Strand Board Honored Lakewood First Responders

Posted on August 20, 2019 By

To show everyone’s appreciation, the Board of The Strand Center for the Arts, Lakewood, held A Salute to Lakewood First Responders, the first on the scene to help, on August 14 in The Strand Gallery, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., with a buffet dinner catered by Pizza Plus, an open bar, entertainment by Acoustic NRG, and an awards ceremony.

The honorees included the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, the Lakewood Police Department, the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department, The Lakewood Fire Department, the Lakewood Volunteer First Aid, The Lakewood First Aid EMS, the Lakewood Office of Emergency Management, Hatzolah, the Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch (LCSW), Chaveirim, the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), and Bikur Cholim.

Strand Executive Director Scott MacFadden and Board President Glenn Harrison presented the awards and proclamations from the N.J. State Senate and House of Representatives to Sheriff Mike Mastronardy on behalf of the Ocean County Sheiff’s Department; Captain Joseph Goertz for the Lakewood Police Department; Chief Jason Wallace for the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department; Captain Jon Yahr for the Lakewood Career Fire Department; Captain Yehuda Shvarzblat for Lakewood Volunteer First Aid EMS; Chief Crystal Vandezilver for Lakewood First Aid EMS; Emergency Management Coordinator Rob Lawson for Lakewood Office of Emergency Management; Joel Tesser for Hatzolah; Jessica Cerchio for LCSW; President Mike Zwick for PBA, Local 71; Yehoshoa Lapides for Bikur Cholim.

Not present: Chaverim and Lakewood Paid Fire Department whose members were on a call. Jon Yahr will accept their award at a later time.

More than 120 guests entering the theater were greeted by the Belmar band “The Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelagh,” made up of seven bagpipers and five drummers led by Drum Major Mark Mastowski and Pipe Sergeant Glenn Allan. Special guests in attendance included Freeholder Director Ginny Haines, Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles, and Lakewood Committeeman Mike D’Elia.

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About The Strand Theater The historic Strand Theater, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit at 400 Clifton Ave., Lakewood, was designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb in 1922 and is listed on the N.J. and National Register of Historic Places. The Strand offers year-round entertainment in plush, air-conditioned surroundings. It is a perfect venue to showcase comedians, musicals, dinner theater, stars from television and movies, and legendary musical entertainers. The reception gallery includes a catering facility for 80 people, a dance floor, and restrooms. It is ideal for theater-in-the-round, smaller events and receptions. The box office is opened on Fridays 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Visit or call the box office at (732) 367-7789, Ext. 216.

Designed by world-renowned theater architect Thomas Lamb, The Strand Center for the Arts, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., opened in 1922. Pearl Bailey, Dionne Warwick, Milton Berle, Ronnie Spector, Taylor Swift, George Carlin, and many, many more have entertained the public on its stage since its grand opening.