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.
Galloway Township’s new Chief of Police, Donna Higbee, sat down Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 9:30am for coffee, tea and a breakfast snack with about twenty of Galloway’s seniors. “The informal meeting was to introduce myself and get to know our senior community,” said Chief Donna Higbee. The seniors asked the Chief about her as a person, about her job, and things happening within the department. Chief Higbee warned them that there are many crimes that could be prevented such as locking up your car, locking windows and doors in your house and especially reporting things when they are seen or heard. “You are not bothering us by calling and reporting things,” said Chief Higbee. “It’s our job no matter how silly you think your call is, you and your neighbors know the coming and goings of the community in which you live. If you think it should be reported then do it.” The seniors spent a lot of time asking questions in regards to the Chiefs personal life and she was very happy to answer. There were smiles and laughter by all in attendance. What better way to start the morning than a few laughs, great stories and informative conversation.
The Health Center at Galloway hosted an Easter Egg Hunt April 12th 2014. It was a great way for the residents to interact with happy children as they met the Easter Bunny, played games and hunted for eggs. please enjoy the photos the Galloway Patriot took at the event posted below.