Roseland's Donald Shauger, Grand Marshal of the West Orange 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Set to March on Sunday, Mar. 18
by Carol Sharkey Corcoran
West Orange 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade Deputy Grand Marshal Sean McGinley, Deputy Grand Marshal Brad Squires, Grand Marshal Donald Shauger, Marisa Shauger, Grand Marshal Aide Michael D'Aries, Lisa Shauger, West Orange Parade Chairperson Sheila Parisi, Past Grand Marshal and Parade Committee Trustee Maureen O’Hara, Deputy Grand Marshal Robert Lynch Credit: West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade is set to kick off this Sunday, Mar. 18 at 12pm and Donald Shauger, of Roseland, is being honored as the 2018 Grand Marshal. Donald will be joined on the festive day by Deputy Grand Marshal Robert Lynch, of Verona; Deputy Grand Marshal Sean J. McGinley, of Kinnelon, and Deputy Grand Marshal Brad Squires, of Long Valley.
Donald and his wife Lisa have two children, Marisa and Donald and although the family now resides in Roseland he has always said he has been proud to call West Orange his hometown.
Born in Newark, Donald was raised by a single mother in West Orange along with his four siblings. In 1981, Donald and his wife Lisa, founded The Shauger Group, a family owned and operated contracting company. Donald, who serves as President/CED and Lisa, the Executive Vice President, established a foundation of teamwork and top notch performance which enabled The Shauger Group to thrive and grow for more than 30 years and to become one the largest private employers in the City of East Orange.
Donald has served as Deputy mayor of West Orange and was Chairman of the Township of West Orange Planning Board. He presently serves on the County of Essex Workforce Investment Board and is a member of the University of Scranton Parents Executive Council. Donald is also part of the Park Avenue Club, and has served on several other Boards, such as the West Orange Recreation Advisory Board, West Orange Branch of the Team Capital Bank Board of Directors, East Orange General Hospital Foundation and the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.
Donald is frequently acknowledged for his contributions to the community. He was named 2015 Citizen of the Year by the West Orange Elks Lodge No. 1590 and in 2016 was inducted into the Colgate Park Hall of Fame on West Orange’s Old Timer’s Day for his commitment to bettering the West Orange Community and its residents.
Donald is firmly committed to giving back to the community, donating money and time to countless local charities and fundraisers, including Susan G. Komen, United Negro College Fund, East Orange Education Foundation and the Newark Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.
In memory of their lifelong friend, former West Orange Police Officer Timothy Groves, in 2014 Donald and Lisa established the Timothy Groves Memorial Scholarship (TGMS) within the West Orange Scholarship Fund. The TGMS benefits students in financial need who, like Officer Groves, commit themselves to various charities and volunteer opportunities. The Shaugers raise money annually for the scholarship through fundraiser events.
Donald and Lisa also contribute to numerous West Orange based charitable organizations including the West Orange Cow Parade, the West Orange Energy Diet, the West Orange PAL and the Codey Fund for Mental Health. The Grotto at Our Lady of Lourdes was a gift from the Shauger and Aufiero families in 2003.
Donald and his friend, former NFL punter Steve Weatherford, have spearheaded many initiatives, including a donation of 1,000 smoke detectors to needy families, a luncheon to acknowledge emergency responders who save lives during Hurricane Sandy, Thanksgiving turnkey donations to families in need, and Project Prom, an annual project created to help students to overcome adversity.
Through The Shauger Group, Donald consistently donates labor, equipment, and resources to various nonprofits, such as the Apostles’ House, and emergency shelter for homeless and at risk families. The Shaugers spend every Christmas at the Apostles House bringing present to the families and they have organized two extreme makeovers of the Apostles House since 2007.
Cole Dewey, Past Grand Marshal Jere Cole, Lisa Shauger, Grand Marshal Donald Shauger, Marisa Shauger, (behind) Parade Adjutant Jeff Bogart, Grand Marshal Chief of Staff Donald Shauger, II, (behind) Lauren Shauger, Grand Marshal Aide Theresa O’Connor Shauger, Grand Marshal Aide Michael D’Aries, Parade Chairperson Sheila Parisi, Deputy Grand Marshal Brad Squires, Parade Committee Corresponding Secretary Katie Bogart Credit: West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade
The history of the West Orange St. Patrick's Day Parade goes back 65 years and can be found online here. This year, the parade was delayed by the destruction from the March 7 snow storm and will now take place on Sunday, Mar. 18. All are welcome!
Shillelagh Club 2015 Irish Sports Expo; Sunday, June 14; 12pm to 7pm; 648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
WEST ORANGE, NJ - This weekend, the Essex County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh will be hosting their annual 2015 Irish Sports Expo. All are welcome at the Irish sport and cultural event which will include hurling and rugby matches as well as traditional Celtic entertainment. Game admission also includes soft drinks, beer and food. The gathering takes place Sunday, June 14, from 12pm to 7pm at the Kelly Athletic Complex, directly behind the Club which is located at 648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.
2015 Sports Expo
The day will host two hurling matches and one rugby match
Admission includes the games as well as soft drinks, beer and food, and Celtic music and dancing, raffles, children's bouncy rides
$40 ~ Family
$20 ~ Adults
$5 ~ Ages 12 to 20
Free ~ kids under 12
Essex County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh
648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
Founded in 1967, the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh is known as one of the premier Irish-American organizations in the state. The social and charitable organization has a large clubhouse in West Orange with a bar open to the public which is known for its hospitality, welcoming atmosphere and its diversity of entertainment offerings. The Shillelagh Club is host to many Irish groups in the area including the Ancient Order of Hibernians; the Women of Irish Heritage and The Essex County Police and Fire Emerald Society. Additionally, the Friendly Sons support various charitable organizations including the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Avon Walk for Life, and Wounded Warriors.
West Caldwell's John Prior to be Honored at Shillelagh Club 47th Annual Dance; Saturday, May 16, 6pm; Mayfair Farms, 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange
2015 Friend of the Shillelagh
Sean McGinley, of Kinnelon
WEST ORANGE, NJ - This weekend, the Essex County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh will be hosting their "47th Annual Dance" at which they will be honoring John Prior, of West Caldwell, Robert Gunning of West Orange, and Sean McGinley of Kinnelon.
Tickets are $90 a person and include an open bar, dinner, dancing to The Tommy Flynn New York Showband and Irish entertainment.
The event takes place Saturday, May 16, at 6pm, at Mayfair Farms located at 481 Eagle Rock Avenue, West West Orange.
The Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh are known as one of the premier Irish organizations in the state. They have a large clubhouse in West Orange with a bar open to the public which is known for its hospitality, welcoming atmosphere and its diversity of entertainment offerings and well-attended trivia matches on alternating Fridays. The Shillelagh Club is host to many Irish groups in the area including the Ancient Order of Hibernians; the Women of Irish Heritage and The Essex County Police and Fire Emerald Society. Additionally, the Friendly Sons support various charitable organizations including the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Avon Walk for Life and Wounded Warriors.
Tickets and Entertainment
The event will begin at 6pm with a cocktail hour; dinner, dancing and an open bar will follow at 7pm. Entertainment will be provided by The Tommy Flynn New York Showband, and performances by the Essex Shillelagh Pipes and Drums and the DeNogla School of Irish Dance.
Essex County Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh
648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
Shillelagh Men of the Year
John Prior, of West Caldwell
Long-time member and past president of The Friendly Sons, Prior resides in West Caldwell with his wife, Katrina Egan Prior.
Shillelagh Men of the Year
Robert Gunning, of Long Valley
The Shillelagh Club, Essex County Division, was founded in October 1967 by Irish leaders John Cryan, Bart Dougherty and Harry Knox. In 1971, the Essex Division of the Friendly Sons purchased the existing club building which was then known as the West Orange Women’s Club. The Friendly Sons is an Irish-American social and charitable organization dedicated to the purpose of promoting and enhancing the fraternity and good fellowship of its membership. The organization is non-sectarian and non-political and is located at 648 Prospect Avenue in West Orange, N.J.
The Smithereens Headlining Concert for Brendan Tevlin, 5pm to 9pm, Sunday, Nov. 30; Wellmont Theater, 5 Seymour Street, Montclair
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
MONTCLAIR, NJ - This weekend, the public is invited to join with the friends and family of Brendan Tevlin at a benefit concert in his honor. Hosted by Radio personality Todd Pettengill, of Cedar Grove, the Concert for Brendan will take place at the Wellmont Theater, from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday, Nov. 30. All monies raised will benefit the Brendan P. Tevlin '13 Memorial Field Fund. The theatre is located at 5 Seymour Street, Montclair.
A band of 150 drums and bagpipers will begin the evening, followed by musical performances by "The Defending Champions" made of up musicians from Montclair and Verona, and "The Altman Brothers Band" from Basking Ridge. The concert will feature a special performance by nationally known artists, "The Smithereens."
"Please join us for a special night
In 1980, the Smithereens got together in Carteret to form a rock band made up of members:
This lineup continued until 2006, when Severo Jornacion took over for Mesaros on bass guitar. They have collaborated with numerous musicians, including Suzanne Vega, Belinda Carlisle, Graham Parker and The Kinks and were a strong influence on Nirvana songwriter and lead singer, Kurt Cobain. The Smithereens are widely recognized for their 1990 Billboard pop hit "A Girl Like You." The group continues to actively tour nationally.
Doors open at 4pm and the show starts promptly at 5pm. All monies raised will benefit the Brendan P. Tevlin '13 Memorial Field Fund.
Shirts commemorating the Concert for Brendan will be available in the Wellmont Theatre Lobby; shirts cost $20 each.
Last month, Brendan's parents, Allison and Michael Tevlin, announced that plans are underway for naming the main playing field at the Seton Hall Prep athletic complex in Brendan's memory. The Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Field will be named in his honor, and kept up with continuous improvements through the Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Fund.
The families were inspired to name the field after Brendan at the Kelly Athletic Complex, located in West Orange, to ensure that the memory of his short, but meaningful, life outshines the circumstances of his tragic, and senseless, death. Naming the field after Brendan is an appropriate memorial as he played on it often; it's regularly used for football, soccer, lacrosse and track and field events .
Brendan graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in 2013. While there, he was an active member of the student body and participated on the Lacrosse Team, the Ambassador's Club, the Knights of Setonia, the Math and Spanish Honor Societies and he was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. He also served as President of the Gaelic Club and received the Monsignor Tuohy Award for having achieved a GPA of over 4.0 for all four years at Seton Hall. After graduating, Brendan went on to the University of Richmond where he was a member of the school's Lacrosse Club.
The newly created Brendan Patrick Tevlin '13 Memorial Fund is very much in need of donations to insure that the memorial field project goes forward. Gifts of cash and checks are the easiest and most common method of supporting any donations to Seton Hall Prep but there are many ways to donate to the Memorial Fund:
The Facebook group "Good Vibes and Easy Living" has been established by the friends and family of Brendan. By sharing memories, photos and stories, the group seeks to celebrate Brendan's life. The name is taken from one of Brendan's favorite expressions.
"We are overwhelmed by this extraordinary promise by Seton Hall Prep,
“Testies for Breasties” Fundraiser at Shillelagh Club, West Orange, to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Research; Saturday, Sept. 27, 8pm
WEST ORANGE, NJ - On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 8 p.m. until closing, the Shillelagh Club in West Orange will be the site of a benefit to raise money in support of breast cancer research, cure and prevention. Organized by Livingston residents Chris Wightman, a testicular cancer survivor, and Michael Tevlin, whose wife is a breast cancer survivor, “Testies for Breasties” is on it’s fourth year of fundraising for the cause. The fundraiser will cost $30 a person and includes food, beverages and entertainment. The club is located at 648 Prospect Avenue, West Orange.
“Our commitment to the cause continues to grow.
Included in the admission price for those in attendance will be food, beer, wine, raffles and live entertainment by Mike Murphy.
In addition there will also be a Silent Auction with gift certificates to local restaurants, items from local stores and show tickets.
Avon Breast Cancer Walk
The following weekend, on Oct. 18 and 19, the men will join with family and friends to participate in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk through New York City. Their team will walk 39.3 miles over the course of two days in an effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Over the past three years, the group has raised over $35,000.
For those who are unable to attend the event, or who would like to make a contribution, the link to make a donation is available online here.
"Please join the Testies For Breasties Avon Walk team