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Ouano Brothers Announced As New Mayors Of Rumson (For A Day)


July 5, 2023 proved to be an important day in Rumson’s history.


Acting Mayor Joseph Hemphill yielded the position to a pair of brilliant and community-minded brothers for the day.

Walter and Isaac Ouano were appointed Mayors For The Day, a special prize that their parents won at the PTO Auction this past Spring. They started the day meeting with “Former” Mayor Hemphill in their new office. Afterwards, Officer Malone and Sgt. Isherwood from Rumson P.D showed them around the Police Department including a tour of a Police cruiser. Next, the new Mayors did an inspection of the EMS facility, eyeballing some of the cool safety gear the Emergency team uses to help residents.


A high point of the day for the duo may have been seeing all the interesting equipment that

DPW uses to keep the Borough safe and sharp-looking including loaders, tractors, dump trucks and snowplows.


The two Mayors met with all the Department heads and spent some time in the Historical Room as well. The two Deane Porter students were treated to a special tour of Forrestdale from Ms. Burke which included a stop at the Forrestdale Greenhouse.


The boys also fielded questions during a mini press conference. Some press members asked them to share a message for the people of Rumson.


Walter advised our residents to “Have a fun and safe summer” While Isaac implored residents to “Enjoy another incredible summer in Rumson!”

Isaac and Walter were each given a special certificate for their efforts. Both did a tremendous job as Mayors. Mayoral power was handed back over to Mayor Hemphill while the boys focus on school, sports and summer fun.


A special thanks goes out to the Ouano family for their involvement, the Rumson PTO, Ms. Burke, Mayor Hemphill and all the good folks at Borough Hall.



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