Operation Chillout, all volunteer homeless veterans outreach serving our
homeless veterans for the past 16 years with needed supplies, temporary
shelter, and transportation to local VA Medical Facilities, will have a winter
collection for those veterans and their families within Union County on
in Roselle Park, NJ at the RPYBAL Wolf Field (across
from the RP High School, 185 W. Webster Avenue). Other collection sites
and dates can be found on our website: OperationChillout.org.
We will be collecting the following NEW ITEMS:
Knitted Hats and Thermal Gloves
Hooded Sweat Shirts
Thermal Underwear and Socks
Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Combs and
Brushes, Tissues, and Moisturizing Cream.
Please do not forget our women veterans and their children.
Sizes M through XL
All items received will be distributed in a backpack provided by one of our corporate sponsors.
If you wish to donate a completed backpack, please indicate gender and size.
Veterans and dependents of veterans: The Cranford Public Library presents a valuable healthcare information session. David Brimmer, MS, of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs New Jersey Health Care System, will visit the Cranford Community Center to speak about health care benefits available to veterans and dependents. He will also discuss the process for filing a claim for VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation.
The VA New Jersey Health Care System honors America’s veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. With two main campuses and ten community-based outpatient clinics in NJ, they have been a lifeline for those in need as part of the Veterans’ Health Administration, serving U.S. veterans for over 150 years.
No registration is required for this free event.
Marine Corps Vet to receive a Recycled Ride™ from GEICO and Benner’s Auto Body on April 27
Gerrek Marasigan, a Marine Corps veteran and naturalized citizen, recently returned to the United States from the Philippines. Gerrek considers his relocation back to New Jersey in October 2018 as a fresh start because there are more opportunities here than in the Philippines. He is currently enrolled in a labor workforce development course focusing on Supply Chain Management and is completing a certification course to become a Sterile Processing Technician. He has already passed two certification programs. Gerrek is preparing for a secure job future so he can petition to bring his partner and their three-year-old daughter to the U.S.
“We can all be together and have our lives uplifted,” said Marasigan. “I would not want to burden my family with financial and transportation needs.”
Operation Rebound in New Jersey nominated Marasigan.
What: GEICO donates vehicles to the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides™ program to help individuals, families or organizations in need of a hand. Brenner’s Auto Body and its employees have volunteered their time and labor to refurbish the vehicle to a like-new condition, and Enterprise provides a donation to Recycled Ride recipients.
Click the following links for additional information on GEICO, Brenner’s Auto Body, Enterprise, Operation Rebound, and the NABC Recycled Rides™ program.
Where: River and Rail Cantina
230 South Ave E.
Cranford, N.J. 07016
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
On-Site GEICO contact: Andrew Amaducci 732-433-2777 [email protected]
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.
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.