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Elmwood Park Looks Forward And Back At Reorganization

Magdalena Giadamenico (left) sworn as new councilwoman in Elmwood Park.
Magdalena Giadamenico (left) sworn as new councilwoman in Elmwood Park. Photo Credit: Holly Schepisi
Anthony Chirdo (left) sworn in as new councilman in Elmwood Park.
Anthony Chirdo (left) sworn in as new councilman in Elmwood Park. Photo Credit: Holly Schepisi

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — A reorganization meeting for the Elmwood Park Council marked new beginnings and a look at the past on Friday.

Elmwood Park Mayor Edward Mola was sworn back into office New Year's Day along with new council members Anthony L. Chirdo and Magdalena Giandomenico.

New Year's Day also officially started the 100th year of Elmwood Park's history. The borough, formerly known as East Paterson, seceded from Saddle River in 1916.

East Paterson officially became Elmwood Park in 1973.

Giandomenico said Friday will act as a "kickoff" for the centennial celebrations, with many planned throughout the year.

The main event will likely be held in June as a community day and parade, she said.

A committee formed in 2015 to start planning for the centennial. The committee held fundraisers through the year and shared bits and pieces of the borough's history on its Facebook page.

The latest chapter in Elmwood Park's history included the new formation of the council.

Mola, Giandomenico and Chirdo completed a Republican sweep in the November election.

Giandomenico said she's excited to join the council.

"It's going to be a learning curve, learning how Elmwood Park works," she said, adding that she's worked in federal, county and municipal government before.

"I look forward to bringing that [experience] to Elmwood Park."

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