Longtime Weehawken school board member passes away
Patricia Sullivan (nee O’Donnell) of Weehawken, a longtime school board member and employee in the town’s tax office, passed away on Sept. 18. She was serving as the vice president of the board at the time, and still worked in the tax office. She would have turned 76 next month.
She was born in Jersey City and was a longtime resident of Weehawken’s Shades section.
Jim Marchetti, the town administrator, said she was well loved.
“My family knew her for over 40 years,” he said. “My children went to school with her children. She always had a wonderful smile, was a very positive person, and also was a loving mother and a grandmother.”
Her daughter, Moira Sullivan of Weehawken, said, “My mother as the most generous person in the world. Of course she cared about her family first, but she considered the kids of Weehawken her second family.”
She added, “My sisters and I will miss her every day. Ever since we can remember, she either coached a team or worked in the school and was somewhere in town and was available to anyone who had questions or was just wondering when their taxes were due. Everyone has been very kind and generous in saying a Weehawken icon has passed, that they don’t know how things are going to be the same. Many people have shaken my hand and said the same.”
She was the wife of the late George Sullivan and mother of Moira, Tara Hechavarria, and Trish Poley. She was the sister of James O'Donnell, Helen Sneyers, Margaret Kelly, Thomas O'Donnell, the late William O'Donnell, and late Grace Netzke. She was the grandmother of Quin, Aidan, Neve, Zoe, and Maeve. She was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Library resumes program featuring local artists
The Weehwaken Library will relaunch a popular program next month, when the work of local artist Janet Tava will be on display at various designated areas throughout the building, recreating a gallery-like experience for visitors to the library.
“It is always our goal to enlighten and enrich the lives of our community, “ said Holly Pizzuta, librarian. She noted that showcasing works by established and emerging artists from the area is a wonderful way to achieve that goal. “The program was also extremely popular, and our Board of Directors recommended that the library bring it back for our community.”
The exhibit, which will open with a reception on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., will continue through Oct. 20. Exhibits by other artists are also being planned.
Ms. Tava’s first professional position was with the prestigious Karl Mann Studio, where she learned and perfected decorative painting techniques, adapting ancient Chinese designs for modern use in innovative and award-winning hand-painted wallpapers, textiles and murals. She also works in acrylic and oils to produce paintings for museums and galleries. Janet is equally at home on a scaffold as she is at an easel, having painted murals on the ceilings and walls of many historical buildings.
For more information call the library at 201-863-7823.
Got Hurricane Sandy stories and photos to share?
Do you have an untold Sandy story or an interesting photo? We’d like to hear from you!
We’ll be compiling the tales in an upcoming edition. Just tell us an anecdote or explain how you survived. We want to hear our neighbors’ stories.
Send us your story in 300 words or less in the body of an email. To submit photos, attach up to three photos per email as .jpg attachments.
Put “Weehawken Sandy stories” in the subject head and email to editorial@Hudsonreporter.com by Oct. 15.
They don’t have to be heroic or earth-shattering stories; we just want to know what you did during the storm, or anything else of note. We will use the most relevant ones in our publication in late October.
Help foster children by attending CASA information session Oct. 8
Are you interested in helping children in the foster care system? If so, Hudson County CASA (court appointed special advocate) is recruiting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
An information session to learn more about the program and the role of its volunteers will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room 400 of the Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City.
CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.
CASA and its volunteers speak for children in court, serve as fact finders for judges, and safeguard the interests of the children while they are in the foster care system.
Hudson County has nearly 700 children in foster care; most have been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect.
For more information, call (201) 795-9855, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.