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West Orange Special Needs Classrooms Awarded $3,500 in Boland Grants

Pictured from (L-R) receiving the Boland Grant are: Bill Kehoe, Liz Heffner, Diane Carpenito, Tracey McCall, Nick Dorey, Connie Salimbeno, Janet Wiggins, Kristin Gogerty, Dawn Ribeiro and Lisa Rodino. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

​WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Special Needs Classrooms received $3,500 in Boland grants on June 23, at a reception held at Rock Spring Club. The annual William “Lefty Boland Charity Golf Outing” is held in memory of Boland, the former Recreation Director of West Orange Township for nearly forty years. In 2011, the Committee voted to donate monies raised during the event for the purchase of technology items in West Orange School District Special Needs classes and programs.

The Boland tournament is sponsored by the all-volunteer Boland Golf Committee comprised of Township employees, Board of Education personnel and dedicated residents. Members include Bill Kehoe (chair), Nick Allegrino, Bill Boland (son of Lefty), John Buoye, Mike Shannon, Kevin Dillon, Frank “Bo” Ench, Randi Fried, Robert Parisi, Edwin Johnson, Marty Kale, Joe Pelose, Jim Quinn, Bob Sharkey, Danny Tobia and Robert C. Williams.

Director of Special Services for the West Orange School District Constance Salimbeno, accepted the grant money and addressed the crowd:

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“On behalf of the Board of Education, Superintendent Rutzky, Dawn Ribeiro, Kristin Gogerty and myself, I would like thank the West Orange Recreation Department and the members of the Tournament Committee for their continued support of the students and teachers of the West Orange Public Schools,” she said.

“The field of technology is constantly changing, and with each new advancement comes opportunities for educational progress,” she said. “The committee recognized this and established the Boland Grants to provide assistance to classroom teachers in attaining new technology.”

“The teachers who applied for these grants: Ms. DiPani, Ms. Wiggins, Ms. Cardone, Mr. Dorey, Ms. Gambutti, Ms. Rodino, Ms. Carpenito, Mrs. Heffner and Mrs. McCall consistently go above and beyond to meet the needs of their students,” she said. “It is my pleasure to work with these dedicated individuals and I congratulate them for their efforts.”

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