Glenn E. Schnack 49, passed away on March 14, 2019 at St Barnabas Medical Center Livingston, NJ.
Born in Livingston, Glenn lived most of his life in Bloomfield and the last year in Glen Ridge. He was a procurement specialist for Crestron Electronics in Rockleigh NJ. He was a graduate of Montclair State University.
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 3rd annual BBQ Fest, which, again, was a tremendous success. January saw the return of our perennial favorite, The Italian Sunday Dinner (formerly, the Pasta Dinner), always a family favorite. The Super Bowl Party 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. Cajun Night, is coming up on April 6th, and promises to be, as always, a feast for the senses, featuring jambalaya, and a mouthwatering myriad of Big Easy favorites. Upcoming on May 4th, will be the inaugural Lobster and Clam Bake, so stay tuned for details as they become available. We will cap off the year with our self-catered grilled steak extravaganza for the Annual Club Dinner. Bon Appetit!
As we wind down the bowling season and head towards the playoffs, we’d like to acknowledge our tournament winners for the year. Tournament results went thusly: The Turkey Shoot was won by Paul McCarthy; the Jess Dodd Endurance was reclaimed by the duo of Jimmy Murray and Bohdan, with the Conover Trophy going to Jimmy (again). On the horizon, is the third season of Summer Bowling, which continues to be a huge hit. You need not be a member to participate and guests are always welcome, so be on the lookout for season starting details!
The Club is initiating a new Community Action Initiative in an effort to get our members to be more actively involved in our communities. We have started to see results, holding our first event on Halloween, where member and professional photographer, Michael Stahl, held his traditional Costume Portrait Gallery at the Club. In exchange for a bag of groceries, children in costume get to have their portrait taken and the proceeds went to Toni’s Kitchen and Human Needs Food Pantry. The response was so great that each charity received over forty bags of groceries.
Just before thanksgiving, several members helped paint the kitchen at Toni’s, when a contractor bailed at the last minute. We held two benefits at the Club on the first weekend in March; on Friday, we continued our long history with the Montclair Ambulance Unit by hosting their Annual Benefit, which was a rousing success. On Sunday, we partnered with Melissa DiMarco to hold a follow up benefit for the Walnut Street Fire tenants, who were displaced after a fire destroyed their boarding home in November. This, too, was a big success, with live bands, raffles, silent auction and a great turnout. Look for more opportunities to get involved as we roll out this program over the next couple of months.
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 115-year history, including a new air conditioning system, the club remains one of the best gathering options in the area. Come see for yourself.