Among many honors for the graduating seniors, the Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club bestowed awards on two members of the Class of 2012, one recognizing service to others, and the second applauding achievement in music.
Former Club President Nancy Boucher presented the Nancy Boucher Service Award to Rebecca Levin. Boucher said “the award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to service and through those efforts and by her example has had a positive impact on others.” Boucher also noted that Levin has done an outstanding job as President of the MHS Key Club, a service organization sponsored by the Kiwanis, leading the club in 600 hours of service in 2012. Key Club projects included Color-A Smile, Babysitting for mothers who attended Dress for Success meetings, conducting a food drive for a local food pantry, making gingerbread houses with cognitively impaired students, staffing the MHS Blood Drive and running a dodge ball tournament to raise funds which were contributed to charities.
At the Awards Ceremony, Leszczuk also received the Arion Music Award, William Chemerka Student Council Award and Presidential Award for Academic Excellence.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kiwanis changed pitchers. (The first Kiwanis pitcher went five innings!) The “closer” was excellent and after two hits to shortstop with put-outs at first, the final batter hit a foul ball, which the first basement caught just inside the fence. WaaaHooooo!
Kiwanis June 19 Program: Vincent J. DeNave, Chatham Borough Engineer, spoke on Zoning, other activities.
A Civil Engineer, he likes to work on projects which build permanent things. Chatham Borough really works with residents to meet their needs. Time is spent with residents to understand their issues. One of his first Chatham projects was the Streetscape project. Cory Fuller was passionate about this project and was very supportive. Five years later it still looks good. It looks so pretty that film crews like to shoot commercials downtown.
More recently, Vincent worked on the Memorial Park swimming pool redesign. Before it was reconstructed, the pool always lost money. Now, income has more than doubled and the pool more than breaks even, a success story.
The 26 miles of roads in the Borough have to be maintained. Very old trees have caused sidewalks to raise and break. Summer interns are doing a complete inventory of sidewalks and a plan will be created to solve the problem.
As Zoning Officer, Vincent enforces the Chatham Property Maintenance Ordinance. For example, a fence might fall down and not be fixed. Most enforcement is driven by complaints. Usually, sending a letter to the homeowner will get the issue resolved. He is also working on a new ordinance to control nuisance lighting (high intensity and glare).
Vincent said that an application has been approved by the planning board for establishing a KinderCare facility at the Parrot Mill. Click here to read Chatham Patch article regarding Parrot Mill project.
Tom Mullin reported that the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches sold well at Fishawack. Mary Anne reported that The St. Patrick’s Builders Club sent a check for $253 to be contributed to the ELIMINATE project. The children raised the money by sponsoring a “dress-down” day. Students made a contribution to ELIMINATE and then were permitted to attend school “out of uniform.” She also presented awards at the ECLC graduation, which a very inspiring event. All 22 graduates made a speech about their ECLC years and plans for the future. She gave a Kiwanis award to each of them. Gary reported that Sharon is out of the hospital and in rehab. More details will be sent out via email. Madison High School Awards are on the 21st and graduation on the 22nd. Kiwanis will give two awards: the Nancy Boucher Service Award and the Jerry Vezza Music Award. Chatham High School graduation is on the 21st. Chatham Kiwanis Scholarship winners Gianna Rose Strand and Elizabeth Hyde will be recognized. Sparta Kiwanis announced that they will have a big Steak Bust August 2. Malcolm passed around a signup sheet for decorating 4th of July floats.
Ron Whalin, member of Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club presented a "live" on-line demo of the recently published 1940 Census. He showed how anyone can look up an official census document provided that they know the April, 1940 USA address for the person. The image above shows the census record which contains Madam Bey, who established and operated a Boxing Camp on River Road in Chatham Township. The data is also shown for her son, who was the first Policeman in Chatham Township. The age for Hranoush (Madam) Bey is probably not correct.
All of Chatham Township records are in Enumeration District ED 14-17. The street names are shown in the records, but no street numbers are shown for the Township. There are 56 pages (images) for the Township and Madam Bey is on image 43, line 8.
All of Chatham Borough records are in ED 14-13, 14-14, 14-15 and 14-16. Streets and street numbers are included in the Borough records.
Volunteers are asked to help index records by name and some states have been completed - not New Jersey. Go to the official website to learn more: 1940census. archives.gov