The Maywood Council appears set to approve a ban on smoking in public parks and recreation areas, as the proposal has moved quickly through the legislative process.

Introduced on April 1 when Mayor Gregg Padovano cited the health and litter aspects of continuing to allow smoking in parks, the ordinance came up for its first vote on April 8 and was passed unanimously by the five members of the council present, with two members absent. It will return for a second and final vote at the April 22 meeting where members of the public will be allowed to share their thoughts on the ordinance with the council.

Maywood is a borough in Bergen County with a population of just under 10,000 residents. It is located approximately 18 miles north of Newark.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.