EAST HANOVER, N.J.- After last years rain and cancellation of St. Rose of Lima’s mass in the park, this year was highly anticipated and, in turn, a great success. The mass was said by Father Owen Moran, longtime pastor of St. Rose , Father Matthew Kranc, and Deacon Vincent Leo. Every year after mass in the park, the Knights of Columbus hold their yearly awards followed up with a barbeque for the community. This year, the sun was strong, and the sight of the community coming together was a heartwarming one. Members of St. Rose of Lima Parish, the community of East Hanover, Members of the Knights of Columbus, Members of the East Hanover Police, Fire Department, EMS, OEM, and Senior Citizens club, to mention a few, all honored their finest. 


            Representing the Knights and presenting the awards was East Hanover's own, Frank DeMaio. The awards included, but were not limited to Knight of the year Robert Leach, Firefighter of the year Joseph Panatella, EMS Member of the year Anthony Lentine, OEM Member of the year Larry Colasurdo and Catechists of the year Bill Nevitt and Gina Leibhauser.  DeMaio states “I have been the presenter of the EH K of C Community Service Awards for the past 4 years. It is truly an honor and a privilege to present such deserving individuals with these Awards. The Knights of Columbus is a great organization and I encourage everyone interested to consider joining us!” Among the awardees, stood out East Hanover’s Police Officer of the year. The award was presented to Captain Jack Ambrose, a 32 year member of the East Hanover Police Department. Captain Ambrose is a member of the community, a drill instructor at the Morris County Police Academy, a father and a husband. Above all he is a community member devoted to service. Whether it is speaking to the Hanover Park students about safety in their years after high school or responding to calls, Captain Jack Ambrose is a faithful servant of the community.


            The rest of the evening included grilling, eating, and spending time with family and friends. Mass in the park did not disappoint along with the Picnic afterwards. “Congratulations to all of our awardees. We all had a great time together in the eve of Father’s Day and realized we are blessed by the talents and gifts we share.” Father Owen stated.


The community extended a big thank to the East Hanover DPW, Police, Fire, EMS, OEM and also the Knights of Columbus; along with Fathers Owen and Matthew and Deacon Vinny of St. Rose of Lima Parish for making the day possible.