NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield residents turned out to the annual Lions Club Breakfast with appetites like lions, as patrons were served nearly 1,500 pancakes in the generations old Palm Sunday tradition.
“We had over 500 servings today," said Lions Club member Leonard Lange. “This is my 25th year chairing the event. I was scheduled to do the breakfast one time, and here I am 25 years later still doing the event.
“This is a great community event,” said Lions Club member, and Mayor, Michael Giordano Jr. “I want to thank Len, the High School NJROTC and everyone involved for all of their hard-work in making this day a success.”
Sarah Jane’s located on Route 206 in Somerville manned the kitchen and cooked the pancakes and sausage. According to Sarah Jane’s owner James Lamperti they started doing the pancake breakfast approximately 25 years ago. “My son has grown up with this tradition going from being my little helper to one of the cooks,” said Lamperti.
Residents that attended the breakfast received royal treatment from North Plainfield’s finest. The North Plainfield High School’s NJROTC was in full force, but Sunday’s drill was a bit different. Sunday’s marching orders were to make sure the patrons received a full complement of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. “This is my fourth year doing the pancake breakfast,” said NPHS Senior and ROTC Lieutenant Commander Arman Brown. “We make sure all of the ROTC members are doing their part.”
Eric Hansen, Lieutenant Colonel and the Senior Navel Science Instructor for NPHS’ NJROTC said there were approximately 18 cadets on hand to assist with the breakfast. “The goal is to teach our cadets about community, leadership, attention to detail and the need to work together, and they are doing all of those things here today,” said Hansen.
According to Len Lange the Lions Club typically raises $3,500.00 for the pancake breakfast, and the funds are used towards the Lions’ Club mission of assisting the visually impaired and blind. Also, the Lions Club each year provides three scholarships to graduating seniors towards college.