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The mayor is in! The doctor is in! The colonel is in! Which one do you want? Well, you get all three at the same time, with newly-elected Mayor Felix E. Roque of West New York.

Born in Las Villas, Cuba, Mayor Roque came to the United States in 1967 to the Town of West New York, and has been a West New Yorker ever since. His father Jose, who is 89 years old, is the oldest Cuban doctor in West New York. His lovely mother Hilda, who is 84 years old, is a retired nurse.

Mayor Roque attended the Harry L. Bain School in West New York, then went on to attend the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, N.Y. in 1976 for his high school years. From there he went to the United States Army to pay for his college education under the G.I. Bill, at Norwich University Military College of Vermont, located in Northfield, Vt. At the military college, he graduated with honors as a distinguished military graduate. He achieved bachelor’s degrees in Biology and also in Spanish, and came out of the college with the title of second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Mayor Roque went to the Central Eastern University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic and completed four years of study with the United States Army/Office of the Surgeon General from 1987 to 1993. Afterward, he went into internship in medicine at Colombia Presbyterian Hospital/St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in 1993, completed a residency there from 1994 to 1997 in anesthesiology from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and also was awarded a fellowship there in 1997.

In 1998, he went into private practice to serve his father’s community in West New York. He also became the director of pain management at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen from 2000-2001, as well as for the former Saint Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken. Currently, along with his private practice, he still serves in the U.S. Army, and now with the rank of colonel, and performs medical duties within the armed forces for our country. The army, says Mayor Roque, gives you the will to fight, and not accept defeat!

Mayor Roque has two sons from a previous marriage, Joseph and Daniel. When he finds time to relax, he likes to listen to jazz, and the music of Barry White, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Earth, Wind and Fire. He likes the games of chess and dominos. He likes to watch professional boxing and wrestling. He likes going to the gym, and likes roller skating, and fishing. He has traveled all over the world and to Africa, via the U.S. Army. He likes Broadway plays, especially “The Phantom of the Opera” and he likes action movies with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mayor Roque also tells us that he went on a humanitarian mission to Armenia in 1991, and in 2001 supplied free medical services to earthquake victims. Presently, he is a member of the West New York Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Weehawken, and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Drug Agency.

What does Mayor Roque want to accomplish with his mayoralty? Mayor Roque says in a firm but kindly way that he wants to bring back respect and glory to the people of West New York. However, he reasons that medicine and politics are separate in his life, except that both professions are there to help people. Well, mayor, doctor, and Colonel Felix Roque, your days ahead will be new and challenging, and you are sincerely wished All The Best!

Wearing his other hat as Nicholas “The Whizzer” Mastorelli, Union City’s athletic living legend, Nick “The Whizzer” has sent us the names of 12 students who have received scholarships from the Emerson High School Alumni Association. They are Jesus Amaro, Antonio Borges, Stephanie Cornejo, Diane Erazo, Isacc Flores, Yasmine El Garhi, Alexis Hernandez, Jossue Matias, Jessica Parra, Catelin Perez, Sean Soto, and Samantha Zimmer. Congratulations to all! Oh, by the way Nick, have you ever met Guttenberg’s athletic living legend Brian Guaschino and his son Thomas? If not, then let me know, an introduction can be made, and perhaps there would be a lot to talk about on sports between you local legends. And away we go!

Executive Director Nicholas Cicco of the North Hudson Regional Council of Mayors, based in Union City, tells us that their Meals On Wheels Program for people who are 60 years and older has now moved to the Union City Free Public Library. This new facility is larger in space for serving the public. The chairman of the NHRCOM is Guttenberg Mayor and Executive Director Cicco is also a Guttenberg resident, and semi-retired chiropractor. Please call (201) 866-4004 for further information.

Paramus Catholic High School in Bergen County recently recognized its North Hudson County students for their Underclassmen Awards. They are Dominick Savino, Jasmine Diaz, and Maria Morich of North Bergen; Ashley Bowman of Secaucus; and Genesis Sanchez of Union City. Congrats to all!

We hear Pastor James Whelan of Saint Lawrence Roman Catholic Church in Weehawken even gives of his time to other parishes locally. We were told that he helped at the Saint Anne’s church feast in Hoboken recently. Furthermore, he was complimented among parishioners recently at a Saturday evening mass for his attention to churchgoers and details thereof. Onward Christian Soldiers!

And so it goes … until next time …see you around town …MATT.

Readers who would like to contribute to this column can do so by mailing your news items along with your photographs to Matthew Amato, columnist, c/o The Hudson Reporter, 1400 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030.

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