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.
Calling all Cranford Tourologists to spend the day on a spectacular walking tour to
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow, NY
A majestic paradise with sweeping river views!
Kykuit was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. His business acumen made him, in his day, the richest man in America. Now a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this extraordinary landmark has been continuously and meticulously maintained for more than 100 years.
Your Classic Tour includes the main floor of the house, art galleries, inner garden, golf room and coach barn. 2 hours 15 minutes including the shuttle bus ride. Round trip transportation, the Classic Tour and lunch included.
Fee PP $88 (Limited space available)
Day Tours are organized by Cranford Recreation Staff.
*Departure from Orange Avenue Pool Parking Lot-8:00 AM.
Notes: We recommend all Kykuit tours for ages 10 and up. They are not recommended for ages 5 and under, Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted inside the house, but can be stored in the free lockers provided at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor. Neither the Classic Tour nor the Landmark Tour is wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the terrain. Historic Hudson Valley events are held rain or shine. All attendees must sign waiver.
Reservations booked directly through Cranford Recreation Center online or via phone. https://register.communitypass.net/Cranford 908-709-7283
On the day after Thanksgiving, join fellow Cranford residents, family and friends on the Ray White Track at Memorial Field for Track Friday 2019.
Track Friday is held on the day after Thanksgiving, a day commonly known for mega sales and commercialism. Participants are encouraged to redirect some of their Black Friday dollar s to charitable causes, while also spending time with their community and burning off some Thanksgiving calories.
There is no registration fee to participate for Track Friday; all members of the community are invited. Instead, we encourage everyone to make a donation of any amount to a charity of their choice through our MightyCause team page.
Please support a charity listed on our Leaderboard, or add your own campaign by clicking “Join Team” below.
This year, the Jaycees have added The Valerie Fund to the Team Leaderboard. The Valerie Fund is a New Jersey-based 501(c)(3) that has provided tremendous support to families in our community affected by pediatric cancer. Please consider a donation to The Valerie Fund or any of the charities on the Leaderboard.
See you at the Ray White Track on November 29th at 11 AM!
On Friday, May 15th, join us in a one-mile virtual run/walk inspired by our Track Friday event. We encourage you to go “The Extra Mile” anywhere you’re comfortable (and permitted*), any time of the day, in honor of the high school seniors who are going the extra mile for our community.
Wear Cranford colors & sports uniforms and post pictures with the hashtag #CranfordExtraMile.
All families who register through this page (https://bit.ly/JayceesExtraMile) and make a donation (any amount within your means) to the Cranford Jaycees will be entered into a raffle for some exciting door prizes from River and Rail Cantina, one of our great longtime sponsors.
* We encourage participants to stay in their neighborhoods, only walk with family members, and follow the town’s social distancing guidelines. Participants who feel more comfortable staying on their property – or who are looking for a fun twist – can participate in “The Extra Mile Challenge” at home.
The Borough of Roselle Park Annual Memorial Day Service
For the first time, the Borough of Roselle Park’s annual Memorial Day Service will be conducted virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Monday, May 25th, 2020, at 10 a.m.
Residents can view the ceremony live on the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library’s Facebook Page, the Borough’s YouTube Channel, Verizon TV Channel 32, and on Comcast TV Channel 34.
Mayor Sig and the Borough Council have requested that all residents take a moment to honor the men and women who have died serving our country.
The Memorial Day Service features an invocation by the Reverend Manuel Cruz Jr. of the Community United Methodist Church, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by American Legion Post #60 Vice Commander Michael Connelly. Union County Vocational Technical High School student Angelyse Estevez will then sing the National Anthem.
Mayor Sig will then read the Honor Rolls of those who gave their lives for our country during World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan War. The Roselle Park Fire Department will ring the bell in honor of our fallen veterans.
The service will conclude with Benediction by Reverend Manuel Cruz Jr. of the Community United Methodist Church followed by “God Bless America” sung by Union County Vocational Technical High School Student Angelyse Estevez.
Mayor Sig and the American Legion Post #60 Vice Commander Michael Connelly will place memorial wreaths at the Doughboy monument and the Purple Heart monument at the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library after the service. American Legion Post #60 will perform the traditional gun salute.
Residents visiting the Veterans Memorial Library after the ceremony are asked to respect social distancing guidelines.
For more information, please contact Rupen Shah at the Casano Community Center, (908) 245-0666.