Oradell Celebrates It's History During Annual Parade
The annual Fourth of July Parade recognized the town's own history and commitment to service
Led by Oradell Firefighter Chuck May and the Oradell Girl Scouts, the borough celebrated its annual Independence Day parade as residents lined the streets for the "Service to Community" event.
May led the first division which was comprised of the Westwood Volunteer Fire Dept. Color Guard, local officials, Oradell Police, New Milford Ambulance Corp., the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps, the Oradell, New Milford and River Edge fire departments and the Garden State Half Century AACA antique cars.
Having spent the past 50 years as a member of the borough's fire department, May was a Third Lieutenant in 1967 and became an Exempt member in 1969. After serving through ranks as lieutenant, captain and assistant chief, Chuck was elected Chief of the Department for three years in 1974. He served as member of the first Little League team, coached Oradell Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball for about 15 years; served nine years on the Oradell Recreation Committee, served about 17 years on the Oradell Planning Board, was a Councilman for eight years and is an active member of the Oradell Lions Club.
Girl Scout Troop 805 along with the Daisy and Brownie troops led the second division ahead of Boy Scout Troop 36, American Legion Post 41, Tri-State Military Tranport, local clubs and committees, the Bergen County Players, Master Lee's Tae Kwon Do students, and the Hawthorne Cabelleros.
Girl Scouts was formed in 1912, when founder Juliette Gordon Low formed the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Ga. Troop 1517 took part in the November "Bridging" Ceremony on the George Washington Bridge while Troop 805 attended a special Mass at St. Joseph's Church in their honor in March. Since 1995, Oradell Girl Scouts have seen 35 members receive their Gold Awards.
Following the ceremonies, Troop 36 sold hot dogs and sodas to residents while children took part in a variety of games on Memorial Field.