Friday, March 8, 2013
Parade kicks off at 1:30 pm from Woodbridge High School
The American Irish Association of Woodbridge will sponsor the 40th Annual Woodbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 10. This year's Grand Marshall is Ed Mullen, Chief of Iselin Fire Company #1. The parade starts at 1:30 pm, leaving from Woodbridge High School. The parade route takes it down Freeman Street, then to Linden Avenue and Amboy Avenue, before turning onto Main Street and ending at Town Hall. Parade participants will include more than 80 marching bands, including traditional Irish Pipe Bands and marching bands representing all three Woodbridge Township high schools. Irish-themed parade floats and displays, representatives from fire departments, first aid and emergency response squads, members of Woodbridge scouting …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
First it was a Nativity scene at the municipal building that was a problem...now it looks like a huge lighted menorah may be an issue as well.
The addition of secular holiday decorations and a 'Happy Kwanzaa' sign this holiday season might've made the constitutionality of the Woodbridge Nativity scene on Town Hall property a little more within the realm of law. There may still be a problem, though, around the other side of the building: the placement of a huge Menorah at the entrance to the Municipal Building. That may be a violation of the separation of church and state, said Patrick Elliott, an attorney with the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) who has taken issue before with the township's use of religious displays on public property. The menorah, a symbol of Hanukkah and Judaism's 'Holiday of Lights', may not be the issue, Elliott said, as much as the context in …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
But the legal wrangling over a religious display on public property might not be over yet.
Just when you might've thought all was lost, Woodbridge's traditional Nativity display made its way back onto Town Hall property late Monday afternoon. It was in its normal place on the busy corner of Main Street and Rahway Avenue. But this year, the creche display had some company. A lit up Santa Claus, a Christmas tree of lights, and several reindeer accompanied the display on one side, while a big green "Happy Kwanzaa" sign decorated the other. That was the township administration's nod to a protest lodged last year by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a national atheist education and lobbying group in Wisconsin, about the display of a religious display on public property. The sudden addition of secular holiday decoration …
Monday, December 10, 2012
The traditional Nativity scene is absent from Woodbridge Town Hall, a year after a complaint from an atheist legal organization was lodged.
There's a Christmas wreath over the main doors to the Woodbridge Municipal Building, and inside, a Christmas tree sparkles with holiday lights. It's Christmas around Woodbridge, but one display that has traditionally been part of the decoration seems to be missing. That's the Nativity Scene, a decades-old plywood set of cutouts constructed by employees of the township's Public Works Department, and usually placed in front of town hall as part of its seasonal decorating. Last year, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FRFF) got wind of the religious display on township property and sent a letter to municipal officials, saying that the nativity was a violation of the separation of church and state. The display, usually set…
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Expected are Queen Isabella and Christopher Columbus to mark the founding of America.
Italian-Americans, unite! The Woodbridge Knights of Columbus will be hosting a special Columbus Day celebration. It will be held today, October 7, 10 am at Woodbridge Town Hall. The event isn't just your typical Columbus Day gathering. Expected are Queen Isabella and the captain of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus himself (or a close proxy.) Festivities include a flag-raising ceremony, and a special appearance by Ms. Italian America Brooke Sweeney, in addition to State Senator Joe Vitale, Grand Marshal Frank St. Marie, and Mayor John McCormac. All are invited, and refreshments will be served. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Join in remembering the day no one can forget.
It'll be 11 years since 9/11, and for many, it still feels just like yesterday. The Woodbridge Interfaith Clergy Council and representatives of the Woodbridge Township Emergency Response community will host a 9/11 Interfaith Memorial Service on today at Woodbridge Town Hall at 7 pm. The ceremony will be held at the 9/11 Memorial outside the municipal building, where the names of locals who perished are emblazoned on a granite memorial marker. Nine Woodbridge residents were killed in the horrific attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The township hasn't forgotten them. Many township emergency service personnel volunteered to help on 9/11, and in the grim days afterward with the clean-up. The nine township residents who died …