BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Saturday morning brought over twenty dedicated volunteers out to do the Fall planting at Veterans Memorial Park. Committee member Ted Romankow chose the colors of the seasonal plantings: red and white mums in recognition of our Veterans and Military and gold mums as tribute to our fallen soldiers and the Gold Star families who have lost a loved one in the course of military service. Gold mums were placed around the statue entitle “Fallen Soldier,” donated by the late Vito Mondelli, which greets visitors at the entrance to the Park. A gold border was planted next to the five monument stones honoring those who served in World War I, World War II, Korea, VietNam/Southeast Asia, and the Persian Gulf/Global War on Terrorism. A single gold mum surrounded by red and white sits in the center pavilion. Veterans Memorial Park Committee members, Township officials, and volunteers of all ages helped plant over 66 mums, weed, rake, and transplant perennials.
Veterans Memorial Park was completely restored with over $170,,000 of funds raised by the Veterans Memorial Park Renewal Committee. The entire community embraced the renovation. The Park has become a very special place in Berkeley Heights. Committee Chair Gay Hollowell commented, “It is a place where people come to quietly reflect, remember, and pay respect to our Veterans and those currently serving our Country. Reading the words inscribed on each Memorial stone reminds us of the sacrifice made by these very special men and women and the families who have born that sacrifice first hand.” The Committee sponsors Operation: We Remember which includes programs in district schools and the Hometown Heroes Banner Project. Funds are always needed for programs, projects, maintenance, seasonal plantings, and lighting of the Memorial tree for the holiday season.
The next fundraiser will be the third annual Mayor’s Cup Charity Softball Game between the Berkeley Heights Police and Fire Departments on Saturday October 7 at 4:30pm at Snyder Park. Donations are appreciated and there will be refreshments and a 50/50 Raffle hosted by the Berkeley Heights PAL. The Rotary Club will be serving hot dogs and pizza provided by DiMaio’s, Clemente’s, and Marcello’s. The Governor Livingston Cheerleaders will be serving baked goods provided by volunteers. Sadal Wines has donated bottled water for the event. Businesses wishing to provide refreshments or sponsor the game are invited to call 908-451-2058 to participate. The community is invited to make tax deductible contributions on line at BHMemorialPark.com or by check payable/sent to Memorial Park Renewal Committee, 29 Park Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.