Business & Finance

Part Two: Mayor Parisi Honors Students, Employees, Residents and Township Groups at 42nd Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

22d1bb1528ecdbc6ab90_e7f4563cb494f9b6614a_P1160967__1_.JPG
"Employee of the Year" Administrative Secretary/Registrar for the Health Department Denise Urso and Jim Urso pose for a photo. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
ea1cb7d4987f63122222_ef4c02c4378bd9e0524a_0203160957.jpg
This group of WOHS students was honored at the 42nd Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. Mayor Robert Parisi and WOHS Principal Hayden Moore are pictured with them. Credits: Joe Ricci
838754560541264e1505_0203160934d.jpg
Don Reitmeyer accepts "Citizens of the Year" award on behalf of the West Orange Elks at the 42nd Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Breakfast.     Credits: Cynthia Cumming
22d1bb1528ecdbc6ab90_e7f4563cb494f9b6614a_P1160967__1_.JPG

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi spoke in front of a full house on Tuesday at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, where he delivered his State of the Town Speech at the 42nd Annual West Orange Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. Aside from providing the audience with fiscal thoughts, information on higher taxes for 2016, and redevelopment details, he also recognized some “exemplary” students, named the “Citizens of the Year,” honored the “Employee of the Year,” and made some other announcements.

Parisi started his speech by honoring a “special” group of 2016 West Orange High School Mountaineers. “These impressive young men and women remind us of what is possible when you combine hard work and an honest commitment,” he said. 

The students honored for their achievements included class valedictorian Brianne Attamante, salutatorian Mythill Managala, and fellow students Krista Dong, Josh Stauss, Samantha Jacobs, Henry Gardner, Liam White, Dasha Temniy, Zachary Horan, Brian Crann, Joel Paku, Matthew Eng and Rushil Garala. Their achievements included Grade Point Averages (GPA’s) no less than 4.0. Attamante’s 4.7 and Managala’s 4.69 GPAs drew an audible gasp of appreciation from attendees. Their successes also included AP and Honors classes, national recognition by many organizations and extensive public service accomplishments.

Sign Up for E-News

Mayor Parisi said, “They inspire each of us, they inspire their classmates and teachers and they have provided us all a small glimpse into the very bright futures that lie ahead for each of them.”

Parisi also recognized the West Orange Elks as the “Citizens of the Year” for their extensive contributions to the town. Lodge 1590 was established in town in 1932, and the mayor cited the group’s numerous work efforts in supporting veterans, children with special needs, numerous organizations and causes as well as their sponsorship of PAL and Mountaintop teams.

Parisi also thanked them for being “steady supporters of our Memorial Day ceremony and the anchors of our traditional Veteran’s Day ceremony each November.”

The mayor concluded that the Elks rarely say, “No,” to helping people in need, adding, “like a trusted old friend, they have been a loyal and steady force in this community since they first established their charter and it would be hard to imagine civic life in our town without them.”  

Parisi also highlighted the 100th Anniversary of West Orange Boy Scout Troop 2, which was established in 1916. He singled out the three people with the longest tenure in the organization: Jim Michael, with 60 years as a scout and leader, and Ron Panuska and Doug Perry, with 50 years each.

Health Department Registrar Denise Urso was then honored as the “Employee of the Year” for her 30 years of service to the township.

Mayor Parisi also announced that John McElroy, president of the Downtown Alliance and longtime downtown business Fire Captain Brian Aker and Police Lieutenant Michael Keigher will be the Deputy Grand Marshalls for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

In addition, the mayor welcomed the newly-formed West Orange Hispanic Foundation, headed by Deputy Mayor Rodolfo Rodriguez. He lauded the group’s immediate contributions to the township in many areas.

More articles on the event:

Cut Liine for photo of the students honored at the meeting: From L-R front: Brianna Attamante, Samantha Jacobs, Krista Dong, Brian Crann, Mythili Kanagala, Josh Strauss, Henry Gardner and Mayor Robert Parisi. From L-R rear: WOHS Principal Hayden Moore, Matthew Eng, Zachary Horan, Dasha, Teminy, Liam White, Rushil Garala and Joel Poku.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Nutley High School Closes After Security Threat Friday

February 16, 2018

NUTLEY, NJ - The Essex County Sheriff's Office confirmed to TAPinto Nutley that the bomb disposal unit was parked in front of Nutley High School Friday afternoon.

Members of the Essex County Sheriff's Office are working with the Nutley Police Department as the investigation following the Instagram incident continues. The bomb disposal unit conducted a sweep of the school ...

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_ebeb90e00b2da8ed5088_capture

Thu, February 22, 12:00 PM

Marriot Courtyard, West Orange

BIZ 2.0 WORKSHOPS - Lunch & Learn | Presented by ...

Business & Finance Food & Drink

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

Brrr, It’s Old! Come Inside the West Essex YMCA to Explore Summer Camp Fun

February 7, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — While the thermometer may not budge above 40 degrees, the summer planning season is here. Families are invited to a summer camp information session at the West Essex YMCA from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Throughout the summer, the West Essex YMCA runs five development-appropriate programs for children ages 3 1/2 to 15, building self-esteem, confidence ...

Paterson Firefighter Opens Up About Struggles, Urges Others not to Suffer in Silence

February 8, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Not a week goes by when a tale of heroism and bravery on the part of firefighters is not told. For them, running into a burning building is as natural as running out of one is for the rest of us.

That became apparent again on Monday when members of the Paterson Fire Department responded to a fire at 268 Main Street, which led to the eventual total collapse of ...

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 ...

In the Driver's Seat

Honey, I am going to take the Roadster out for a quick spin around the sun. I’ll be back in a few million years.

 

That’s nice dear. While you are out, could you pick up a gallon of milk?

 

In what has to be the greatest road trip of all time and space, Elon Musk, the visionary inventor, engineer, and billionaire investor loaded his very own red Tesla ...

'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 ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...