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Galloway Township Community Services held its third annual Christmas tree lighting on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30pm. Mayor Don Purdy, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, Councilman Tony DiPietro, Councilman Rich Clute and Chief of Police Donna Higbee attended along with a large amount of Galloway families. There were free hot chocolate and assorted Christmas cookies provided by the ambulance squad, while they played cheerful Christmas music on the loud speaker. This year the Galloway Township Police Department had the honor of bringing Santa Claus in to light the tree with his Christmas magic. Families stayed and took pictures with Santa in front of the Galloway Christmas tree. Community Services Director Beth Stasuk, Jennifer DiLuzio, Jen Hahn and staff put together another great Galloway Event.
On Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30pm, the families of Galloway gathered in Smithville Village to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and all of their friends. A large crowd of children and their families waited with anticipation as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by firetruck courtesy of the Bayville Fire Department. Santa and Mrs. Claus came down from the truck, walked around and greeted and posed for quick photos with the crowd of excited young faces. Santa, Mrs. Claus plus all their friends walked into the village where they gathered at the Santa house and sat for the children to tell them their wish lists and get pictures. Each child had stars in their eyes after a grand visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. A well-organized event put together by the Galloway Community Services and the Galloway Township Fire Department once again this year.
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Galloway’s 9-11 Memorial Event stirred emotions from the very start this year. This being the 15th anniversary of one the most tragic attacks in our Nation’s history, added even more solemnness to the ceremony. Galloway Fire Chief Amor “Skip” Portale was visibly shaken as he spoke of the tragedy. He and his department of dedicated fire fighters stood in full dress uniform on this day of remembrance. They reflected upon the nation’s loss as the “Four Fives” rang from the bell, a traditional bell signal used to honor a fallen fire fighter.
Galloway’s very sharp Police Honor Guard posted the colors as Boy Scout troop 634 led the assembled crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Howard, Donna Marie and Heather Berchtold sang our National Anthem and then the speakers made their remarks. The guest speaker, Brandon Wise, of the “Salvation Army” spoke of his experiences at Ground Zero.
The Absegami High School Choir led by Cheryl Breitzman sang beautifully as usual. The Atlantic City Fire Department Sandpiper Drum and Bugle performed multiple moving bagpipe driven instrumentals.
The Wreath ceremony included the children of first responders, Cayla and Madison Kirby of the Galloway Fire Department, Easton and Emmalene Vernon, of the Galloway Police Department, Dakota Gunsert and Keaden Cantz of Galloway’s Ambulance Squad and Connor Morrissey with Alexandra Hughes.
Anna Jezycki “Mrs. J”, who lost her niece on 9-11 fired a single volley from the “Jaime Lee”, the Galloway Patriot’s Civil War cannon to honor all those which we have lost. This was followed by Taps performed by Joe Ward and Heather Berchtold.
Following Taps, Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson who is also Sgt. at Arms of “Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard”, along with Marine Lcpl Kyle Ragland, folded a flag which they then presented to Anna Jezycki “Mrs. J”. They then led Mrs. J to a table where she laid the flag in front of the 9-11 cross which is made of steel from the World Trade Center. It was such an emotional moment that the flag was later given to Mrs.J as a gift. Last Salute would normally keep the flag for future use but decided that Mrs. J should keep it. Parsel’s Funeral Home in Absecon has been very generous in providing Last Salute flags for events such as this.
For those who did not attend, please view the over 50 photos below. If you have the time, visit the 9-11 Memorial at Patriot Lake.
The Travis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run was held Saturday September 10th in Smithville. There was a great turnout with a large number of runners, guest speakers and a grand opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony started with the National Anthem sung by Fox News national correspondent, Kelly Wright. It also included remarks from Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Galloway Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola. The Colors were posted by a joint Galloway-EHT Police Honor Guard.
Galloway’s Fire Department rang the bell with the “four fives”, the traditional signal for when a fireman dies on duty. Following the bell, Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard comprised of the Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team and VFW Post 9462, fired three volleys from their rifles. Last Salute then played taps and Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson along with Lcpl Kyle Ragland folded the flag and symbolically placed it in front of the 9-11 cross made of steel from the World Trade Center.
The race started with the firing of the Galloway Patriot’s Civil War cannon, the “Jaime Lee”. The cannon was fired by Congressman Frank LoBiondo and the runners began.
The Galloway Patriot took over 300 photos. It was a great event and we would like to congratulate and thank all who participated. Special thanks to everyone that helped make the event so successful.
We look forward to an even bigger event next year.