Other NJ News

Madison School District Celebrates 891 Years of Service

Caryn Elefante and Stacy Snider single the national anthem together during ceremonies on Thursday at Madison High Credits: TAP Madison
The Madison School District celebrated employees with 20-plus years of service on Sept. 1, adding up to 891 years of experience  Credits: TAP Madison
Madison school District Employees honored for 20-plus years of service to the district on Sept. 1 Credits: TAP Madison
Diane Schulthes, director of curriculum in Madison, organized and planned the celebration of the longtime Madison district employees held Sept. 1 Credits: TAP Madison
Madison Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Rossi Jr. gives his "The Definition of a Great School" speech at gathering to honor long-time employees on Sept. 1 Credits: TAP Madison
Madison teachers and administrators react to the national anthem rendition sung by Stacy Snider and Caryn Elefante

MADISON, NJ - When Diane Schulthes was hired this year to join the Madison School District, she did some quick math before she officially started on July 1.

The director of curriculum and instruction calculated that 33 teachers, secretaries, buildings and grounds personnel and teaching assistants represented 891 years of experience in Madison schools. The group averaged 27 years of service to the district.

"To me, in one district to have that much dedication to service is amazing," Schulthes said. 

Sign Up for E-News

That gave her the idea for a celebration that took place Thursday, celebrating the 33 employees with 20-plus years of service to Madison Schools. 

"If we don't have people to sign purchase orders and prepare the building, we can't teach the children," Schulthes said. "So everyone being recognized here today are the buildings and grounds, secretaries, teachers, the teaching assistants. It takes a village."

Teachers Stacy Snider and Caryn Elefante started the ceremonies off with a well-received duet rendition (see video) of the national anthem, followed by Madison High band members entering the auditorium and marching through the aisles as they played.

Followng his remarks, Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi introduced each honoree and each was presented with a gift.

Madison Superintendent Dr. Michael A. Rossi Jr. mentions the honorees during his "Definition of Great Schools" opening remarks on the first day back for teachers in the district

Here is a list of the Madison School District staff honored for 20-plus years of service Thursday:

Joseph Cecala, B&G; Robert Coke, B&G; Steven Cosmen, B&G; Geoffrey Degroot, B&G; Edilberto Florez, B&G; Willie Gaskins, B&G; Herbert Locket, B&G; Guillermo Lopez, B&G; Kevin Carroll, CAS; Susan Corea, CAS; Mary Gibbons, CAS; Susan Klein, CAS; Marie McGuire, CAS; Belinda Pinckney, CO; Mary Lou Yocco, CO; Thomas Bentz, MHS; John Connolly, MHS; Ann Marie Davies, MHS; Felicia Fellows, MHS; Leslie Gentile, MHS; Robert Grundfest, MHS; Richard Lapierr, MHS; Suzanne Monkemeier, MHS; Marcella Prill, MHS; Carole Rawding, MHS; Michael Silvestri, MHS;Janice Corte, MJS; Linda Damiano, MJS; Joyce Kirkland, MJS; Marie Pehowic, MJS; James Stricchiola, TJS; Sherrie Taylor, TJS; Beverly DeFabiis, TJS/KRS/CAS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Hanover/Florham Park

Florham Park Prepares for the Fourth

Its time for one of Florham Park's shining moments. The Fourth of July parade is not only the kick of to summer, it continues the legacy of being among the oldest Independence day celebrations in New Jersey. this year the festivities are set and the schedule of events is as follows;

9:00am  Flag raising ceremony at the Florham Park Fire House

9:30am  Parade begins on ...

Important Message for Florham Park Residents Regarding the Fourth of July

Important July 4th Celebration Reminder - Please be advised in the interest of safety and security, the entire parade route will be CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC beginning at 8:30am on July 4, 2018. This will impact residents who live along the parade route and all of the side streets that connect to the parade route. (Please see the map attached to this post)

Please ensure that you plan accordingly ...

Freeholders Approve 21 Historic Preservation Grants Including Florham Park and Hanover Township Properties

July 16, 2018

The Morris County Board of Freeholders unanimously approved $2.2 million in county historic preservation grants to be financed by the county’s 2018 Preservation Trust Fund to help preserve, restore, or protect historic sites in 16 towns across Morris County.

The vote was taken at the Freeholder Board’s meeting held in Mount Olive, which will get $198 000 in construction ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

July 12, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

New Jersey Average Gas Prrice Down Slightly; Record Holiday Travel Week Underway

Florham Park, N.J.- The average price at the pump in New Jersey is $2.88 today, one cent cheaper than last week ($2.89), according to AAA Northeast’s weekly survey of fuel prices. Today’s average price is 13 cents cheaper than one month ago ($3.01), but 60 cents higher than it was on July 2, 2017 ($2.28).


AAA’s July 2nd survey of ...

Rutgers Football Zack Heeman Among the Allstate and AFCA 2018 Good Works Team Nominees

July 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.-Across America,  college football players receive praise for their superior performance on the field. Today, however, only a select group of those student-athletes have the honor of being commended for their distinguished accomplishments off the field when Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announce 169 nominees for the 2018 ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



Upcoming Events


Tue, July 24, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Meet the Author: Lucy Tan

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, July 30, 9:00 AM

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, Little Falls

Yogi Berra Museum Summer Baseball Camp

Education Health & Wellness Sports

17 Fascinating Facts About Rutgers Athletics

July 10, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - For all the critics of the athletics program at New Jersey’s largest public university, there are more than a dozen reasons to cheer for successes of the sports programs and teams on the playing fields, in classrooms and beyond.

Here are 17 on the field and off the field things this took place this past academic year at Rutgers University:

1. Rutgers had four ...


Beverly Jean (Charlton) Weimar, of Ship Bottom, and Florham Park, New Jersey passed away on March ...
Read more

Education: A Bedrock of Democracy, Civic Engagement and Economic Prosperity

July 5, 2018

More than 240 years ago, our nation’s founders envisioned a country where individuals could forge their own destinies and not be constrained by the circumstances of birth. The essential concept was that people could govern themselves and participate in democracy, or what Benjamin Franklin and others called “a great experiment.” The vision was bold and has flourished as the ...

Camp Najeda Joins Park Avenue Foundation

July 18, 2018

(Florham Park, NJ, July 5, 2018) – The Park Avenue Foundation is proud to announce Camp Nejeda in Stillwater, New Jersey (www.campnejeda.org) as its newest beneficiary. The Park Avenue Foundation is a unique model, utilizing revenues from the Park Avenue Club (www.parkavenueclub.com), the upscale private dining club in Florham Park, New Jersey to fund important programing provided ...