RAHWAY, NJ – The Rahway River Watershed Association celebrated its 25th Anniversary last Friday with a gala at the Cranford Social.

The gala mixed business with pleasure as the association honored two of its founders, Andrew Voros and Assemblyman James Kennedy, and announced a new initiative, forming stream teams to monitor the water quality of the river and its tributaries.

“We’re celebrating the organization’s first 25 years of work and using it as a jumping off point for launching new activities,” Marian Glenn, President of the Rahway River Watsershed Association said.

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Guests enjoyed live jazz music while browsing a display of photos of the Rahway River from the early to mid-20th Century.

“The best part is getting so many friends of the Rahway River from upstream and downstream to meet each other and share their experiences and concerns,” Glenn said.

The association itself was honored as well. Donna Williams, President of the Orange City Council, presented a resolution recognizing the group’s work. Rahway’s current mayor, Samson Steinmen, said he’s working to make a house along the river available as an office for the group.

“Our goal is to create a sense of living in a watershed, to think of the Rahway River watershed as a part of one’s identity, like being a resident of a county or the state of New Jersey,” Glenn said.

For more information about the stream teams or to volunteer, contact program director Clea Carchia at 908 892 7229.