LINDEN—The General Pulaski Memorial Parade Committee of St. Theresa’s of Linden named Slawek Niemynski as its contingent marshal for 2009.
Niemynski is an independent mortgage broker on North Wood Avenue in Linden. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Slawek immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 as a tool and die engineer. Advances in the industry led him to Kean University to specialize in CNC/CAM computer programming.
With skills in managerial positions, Niemynski shifted his focus to business and finance. He has worked with Excelsior Mortgage, the Weichert Financial Group and Fidelity Mortgage.
Slawek and his wife Stacy have a daughter, Katherine, who is married to Navy Lt. Patrick Thomas, and two sons, Christopher and Arthur. Niemynski and his family have been involved with the New York Pulaski Parade for many years and with the Polish Scouts from Wallington and Clark. He is currently the Sergeant-At-Arms of the New York Pulaski Parade Committee and vice president of the St. Theresa’s Pulaski Parade Committee.
The local committee also named Miss Polonias Rhiannan Ocello and Dorota Bielawski to represent St. Theresa’s. Ocello, daughter of Robyn and John Ocello, is currently a junior at Matawan Regional High School.
Bielawski is a recent graduate of the Academy for Allied Health Sciences in Scotch Plains, and will be attending Rutgers University in the fall. Her parents are Hanna and Marcin Bielawski.
Both Miss Polonias are proud of their Polish heritage and are eager to carry the torch for Polish-American youth. For the first time, the Linden Pulaski Parade Committee has also chosen a Master Polonia.
Thomas Yamakaitis of Linden has been selected to receive this year’s honor. An eighth grade student at Soehl Middle School, Yamakaitis has been extremely active in the Linden Pulaski Committee . His keen sense of Polish history has led him to be proactive in both St. Hedwig’s and St. Theresa’s parishes. Yamakaitis is the son of Luke and Michele Yamakaitis of Linden.
Sashing ceremonies for the Marshal, Miss Polonias, and Master Polonia will take place on Saturday, Aug. 8 at The Cavalier Regency on Wood Ave in Roselle. The Linden contingent, as well as many other well-wishers and supporters, bands and floats will march down 5th Avenue in New York City on Sunday, Oct. 4 in the annual Pulaski Day Parade.
For tickets or more information on either the sashing dinner or the parade, call Larry Lukenda at 908-925-0623 or Stacy Niemynski at 732-239-3217.
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