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.
On Saturday, June 29, with a rain date June 30th, the Township of Scotch Plains will host its annual Independence Day Fireworks at the Scotch Hills Golf Course.
This year’s celebration will feature a performance by The Scotch Plainsmen, a talented group of musicians who have performed as the backup band for our own Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens during his solo performances.
The fireworks will go off at dusk and organizers note no heels will be allowed on the golf course but blankets and chairs are encouraged. The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA will host a “Red, Y, and Blue” station with activities for kids from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and food vendors will be on site throughout the evening. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the premises.
Cranford will be celebrating our country’s birthday this year with two special events. The first event is the annual fireworks display, which will be held on Tuesday, July 2nd followed by a second celebration, which will take place on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
The July 2nd celebration will be held at Nomahegan Park, Cranford, NJ, beginning at 5:30 pm with food vendors, amusement rides and games. The finale will be the fireworks, which will start at 9:15 pm. Limited parking will be available at Union County College, 1033 Springfield, Ave., Cranford, NJ. However, residents are urged to walk if possible. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, there will be no rain date. The July 4th festivities will begin at 9:00 am, with canoe races scheduled at the Cranford Canoe Club, 250 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. Registration at the Canoe Club will be immediately before the races at 8:30 am on July 4th. Also on July 4th, the Jaycees will conduct their Annual Firecracker Run, beginning with a one-mile Fun Run at 8:30 am and a four-miler at 9:00 am at Nomahegan Park, Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. For more info regarding registration and the race, go to www.cranfordjaycees.com. For other information, call the Cranford Recreation & Parks Department at (908) 709-7283.
The New Providence Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by New Providence Business and Investors Bank, returns to the borough on Wednesday, July 3, on South Street from Gales Drive to Springfield Avenue, and will include fun-filled activities for all. Our hometown DJ Mike Savage will provide entertainment from his perch on South Street.
There will be “Chalk on South” (kids of all ages can get a free “bucket” of chalk to create art and messages on the street) and lots of fun for the whole family. The event begins at 7 PM and the fabulous fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. In case of rain, information will be posted on the borough website, www.newprov.org. The rain date is Friday, July 5.
The 40th annual Cranford Jaycees Firecracker 4 miler and 1 mile fun run. This is a flat, fast and scenic course with mile splits and water stops.
Entries at https://raceforum.com/fire-4
Paper entry form can be printed from http://www.cranfordjaycees.org/road-race
Prizes will be awarded for Overall, Age-group and team categories. After the race enjoy refreshments, music, popcorn, ice-pops and face painting.
4 miler, early entry is $27 by 31 May, then $30 by 27 June, and then $35 up until race day.
For 1 miler, early entry is $11 before 27 June, then $15 up until race day
Technical T-Shirt Guaranteed to all Pre-Registered by June 27
Pint Glass Guaranteed to all 4 Milers that register by June 10
The July 4th festivities will begin at 9:00am, with canoe races scheduled at the Cranford Canoe Club, 250 Springfield Ave., Cranford, NJ. Registration at the Canoe Club will be immediately before the races at 8:30am on July 4th. Also on July 4 th , the Jaycees will conduct their Annual Firecracker Run, beginning with a one-mile Fun Run at 8:30am and a four-miler at 9:00am at Nomahegan Park, Springfield
Ave., Cranford, NJ. For more info regarding registration and the race, go to www.cranfordjaycees.com. For other information, call the Cranford Recreation & Parks Department at (908) 709-
The City of Summit’s 72nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration will begin with a flag raising ceremony at 9:45 a.m., followed by a decorated bicycle parade for children at 10 a.m. Rides, amusements, and entertainment will continue until 1 p.m., when Memorial Field will close to set up for evening activities.
The evening festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and includes rides, entertainment, and a food truck festival. Circus Spectacular will perform circus acts at 6:15 p.m., followed by Daddy Pop in concert at 7:30 p.m. The night will close with a grand fireworks display, beginning at 9:15 p.m.