Abington president holds last meeting
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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.”