By MELISSA BEVERIDGE
The Bradley Beach Borough Council welomed a new member to the Police Department and said farewell to a longtime dedicated employee.
Edwin Hernandez was administered the Oath of Office during the Bradley Beach Boriugh Council meeting Aug. 25.
“When this availability came up, he was at the top of the list,” said Police Chief Leonard Guida.
“Growing up, I always dreamed of this and thanks to the chief, captain, mayor and council, I’ve completed my dream,” Hernandez said.
The council also recognized Rae Tutela’s services as Tourism Board of Secretary. Tutela retired after 10 years of service. The resolution recognized Tutela for her “outstanding community service.”
“There are certain people in this town that bleed Bradley Beach, Rae is one of them,” said Mayor Gary Engelstad. “This town means everything to her, every moment she’s trying to think of how to make it better. We are on the receiving end of that. Our properties values are (up) because Bradley Beach is an exciting place to live.”
“I want to thank the police department for all their help in the past and for their cooperation. I want to thank the maintenance department for putting up with me. And the borough, Joyce (Wilkins) especially,” Tutela said. “I’m going to miss the borough itself and I hope the next person who takes over does a good job.”
During the meeting, Tutela made her final announcement as Secretary of Tourism saying that there will be a tribute concert to Earth, Wind, and Fire on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Riley Park.
“I’m sorry to see her leave. I hope that she is born to run and has lots of fun and dancing in the future. Thank you Rae for everything,” said Councilman Harold Cotler.
“She’s a feisty lady, but she always has our best interest at heart,” said Councilman Norman Goldfarb.
Engelstad made a final note that the Monday Opera Series, which Tutela began, will continue despite rumors of it being cancelled.