Giving Back

Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Foundation Holds Dedication Ceremony at SHP Field in West Orange

83f6a89f5383577bddce_mcded1.jpg
Mike and Karen McCormick. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
760dd2d0d20eec4f0365_get-attachment__15_.jpg
The memorial stone is dedicated to friends Vinnie Simone and Mike McCormick. It is located near the Lacrosse field at Seton Hall Prep's Kelly Athletic Field. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
d49581c44b856fb73992_mcded.jpg
Essex-Shillelagh Pipes and Drums. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
47b020b354a07c6f34da_get-attachment__16_.jpg
Jessie Bielecke, Joe Casalino, Michelle Casalino, and Dana Casalino.  Credits: Cynthia Cumming
83f6a89f5383577bddce_mcded1.jpg

WEST ORANGE, NJ - In a fitting tribute to two young men that died too young, the Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Foundation dedicated a memorial stone in the picnic area near Seton Hall Prep's Kelly Athletic Field on Nov. 2.

A crowd of friends and family gathered to remember the lives of Michael McCormick, Jr. and his best friend Vinnie Simone, who died in a tragic accident during a rainstorm on Eagle Rock Avenue on August 2, 2009, just one day after McCormick's 19th birthday.

Mike and Karen McCormick, along with their daughter Meghan, struggled to make sense of their great loss, and from their sorrow, the Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Foundation was born. To date the Foundation has distributed over $100,000 in scholarship monies to Seton Hall Prep students, graduating seniors, and college students.

Sign Up for E-News

After the boys' deaths, the accident site became a makeshift memorial for Mike and Vinnie, who had attended Redwood Elementary and Edison Middle Schools before attending SHP. While there, McCormick excelled in football and Lacrosse, and had just completed his first year at Penn State.

With the help of Monsignor Kelly and Mike Gallo at the Prep, the memorial stone, featuring etched likenesses of the boys' graduation photos and the Foundation's tag line, "Keep smiling down on us," was located "under a pine tree near the picnic tables where Michael frequently ate meals with his Lacrosse buddies," according to Michael's mother, Karen.

Members of the Essex Shillelagh Pipes and Drums opened the dedication which included comments from Mike McCormick and a prayer from Monsignor Edward Bradley.

 Mike McCormick, Michael's dad, welcomed the attendees and provided heartfelt comments. 

"As we gather in Michael’s field of dreams, where he realized many of his athletic  achievements, we are united in spirit, united in devotion, and united in faith. It is our faith in God, our faith in each other and our faith in the future that all will be right one day, which makes our ties that bind so hopeful," he began.

"Let this monument, dedicated to Michael Thomas McCormick, Jr., be a shining example of our love, not just for Michael, but for all, especially those who have received and will receive an academic scholarship for their excellence from Michael’s Foundation.

Knowing his presence will carry on, as I’m sure he is with us right now, let us respectfully embrace the belief that Michael Thomas McCormick, Jr. epitomized the Seton Hall Prep motto, “Hazard Zet Forward”.

"It was such a wonderful day," said Karen McCormick.

For more information on the Michael T. McCormick, Jr. Foundation, visit their website at http://www.mtmjr.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Local Children Invited to Register for Essex County Summer Camps

February 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Children of all ages are invited to participate in spring and summer camp opportunities at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Essex County Codey Arena and the Essex County Environmental Center.

The zoo has several weeklong camp adventures that will introduce children to the extraordinary world of animals, nature and science. Campers and their parents/guardians are ...

Game of Thrones: A Definitive Ranking of Seasons 1-7

Groundhog Day. The day a tiny mammal’s shadow tells us when winter will come to an end. Me? I prefer my weather forecast in the form of a white raven (the telltale changing of seasons in Westeros).

For a few days, rumors spread that Game of Thrones will not return for its final season until April 2019, and while it was clarified that the April return date was likely a false rumor, HBO ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f1e8b21af9d26c31d2e7_unnamed__8_

Sun, February 25, 10:00 AM

West Orange High School (Tarnoff Cafeteria), West Orange

44th Annual Orange West Orange UNICO Sports ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_f7d9574673b2c2041627_unnamed__4_

Sun, February 25, 12:00 PM

AMC Essex Green, West Orange

The 2018 West Orange Classic Film Festival

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrate Your Health this Nutrition Month

February 21, 2018

Dear Editor,

This year, we learned that the number of Americans at risk for heart attack and stroke just got a lot higher.  An estimated 103 million adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association, and about 39.7 percent of Americans have high cholesterol.  With March being National Nutrition Month, it’s a great time to ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 22, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs During "Black Panther" Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Let the Games Begin

I am truly awed by the Olympics.  Watching these superb young athletes on TV inspires me to renew my membership to the gym and pursue my lifelong dream of taking home the gold.  

 

The problem is that in my deluded head, I can see actually see myself standing atop the podium.  I am wrapped in a puffy designer ski coat with a huge piece of bling slung around my neck ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...