The Union County Freeholder Board proudly invites families and residents to the grand opening of the Wheeler Park Spray Park—the largest of its kind in the County system—in Linden on Saturday, May 25th.
Doors are open from 11 a.m-7 p.m., and admission is free to the state-of-the-art facility. The Freeholders will hold a ribbon cutting marking the opening of the Spray Park at 1 p.m. All residents are invited to attend. In the event of a postponement due to weather, the ribbon cutting will be held the next day, Sunday, May 26th, at 1 p.m.
Wheeler Park is located at Route 1 and 9 between South Wood Avenue and South Stiles Street. Parking for the spray park is off W. Stimpson Avenue. Hours for the spray park are: Monday-Friday: 12-6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, holidays 11a.m.-7 p.m.
Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski stated:
“With the opening of the spray park, the Freeholder Board has completed yet another step in a process that is not only renovating our parks system but also providing more recreational opportunities for our residents,” Kowalski said. “The Wheeler Park Spray Park is an impressive facility that generations of our residents will enjoy.”
Freeholder Christopher Hudak, a resident of Linden who championed the project, said:
“We have built what will become a countywide attraction for our families to enjoy. This Freeholder Board has continued to make upgrades to Wheeler Park, transforming it into one of the County’s best recreational facilities. We are looking forward to marking a great day for Linden and the County of Union as a whole.”
The spray park, which is the largest of eight spray facilities the County maintains in its parks system, contains 33 above ground attractions, including water cannons, a full-size dragon, slides, fake palm trees, dump buckets, a psychedelic spray bus, and a multi-function pirate ship and surf shack.
The spray park encompasses 11,000 square feet of the total 49,000 square foot area, and also contains picnic tables, ample space for lounging, gazebos for shade, artificial turf areas, and plenty of free-play space.
A new 24,000 square foot building, which replaces the old Wheeler Pool building, contains lockers, bathrooms, changing space, vending machines and mechanical and electrical facilities.
An entrance and ticketing building near the parking lot will house nurse and lifeguard quarters. The Spray Park was designed by USA Architects and constructed by Billy Contracting and Restoration Inc. of Pine Brook, NJ.
As Freeholder Hudak noted, the spray park announcement is among the latest in a series of high-profile improvements at the park in recent years, including the opening of a new skate park, new softball and soccer turf fields with lights, and a new playground. The park was also enabled for Wi-Fi in 2014.
Wheeler Park was developed in 1925 by the Union County Park Commission and was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the noted engineering firm that designed a series of historic landmark parks in urban areas. Their list of projects includes Central Park in New York City and ten others in the Union County parks system.
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.
Liturgies for the feast of Pentecost (the birthday of the Church) will be celebrated at 5:30 P.M Saturday (June 8) and on June 9th. at 7:30 A.M., 9 A.M., 10:30 A.M.(choral) and 12 Noon.
This feast day is celebrated with joyful music, colorful flowers, banners and more.
Join in the festivities of this day wearing something red, orange or yellow, the colors of Pentecost.
All are invited.