Galloway Senior Center hosted another great annual holiday party that filled every seat in the building. This year food was provided by Romanelli’s in Galloway and was served by Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, Police Chief Donna Higbee, Lt. Richard Barber, Galloway Patriot publisher Chuck Knutson, Councilman Frank Gargione, Councilman Tim Meadows, and Galloway Resident Rebecca Bozarth. There was more than enough to eat and following the meal, a large number of door prizes were awarded. Senior Center Librarian Darlene Irwin, received this year’s award for dedicated service from last year’s winner, Mrs. “J”. A big thank you to the staff Beth Stasuk, Jen Diluzio and Jen Hahn for another great event..
We were extremely honored to be recognized recently by the 4 Seasons Veterans Club. The 4 Seasons Veterans Club gathers about once a month and often invites a speaker. We were very pleased when they asked the Galloway Patriot newspaper to come discuss its “Last Salute” military funeral guard initiative. As many of you know, the publishers of the Galloway Patriot are both veteran Marines and dedicate as much time as possible to community services. Veteran’s issues and services are what we are most passionate about.
The Galloway Patriot formed a veteran’s organization for Marines called the “Marine Corps Veterans Direct Action Team” specifically to assemble local Marines to engage the community in a positive way. As part of that effort, we formed a military funeral honor guard which we named “Last Salute”. Last Salute includes Marines from the MCVDAT and the Absecon VFW Honor Guard.
The 4 Seasons Veterans Club was particularly interested in the effort and services provided by Last Salute. It was our distinct pleasure to address the assembled veterans club.
We brought along our full size civil war cannon, the “Jaime Lee” to display along with other items which we use during ceremonies such as swords, rifles, bugle and flags. We thoroughly enjoyed speaking about the free services we provide and answered questions afterword.
We would like to sincerely thank the club for the opportunity to speak to them and for the beautiful statue which they presented us.
Galloway Township Mayor Don Purdy sits on Santa’s lap
Senior Care of Galloway held its first annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 5pm. Director Jennifer Bucolo opened the festivities by welcoming Pastors Mike and Dean Bult from the Mainland Baptist Church to start with a prayer. Mayor Don Purdy said a few words and introduced the activities Director Erica Spina. The Mainland Baptist Church singers led the large crowd in “Jingle Bells” and “Away in a Manger”. Shortly afterwards Erica Spina announced that Santa and his Elf, Chandler Spina, had arrived to light the Christmas tree with their Christmas magic. The crowd counted down and Santa lit the tree with his magic wand. To finish off the outside activities the singers led everyone in “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. All were invited inside for hot chocolate, cookies and pictures with Santa Claus and his merry elf. Mayor Don Purdy asked Santa to watch over all the great families of Galloway this Christmas Season. This was a great first event for the staff and members of Galloway’s Senior Care.
Recently, while we (the Galloway Patriot) were at the Galloway Senior Center to help with the holiday party feast, many of the seniors asked us if we could help them get an American flag for the center.
We immediately contacted Charlie Rosenbaum from the VFW Honor Guard and he brought a flag right away. Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola and Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson split the cost of ordering a 9 foot oak flag pole, base and eagle for the top of the pole.
We hope that the seniors enjoy using the flag at future events. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide something that was so important to them.
The Galloway Senior Center Holiday Party was held on Tuesday, December 1st at the Galloway Senior Center on the White Horse Pike. Every seat was filled as the crowd waited for Chef Joe Deluzio to complete the feast which he volunteered to prepare for the townships seniors. Chef Joe prepared penne pasta, chicken alfredo, meatballs, italian sausage, salad and vegetables. There was a huge amount of food and those attending were able to eat as many helpings as they wished.
Volunteers serving the food included Galloway Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola and Galloway Patriot newspaper publisher Chuck Knutson. Councilman Tim Meadows, Galloway Township Manager Sue Jacobucci, Councilmen Frank Gargione and Jennifer Hahn was also at the event extending holiday greetings.
Beth Stasuk and Jen Deluzio, of Galloway’s Community Services did a great job producing and organizing the event. Galloway is lucky to have such dedicated and caring people providing our community with so many great services and events.
Congratulations to Mrs. J, Judy Schaier and Edie Simpson for receiving well deserved awards.
Helping with door prizes were Tess Nicholaou and Anna Jezycki.
The Galloway Patriot is honored and happy to participate in these events. We enjoy all of these great times with our neighbors. Please enjoy the over 40 photos which we took.