West Orange Residents Attend Annual Town Picnic

Calling raffle winners: Josie Velez, Deputy Mayor Zal Velez, Town Council President Sue McCartney, PRC Chairman Prakash Khaitan, Councilman Jerry Guarino, Mayor Rob Parisi. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Theresa DeNova, Health Officer, Assemblyman John McKeon, Michael Fonzimo, Senior Environmental Health Specialist. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
DJ/Emcee Dan Duca entertained the crowd. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Hula hoop contest. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
West Orange Board of Education President Michelle Casalino. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
West Orange Public Library Director Renee Riczker. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Poet Barbara Alsieux and PRC Co-Chair Josie Velez. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Adopt One Village founder Emmanuel Anim- Sackey Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Edison National Historic Site volunteers Lonard DeGraaf (author) and E. Wirth. Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
West Orange PTA volunteers Lee (Pleasentdale Elementary) Tim (Gregory School) and Janice ( St. Cloud). Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe
Boy Scout Pack 10 Assistant Cub Master Craig Brown, Sheldon Senek, James Malone, Spencer Brown and Taylor Brown Credits: Caitlin O'Keefe

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Sunday, Sept. 22, the annual West Orange Town Picnic was hosted at Liberty Middle School.  The entire West Orange community was invited to stop by and see all that the town has to offer.

Volunteer, charity and community organizations set up tables offering pamphlets, sign-ups and freebies to the people attending the event. A few of the West Orange organizations in attendance included the mayor’s office, the West Orange Board of Education, the Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT), DARE officers, Edison National Historic Site, West Orange Arts Council, Boy and Girl Scouts, Raise a Paw, Adopt a Town and Relay for Life.

DJ Dan Duca provided music and games for the group and provided updates and announcements. Residents enjoyed playing  ‘hula hoop for prizes’ ‘mummy your friend’ and ‘dance circle.’ Group dance activities included the YMCA and Cupid Shuffle.  The day was intended to reward and recruit residents for building a strong community. Free Food was served by volunteers all afternoon, and included pizza, hot dogs and ice cream.  All booths and demonstrations were free, including yesterday's new feature, Home Improvement workshops. Organizations new and old were petitioning for volunteers and showing support for each other in a friendly atmosphere. 

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West Orange PTA representatives Lee, Tim and Janice were recruiting support from parents and residents to build a strong foundation for our community.  They will be hosting an upcoming Board of Education Meet the Candidates night on Oct. 9. Sandra Mordecai and Mark Robertson, two of the three candidates, were at the picnic chatting with the community.

The West Orange Cub Scout Pack 10 has already begun their first annual Holiday Toy Drive. They are accepting new, unwrapped toys which will be donated to Toys for Tots and local West Orange families. The well-known Adopt One Village, was on hand to continue sharing information about their efforts in West Orange's 'adopted' town in Ghana.

The Certified Emergency Response Team, sponsored by West Orange Fire Department, is looking for volunteers to assist in town events and emergencies. 

A booth was shared near the food line where visitors could sign up for four big ticket raffles and also write poetry with a nationally recognized Poet. Many activities were set up for younger visitors.  Face painting was offered as well as guided tours of an Ambulance.  Group dance activities included the YMCA and Cupid Shuffle.  The day was intended to reward and recruit residents for building a strong community. 

Mayor Parisi posed for photos with the residents and helped to pull the winning raffle tickets with Town Council President Sue McCartney.  

Each year the picnic is orchestrated by Township Public Information Officer Jessica Glicker and the Public Relations Commission.


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