In the spirit of the National Memorial Day Program, the Cranford Memorial Day Committee will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2019. Members of the Governing body of Garwood will participate in the parade and all residents are encouraged to attend.
The parade will assemble at 8:30 a.m. at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey. Marching will start at 9 a.m. The parade will finish with services at approximately 10 a.m. at Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue. In case of inclement weather, services only will be held at the Community Center.
The Borough of Roselle Park will be holding its Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2019, at 10 a.m. from the Sherman Elementary School.
The parade will feature Color Guards, Veterans Groups, Police Vehicles, Newark Mounted Police and Motorcycle Units, Community Groups, Scouts, School Bands, High School Clubs, Classic Cars, Jeeps, Motorcycles, Fire Trucks, Union County EMS, DPW Vehicles, and more! The Parade will begin at the Sherman School on East Grant Avenue and proceed past the reviewing stand on Chestnut Street and the corner of East Grant Avenue ending on the grounds of the Veterans’ Memorial Library.
Immediately after the parade, a memorial service will be held at the library to honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country. The service will begin with an invocation by Rev. Fr. James F. Spera of the Church of the Assumption, followed by remarks by Mayor Sig. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by members of the Roselle Park Scout Troops, followed by the National Anthem by Mariann Brenner. Afterward, the introduction of Post Commanders of American Legion Post #60, George Szollosi and the Catholic War Veterans Post #866, and Union County American Legion Commander Michael Connelly.
The Mayor will welcome and present a proclamation to Grand Marshal Jan F. Cook and will be followed by his remarks. The service will continue with remarks by state and county officials. A Military Medley by The Roselle Park High School Marching Band will be performed under the direction of Bob Masucci. The Mayor will read the Roselle Park Honor Roll of those who gave their lives for their country, followed by a gun salute by the American Legion Post #60 firing squad. Roselle Park High School Band will play “Taps.” Reverend Manuel Cruz Jr. of the Community United Methodist Church will close the service with a benediction, followed by “God Bless America” performed by Mariann Brenner, and the Memorial Service will end with bagpipes played by Pat Hinds.
Children who are not part of Scouts or Marching Band are encouraged to patriotically decorate their bicycles and participate in the parade. (Note: TV 34 and Photographer will be looking for patriotically decorated bikes in particular!
After the service, Mayor Sig and The Borough Council invite everyone to the town picnic at the Casano Community Center where they will serve hot food to residents.
If you or your organization wish to participate with a float or any motorized vehicle, please contact Rupen Shah at the Casano Community Center, (908) 245-0666.
Vietnam Veteran Jan F. Cook Named 2019 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal
Vietnam Veteran Jan F. Cook will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Memorial Day parade in the Borough of Roselle Park.
Mr. Cook was born in 1952 and was raised and educated in Elizabeth, New Jersey. While attending Roosevelt High School in Elizabeth, he entered the U.S. Military in 1969 at age 17. After his training at Fort Dix, Mr. Cook attended Jump School Wiesbaden in Germany. He was assigned to the 1/509 Airborn Infantry Brigades until 1975. He was reinstated in 1979 with the 50th Armored Division Discom Class Five. During his service, Mr. Cook was decorated with numerous Awards and Medals.
After 31 years of serving his country, he left the service as E-7 in 1999 and entered into the IRR (Inactive Ready Reserve.)
Upon returning, Mr. Cook became a Pass Commander and a life member with American Legion Post No. 60 of Roselle Park, and with the Downtown Veterans Association of Elizabeth. He is also a member of VFW 7363 of Clark, New Jersey.
Mr. Cook is married to his beautiful wife Mary of 38 years and was blessed with two boys Tommy and Frankie.
Mr. Cook retired from Wakefern Food Corporation in 1999 and has been a resident of Linden, New Jersey since 1984. He enjoys his free time involved in several interests and spends time with his friends at the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library and American Legion Post No. 60.
The Borough’s parade assembly will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Sherman Elementary School and will step off at 10:00 a.m. from the school on East Grant Avenue, marching toward Chestnut Street.
Marching will pause for 3 minutes for each group to display their talent and achievements at the viewing stand in front of the Methodist Church on Chestnut Street and end at the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library for the annual Memorial Day service.
After the service, everyone is invited to the Town Picnic at the Casano Community Center (free food and refreshments) hosted by the Borough.
Mayor Signorello and the Borough Council honor the memories and service of veterans of all wars and invite everyone to attend the parade and service.
If an organization or group would like to march in the parade, or requires more information, please contact Rupen Shah at 908-245-0666.
St. Michael Church will host its third annual Memorial Day Parish Picnic, Monday, May 27, 12:00-3:00 p.m. following the township memorial service. The picnic will take place alongside the church on Miln Street. There will be food, music, games, crafts, and fun for all ages!
There will also be a collection for Operation Chillout at the picnic.
The Westfield Area YMCA hosts Dr. Antonios Mammis, Functional Neurosurgeon at University Hospital Newark and Dr. Erin Feinstein, Movement Disorder Specialist at University Hospital Newark for a free lunchtime lecture 12:30-2:00PM on Wednesday, 5/29. Learn about the latest therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. Topics include medication management, diet/exercise, and surgical options. Refreshments will be served. Y members and the community are invited, please register by 5/24.
Jean White, Westfield Area YMCA Health & Wellness Director, will also be available to discuss the “Delay the Disease: Exercise to Fight Parkinson’s Symptoms” class offered at the Y. Research has shown that physical exercise has measurable benefits for those living with Parkinson’s. This unique program, led by Y trainers with specialized certification, incorporates strength, flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular exercises to help soothe tremors, improve posture, smooth steps and increase overall well-being.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Learn more about Westfield Area YMCA programs at www.westfieldynj.org.
The Westfield Area YMCA, in collaboration with the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA and Plainfield YMCA will host the 21st Annual Achievers Banquet on Friday, June 7, from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm at The Westwood, 438 North Avenue in Garwood. The evening will include a cocktail hour with live musical performances by students; dinner and dancing; an art auction and tricky tray. The tricky tray features over 20 items including offerings from Lord & Taylor, Plainfield Symphony, Kidoolo, Somerset Patriots and NY Broadway Tours. At the banquet, graduating high school seniors, Achievers alumni and Connell Company scholarship recipients will be recognized with certificates distributed by Assemblywoman Linda Carter.
This year’s event features speakers and artists:
Keynote Speaker, Tobias Truvillion, is best known as an actor on In Contempt and Empire. He is also a film producer, philanthropist, inner-city youth mentor, advocate, and arts instructor.
Banquet Guest Artist, John Stanisci, is a Marvel/DC Comic illustrator who will auction his work to benefit the Achievers program. John has been a professional illustrator for over 18 years working for all the major comic book publishers drawing characters such as Spider Man, Batman, Catwoman, Superman, and The Hulk.
Positive Peer Pressure Speaker, Dean A. Scott, is co-founder of Cocoa Mocha Kids, an online social media resource page that reviews products for children of color. Ten-year-old Dean and mom Tasha are also the creators of The Mia London “Perfectly Perfect Pajama” Collection, the first pajama collection for children of color.
Proceeds of the 21st Annual Banquet will benefit the Achievers Program. To attend or support, please visit www.westfieldynj.org/programs/leadership-development/ or the Westfield Area YMCA Welcome Center at 220 Clark Street in Westfield. Ad Journal or vendor table submissions are due by May 31st. Individual or table tickets must be purchased by June 3rd.
The Westfield Area YMCA Achievers began 21 years ago as part of a national program focusing on college readiness, career development, leadership, life skills and mentoring for diverse high school students from Union County. The goal is to raise the academic standards of young people, expose students to diverse career options and inspire them to reach their goals. Achievers also participate in community service activities, celebrate their history, culture and traditions, receive college prep tutoring and essay assistance. This program is available at little or no cost to participants.
For inquiries about the banquet or how to otherwise support these leaders of tomorrow, please contact Janice A. Carthens at 908-301-YMCA (9622) x227,[email protected] or Nadya Lawrence at 908-301-YMCA (9622) x280,[email protected].