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"Mrs. J" Is Galloway Township's First Mayor's Award Recipient

Anna Jezycki was honored for her work fighting against the parole board, among other issues.

Anna Jezycki made history at Tuesday night’s Galloway Township Council meeting.

The outspoken resident didn’t voice her opinion on yet another issue facing the township, nor did she reprimand the council for doing something she didn’t agree with, as she has so many times in the past.

No, in this case, the woman known affectionately in the town as “Mrs. J” was recognized as the first recipient of the Mayor’s Award, presented to her by Galloway Township Mayor Keith Hartman.

“I’m not used to being on this side,” said Jezycki, standing in the area of council chambers normally reserved for those making presentations to the township.

As far as the council was concerned, there was no one more deserving of being on that side than Jezycki.

“She just jumped off the page at us,” said Hartman, referencing the selection of Jezycki as the award’s first recipient.

“After this, we might have to honor two or three people at a time,” Deputy Mayor Don Purdy said. “There are a lot of dedicated people in this township. There are a lot of people that are overlooked. People that give back and never get recognized.”

The award will likely be given quarterly, and the council has other names in mind for future awards. However, Jezycki will always go down as the lone, first recipient.

The council recognized Jezycki for her work in helping to keep parolees from being transported to Galloway Township. A parole office is being set up in Galloway.

After an initial promise that the office would serve only administrative purposes, it became clear the building–and the township—faced the possibility of becoming a home for parolees.

Jezycki led the effort to keep the parolees out and hold the state to its word. In the end, due in large part to her efforts, the parole office was restricted to an administrative office.

“In times like these, volunteers are priceless,” Deputy Mayor Don Purdy said. “And I know a lot of people feel better when it’s residents that are doing more and keeping the government out of their lives a little bit.”

Jezycki delivered a speech following the presentation in which she thanked several people.

“Those people who know me know there are two sides to me,” she said. “One side is like a diamond and one side is like a tree. The diamond has a lot of facets. Without good facets, the diamond isn’t good. My facets are my friends. They are what makes me who I am.

“Second is the tree. Without the limbs, the tree dies. My limbs to my tree are my family.

“That’s who I am: my friends and my family.”

A video of Jezycki's speech from Tuesday night's meeting accompanies this story.

Diana April 27, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Congratulations (Chicky) Mrs J.....we're very proud of you. Its been a pleasure knowing you for 42 years. The Gill's
Steve Moliver April 27, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Congratulations Mrs. J. I was so happy to see you recognized last night and there couldn’t be a more fitting recipient of the first Mayor’s Award. Your work and passion is recognized near and far. Keep fighting the good fight.
Brian J. Tyrrell, Ph.D. April 28, 2011 at 08:57 AM
Couldn't have gone to anyone more deserving. Thanks Mrs. J.
Terry April 28, 2011 at 11:16 AM
It is fitting that you would be the first recipient.....you will be a tough act to follow. Congratulations! Terry lucarelli
Sandy Morlando April 29, 2011 at 04:32 AM
Chicky I wish I could have been there. I know how much this work means to you. You put your heart & soul into every thing you do. Our community is a better place because of you and your team. Thanks for all you do and thanks just for being you.
Kathy Sacco May 04, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Congrats to our little powerhouse. We couldn't have done it without you and your team.. Kathy on Ave A
Jason Walter February 24, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Good for her! She always tells it like it is!!! No nonsense!

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