mayor & council
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
A Message from Our Mayor
How quickly the seasons change. The new school year and the cooler temperatures announce the transition from summer to fall. Once again the Recreation Committee put together a fantastic program for Summers End Festival capped off with a memorable fireworks display. A special mention is due the volunteers on the Recreation Committee, the many donations and significant sponsors all coming together for a great community event. Now, the fall season finds us enjoying after school sports or team play at Blackberry Bay or Gatta Parks. It's a great time to enjoy our community.
Speaking of Gatta Park, on Monday, September 30th the Borough joined the family and friends of Mayor Maria Gatta at the unveiling of a memorial marker and stone at the park entrance on Port Au Peck Avenue. A year late because of Sandy, the marker briefly reminds visitors of the park's namesake. A common theme among the speakers was the deep sense of giving back to the community through involvement in organizations, or as volunteers, coaches, or civic leaders.
One such way residents get involved is through scouting. Beginning with Cub Scouts, volunteering time for meetings and activities created an opportunity to interact with other parents and getting to know the children growing up with my own. It was an important time for each of my sons and the adventures of Den 11 live on as happy memories. One such memory is the pinewood derby. Each year my sons would carve and sand their racer guided by Pop-Pop, (George Lockwood) the family woodcrafter, and the cars raced on the same course he had helped recondition years before, with many upgrades since including computerized timing by the Pat Hickey team.
A few of these Cubs "crossed over" and more recently became Eagle Scouts this past summer. These are not rare occurrences in Oceanport because our residents have somehow always found the time to volunteer as a team mom, den leader, or coach. I recently became aware of a shortage of volunteers needed to continue the scouting tradition for the next generation of Oceanport youth. It is not unusual. I recall getting a phone call from an Oceanport Soccer Association volunteer (Jim Celestino) with news my daughter's team was in danger of being disbanded for lack of a coach and would I be interested. I did not know a thing about soccer but was persuaded just the same. That was almost 20 years ago and I have never regretted it.
Whether coaching, counting plays, organizing rosters or serving hot cocoa; these have been the most rewarding times for me as a parent and I am proud our community is so deeply rooted with this tradition. For a small town, there is a lot going on and so many opportunities to get involved, including Cub Scouts; which allow us to give back. Oceanport programs are known for dedicated leadership with contributions years after their own children graduate. Names like Bill McNish, Bob D'Agostino, Harry Sutton, or Jim Kirk symbolize lifetimes of involvement with many programs. So whatever your interests; find time to attend the meeting or answer the phone and say "yes" like I did.
Its part of what makes Oceanport a "Great Place to Live" and yes, it begins with you!
Honorable Michael J. Mahon
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ