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East Greenwich Township Fire & Rescue
5 West Cohawkin Road
Clarksboro NJ 08020

Station Phone #'s Mantua Avenue 856-423-0140 Cohawkin Road 856-423-6916
 

A Message From the Deputy Mayor

     

Friday, September 19, 2014





Dear Residents,

          

         We are only a couple days away from the much anticipated East Greenwich Day Parade. The final preparations are being completed by our Parade Committee, and Mother Nature seems to be sending us a gift with a forecast of sunny skies. I wanted to pass along some important information regarding the parade so you and your family can prepare for the big event.
           The parade route will start at the Shady Lane complex at 10:00 a.m., proceed up Shady Lane to Kings Highway, where it will turn south down Kings Highway towards the Samuel Mickle and Jeffery Clark School complex.
           All participants are being asked to arrive at the Shady Lane complex no later than 9:00 a.m. The parade consists of bands, horses, Scouts and Brownies, floats, decorated bikes, fire trucks and much, much more. It will take some patience, cooperation and time to line everyone up, so please be prompt.
           George Holcomb, of Holcomb Bus Company, has graciously donated free transportation, not only for the parade participants, but also for all Residents who park at the Thompson Family Park. The bus service will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.. Buses will transport parade participants from the Park to the Shady Lane complex. Furthermore, buses will transport residents throughout the day to and from the Thompson Family Park and the Samuel Mickle School. We encourage Residents to utilize this service rather than trying to maneuver a vehicle down Kings Hwy. Bus Stops will be clearly marked.
           In addition, East Greenwich Parks and Recreation will be holding a "Decorated Bike Contest." The contest will be at the Evangelical United Methodist Church at 14 W. Cohawkin Rd., Clarksboro. Registration will begin between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Judging will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. We will have prizes for multiple age groups ranging from under three (3) years old and up. The Judges will be looking for creative ideas, themes, and overall presentation. The participants will then be allowed to join the parade route and ride to the school for all to enjoy.
           Once the parade reaches its final destination, the Jeffery Clark and Samuel Mickle School complex, you will find craft vendors, organizational tents, bounce ride, food and much, much more. Moreover, we will have live entertainment on a stage that will feature performances from a string band, magician, ballet dancers and live singers to name a few. This community event will run from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
           This parade would not have been possible without the financial assistance from our Title Sponsor, Fulton Bank; Grand Sponsor, Toddlers N’ Tots; Patron Sponsors, Botto's Sausage, Paparone Homes, Affinity Furniture, NJ Got Talent, Riehl's Towing, Holcomb Bus, Runnemede Truck, Dr. Robert Provencher, Dormann's Heating and Cooling, NY Life, Cecil Creek Farms, Guardian Angels School, South Jersey Gas, and Trico Lift. We sincerely thank them for their contributions to our parade and community.
           I want to thank our volunteers for the Parade Committee. Chairmen of the Parade Committee Bob Tice, Marijo Montgomery, Kurt Sutton, Mike Skowronski, Laura DeCinque, Bonnie Archer, Steve Klinewski, Chief Nelson Weist and Chief Barry Jenkins were the foundation that brought a dream to reality. These folks have poured their hearts and souls into making this parade a success. I thank them for their devotion, time and passion in giving back to our community. I also thank the School Board of Education, President Bob Miller, Vice President Toni Grdinich and all the Board members, to include Dr. Lynch for forging a strong partnership with the Township Committee.
           Last, I take this opportunity to recognize our Mayor, Dale Archer. The parade was his vision to bring our community together. His passion, courage and integrity as Mayor of East Greenwich is a direct reflection of his commitment to our town. Speaking as a Resident, I am extremely proud that Dale Archer is our Mayor.
           In closing, to say I am excited about this event is an understatement. The origin of the idea was to design an event that would bring our community closer together; an event that would create lasting memories; an event that would bring smiles, joy and happiness; an event that would bring out the spirit of the community; an event that will not cost the taxpayer any money; and an event that will display our pride as East Greenwich Residents.
 I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.
 Sincerely,
 Jim Philbin, Deputy Mayor