R.I.P. Billy Crawford; Ray Rogers
In the last couple of months, the club has lost two long time members, Billy Crawford and ray Rogers, both of whom left us way too soon.
Thanks to a growing number of talented kitchen jockeys, the Commonwealth Club is fast becoming known for our mouthwatering culinary-based events. In October, we held our 2nd annual BBQ Fest, which, again, was a tremendous success. A whole roasted pig, brisket, steaks, ribs, chicken dishes and a myriad of chilis highlighted the menu. January brought our annual pasta dinner, a family favorite that was once again a huge success. The Super Bowl Party just concluded, featured an extensive artesian taco bar with all of the fixin’s as well as Vinnie Tarney’s incredible ribs and the best queso I’ve had in a long, long while, courtesy of Doug Apicella. Stay tuned for details about Cajun Night, scheduled for April, and always a feast for the senses.
As a result of another successful Open House in September, we have signed a total of 34 new members. Among those are a number of 21-25 year-olds, who are taking advantage of our new, discounted junior membership. Welcome, one and all-and by all means, use your club to it’s fullest; get involved in our events and tell your friends!
Last month, the club lost long time member, Bob Critides, who left us way too soon. Bob’s wife, Patti, his sister Liz and his mom, Bammie, all bowled in the Commonwealth Club Women’s Bowling League and were regulars at Mixed Bowling and other Club events. Bob could be curmudgeonly, but he truly loved this Club, was deeply involved in many of our social events, and his team, the Seagulls, are the reigning Club bowling league champions.
Summer Bowling had a remarkable run as the hit series of the season in this, it’s second year. The brainchild of Bert Vecchiarelli, the concept was immediately embraced last summer, although attendance tended to be a little spotty. This year, there were never less than 21 bowlers and a splendid time was had by all.
The Karl Gabriel Scholarship, named for our beloved “Treasurer for Life,” bestowed annually through the Community Chest of the Commonwealth Club, was awarded to Samantha Rego and Nathan Farrell, seniors at Montclair High. Samantha is going to attend Georgetown University, while Nathan is staying closer to home and going to Columbia.
Club Supports Human Needs Food Pantry
Since 1982, the Human Needs Food Pantry has provided food, clothing and other services to people in Montclair and neighboring communities. Its clients include families and singles who are elderly, disabled, home-bound, unemployed or underemployed — the working poor. Federal guidelines based on income determine eligibility.
In June, when word went out the Food Pantry’s shelves were empty, as often is the case when vacation time rolls around, representatives of the Commonwealth Club’s Community Chest acted quickly, contributing $500 to the organization. Club members also shopped, collected and delivered much-needed staples to the nonprofit’s 9 Label St. location in Montclair. More…
Located in the heart of Upper Montclair, the club is a great place for parties and events. Whether your invitations are going out to 25 — or 250 — consider the Commonwealth Club and its turn-of-the-century charm. After the most extensive renovations in its 111-year history, the club remains one of the coolest gathering spots around. Come see for yourself.