Galloway Community Services Breakfast with Santa at Smithville Inn in Galloway NJ 2013
The annual Galloway Community Services Breakfast With Santa at Smithville in was a sold out event again. Galloway’s Community Services puts together quite an event for the children with the Smithville Inn. Along with the absolute best Santa and Mrs. Claus we have ever seen, many other characters like Frosty, Mickey Mouse, Dora, Rudolph and Elmo were on hand for photos.
Families enjoyed scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, bacon and much more as the children’s favorite characters walked around and engaged everyone. The Galloway Patriot was there to enjoy the experience. Everyone did such a great job. Santa and Mrs. Claus made so many children happy.
Galloway Patriot Publisher Chuck Knutson with National Television News Personality Kelly Wright November 29, 2013
Every so often we have the pleasure and the privilege of making new friends with truly positive great people. Kelly Wright whom many of us see on television most days is one of those people. Kelly Wright is a reporter for Fox News Channel and co-anchor of America’s News Headquarters on Saturday, and is based in the network’s Washington, D.C., bureau. Kelly is a friend of our neighbor and close friend, Dr. Nina Singh-Radcliff. Dr. Nina is a Galloway resident and often appears on television as a medical correspondent.
Recently, Dr. Nina visited our home with Kelly and I was able to speak to him at length about his tenure as a journalist as well as his amazing life experiences. As we discussed everything from love for his caring supportive mother to his time as a reporter on the ground in the most dangerous areas of Iraq, it was clear that Kelly’s sincere desire to help others is paramount. Kelly spends much of his time working on his project of positive personal stories titled, Beyond the Dream. You can view many of these stories at http://video.foxnews.com/playlist/beyond-the-dream/ .
Kelly expressed a desire to become involved in the Magnus Mud Run obstacle course produced by the Galloway Patriot. The Magnus Mud Run helps children build confidence while having fun. We will announce the 2014 Magnus Mud Run schedule soon. Until then, make sure to watch Kelly Wright on Fox News and Beyond The Dream .
Galloway Patriot Military Vehicles for Galloway Township Emergency Management
Galloway Patriot Military Vehicles for Galloway Township Emergency Management
For those of you that have not seen the military trucks at the Magnus Mud Run giving children rides, we thought we should let the community know that the Galloway Patriot has purchased some military vehicles to assist the township in the event of an emergency.
After Hurricane Sandy it became evident that the National Guard and government agencies were overwhelmed by the number of people needing assistance. Local townships like Ocean City and Brigantine have begun acquiring military vehicles like the 5 ton troop carrier trucks the National Guard used most recently in the Colorado floods to augment their emergency management programs.
These enormous trucks have the ability to go through deep water and snow as well as carry people out and supplies in. Our 5 ton even has a huge winch to recover other emergency vehicles that become stuck or move very heavy debris.
While the trucks are extremely useful in an emergency, they represent a very large financial burden to the townships which own them. They are expensive to register and insure. They are maintenance intensive and it can cost thousands just to replace a tire.
While the other townships chose to accept those costs and acquire the trucks we, the Knutson family, owners of the Galloway Patriot, decided to purchase the trucks and cover all the associated costs. This seems to be the best way for our town to have access to these powerful military vehicles without Galloway residents being burdened with the costs associated with ownership.
You will see the truck around town at community events and charity events like the recent food bank food drive golf tournament. If you have a charity event that you would like us to bring the truck too, let us know.
The Spellers in the Absegami Drama Club’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from left to right, Colleen Garrison, Michael Moore, Isabelle Brown, Joshua Wescoat, Nicholas Hathaway and Abby Cohen.
The Emanon Players of Absegami High School are T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D to present the heartwarming production of the two-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Audiences will enjoy the fun Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00 PM and on Sunday, November 24th at 3:00 PM in the Absegami High School Performing Arts Center in Galloway Township.
Featuring witty and endearing music and lyrics by William Finn and a delightful book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a tuneful, clever and uproarious tale that follows the story of six over-achieving and quirky adolescents vying for a spelling championship, overseen by equally colorful adults. Through the ups and downs of the bee they’re forced to learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The comical bar is raised exponentially as four volunteer audience members get the opportunity to become part of the action as an on-stage bee contestant.
Featured in the play as the six spellers are junior Colleen Garrison, sophomore Michael Moore, junior Isabelle Brown, senior Joshua Wescoat, junior Nicholas Hathaway and sophomore Abby Cohen. Playing the adults are senior Gabrielle Hughes, junior Nathan Moore and senior Frankie Chisholm. Rounding out the cast are Malia Monk, Brady Bock, Aaron Sartorio, Brandon Castillo, Saverio Turrano, Jess Schrading, Samantha Hickman, C. J. Coyle, Lexi Patterson, Kyri Saint-Germain, Ashley Fox and Rachel Cohen. The production is under the direction of Absegami drama teacher Chip Garrison, with musical direction by GTMS music/drama teacher Brian Conover and choreography by Absegami school psychologist Katie Taylor and student Ashley Fox.
Created through a workshop process, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opened Off-Broadway where it became an instant success thanks to universal rave reviews and incredible buzz. The show eventually moved to Broadway where it ran for 3 years. Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it won two Tony’s, including Best Book of a Musical. The New York Times raved asking, “Can you spell i-r-r-e-s-i-s-t-i-b-l-e? Spelling Bee is riotously funny and remarkably ingenious. Gold stars all around.” The Wall Street Journal called the production “…perfect in every possible way – that rarity of rarities, a super-smart musical that is also a bona fide crowd-pleaser. An ingenious blend of simplicity and sophistication, it’s not merely funny, it’s wise.”
General admission tickets for the production are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and will be old on the dates of the production. For information, call (609) 404-2073 x3502 or visit the Absegami website at www.absegami.net. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee does feature adult themes; parental guidance is suggested.
Spa Day at Galloway Health Center. Cloud 9 Day Spa staff treats residents to spa treatments.
The room filled with anxious faces for their afternoon of pampering on Friday, November 15th, hosted by the great crew from Cloud 9 Day Spa. Debbie, Megan and Barb had the room set up with exactly what you would expect when walking into a spa, smells of relaxing oils, peaceful sounds of nature, lightly dimmed and happy welcoming staff. Both men and women from the health center enjoyed facials, hand and arm massages, manicures, and fresh make up. Each resident was offered hot tea, coffee or water while they waited for their turn.
Some of the staff from Cloud 9 Day Spa has or had family that is residents at the Health Center. It was wonderful to see how the residents where extremely grateful for the pampering and the company, with the holidays approaching this made them feel special and appreciated. What a wonderful way to give back. It’s all about paying it forward. These residents once were where most of us are now. Giving them one afternoon of pampering and conversation is priceless.
The Health Center at Galloway will be holding breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 8am-10:30am proceeds to benefit resident council fund. Tickets are $4 for adults and children 10 and under $2. Menu includes French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, has browns, Danish, fruit and beverages. Photo opportunities with Santa, craft table, community vendors, poinsettia sale and Chinese auction. For additional information and reservations please call 609-748-9100.