THUMBS UP: Too often, long-serving municipal employees who are critical to making sure everything runs properly so citizens can go about their daily lives, are not recognized nearly enough during their careers or on the occasion of their retirement. So we’re glad we met Larry Bloom, the superintendent of Westminster’s Street Department before his retirement at the end of March. The Westminster High School graduate started out with Public Works in 1983, went into the Air Force in 1986 and then began working at the wastewater treatment plant in 1990. He became superintendent of the Street Department in 1998. Bulk trash, maintenance of every county vehicle besides the police patrol cars, street sweeping, snow plowing, grass mowing, and preparation for special events all fall under the department’s domain. Crews also go out to disasters alongside other first-responders. Part of the job, Bloom said, is working behind the scenes where the only time the public notices what you do is when something goes wrong. “It’s just tough when you get beat down all the time. And you just have to finally say, ‘We gotta take pride in what we do,’” he told us. We’re glad he did, for so many years, and we wish him the best as he begins a new career with the Bureau of Utilities.