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 my loving wife and children and their continued good health. I am also thankful for the opportunity to lead a group of Warren Police Officers who demonstrate Courage, Compassion and Professionalism on a daily basis.- Chief William Keane Warren Township Police Department

Always a lot to be thankful for...I am thankful to have a wonderful family with a lot of love and support from my wife Laura and two girls, Mia and Cami with one more on the way due near opening night :). Also, very grateful for the opportunity to live and work in a tremendous community that I grew up in myself. I feel very fortunate to be able to teach and coach at WH with so many wonderful people. It has been a pleasure and special to work with such talented student-athletes, colleagues, campers, the community and the LOW brotherhood. "We should all count our blessings, and make all our blessings count..." -Justin Salton Health & Physical Education Head Boy's Basketball Coach, Head Girl's Lacrosse Coach Watchung Hills Regional High School

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This is the season that I reflect on the past and make plans to build a future for the happiness of those around me. I am grateful for too much to put into words but the top four are easy to choose.

  • First of all, I am thankful for the health and happiness of my family which includes my beautiful seven grand children who bring me so much happiness.
  • Second, my friends and neighbors who make my life so full and provide support and council.
  • Third, the residents of Warren Township who have had the confidence in me, over many years, to provide leadership and direction for our great town.
  • Fourth, I am very thankful to live in a free and abundant country where we challenge each other for the betterment of us all.

I always use the holiday season to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances to renew bonds, ask for forgiveness for any misdeeds or words and forgive those who have attempted to do me harm. -Vic Sordillo ,Warren Township Committeeman

I am thankful for my family, friends, and colleagues that I am lucky to be able to learn from and work alongside. I am also blessed to continue to keep doing what I love and thankful that I get to do it where I grew up! - Joey Tremarco Head Baseball Coach, Special Services Teacher Watchung Hills Regional High School

I am Thankful that I had my husband, Ralph Garafola, in my life for 40yrs and those memories  are like gold, cherished and valuable. - Carolann Garafola 

At Thanksgiving I reflect on all that I am grateful for, immediately my daughters and my family are at the forefront of my thankfulness.  Together they keep me grounded on the importance of loved ones.

Our community in North Plainfield deepens my gratitude at this time of year.  It is the entirety of the community, students, parents, teachers, administrators and board members that instill their trust in me to lead an amazing educational community to further our mutual goals.  

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as together we can show our gratitude for each other. -Michelle Aquino Superintendent of Schools North Plainfield Board of Education

On Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), I am grateful for the love of my family, great friends, with a job that I love as the cherry on top!  -Patricia Leonhardt, SFO Business Administrator/Board Secretary Warren Township Board of Education

First and foremost I am thankful for my family, friends and for the gift of good health and the realization that so much of the quality of our lives hinges on the good health of ourselves and those we love. 

This year I am also focused and thankful for the gift of kindness and the endless ripple of joy it creates. The gift of kindness, especially small acts of kindness done with great love, shows the purpose of life - our human connection. I am forever thankful for the realization that in the end, only kindness matters. 

Wishing you all a peaceful and kind Thanksgiving weekend ❤️ Kristin Oleske

I am thankful for my family and their good health. As well as for the opportunity to work with such great children within this community. - Greg Leonow  Boys Head Soccer Coach, Para-Professional Watchung Hills Regional High School 

I’m thankful for TAPinto.net, John Lee

I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Watchung community. I am particularly thankful for our dedicated board, compassionate staff, and generous volunteers who are all committed to helping our students grow.

Happy Thanksgiving!- George Alexis Superintendent Watchung Borough School District

As my family celebrates our first holiday without my Dad, I am thankful that we had him in all of our lives for 89 years. I am grateful for all of the lessons he taught me and how much he loved each of his 5 grandchildren. I am especially grateful that he and my Mom created the family bond that has kept myself and my 2 brothers connected and seeing each other regularly.- Brenda Doherty

During this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to have family and friends to share all the things that this season brings with it.  I’m also thankful to have the opportunity to work in the Watchung Hills community, and to have met so many people that have made this job as enjoyable as it’s been. - Brian Figueiredo WHRHS Girls Soccer Head Coach

We're so grateful for a year in which our "cup runneth over" with blessings, the greatest of which is our growing family.  Thankful, relieved and still in awe that my step-children are finally safe, secure and thriving in their new home-new school-new life!- Leanna Wellerding

I am most thankful for a wonderful family and great friends, being part of an excellent community at Watchung Hills and (believe it or not) being a Giant Fan - better days are ahead of us. - Timothy M. Stys Business Administrator/Board Secretary Watchung Hills Regional High School

I'm thankful for family, friends, health, freedom, the ability to learn, people willing to teach, diversity, volunteers, community, seasons, inspiration, opportunity, second chances, literacy and the internet.- Brenda Nemcek Owner and Publisher TAPinto Warren, TAPinto NP/GB/W

I am thankful for the compassionate, talented, and inspiring people I am blessed to be surrounded by on a daily basis in both my professional and personal lives. Elizabeth C. Jewett, Ph.D. Superintendent Watchung Hills Regional High  School District

I’m thankful to be able to work in a community that values education and to work alongside professionals who dedicate their time and efforts to challenging the minds and supporting the growth of students. - Ken Karnas WHREA President, Social Studies Teacher and Ultimate Coach Watchung Hills Regional High School

I am very thankful for my family and friends as well as the opportunity to work with the WH coaches and athletes every day. - Dan Root Director of Athletics Watchung Hills Regional High School

And while they didn't say it, the Nemcek boys are thankful for this year’s tripleheader of NFL Games:

Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions 12:30 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo Bills 4:30 p.m

Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints 8:20 p.m.

Remember, 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 



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