Michelle Crowe Paz

I am originally from Monsey, NY, took a short residential detour in Pearl River, NY and moved to Mahwah in 1997. I graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1990, and then SUNY Rockland (’92), and Nyack College (’05). I am Filipina-American, adopted as a baby by Irish-American parents, which explains the “Crowe” in my name. I have had many different jobs over the years. I have also served in a volunteer capacity since the late 2000’s in Lenape Meadows HSO, Mahwah Youth Sports, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Mahwah Cub Scout Pack 258/Boy Scout Troop 258, Elks Lodge #1941, and most recently, Mahwah’s Access for All Commission, dedicated to serving those with special needs. My first job was in high school working in a fast-food restaurant. Since then, I have worked in many different types of occupations ranging from film/television acting and freelance movie production to commercial office cleaning to working as an office coordinator for a major women’s apparel firm in New York. I have learned and grown from every work and volunteer experience I have been involved in.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I married my husband, Jerry, in 1996, and we have 4 children: Amanda (24), Gerald (21), Jeremy (17), and Julian (14). We also have 3 tortoiseshell cats named Pika, Octy, and Raichu.

Q: Please tell us about your current career. What do you love most about what you do?
In 2020, I was re-elected to my seat for a four-year term on the Mahwah Town Council. I am one of seven Council Members, and I really love being available to listen to resident’s ideas and concerns, and I love to share information about our community with everyone.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
My family and I absolutely love Mahwah Bar & Grill, Novino, Sonny & Tony’s, & Jun Lung

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
I moved to Mahwah with my husband and daughter Amanda (she was just a baby!) in 1997. I have been volunteering in our community since the late 2000’s, and have served as a Council Member since 2018.

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
The most interesting person I have met so far in our community is our current Mayor, Jim Wysocki. Since our Mayor was born and raised in Mahwah, has served as a police officer/volunteer firefighter in our community, and knows a lot about the history of Mahwah, he is a wealth of knowledge, with information delivered in a fun, informative way.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
At this time, I would love to travel to Peru, as my husband was in the process of planning the “ultimate Scouting trip” with camping in the Andes Mountains, a visit to Macchu Picchu, the world-renowned archeological site, and tours of Lima, the capital and other Andes mountain towns. My husband is from Peru, and he really wanted to share his experience with our family, as well as other interested Scout families. Sadly, Covid happened, and our trip was cancelled. I would absolutely love for it to be rescheduled.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
My favorite movie that I could watch over and over again is The Wizard of Oz. I binge-watched The Crown & Cobra Kai on Netflix, and try to keep up with General Hospital.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
My suggestion to people would be to listen first, ask questions later, and always try and be kind, even when the exact opposite energy is being directed toward you.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
At some point in my life, I want to do the road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, CA, alongside the Pacific Ocean, with a detour by the redwoods and Napa/Sonoma before heading home.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
I am a relic of the late 80’s house music/freestyle genre. I love listening to freestyle group TKA and DJ mixes from that time period on YouTube.

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
I absolutely love how Ernie’s Ice Cream serves not only delicious desserts, but also serves up a vibe of what communities used to be: waiting for your ice cream, seeing people you know, and hanging out with them while you’re eating. Sadly, Covid temporarily reduced those opportunities.

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
I would love to have lunch with Elvis, and bring him around the Mason Jar or Mahwah Bar & Grill during a live music set. I think he’d enjoy listening to some of our local musicians, such as Dave K.

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
I love how Mahwah has skiing, hiking, and a lake, all within 26 square miles, though not all activities can be done in the same season 😉

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I plan to be in Mahwah for a while. My goal is to grow old with my husband, and see my children through to adulthood, all while remaining in or close to Mahwah.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
Now it’s not a secret, but I have directorial/executive production/writing aspirations. I would love to direct, executive produce, and write the next great documentary that everyone is talking about.

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
The most beautiful place I have ever been is Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
My favorite month is July, and my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. The best single day on the calendar is my birthday.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
The one thing I give a 10 our of 10 is volunteering with organizations that are really aligned with the way I see the world. If I can tell someone about something new, help someone do something, or just be there to listen knowing that they trust me – nothing beats that 🙂

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My husband and my children inspire me to be better.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
If I smell steak on a grill or chocolate, I stop what I am doing and look for the source of the smell. I want some of that!

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Three words or phrases: my family, suburbs, MAHWAH