A Winter Solstice Celebration

By Lori Draz

The Two River Council of Mayors held their annual holiday party on December 11. The cold night made the warm and cozy setting of the Little Silver Train Station the hottest stop on the line. The station was decorated for the season and a roomful of current and former mayors and their select guests enjoyed holiday cheer, a tasty array of cocktail nibbles, and lively conversation.

An exciting surprise arrived when a group of multi-cultural carolers from the Embury Methodist Church of Little Silver engaged everyone in a joyful rendition of “Here We Go a-Caroling.” The choir even entertained some lucky train passengers who were waiting on the cold platform for the next train out of Little Silver destined for Newark and New York.

The event was attended by the mayors of many of the area towns, including Shrewsbury Mayor Don Burden, Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli, Middletown Mayor Gerard Sharfenberger, Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff, and Assemblyman Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr. Also attending were Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey, Monmouth Beach Mayor Sue Howard, West Long Branch Mayor Janet Tucci, and Tinton Falls Council President Gary Baldwin, along with former mayors of Fair Haven, David Hinton, and Eatontown, Gerry Tarantola.

The Journal was delighted to share in this event and thanks the mayors of the great towns we serve for their service. We wish them all a prosperous and productive New Year.