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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 11:56 am

NORTHFIELD — City Council honored the Mainland Regional High School marching band for a standout season during a work session Tuesday, Feb. 4. 

Marching band director Jon Ratcliffe joined the program about two years ago. 

In that time, “we’ve been rebuilding the program, kind of throwing out what came before and establishing something new,” he said. 

Ratcliffe said that last year, the band came in seventh at the Atlantic Coast Championships. 

“Finishing in the top 10, which is great under any circumstances, and this year, they went undefeated. They won six local competitions, won state championships, South Jersey championships, and they won Atlantic Coast Championships for the first time in Mainland history and in Tournament of Bands history,” he said. 

The band has 59 members. 

During the regular council meeting, which followed the work session meeting, the Rev. Louis Strugala took the oath of office to serve as the city’s police chaplain. 

According to Sentinel archives, Northfield Police Chief Paul Newman requested the city start a police chaplain program during a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 26. It is an unpaid position. 

Newman had said the chaplain could provide counseling to an officer or their family, assist in training police officers in ethics, human relations or family and spiritual priorities, or assist with notification to a family member if an accident, injury or death occurs. 

A police chaplain can also offer counseling to people involved in a domestic violence incident, suicide or attempted suicide, substance abuse, elderly/senior issues, a missing person, and more. 

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