ROSELLE PARK, NJ—The Roselle Park Historical Society (RPHS), celebrated the 115th Birthday of Roselle Park on March 20, 2016 at the Casano Community Center. Historically, Roselle Park separated from Union Township on March 22nd, 1901 and became a separate municipality.
Approximately 100 guests celebrated at the 115th Birthday Party. The Casano Center Committee, the Roselle Park Historical Society, and members of the Executive Board gathered over 22 prizes and donations from local businesses and individuals for this event. Councilwoman Charlene Storey and Greg Storey presented a special gift to the society and museum, a collection of enlarged framed photographs for display at the museum showing the beauty of the Borough of Roselle Park. Councilman Thos Shipley, a professional Jazz musician also performed at the event.
The event drew former Mayors Robert Zeglarski and Joe DeIorio along with Robert Currie great nephew of Mayor Harwood Fish as well as current Mayor Carl Hokanson.
The RP Essay Contest was entitled, “There’s No Place like Home" and the winning essay was written by Phoebe Roché, who will be recognized during the Roselle Park Board of Education meeting on March 22, 2016. Phobe won $100 for her essay while second place and a prize of $50 went to Karen Saavedra and third place and a prize of $25 went to Sebastian Saavedra. All three winners are Girl and Boy scouts which ties into the very reason the Historical Society was created.
Pat Butler, President of the Historical Society reported that “In 1974 the Girl Scouts were trying to research community information for their heritage badge and could not do so. Some materials were at the library and in people's private collections. The RPHS was formed to have a site where people could come to research and reminisce. The Historical Society continues to preserve and catalog information to keep these archives current.”
The Roselle Park Museum is located at 9 W Grant Ave, Roselle Park and open every Saturday from 10am -1pm.