BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The rain on Saturday failed to keep 14 volunteers from planting almost 1,000 annuals at the Veterans Memorial Park in Berkeley Heights. “Beautiful vincas, petunias and marigolds will insure a beautiful display of colors for Memorial Day  and the summer to follow,” said Melissa Santore, chair of planning for the Veterans Park Committee. 

“The gentle rain was actually a blessing. It softened the soil for the planting and when we finished it poured,“ said Midge Vincendese .

Councilmen Peter Bavoso and Manny Couto planting vincas together agreed that the rain did not dampen the spirits of the gardeners at all. “It was fun,” Couto said. “Peter dug the hole and I planted the vinca.”

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Tom Lombardi, the VFW Commander manned a trowel along with fellow member Steve Falk. Jean Feely and Leigh Anderson grabbed the petunias and planted them with loving care. GL High School students Rebecca Henderson, Alexa Saldida, and Brent Faecher; Little Flower confirmation candidates Charles Santore, Brandon Lim, Frankie DiMuzio,and Tess Kesler joined the fun and worked around the flag pole and Fallen Soldier.

The funds for the flowers were donated by the Smith Chiropractic Foundation and Deans Greens. 

“We all had great time and were happy we could honor those men and women who gave so much for us,” concluded Ted Romankow.