Town show­ers re­tir­ing bor­ough man­ager with ac­co­lades

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

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.

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