire­ment from the board has not reg­is­tered yet, but come Jan­uary, when the move is said and done, she said it will “really hit her.”

“TKH ERDUG wLOO EH finH with­out me,” she said. “The com­mis­sion­ers are all ded­i­cated peo­ple.”

DiJoseph is re­tir­ing be­fore her term is up. She said she has one year as pres­i­dent re­main­ing and the board will need to ap­point some­one

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The board will ap­point a new pres­i­dent Jan. 10, she said.

Res­i­dents in­ter­ested in a po­si­tion on the board can ap­proach mem­bers of the lo­cal Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can com­mit­tees and say they want to be ap­pointed to the va­cancy. Once ap­pointed the in­di­vid­ual can de­cide if he or she wants to run for a fouryear term at the end of 2013, she said.

Be­fore the meet­ing ended, many com­mis­sion­ers praised DiJoseph for her ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity.

Com­mis­sioner John Spiegel­man thanked her for her years of ser­vice and for show- LnJ hLP kLnGnHVV Ln hLV fiUVW years on the board.

Fel­low board mem­ber Peggy My­ers echoed his sen­ti­ments by re­call­ing a time when DiJoseph came to visit her hus­band in the hospi­tal af­ter he had a stroke.

“7hH fiUVW SHUVRn DW WhH hospi­tal was Carol,” she said tear­ing up. “You have good bones.”

Com­mis­sioner Carol Gille­spie also wished DiJoseph well.

“I am hon­ored that my col­leagues trusted me and gave me the priv­i­lege to be pres­i­dent,” DiJoseph said fol­low­ing the meet­ing. “I’m also glad that res­i­dents se­lected me [to rep­re­sent them]. I am hon­ored to have served in Abing­ton. It is a good place.”

Carol DiJoseph

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