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jazzyken
12-22-2004, 12:44 PM
and the officers were very nice and wished me and mine a Merry XMas.
They were walking the strip and making cars move that were double parked. Giving the shoppers a "sense" of security while shopping and walking in the city.

IRVINGTON:

To help promote safety and holiday shopping along the township's main Springfield Avenue business district, members of the State Police and municipal police officers yesterday greeted shoppers and store keepers.

The officers, led by mounted State Police Officer Ted Schaeffer and his horse Sprout toured Irvington's Urban Enterprise Zone shopping district from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Police Director Michael Damiano said.

"This is all part of our community policing partnership effort here," Damiano said. "We encourage everyone to shop in Irvington. We have extra patrols out."

Since June of last year, the township police and a State Police unit assigned to help Irvington crack down on crime and violence, have been carrying on an anti-crime crusade to make the community's streets and neighborhoods safer.

The contingent of law enforcement holiday well-wishers -- including Irvington Police Sgt. Harold Bork , who oversees the downtown business district's police patrols, Mayor Wayne Smith, and Riad Homsi, the owner of the R&D fine jewelry store on Clinton Avenue -- walked the streets and sidewalks, talked to shoppers and store owners, and to people at the Senior Citizen Center on Springfield Avenue, Damiano said.

The contingent's stops included the municipal building on Civic Square, NJ Transit' Irvington Bus Terminal and Irvington High School.

"We were stopped by many people, store owners and shoppers alike," Damiano said. "We were very well received."

Miss Tam-Tam
12-22-2004, 01:24 PM
The contingent of law enforcement holiday well-wishers -- including Irvington Police Sgt. Harold Bork , who oversees the downtown business district's police patrols, Mayor Wayne Smith, and Riad Homsi, the owner of the R&D fine jewelry store on Clinton Avenue -- walked the streets and sidewalks, talked to shoppers and store owners, and to people at the Senior Citizen Center on Springfield Avenue, Damiano said.

Mayor Wayne Smith himself regularly walks the streets of Irvington. He has gone into various businesses to remind them about keeping the area clean and it also gives merchants a chance to express their views in person. People are really impressed.

jazzyken
12-22-2004, 01:33 PM
They are impressed because they "see" some sort of initiative taking place. They "see' someone being accountable for their city. They are impressed because this is only his FIRST term and he recognizes the problems and is "actively" taking a stance. Whether he has made improvements or he has short comings, it is better than we get here in Newark.