LINDEN — The Linden Retired Men’s Club celebrated the 150th anniversary of Linden’s incorporation with a luncheon for members and their guests on Flag Day, June 14.
Approximately 135 seniors attended the event at the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center. They each received a commemorative American flag with the words “LINDEN, NJ 150TH ANNIVERSARY 1861 – 2011” printed on the pole. The hall had red, white and blue decorations with historic and present U.S. flags hanging on the walls.
Guests included Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka, City Council President James Moore, Linden’s “Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year 2011” Doris Henel and “Linden’s Oldest Citizen” 106 year old Hattie Banister.
Children from Linden Public School No. 8 led the opening ceremony with the Pledge to the Flag and sang the National Anthem. The event was catered by Siclari’s Catering. The Joe Caroselli Band played patriotic songs provided a sing-along of old time favorites.
Club member Arlene Dudas and Michael Elwertowski acted out a skit about Betsy Ross and George Washington. George Petroski and Mike Steffan did a skit about Benjamin Franklin and the discovery of electricity. Walter Wietrzkowski and Linden Councilman Robert Sadowski did a skit about the Civil War, which started one month after Linden became a township.
The Retired Men’s Club is the largest and most active club for senior citizens of Linden, sponsored by the Department of Public Property and Community Services. It is open to all senior men and women of Linden. The club meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m., from September through June, at the Gregorio Recreation Center. Anyone wishing to join may call the center at 1-908-474-8627.
Linden Retired Men’s Club members Arlene Dudas and Michael Elwertowski act out a skit about Betsy Ross and George Washington during the club’s Flag Day luncheon.
Linden Councilman Robert Sadowski participated in a skit about the Civil War, which started one month after Linden became a township.
Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka and 106-year-old city resident Hattie Banister were guests at the Linden Retired Men’s Club luncheon on Flag Day
Linden Retired Men’s Club members George Petroski and Mike Steffan acted out a skit about Benjamin Franklin and the discovery of electricity during the club’s luncheon earlier this month.
(All photos courtesy of the Linden Retired Men’s Club)
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