WARREN, NJ - What will you be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day? We asked some local people to give us answers to that question, and to reflect on what they feel gratitude for this Thanksgiving, either on a personal or community level.
 
 
 

I am thankful for the opportunity to host members of both my family by relation and my family by choice for a large celebration this year.-  Dr. Matt Mingle, Superintendent Warren Township Public Schools

I am thankful for a great family and friends, along with being part of a tremendous community.- Justin Salton, WHRHS Health & Physical Education Teacher Head Boy's Basketball Coach
 
 
 

First and foremost, I am blessed with a wonderful family.  They are all productive, happy, healthy, loving and overall good people.  My six grandchildren and one on the way, light up my heart every time I see them.  My wonderful wife, Ginny, of over 40 years gave me the best life that I could imagine.  I thank god every day for the gifts that I have been given and I continue to work within my community to see that as many people as possible find the joy that I have experienced.  - Vic Sordillo, Deputy Mayor Warren Township

 

I am grateful for the love and support of my friends and family, especially that of my wife and daughters. I feel fortunate that I have been, and continue to be surrounded by a number of wonderful colleagues and remain thankful for the opportunity to work with such fine students and athletes at WHRHS.- Jamie Lovejoy
Department of Special Services,
Head Coach WHRHS Men's Lacrosse 
 
I am thankful to be a part of such a special community of learners and educators at Watchung Hills. I am also so grateful for the opportunity to be able to work each day with such wonderful colleagues, parents, community members, and most of all students and student-athletes. I wish the entire Watchung Hills community a very Happy Thanksgiving. And Go Warriors!- Chris Van Vliet, WHRHS Director of Athletics 

 
 
This Thanksgiving I am thankful that my children, who are in the process of establishing their own lives, still love to come home to gather together and celebrate! Happy Thanksgiving! -Patricia Leonhardt, SFO
Business Administrator/Board Secretary Warren Township Board of Education
 
 
I'm thankful for the love and support of my wife, Karen, and for the opportunity to raise my three sons in the same safe and supportive community that I grew up in. Thank you to my parents and family members for everything they do for me and my family. I recognize how lucky we are to be surrounded by family here in Warren. It has been a pleasure to teach and coach at Watchung Hills for the past 16 years and be part of such a great collection of staff members and work with such exceptional students and athletes. I am especially thankful for the relationships I have developed thanks to LOW. - Jeff Dealaman 
 
I am thankful for my husband, family, Marley and for the life that I have. I wish everyone a healthy, happy, safe, relaxing holiday with friends and family!- Christina Beekman Brink
 
I'm thankful that the economy is doing so well. I've never seen anything like it and I've been in business for 30 years. It's like someone flipped a switch.- Adam Marturana
 
We are fortunate to live in a caring, supportive community. We are here because of our hard work and the strong work ethic of our family members before us. Let’s continue to be mindful of our blessings and continue to reach out to those less fortunate. Happy Thanksgiving!! -Tim O'Heney, Warren Middle School Teacher Social Studies
 
 
And while they didn't say it, the Nemcek boys are thankful for this year’s tripleheader of NFL Games:
 
 
 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

Happy Thanksgiving from TAPinto Warren.