A beautiful sunny sky and warm weather set the stage for a perfect day for Mayor McCormac to deliver his State of the Township speech Wednesday. A capacity crowd filled the ballroom at on Route 9 for the luncheon, geared towards addressing the Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce and business community.
The choir opened the program singing the Star Spangled Banner in harmony, followed by a touching version of “I Love This Town”. Soon aferward, McCormac began his address with a tribute to two hometown heroes, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kevin Reinhard and former Hopelawn Fire Chief Bruce Turcotte, both of whom lost their lives in the line of duty.
After thanking numerous politicians and officials, McCormac devoted the rest of the speech to the growth of Woodbridge Township in the last 50 years. McCormac spoke of how the township has grown in population, businesses, and economically to make it the sixth largest municipality in the state.
The mayor focused on some of the new, ongoing, and proposed business projects throughout Fords, and Iselin; the “Green Technology Park and Business Center at Woodbridge”; the Keasbey Industrial site and the Brownfields Development Area; making the-anticipated Avenel Arts Village a reality; two new Wawa’s, one of which broke ground the previous day, and Aldi Foods.
He also pointed put all the ongoing and new arts projects that he has instituted, including a new History Museum as part of Parker Press Park; the Woodbridge Artisan Guild Gallery; New Horizons Band and the Woodbridge Community Choir; the “Music on Main” program; free concerts at Parker Press Park and the Barron Arts Center; the Mayor’s Summer Concert series; the Woodbridge Community Youth Players; and the Family Series.
Phyllis Jaroszewski, a Democratic committeewoman who was at the luncheon, admired the speech. “I am here because I love this town. I loved his speech because he covered everything. He works so hard for this town and you can tell it," she said.