The Cranford Recreation and Parks Department will sponsor the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday. Marchers will line up beginning at the Community Center at 220 Walnut Avenue at 8:30 am and step off is at 9am. At 10am, after the parade, there will be a Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue between Riverside Drive and Central Avenue.
Peter Fekete is this year’s Grand Marshal. Fekete is a Vietnam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division and has been a Cranford resident with his wife Irene for over thirty years. Two of Fekete’s sons are currently serving in the Army in Afghanistan.
In the event of inclement weather, services only will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Bates Hall, on Springfield Avenue at 10am.
Clark will host a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, stepping off at 9:30 am.
Following the parade will be services at the Arthur L. Johnson High School.
This year’s parade will dedicated to the memory of Clark native Sergeant James W. Harvey II who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 20, 2011.
Rahway’s Memorial Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 27th, stepping off at 1:30 pm in front of City Hall at Main Street and E. Milton Avenue. It will pass down Irving Street to Main Street and end at City Hall.
Rahway’s Department of Parks and Recreation will host the The 12th Annual Mayor’s Trophy 5K Run including a 100 yards Pee Wee Run for the little folk on Monday, May 28th. The top three male and female runners will earn prize money. The run will take place at the Rahway City Hall Complex at 3 City Hall Plaza.
For times, please visit the Rahway website.
Annually, Newsweek Magazine scours the data from the nation’s high schools and culls the top 1000 schools, based on the critera of which schools are most effective in producing college-ready graduates. The six components against which they judge the high schools are:
college matriculation rate
Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccaleureate (IB) tests taken per student
average SAT and ACT test scores
average AP and IB scores
AP courses offered
This year, 11 Union County high schools ranked in the top 1000 in the Nation. Here they are:
#102 – Union County Magnet in Scotch Plains
#143 – Academy for Information Technologyin Scotch Plains
#167 – Academy for Allied Health Services in Scotch Plains
#224 – New Providence High School in New Providence
#251 – Summit High School in Summit
#279 – Cranford High School in Cranford
#352 – Westfield High School in Westfield
#498 – Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights
#585 – Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield
#769 – Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains
#820 – Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark
To read the entire article and see how other schools in New Jersey and in the Nation compare, click here.
The Borough of Fanwood is hosting a special concert, “A Tribute to Fallen Heroes,” at the north side of the railroad station this Saturday evening at 7:30pm. The Westfield Community Band will provide an evening of patriotic entertainment and the concert is free thanks to donations of local civic groups, businesses, and individuals. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets!
At 8:00 am on Monday morning, Memorial Day observances will begin at American Legion Post 209 at Park Avenue and Sunset Place. At 9:00 am, there will be a ceremony at the Fanwood Memorial Library at Tillotson Road and North Avenue. At 10:00 am, there will be a ceremony at the Veterans Monument at Park Avenue and Front Street, featuring the SPFHS Chamber Choir performing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
The Scotch Plains Memorial Day Parade will start at 10:45am at the Municipal Building in Scotch Plains, proceed along Park Avenue to Martine Avenue to Fanwood and end at LaGrande Park. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Vietnam Veterans of America Color Guards will lead the parade with the Grand Marshal Robert LaCosta, a Vietnam Veteran.