BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The dreary morning rain unsuccessfully threatened the hopes of the Veterans at VFW Post 6259 Saturday morning. The planned union of Veterans, Confirmation candidates and their sponsors from Little Flower Church, Friends of 6259, and a dedicated group of Berkeley Heights citizens brilliantly met their adversary, neglected Post 6259 property, and won.

The Friends of 6259, a recently formed group of locals who have seen the need created by a relatively small number of active members at VFW Post 6259, in Berkeley Heights, planned their first event for June 3, a “clean-up day” at the Post.  Click here for membership form. 

Little Flower Church confirmandi [those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation] are asked, in order to realize the cost of discipleship, to serve those in need in their community. Several of these young people and their parents or confirmation sponsors committed to help with the clean-up.

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A third group, caring Berkeley Heights residents with unselfish hearts and minds, through the instigation of Kathy Matfes, also learned of the need and decided to stand in the gap. 

As clouds gave way to sunshine, a multitude of items on a “to-do” list of projects, indoors and out were, one after another, checked off. No need for old adages of any kind; things got done, people grew in appreciation of others, and community was strengthened.

The citizens of Berkeley Heights should note with pride that council members Marc Faecher [Council President]; Peter Bavoso, Manny Couto; and Mike D’Aquila [with offspring in tow] came to work.  It is good to see men work hard to support our Nation’s veterans.

Though it would be appropriate, it might also be clumsy to try to enumerate every feat. Thanks to all.  Especially noteworthy, perhaps, were the efforts of Anita and Ashok Nadkarni who accepted the daunting challenge of cleaning the Post refrigerator; and Olivia Richel who stood face to face with dirt and grime, and was victorious.

Twenty eight volunteers tackled twelve projects and clearly impressed a veteran soldier and two Marines.

Thanks, again.