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Bios, Photos of Past Labor Day Grand Marshals Needed for Eagle Scout Project

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Joseph Kelly, a senior at South Plainfield High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 207, is seeking the community’s help to see his Eagle Scout project come to fruition.

Kelly is looking to compile a ‘wall of fame’ honoring the men and women who have served as honorary grand marshals of the borough’s Labor Day Parade since 1961. The ‘wall of fame’ project, which has received approval by both Boy Scouts of America and the Borough of South Plainfield, will be erected at the municpal building. 

“South Plainfield, and our Labor Day Parade, have both been very important parts of my life. I am sure that many of you feel the same,” said Kelly. “These grand marshals are some of the people who have made this town great, and that is why I intend to honor them with this enduring recognition.”

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The ‘wall of fame’ will feature photos and bios of each past grand marshal and, in order to complete the project, Kelly is seeking profile and photos submissions from the community. 

The profile of the grand marshal should by approximately 125 words and tell the story of the many contributions that person made to the South Plainfield community and why they were chosen. Photos to accompany the profiles should be 5”x7” (or larger) headshots (shoulders and up) and submitted in landscape/horizontal format; portrait/vertical images cannot be used. Ideally, the picture should be just of the honoree and taken around the time they served as grand marshal. If a headshot is not available, the next best option would be a picture of the grand marshal ‘in action’ coaching, volunteering, in the parade, etc. See link below for an example:

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“If you yourself are a past grand marshal, or are a family member or close friend of one, I need your help,” said Kelly. “If you are not able to assist with the plaque, but have contact information for any of the people listed and/or their families, I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward it to me.”

Bios and photographs can be sent to grandmarshalproject@gmail.com or mailed to Joseph Kelly/ Troop 207, 1703 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080.

All Eagle Scout Projects are required to be paid for by fundraising; each plaque will cost approximately $20 and donations to help offset the cost are appreciated but not required. Checks, payable to ‘Troop 207,’ and online donations through www.PayPal.com are accepted; when using PayPal, please be sure to select ‘send to friend.’

For additional information, including details on the size requirements for photo submissions, email or call  Kelly at (908) 754-5902.

“Please help by submitting a picture and profile that we can use to create the plaque for you or your loved one,” said Kelly.

South Plainfield Labor Day Parade Honorary Grand Marshals (1961-2017)

1961 Charles A. Carone

1962 Joseph E. Delaney

1963 Ann Nagy

1964 Harry Eagle

1965 Nathan Snyder

1966 Andrew A. Phillips

1967 Frank Diana, Sr.

1968 Albert Leibner

1969 Jane D. Boettger

1970 Irving Babes

1971 John A. Bori

1972 George L. and Marie Page

1973 Frank X. Mittermeier

1974 Joseph A. Mondoro

1975 Julius “Supe” Celentano

1976 Anna Tom

1977 Louis DeFillipo

1978 George Rude

1979 Henry Apgar

1980 Mary Mazepa

1981 John Shaw

1982 Joseph Bori & James Saverd, Frank Diana & John Cotone

1983 Nicola Risoli

1984 Harry Schulte

1985 Esther Armstead

1986 Rev. Charles Mingle

1987 John George

1988 Edward Niemczyk

1989 Leonard Capraro

1990 Adam Phillips

1991 Theresa Micali

1992 Ferdinand Thiel

1993 Arlene M. Kelly

1994 Mary Chapman

1995 Tulio Capparelli

1996 William Desabato

1997 Michael English

1998 William Cochrane

1999 Eleanor Haines

2000 Charles Decker

2001 Daniel J. Gallagher

2002 Joseph DeAndrea

2003 Joe Zekas

2004 John Mocharski

2005 John Cotone

2006 Shirley Thompson

2007 Owen Kelly

2008 Richard McCriskin

2009 Ed Kubala

2010 Charles Butrico

2011 Joseph Belardo, and Trista Moretti and Michael Santoro (posthumously)

2012 Marge Reedy

2013 Peter Richkus, Jr.

2014 Guy Moretti

2015 Debbie Boyle and Charles Haus

2016 Georgeann Cochrane & Dominic Demico Sr.

2017 Calvin Gross

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