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Good Neighbor Day 2002
Good Neighbor Day 2002 [Event
photos] [Photos of participants][Rose
Heck gets Accolades]
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Bill O'Shea's 7th Annual
Good Neighbor Day
Area residents had an unprecedented opportunity to meet each other, make new friends and
renew acquaintances on Wednesday, September 4th, when Bill O'Shea's Florist hosted the 7th Annual Good
Neighbor Day. Good Neighbor Day began 8 a.m. at Bill O'Shea's Florist, 109 Boulevard (at
the Circle), where a 12,000 roses were given away absolutely free to anyone who
visited. No purchase was necessary.
Before receiving FREE Roses, the residents were invited to make a food donation for the
Center For Food Action (CFA), the non-profit
food bank that has served our area's needy since 1976. CFA welcomed basic non-perishable
food items such as juice, cereal, canned goods, pasta, baby food, etc.
This year 326 bags of food helped restock the pantry, and $366 in cash contributions
During the event, Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck was
showered with accolades by the Center for Food Action. Thelma Fedele, CFA Director of
Community & Government Relations said, "Since the economic downturn, there has
been a large increase in the number of people in need of food. Assemblywoman Heck has been
instrumental in making this need know thoughout our area. CFA truly appreciates her
efforts." Ms. Fedele continued, "It is particularly fitting to honor her
publicly on Good Neighbor Day, because she has been a good neighbor by raising awareness
for the need of food donation in Bergen County. [Award story]
Bergen County Executive Pat Shuber stopped by to make a food donation, and also to present
both Assemblywoman Heck and Bill O'Shea with "Certificate's of
Commendation" for their efforts.
Jukebox Radio's (103.1FM) DJ added to the festivities, and also taped interviews for later
Bill O'Shea reminded participants, "The only stipulation is that those picking up the
roses are asked to keep one for themselves and to give the other 11 roses away to 11
different people and in so doing, help create a friendlier, more caring and compassionate
community. Good Neighbor Day is a day designated for people to meet and get to know their
neighbors. A rose is the perfect expression of friendship and love."
"This event is such a big success -- that the folks asked us to do it again next
year", said Bill O'Shea.
This day was celebrated throughout the United States and Canada as a day of good will.
Good Neighbor Day is an international event organized by FTD, and sponsored locally by
Bill O'Shea's Florist, in association with Jukebox Radio 103.1FM, and The Center For Food
Good Neighbor Day 2002 [Event photos] [Photos of participants][Rose Heck gets Accolades]