CRANFORD, NJ – If you and your children have been part of the Cranford School District over the past twelve years, there's a good chance that you've seen bagpipers and drummers in the school halls. Thanks to the Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, founded by Ed Donnelly, a Union Fireman, Cranford resident and Dad of three, the sounds and sights of the band have been a part of several school's St. Patrick's Day celebrations over the years.
The Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums band is comprised of Police Officers and Firefighters from Union County, NJ. They officially became a band in October 2001. At that time Donnelly had a child in the Helen K. Baldwin pre-school and decided to visit the children on St. Patrick's Day, that was twelve years ago. Since then, two more kids later, Donnelly has continued to visit various schools, including Bloomingdale Avenue, Hillside Avenue and Orange Avenue.
Yesterday the band made several stops including Bloomingdale Avenue School, where Donnelly's teenage son Edwin, Jr. joined the band on drums as they visited with many students including the youngest two Donnelly children.
After the school stops, the band continued onto a nursing home and several restaurants celebrating the wearing of the green.