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Posted February 3, 2002

Kiwanis 50th Anniversary

HH Kiwanis Club Brunch

Kiwanis Club

The Kiwanis Club of Hasbrouck Heights-Teterboro commemorated their Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration with a Brunch at the Holiday Inn on Sunday, February 2, 2003.  The celebration also provided special honors and accolades to one of the Clubs founding members -- Dr. Burnett Eglow.

The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by First Vice President Jim Jarvis,   followed by everyone singing America the Beautiful.  Second Vice President Barbara Smith, said the invocation. Club President Colleen Jarvis made welcoming remarks and introduced guests.

Kiwanis NJ Governor Gwen Walding installed new members (husband and wife) Martin and Maryetta Saccomano.  Club Secretary Peter Gallo Jr.,  provided a history of the Club.  Colleen Jarvis gave a tribute to Dr. Burnett Eglow.   Previous Board of Education member Dr. Rudolph Selletti gave a light-hearted tribute to "Big Burnie".

Presentations included: US House of Representative Steve Rothman, NJ Senator Joseph Coniglio, Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck, Assemblyman Matt Ahearn, Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney, Mayor William J. Torre, Councilman John Wassberg.  Board of Education (BOE) Trustee Edwinna Carroll presented Dr. Eglow with a resolution.

Also in attendance:

Town Council persons included: Bert Heeren, Andrew Link, Garrett Pepe and Marlene Verrestro.

Past BOE members included:  John Cassella, Marie Fitzgibbons, William Foley, Gil Hunt, Joseph Jones, Peter Kepsel, Dr. James MacDonnall, John Morro, Jr., Dr. Gerald Sternbach, Art Suriano, and Francis Visco.

Previous School Superintendents and Principals included:  Dr. Paul Arriolatta, Dr. Richard Stepura,  Thomas King and Arthur Ranges.

BOE staff  included:  Joe Bellino, Dawn Schirmer, and Roberta Henriquez.

Peter Gallo read greetings that were sent from: US Senator Frank Lautenberg, NJ Governor James McGreevy, Past Bergen County Executive Pat Shuber, and Teterboro Municipal Manager Paul Brush. A congratulatory greeting from the White House had not arrived in time for this event.

Presentations were made to the Clubs "First Members": Woman - Jean Koles Avella; father & sons - Joe Costa Sr., also twins Joe and Vincent Costa;  brothers - Dr. Albert and Dr. Charles Santoro; female officer (treasurer) - Marie Gallo; served three terms as president - Anthony Niosi; served three terms as District Lt. Governor - Peter Gallo, Jr.; and  woman president - Colleen Jarvis.

A presentation to the Lodi Kiwanis Club for sponsoring the HH-Teterboro Kiwanis Club 50 years ago.

Also in attendance: Kiwanis NJ District Lt. Governor Sal  Nuccio, representatives from Saddle Brook Kiwanis Club, and HH High School Key Club co-presidents.

The Heights-Teterboro Kiwanis Club presented checks to the HH Free Public Library and to the Kiwanis International Children's Miracle Network.

Ms. Jarvis concluded the program with closing remarks and special thanks to 50th Anniversary Committee members: Marie Viducich, Marie Gallo, Peter Gallo, Michele Reutty, John Koch and Fritz Rethage.

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Invocation by Barbara Smith

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NJ Governor Gwen Walding

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NJ Governor Gwen Walding and honoree Dr. Burnett Eglow inducting new members (husband and wife) Martin and Maryetta Saccomano.

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Club Secretary Peter Gallo Jr.

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Club President Colleen Jarvis, NJ Kiwanis Governor Gwen Walding, Hon. Steve Rothman, Dr. Burnett Eglow, Major William J. Torre and Barbara Smith

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Councilman John Wassberg, Dr. Burnett Eglow and Mayor William J. Torre

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Past school principals Arthur Ranges and Thomas F. King, Honoree Dr. Burnett Eglow and past school superintendents Dr. Rudolph Sellitti, Dr. Richard Stepura and Dr. Paul Arriolatta.

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Library Board of Trustees receiving check for $1,000.
Library Director Michele Reutty, Thomas Meli, Lisa Trainer, Maryetta Saccomano, Thomas Verrastro, Club President Colleen Jarvis and Peter Gallo, Jr..

Presentations being made to the Clubs "First Members".
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