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Veterans Speak About Their War Experiences at Montville Library

November 10, 2017

MONTVILLE, NJ – Residents gathered at the Montville Township Public Library on Nov. 9 to hear the stories of veterans from VFW Post 5481, a rare treat for even fellow members of the post, one post member said.

Gerry Gemian, who served in the Pacific in World War II and was a Staff Sergeant in the Army, wanted to explain about the Pacific theater.

“I saw action in the Marshall ...

Veterans of Montville: Major Charles Ferry, USAF, Commander of VFW Post 5481

MONTVILLE, NJ – TAPinto Montville recently spoke with VFW Post 5481 Commander Charles Ferry about his service in the U.S. Air Force.

Commander Ferry was born in West Orange and attended Upsala College in East Orange where he was enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He graduated from pilot training in May of 1957. He was stationed on bases across the United ...

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Trudy Atkinson, Montville Township Municipal Clerk

MONTVILLE, NJ - Trudy Atkinson, Montville Township’s municipal clerk, will be retiring as of July 31, and the township will be losing one of its most efficient and dedicated employees.

She is pleased to say that she served under nine mayors and five administrators. “I enjoyed working for Montville Township for these past 24 years!” Atkinson stated.

A municipal clerk ...

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Hank Lyon, Morris County Freeholder

MONTVILLE, NJ - Morris County Freeholder, Hank Lyon, born and raised in Montville Township, is seeking political office in the NJ State Assembly in the primary election on Tuesday, June 6.

Lyon grew up in the Towaco section of Montville Township when the township was less developed. It was a place where kids could play in the woods and build ...

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Joseph Pennacchio, New Jersey State Senator; Politics

Part II of Meet the Leader Series on Republican State Senator Joseph Pennacchio includes Pennacchio’s political career and more. Click HERE to read Part I focusing on Pennacchio's personal life.

MONTVILLE, NJ - When asked how he get involved in Morris County politics, Pennacchio stated that because he had a successful dental ...

Veterans of Montville: Chas Palminteri

MONTVILLE, NJ - Korean War veteran Chas Palminteri became a member of Montville VFW Post 5481 in 2013 when he met a combat buddy Gerry Gemian. After sharing war stories, Palminteri knew he had to join the post.

Palminteri was drafted right out of high school and was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for basic training as a private in the army. He said, ...

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Joseph Pennacchio, New Jersey State Senator; Personal

The Senator Joseph Pennacchio’s Meet the Leader Series story will be in two parts. The first part will deal mostly with his life story. The second part will be more about his political career.

MONTVILLE, NJ - State Senator Joseph Pennacchio says, “Montville is my home.” 

After close to 30 years of living in Montville Township, Pennacchio moved to ...

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Gary Lewis, Planning Board Chairman

MONTVILLE, NJ - “Montville is a great, great, great town! Did I say ‘great’?” said Gary Lewis, chairman of the Montville Township Planning Board, with his unique sense of humor.

Lewis grew up in the neighboring town of Fairfield and moved to Montville in 1998 with his wife Lisa and young daughter Kayla. They were living in a Wayne townhouse and expecting another ...

Veterans of Montville: Gerry Gemian

MONTVILLE, NJ -- Gerry Gemian recently spoke with TAPinto Montville and told us about his service with the 101st Signal Battalion in the Central Pacific during World War II. He was a Staff Sergeant Technician 3rd grade.

“When I enlisted in the Army in 1942, you had to take an aptitude test,” Gemian said. “They told me I had a ‘good ear’ and sent me to radio ...

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Dr. Matthew Kayne, Board of Education President

MONTVILLE, NJ - Dr. Matthew Kayne was unanimously re-elected for his second term of office as president of the Montville Township Board of Education (MTBOE) on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Those who know him know that he is a man dedicated to his family, occupation, and community.

In the interview, Dr. Kayne described how at a young age, he ...

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