As September 11 approaches, these beautiful blue-sky days cannot help but evoke a feeling of sadness. But those remembrances can be put to productive use: Plymouth Avenue will take the opportunity to thank our local heroes for their work in keeping us safe this Saturday when the Maplewood Fire Department visits the annual block. You too can remember firefighters and help support local causes by making a donation to the Maplewood Professional Firefighters Association/FMBA Local 25/IAFF L-4525. Checks can be made out to the "Maplewood FMBA" and dropped off at the Station House at 105 Dunnell Road.
The Maplewood FMBA provides assistance and support to active and retired FD members, their families and to community organizations and projects, including a fire victims assistance fund, scholarships for local high school students, Cougar boosters, youth organizations and local recreation programs.
KLING IS KING
Well actually, he's not quite king, but Carl Kling Jr., a career firefighter with the Maplewood Fire Department, is now one of four Deputy Chiefs reporting to MFD Chief Joseph Richardella. Kling was sworn in by Town Clerk Elizabeth Fritzen (back from brain surgery and showing no ill effects, thank you very much) at the Township Committee meeting last night before throngs of friends, family and, it would seem, the entire Maplewood Fire Department, as well as three ex-fire chiefs.
Kling movingly thanked his wife Kathy; his three children Kaitlin, Joe and Liz Kling; his parents for instilling in him a terrific work ethic; MFD Chief Joseph Richardella; and the many firefighters active and retired who have shaped him and worked alongside him over the years. Kaitlin held the bible while wife Kathy proudly stood by as Kling was sworn in. (Joe and Liz are away at college.) Then, Kling and his 100 closest friends headed for Churrasco on Springfield Avenue to celebrate.
WALKING THE WALK
On Saturday, September 11, at 3 p.m., approximately 30 members of the Maplewood Volunteer First Aid Squad will embark on a 5-kilometer walk that will begin at the FAS headquarters at 129 Boyden Avenue and wind its way through Maplewood. With contibutions down due to the struggling economy, the squad needs to raise funds and asks that residents sponsor the walkers with donation. First Aid Squad Captain Bruce Mandel credits the idea for the event to fundraising chairperson LaVerne Peterson. Find out more about the squad here. Who knows? You might even feel compelled to join the squad!
YOUR CHANCE TO BE A HERO
Twenty-seven-year old Annie [last name withheld] has acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow donor so she can receive the transplant that can save her life. That's where you come in.
The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, in conjunction with the JCC Metrowest, will be hosting a donor recruitment drive at 760 Northfield Avenue in West Orange, NJ on Tuesday, September 14 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 4:00-8:00 p.m. Annie's best chance for a match would be someone of Eastern European Jewish descent, but—whatever your background—you can find out if you are a match for Annie and countless other children and adults by joining Gift of Life, an affiliate of the National Marrow Donor Program and the worldwide donor registry. Testing is fast and painless, involving only a simple cheek swab. Eligible donors must be between the ages of 18-60 and in general good health. For information or to schedule interviews, please call 1-800-9MARROW or visit www.giftoflife.org.