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Jay Coffey

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Borough of Oceanport
315 E. Main Street
Oceanport, NJ 07757

Tel: 732.222.8221
Fax: 732.222.0904

Mayor's Message

November / December 2017

Oceanport, being no different than most small towns across America, runs on the backs of volunteers who take time out of their lives to make the rest of our lives easier. Oceanport’s youth sports programs, senior social programs, emergency services, governing body, school system, parks and waterways are all, in some form or fashion, heavily dependent upon members of our community who volunteer their time, energy and capital for the betterment of the Borough. Every volunteer organization has its place in Oceanport and each volunteer’s unique contribution --- no matter how large or small --- contributes to the beautiful, intricate, layered fabric of this little town that we call home.

Members of the Garden Club, Oceanport Soccer Association, or the Ladies Auxiliary Oceanport Hook & Ladder Company are just as committed to their specific causes and contribute as much to the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in Oceanport as those who give their time freely to the Oceanport Recreation Committee, Water Watch Committee, or Board of Education. From all walks of life, new to town or fifth generation residents, young, old or somewhere in between, these volunteers are the lifeblood of this community. The Senior Club is run with as much enthusiasm by Barbara Josselyn as the First Aid Squad is run by Doris Agaman. The Parks and Recreation Committee is as invested in Oceanport as the Lions Club. Joe Irace keeps Oceanport updated on Facebook and Paul Hester captures Oceanport in pictures. It is amazing how all these seemingly disparate groups and people operate independently, yet cohesively to provide a scope of social, community, and governmental services even big cities do not provide. We are incredibly blessed to have such a deep well of caring, committed people from which to draw and they all deserve our profound thanks and praise.

On October 23rd, I had the privilege of being part of a ceremony held by Port Au Peck Chemical Hose Company #1 in honor of Alfred W. DeSantis, Sr. in celebration of his FIFTY-FIVE years of service as a volunteer fireman with the Port Au Peck Fire Company. As I stood to make my presentation it struck me that “Mr. D” has been a volunteer fireman in Oceanport for as long as I have been alive. Fifty-five years. Over half a century. As a volunteer. In a position where every time they go to do their job they are putting their lives at risk. Think about that.

And while you are thinking about that, think about this: In Oceanport, the fact that Al DeSantis has served over half a century as a volunteer fireman isn’t even unique. Standing on either side of Mr. DeSantis that evening were two other firemen with over a half century of volunteer fire service with Oceanport, Clarence D. “Buddy” Brocklebank (53 years) and Dale E. Burd (51 years). That Mr. DeSantis isn’t unique is what makes Oceanport so unique. These three humble, wonderful men - people who have collectively volunteered 159 years to the Borough of Oceanport - are what Oceanport is all about today and what Oceanport should aspire to be tomorrow.

I usually take an opportunity to crack a joke about Buddy Brocklebank in my monthly message. This month I am just going to say “Thank You” to Buddy, Dale, and Mr. DeSantis (I just can’t bring myself to call him “Al,” he’s Al and Katie’s dad!) and to all those who volunteer their time for Oceanport, and I would ask everybody to please thank a volunteer this month just to let them know Oceanport appreciates their efforts.

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ