UNION BEACH, NJ - Union Beach Schools Superintendent Joseph Annibale presented a plaque to Madison Council President Bob Landrigan recognizing Madison’s efforts in behalf of Union Beach at the Union Beach Memorial School graduation on June 24.
In presenting the plaque, Annibale said, “While Union Beach has received the generous assistance of many towns and organizations, one town still remains by our side today. The town of Madison was here immediately after the storm and is still here today, lending assistance to our schools and sending our children to summer camp. This year, over 80 of our children will be able to attend camp and we greatly appreciate this.”
The plaque reads “In Grateful Appreciation for Your Generosity and Compassion Towards the Students, Staff Members and School Community of the Union Beach School District During the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.”
Landrigan also spoke at the graduation as Madison Mayor Bob Conley’s representative. In his remarks, Landrigan told the students, “Immediately following the storm, Mayor Conley, Borough Administrator Ray Codey, his wife Peg Codey, and I along with other borough representatives traveled to Union Beach after hearing of the terrible damage your town suffered. We stood silent as we got out of our cars and observed the damage – so many homes lying on their sides. But we also observed something else: there was no complaining – just resident out helping one another clean up and rebuild.
"When we met with your town officials we were told that Union Beach will be back – and you are back! While I know that many of you are still struggling, as you are not in your homes and still awaiting assistance from the government, as I’m also still working to get Madison all its aid money back from the government, it’s a testament to your determination that your are here graduating today.
"To the students, I say that your take away from this day is: if you can complete your schooling and graduate following one of the worst storm in our history then you have the strength to succeed as you move on to high school, college and beyond. Life will throw many obstacles at you but always remember what you have gone through to get here today. Also, thank your parents and parents. In conclusion, I just want to say that I am on old Brooklyn boy and people from Brooklyn have the reputation of being tough – after seeing all of you here today and what you have accomplished, few can hold a candle to you.”
Also attending the ceremony with Landrigan were Councilwoman Carmela Vitale and Ray and Peg Codey.
Currently, Madison is raising money for two-week camperships for Union Beach children.
Contributions can be made payable to the Madison YMCA and sent to the Madison YMCA, 111 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940.