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John Cosgrove

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John J. Cosgrove, founder and president of Atlantic Handling Systems, a leading materials handling solution provider, is a successful businessman, government official and community volunteer.A lifelong resident of Fair Lawn, John’s volunteer activities are numerous. He has held every office in the Fair Lawn Fire Department and served as Fire Chief in 1997. He was awarded the Fair Lawn Fire Department Valor Award, Citation Star for Bravery and the VFW Valor Award in 1991 for his heroic actions in the rescue of an unconscious man from a burning house fire.John has served as a volunteer coach for baseball, street hockey, softball and lacrosse. He founded the Fair Lawn Lacrosse Club and the Fair Lawn Touchdown Club and served as president of both. John also served on the Board of Directors of the following: The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center; Fair Lawn High School Parents Committee for Athletics (President 2002-2008); Fair Lawn Athletic Hall of Fame; St. Catherine’s Fathers Guild; Fair Lawn Old Timers; Fair Lawn FootballAssociation; Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (President, 2007); Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce and Fair Lawn Community Center 501(c) 3 Chairman. He currently serves as Chairman of the Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center and is a member of Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary.Mr. Cosgrove, named Fair Lawn Citizen of the Year in 2007, is a three time recipient of the Bergen County Volunteer of the Year Award and the recipient of the Bergen Regional Medical Benefactor Award. He received the Horizon Award from Skyline Theatres in 2013. The John J. Cosgrove Gymnasium at the Fair Lawn Community Center was named in his honor.Mr. Cosgrove was elected to the Fair Lawn Borough Council in 2012 and served as Deputy Mayor. He has served as the Borough’s Mayor since 2013. In 2015, Mayor Cosgrove received the Bergen County United Way “Oscar” for Best Mayor in a Leading Role, given in recognition of his efforts to help individuals with special needs. He is also the recipient of the 2015 CarePlus Foundation Courage Award, which honors his service and courage regarding the advancement of mental health.

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  1. Former Fair Lawn Mayor Honored On 100th Birthday

    Former Fair Lawn Mayor Honored On 100th Birthday

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Mary Burdick, former mayor of Fair Lawn, was recently honored on her 100th birthday -- by two other former mayors and current Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove.Over 50 friends and relatives attended the birthday celebration, held at Cedar Crest in Pompton Lakes, where she currently lives. Former mayors Marty Etler and Bob Gordon -- now a state senator -- and current Mayor ...

  2. Fair Lawn Swears In Three New Police Officers

    Fair Lawn Swears In Three New Police Officers

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Three Fair Lawn natives are the newest additions to the borough police department after Mayor John Cosgrove swore them in during a ceremony at Borough Hall Tuesday night.Tiller Uriarte, 38, is a 1997 graduate of Union Hill High School in Union City who began his law enforcement career with Paterson police from 2007-2011. He'd been a Jersey City police officer since ...

  3. Fair Lawn Ends Recycling Division, Awards Contract To Garbage Company

    Fair Lawn Ends Recycling Division, Awards Contract To Garbage Company

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Fair Lawn is discontinuing its municipal recycling division in order to save the borough roughly $500,000 annually, Fair Lawn Mayor John Cosgrove said.The contract went to garbage collection service Cali, which is already contracted by Fair Lawn for garbage pickup.Recycling division employees will be transferred to the Department of Public Works to fill holes left by ...

  4. Medusa Hair Loft Opens In Fair Lawn

    Medusa Hair Loft Opens In Fair Lawn

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Medusa Hair Loft held its grand opening Tuesday afternoon on Plaza Road, with members of the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce and Mayor John Cosgrove showing support.Salon owner Penny Karagiorgis said she chose to open up her first ever hair salon in Fair Lawn because of its warm, welcoming atmosphere."I always liked Fair Lawn," said Karagiorgis, who went to ...

  5. Fair Lawn Residents: Register For Critical Digital & Phone Notifications

    Fair Lawn Residents: Register For Critical Digital & Phone Notifications

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- Fair Lawn residents are invited to register to receive critical alerts on their phones. The communications service called Nixle allows the borough and the police department to send important, valuable community information via text message or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s website at www.nixle.com. The Borough also uses a telephone ...

  6. Fair Lawn Keeps Status Quo At Reorganization Meeting

    Fair Lawn Keeps Status Quo At Reorganization Meeting

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- The Fair Lawn Town Council held a reorganization meeting Tuesday to swear in council members and the mayor. "I would just like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank the people of Fair Lawn for giving me the honor and privilege to serve once again as your mayor," said Mayor John Cosgrove. "I'm sure that this Council will work together as in the ...

  7. Repurposing Of Historic Fair Lawn Building Sparks Controversey

    Repurposing Of Historic Fair Lawn Building Sparks Controversey

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. — The Fair Lawn Council voted at its last 2015 work session to change the use of land around the historic Vanderbeck House on Dunkerhook Road to allow townhouses.An agreement the council reached with property owner Barrister Development is contingent on Barrister preserving the portion of the mansion that's deemed historic and opening it up to the Fair Lawn Historic ...

  8. Fair Lawn Community Rallies For #Jacksonstrong Baby Fighting Cancer

    Fair Lawn Community Rallies For #Jacksonstrong Baby Fighting Cancer

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Two weeks after the birth of their son Jackson on October 14, Ryan and Tara Walsh received some news that no parent should ever have to hear: their newborn child had cancer.Jackson was diagnosed with a form of pediatric cancer that affects roughly 600 babies each year, called "neuroblastoma."Eight weeks and 3 rounds of chemotherapy since the devastating ...

  9. Fair Lawn Brings Back 'First Day 5k'

    Fair Lawn Brings Back 'First Day 5k'

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary is giving start the year off on the right foot with its annual 1st Day 5k on New Year's Day.The Friday, January 1 run at Memorial Middle School will benefit Rotary Charities & The Rotary Gift of Life. The organization helps children in undeveloped nations receive treatment for heart disease.“I’m proud to be part of the Sunrise Rotary," ...

  10. Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Needs Sponsors For New Year's Day 5K

    Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Needs Sponsors For New Year's Day 5K

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Sponsors are needed for the First Day 5K New Year’s race sponsored by the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary Club.For the past 13 years, the event has raised money for a number of local charities and has become the premier New Year’s race in the area. Last year, there were more than 500 participants. Any support a sponsor offers the race will be highly visible, not only to the ...

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