EDISON, NJ – Ten township firefighters and police officers, including the police chief and deputy chief, will slip aprons over their uniforms tomorrow (Friday Dec. 9) to make big, delicious hoagies at the grand opening of the town's new Wawa convenience store.  

The hoagie-making contest at Wawa's new store on Woodbridge Avenue and College Drive will help a team of five firefighters raise $1,000 for the St. Barnabas Medical Center's Burn Center in Livingston and help a team of five police officers raise another $1,000 for the Somerville-based N.J. Tourette Foundation.

“I am proud of our police officers and firefighters for stepping out of their conventional roles to help raise money for these worthy charitable causes,” said Mayor Thomas Lankey, who will officiate the ribbon-cutting at the new Wawa.

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Speaking about the new convenience store, Lankey said: “Every new commercial investment in our community, whether it's small or large, helps strengthen our local economy and makes Edison a better place.”

Police Chief Thomas Bryan said he looks forward to welcoming the new Wawa and participating in the hoagie-making event. “My wife Dawn would gladly tell you that, in our household, my culinary skills are better than hers and I make a pretty mean hoagie,” Bryan said. “Tomorrow's should be better-than-usual since it's for a such good cause,” Bryan said.

Besides Bryan, hoagie-makers include Deputy Police Chief Ron Mieczkowski, police Lt. Robert Dudash Jr., and Officers Neel Patel and Chris Gadomski. On the firefighters team are Christopher Latham, Daniel Maurath, Brian Schreck, Robert Torres and Peter Yackel.

The Woodbridge Avenue Wawa is the first in Edison and one of six new New Jersey locations that the 52-year-old Pennsylvania-based chain will open or has opened before the end of the year. Wawa already operates stores in Woodbridge, East Brunswick, Old Bridge and Sayreville.

The chain operates more than 730 convenience retail stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida, with stores offering large food service selection that including built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, beverages, and an assortment of soups, side dishes and snacks.

More information about St. Barnabus Medical Center is available at  www.barnabashealth.org/Saint-Barnabas-Medical-Center, and about the N.J.  Tourette Foundation at www.tsanj.org.