The weather was perfect and the new pavilion was enjoyed by crowd of supporters for Incumbent Council Members Sonya Buckman and David Gonzalez.
Picnic Chairman Dennis Nuzzo was congratulated for an outstanding job of barbequing hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage and peppers at the grill along with volunteer cooks John Baratta, Ron Ellis, Councilman Justin DiPisa. Manning the liquid refreshment table was Glenn Link and taking tickets at the entrance was Club Secretary Pat Link.
Menu also included the traditional Clam Chowder prepared by Jerry Hackel, fresh sweet corn, salads and desserts that included watermelon, pies, brownies, crumb cake and the sheet cake adorned in red, white and blue butter cream icing.
Mayor Rose Heck introduced Incumbent Candidates Sonya Buckman and David Gonzalez who address the crowd. Sonya complimented the work done on the new pavilion and the work being done throughout the park system along with a number of new Recreation Programs. ‘The Summer Camp Program held in the park this year was enjoyed by over 400 Heights children,’ she continued to enumerate the work done under her Commissionership of Recreation and Parks, thanking those involved. She then introduced her running-mate Fire Commissioner David Gonzalez.
Dave spoke of the work done by that department and his pride in the volunteers as well as being proud of the accomplishments over the years he and Sonya have served since first taking office in 2008.
Mayor Heck spoke of the positive actions and work done by Council Members Justin DiPisa as Police Commissioner, Pamela J. Link as Finance Commissioner and Russell Lipari as Commissioner of Health and Land Use. She reminded all of the poor handling of Borough Business by the Democrats who were unseated after they took office projecting change that would bring about improvements. She enumerated the mess they left to be cleaned up by the incoming Republicans.
Visitors to the Picnic included County Executive Kathleen Donovan and District 38 Candidates for Senate Fernando Alonzo, an attorney and professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Assembly Candidates Rochelle Park Mayor Joseph Scarpa who is an Administrator by profession and retired Lodi High School Principal Joan Fragala. Also in attendance were former Council Members Ralph W. Chandless, Andrew Link III and Marlene Verrastro.
Club President Anthony Bernice extended an invitation to the public to the next Republican Club Meeting to be held in the Community Room of the Municipal Building at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19
October Senate Election and/or the November General Election for State, County and Municipal offices may pick up a request form at the Municipal Building or at the Club meeting.
Republican Campaign Committee to Re-Elect Sonya Buckman and David Gonzalez CoChairs Dennis Nuzzo and Donna Gasser can be contacted by those wishing to join that Committee.