OCTOBER 17, 2014

Doughboy Borough Roselle Park

Holds Contest on WWI Poems

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Roselle Park merchants are joining in marking the centennial of World War I by helping run a contest on World War I.

Residents can obtain a booklet listing the 12 World War I poems in the contest at Veterans Memorial Library on Chestnut Street and East Clay Avenue or this weekend at the Roselle Park Museum. Each merchant participating in the program is posting a poem in its window. Residents can read it and have the merchant stamp or initial a page in the booklet.

Completed booklets should be brought to the library by Saturday, Nov. 8. A drawing will be held Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day, and prizes will be awarded in four age groups: elementary school, middle school, high school and adult.

Roselle Park has been declared itself the Doughboy Borough to note the statues of doughboys, as U.S. soldiers in World War I were called, at the library and the American Legion Hall. The borough lost 12 residents in the hostilities. World War I began in Europe a century ago this year, and the U.S. entered it in 1917.

In a related program, the Veterans Memorial Library will feature the historical World War I novel “Birdsong,” by Sebastian Faulks, at its “Between the Covers” book club meeting this month on Monday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Councilwoman Charlene Storey will facilitate.


Charlene Storey, (908) 482-2271