Glen Rock March 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 5 Chief to retire, concluding 42 years of service by John Koster Glen Rock Police Chief Steven Cherry will conclude 42 years of police service with his retirement on May 31. “It’s required by the pension system,” Chief Cherry said of his retirement, which will coincide with his 65th birthday. A Vietnam veteran of combat support units, Chief Cherry is the son of a professional soldier in the Old Army, who once served as first sergeant in a horse-drawn artillery unit. Chief Cherry lived in Japan for some time as a child when his father was stationed there after World War II. He is a graduate of William Paterson College with a bachelor of science degree in police science, and a graduate of the 147th session of the FBI National Academy. He is active in the New Jersey Association of Police Chiefs and the Bergen County Association of Police Chiefs. Chief Cherry’s successor has not been chosen, but Cherry said he will be available on call to help with the adjustment. A Wyckoff resident, the chief said he expects to be active in some aspect of security or police training. “The physical and psychological profile of law enforcement personnel is that we want to stay active while we’ve got the ability left to do something constructive for the community,” he said. The challenge of police work in recent years, the chief said, is the rapid development of technology related to police work, and keeping the force up to date with the training and education in how to use new equipment. Another challenge he feels was eminently successful was Glen Rock’s development of an Emergency Management Team to cope with possible catastrophes such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, in which 11 Glen Rock residents perished. Acting on his own initiative and on his own time, Cherry rounded up coffee and sandwiches for the rescue workers and drove to Ground Zero in New York City to deliver the food and beverages to grateful search teams. He also helped organize and augment Glen Rock’s disaster response team. “It’s come a long way from just one or two volunteers to a highly organized response group and a trained management team,” he observed. Saint Patrick’s celebration planned The Ridgewood and Glen Rock Knights of Columbus will host the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School gym in Ridgewood. This traditional event will feature live music, Irish dancing, pipes, a buffet dinner, and beverages. This event is the Knights’ main fundraiser. Tickets are $45 per person. For reservations, call Brian Conn at (201) 445-3852. ������������������������������� ���� ����� ����������������������������� Door to Door A/C Transportation Catered Lunch Included - Heated Pools 3:1 Camper/Staff Ratio, Pro. Instruction Well Rounded Swim, Sports & Arts Program Boys & Girls - Ages 3 to 15 Full Day 9am - 4pm Mini Day 9am - 1:20pm Magnificent 26 Acre Campus Lake for Boating & Fishing Daily Swim Instruction 234 Conklintown Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456 973-831-9000 ����� ������������� ���������������������������� ���������������� ����������� ������ ����������������� ����������������� ��������������������������������� � ��������������� ���������� ����������������� ������������ ���������������� � ��������������� ������������������������������������� ����������������������������� ������������������������������������ ����������������������� �������������������� ������������