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Donation Means New Chairs and Tables for Roxbury Veterans

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Craig Heard, left, and Bob Mederos look at an old table at the Kenvil VFW
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Members of Kenvil VFW Post 2833 in Roxbury accept check from Craig Heard
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ROXBURY, NJ – VFW Post 2833 in Kenvil will be getting new chairs and tables thanks to the generosity of Succasunna residents Craig and Madeline Heard

When he rented the post several months ago for a “meet and greet” while he was running for Congress,  Heard noticed the poor condition of the tables and chairs and decided he would help get them replaced, said Post 2833 Junior Vice Commander Bob Mederos. “Our chairs and tables are over 25 years old,” said Mederos. “They’re falling apart.”

Heard showed up Friday evening and gave to the VFW a check for $1,399.20. That’s the itemized cost for the new chairs and tables chosen by the thankful veterans. “I tell you, we really need them,” said Mederos.

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Heard failed to unseat U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.) in the June primary. A big part of his campaign platform was his belief in helping veterans. “We need to be behind these guys,” he said after Friday’s check presentation.

Mederos said the new tables and chairs will be a big part of the VFW’s ongoing effort to modernize and beautify the post. The building has a new kitchen, new bathrooms, a new deck and handicapped access ramp and new electrical panels.

“We’re getting everything done to get the VFW Post back into shape so we can be helping the community whenever they need to rent it or, if there’s an emergency situation, they can come and the place is not falling apart,” said Mederos.

Heard, the owner of Gateway Outdoor Advertising is chairman of the Roxbury-Mt. Arlington Consolidation Study Commission. He and his family are also known around the area for the extravagant Halloween display they create each year at their house.

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