Five longtime Mahwah residents were honored Thursday night with mayoral proclamations recognizing what Mayor Bill Laforet called their “extraordinary service to the township.”
George Cimis, Carol Lee Phiefer, John Brotherton, Nicholas Savino, and John Kelly attended Thursday night’s meeting with friends and family members to receive the honor, and share with township residents and officials their feelings about each serving in volunteer capacities for about 40 years in Mahwah.
“I love Mahwah,” Carol Lee Phiefer said after accepting her award. “I am happy to be a part of the town, and I hope I can continue to do that for a long time.” John Kelly added his feeling that “it has been my privilege to serve this town.”
Laforet said he was “honored to acknowledge” the five residents. “They are a distinguished group of residents who have dedicated their lives to service in our community,” he said.
The residents were recognized for the following contributions to the township:
Cimis and his family moved from Teaneck to Mahwah in 1970, and have been here ever since. On January 1, 1973, Cimis was appointed by then-Mayor Livingston Goodman as a member of the Mahwah Board of Adjustment, and has served on the board ever since. Cimis has been very active in township government – he ran for Town Council with Nick Savino in 1972, and became President of the Mahwah Republican Club, and served on Mahwah’s planning board. According to township officials, Cimis’s nearly 40 years on the Board of Adjustment is one of the longest known terms of membership on any Municipal Board in Bergen County.
Carol Lee Phiefer
Phiefer has been a member of the township’s Environmental Commission since 1985, and was recently reappointed to serve another term through 2014. She is also an active member of the ‘Sustainable Mahwah’ group. According to the mayoral proclamation in her honor, Phiefer has used her “expertise on reviewing landscaping plans, selection of appropriate tree varieties and being up to date on the newest techniques of planting, fertilizing and irrigation,” on boards in the township.
Brotherton, who has lived in Mahwah since 1963, and served on the township Planning Board from June 1, 1987 through last year. He served as chairman of that board, served on the Housing Commission since July 14, 1994, and has been serving as a member of the Mahwah Environmental Commission since 1986. The proclamation noted that Brotherton served Mahwah “in an exemplary and outstanding manner for this extraordinarily long period of time.”
Savino is a member, and was the first president of, the Mahwah Republican Club, and has been serving on the Mahwah Zoning Board of Adjustment since first being appointed in January 1973. Savino’s proclamation pointed out his commitment to individual cases he has presided over on the board. Savino “has given his input to truly understand each particular case,” it said.
Kelly served as Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Mahwah Memorial Post # 7124 from 2006-2010 and Commander District #2 VFW for all of Bergen County from 2010-2011. Kelly served on Mahwah’s planning board before and after his service as a councilman in the township from 2002-2006, and as a volunteer in the Mahwah Fire Department. Kelly was Battalion Chief of Company 1 in 1998 and President from 1996-2004. Kelly also served as the Charter and Co-Founding member of Mahwah American Legion Post 531.