Bone Marrow Screening Saturday in Montclair

Local Mom Organizing Bone Marrow Drive for Kai

Kai Anderson, age 5, was recently diagnosed with leukemia and must have a bone marrow transplant within three months. His father has incurable lymphoma. Can you even imagine? One Montclair mom is doing everything she can to help. She's organizing a drive in Montclair on May 30.

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Freedom Isn't Free

The small town of Nutley in northeast New Jersey lost 92 young men in WWII, 17 in WWI, nine in Korea, nine in Vietnam, and nine Nutley sons who died in service during peace time.

Copyright © 2009 by Anthony BuccinoVeteran reads the names of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom in World War II

The neighboring small town of Belleville lost 112 in WWII, 20 in WWI, four in Korea, 11 in Vietnam, and three Belleville sons in service during peace time.

Copyright © 2009 by Anthony BuccinoBelleville War Memorial, Union Avenue

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Zamboni Chooses Cheerios Over Family

Family pet faces Cheerios rehab

Our 100-pound Labrador retriever is apparently no match for the drugs hidden in Big G, little O Cheerios.

Until recently, Zamboni, our 6 1/2 year-old chocolate Lab, was considered a 100-pound cushion-mush-on who changed cushions every few hours to obtain his perfect level of rest for the perfect length of time on the perfect soft, softer and softest of his various cushions.

But new information from the Federal Drug Administration indicates that our hapless puppy may be a victim of a cruel hoax where a cereal conglomerate has been selling a drug inside their cereal without proper notice on the packaging.

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DAR Museum, in New Jersey!

On Saturday May 16, 2009 the DAR museum on Rte 23 north will be open for the season.

The museum is the grand home of the Rev. Elias VanBunshooten and dates back to the late 1700s. The museum features many original family pieces from the VanBunschooten/Cooper families. The lovely Dutch colonial home and the outbuildings will all be open for viewing and touring. Also housed in the museum is a local genealogy library.

The Chinkchewunska Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution operates the museum. It is open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays between 1 PM and 4 PM from May 17 through October 15. Donation is $4 for adults, $3 for Senior citizens over 55 on Thursdays and $1 for children. This year, in honor of 100 years of Boy Scouts, boy scouts in uniform will be admitted to the museum for free!

The museum is located at 1097, Route 23 North in scenic Wantage township. School and other groups are asked to please call ahead for an appointment. Contact 973-875-4610 for directions and appointments. Other questions, call 973-875-2204.

Okay, so when I first saw it I thought it had something to do with one of my favorite folksingers Dar Williams, but what's better than American history?


War Memorial Books Updated

Belleville Sons Honor Roll and Nutley Sons Honor Roll latest print editions now available digitally, online

With his daughter Andrea, Anthony Buccino researched the unsung and long forgotten heroes of earlier generations from his present and former hometowns. His latest project – the Nutley Sons and Belleville Sons honor rolls – preserves for future generations of two towns the stories of 347 young men who paid for our freedom with their lives.

The Buccinos collected the stories of 138 Nutley sons and 209 Belleville sons who perished while in service to the United States during the American Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and as peacekeepers preventing war.

With the researching help of his daughter Andrea, the stories of the men were collected, edited and cross-referenced with newspaper accounts, Freedom of Information Act documents and veterans groups accounts.

The ongoing research project resulted in a searchable Internet web site recording the stories of the young men from both towns. Buccino published paperback editions of the collected biographies. Recently, new editions of each book were published and are now available digitally.

Suddenly, with the publication of the Honor Roll tales, the stories, untold and forgotten for 40, 60, and nearly 100 years were suddenly being talked about in Veterans clubs, middle school auditoriums and home libraries.

Buccino heard from widows, sisters, brothers, children, nieces and nephews of fallen soldiers who thanked him after they found their long lost loved one’s tale retold with a fresh breath. They expressed comfort that their loved ones were not forgotten.

In the spring 2005, a new memorial in Nutley was dedicated to Nutley casualties who, it was realized through this research, were not listed on any of the town’s 16 war memorials. Buccino is working with the mayor, veterans groups, and other sponsors and using book sales money to help finance the long overdue memorial.

In May, a new memorial to nine men who died in peacetime was dedicated in Nutley - based on the research in Nutley Sons Honor Roll.

The research effort was recognized by Buccino was named the recipient of the UNICO National 2005 Grand Order Filippo Mazzei William Paca Americanism Award.

UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States, said the Americanism Award Committee selected Buccino for his noteworthy efforts in “researching historical facts and contributions of the many unsung heroes who have given their lives for our country.”

This prestigious award is named in honor of Philip Mazzei, an Italian and confidant of Thomas Jefferson, whose ideas and philosophies were instrumental in the formation of the most fundamental principles of our great nation.
The William Paca Award is presented in recognition of historical research and in recognition of the contributions of the many unsung heroes whose lives were expended in making our country the beacon of freedom in the world today.

In November 2005, more than 150 names were added to the Belleville memorial on Union Avenue, Bellleville, after having the blank slate for 50 years awaiting the list of names which was based on the research in Belleville Sons Honor Roll.

In 2006, six street names in a new residential development City Homes At Essex Park in Belleville, N.J., were renamed to honor veterans and four of the Belleville heroes who died while in service.

Biographies of the men of Belleville, N.J., who died while in service. In the last century, 156 Belleville sons died while in service to their country. World War II, by far, took the largest toll of 117 young men. World War I took 20 young lives. The Korean War took four lives, and preserving the peace cost us three more Belleville Sons.

Biographies of the men of Nutley, N.J., who died while in service. In the last century, 138 Nutley sons died while in service to their country.

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