Glen Rock councilman who played taps nightly resigns

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Joshua Corney, the Glen Rock councilman who plays taps from his home, resigned from the council this week.
  • He declined to say why he resigned.
  • He will play taps from his home Sunday and Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Joshua Corney, the Glen Rock borough councilman who up until recently played taps from his speakers at his home, submitted his resignation this week.

Reached Thursday, Corney said he sent in his resignation Tuesday. He declined to say why he resigned but added that he received "no threats or intimidation" from anyone from playing taps.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017--Joshua Corney stands near the elevated speakers behind his Glen Rock home. The speakers amplify the playing of taps each night as a tribute to troops. The active-duty Navy sailor is at the center of a controversy as some residents object to the practice. Bill Kalina photo

Corney, a lieutenant commander in the Navy, has been playing taps through speakers outside his Glen Avenue home for the past two years.

He has said he told himself that if he made it home safe and sound from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, he would play taps daily.

Last week, the borough council voted that Corney could only play taps on Sunday nights and "Flag Holidays" — July 4, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Flag Day and Patriots Day — according to a noise ordinance violation notice Corney received, which he posted on his Facebook page.

Response: An online petition was started for the issue, and as of Monday afternoon it had collected close to 1,000 signatures. Corney said he would have to narrow the petition down to just Glen Rock residents before potentially presenting at it at the next council meeting.

In addition to the online petition, a Facebook group was set up to support his cause. Nearly 400 people have joined the group since Friday. A GoFundMe page also was set up to help with any legal fees he might incur.

On Sunday, Corney played taps for the first time under the council's new direction. He said he saw some of his supporters come out in front of his home to hear it.

Corney said he had never seen a gathering at his house for taps before.

He said he has received responses from people all over the country.

Corney said he will play taps again at 8 p.m. Sunday, and then Tuesday for the July 4 holiday, also at 8 p.m.

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