How FREE is any Free Luncheon?

Meet the new Superintendent of the Woodbridge School District at a free luncheon.

For those that missed it, follow this link,  http://woodbridge.patch.com/articles/meet-woodbridge-s-new-school-superintendent#comments_list  to read an earlier Patch post on Dr. Zega’s upcoming Meet and Greet luncheon.

Since the luncheon is off campus (not at any school facilities) and is at noon, it seemed odd that the BOE would authorize a luncheon at that time and place. 

Well, in fact, according to the response received from Woodbridge School District, which is shown below, the event is not a Board of Education authorized event.  It appears Dr. Zega does not require BOE approval for such an event, even though it is during normal School District hours of operation.     

Here is the reply I received:


P. O. Box 428, School Street                                                                                                                                            DENNIS DEMARINO
Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095                                                      


Telephone:     (732) 602-8536
Fax:     (732) 855-0430

February 26, 2013

By E-Mail to:
Thomas Maras
Colonia, NJ 07067

Re: OPRA request #12-54

Dear Mr. Maras:

I have reviewed your request seeking documents from the Woodbridge Township Board of Education pursuant to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) received via email on February 25, 2013.

Specifically, you have requested the following information:

  1. A copy of the BOE’s authorization for the expenditure of school district funds for the upcoming March 5, 2013, Meet & Greet Luncheon, with Dr. Zega, at the Metro Top Tower, located at 111 Wood Avenue South in Iselin.2
  2. Copy of the Woodbridge School District’s correspondence with BOE members regarding the aforementioned luncheon.
  3. Copy of the RFQ/Bid Request used to select the location and catering services for the luncheon.
  4. When received by the District, a copy of the invoice submitted by the entity or entities that supplied the facility for the luncheon and the catering of it.


1. – 4. The documentation you are seeking does not exist. This event is not a Board of Education authorized event.


Dennis DeMarino


There is an old saying that states: There is no such thing as a free lunch!   So who is sponsoring the luncheon and why?

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NotInKansasAnymore February 28, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Hey Tom why don't you also request the financial paperwork for their Superintendent search? What a sham that was! Do we know whow the Assistant super is yet?
unknownauthor February 28, 2013 at 07:21 PM
On the to do list. Just learned MAC-E (( Mayors Advocacy Committee for Education) is hosting the luncheon. Do you know if Mac likes to show off his trophies?
Marina March 02, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Compliments of the generous taxpayers of Woodbridge!! When you open your tax bill, this is why its jaw-dropping. Hopefully at election time the taxpayers remember this and show this wild spending fool the door!!!


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