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Good Neighbor Day 2002

Good Neighbor Day 2002 [Event photos] [Photos of participants][Rose Heck gets Accolades]
Good Neighbor Day 2001 [Event photos] [Photos of participants][Event story]
Good Neighbor Day 2000 Photos [Story][Gallery 1][Gallery2][Gallery 3]
Good Neighbor Day 1999 Photos [Gallery 1][Gallery 2][Gallery 3]


Bill O'Shea's 7th Annual
Good Neighbor Day


Area residents had an unprecedented opportunity to meet each other, make new friends and renew acquaintances on Wednesday, September 4th, when Bill O'Shea's Florist hosted the 7th Annual Good Neighbor Day. Good Neighbor Day began 8 a.m. at Bill O'Shea's Florist, 109 Boulevard (at the Circle), where a 12,000 roses were given away absolutely free to anyone who visited.  No purchase was necessary.

Before receiving FREE Roses, the residents were invited to make a food donation for the   Center For Food Action (CFA), the non-profit food bank that has served our area's needy since 1976. CFA welcomed basic non-perishable food items such as juice, cereal, canned goods, pasta, baby food, etc.

This year 326 bags of food helped restock the pantry, and  $366 in cash contributions were received.

During the event, Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck was showered with accolades by the Center for Food Action. Thelma Fedele, CFA Director of Community & Government Relations said, "Since the economic downturn, there has been a large increase in the number of people in need of food. Assemblywoman Heck has been instrumental in making this need know thoughout our area.  CFA truly appreciates her efforts."  Ms. Fedele continued, "It is particularly fitting to honor her publicly on Good Neighbor Day, because she has been a good neighbor by raising awareness for the need of food donation  in Bergen County. [Award story]

Bergen County Executive Pat Shuber stopped by to make a food donation, and also to present both Assemblywoman Heck and Bill O'Shea with  "Certificate's of Commendation" for their efforts.

Jukebox Radio's (103.1FM) DJ added to the festivities, and also taped interviews for later broadcast.

Bill O'Shea reminded participants, "The only stipulation is that those picking up the roses are asked to keep one for themselves and to give the other 11 roses away to 11 different people and in so doing, help create a friendlier, more caring and compassionate community. Good Neighbor Day is a day designated for people to meet and get to know their neighbors. A rose is the perfect expression of friendship and love."

"This event is such a big success -- that the folks asked us to do it again next year", said Bill O'Shea.

This day was celebrated throughout the United States and Canada as a day of good will. Good Neighbor Day is an international event organized by FTD, and sponsored locally by Bill O'Shea's Florist, in association with Jukebox Radio 103.1FM, and The Center For Food Action.
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Good Neighbor Day 2002 [Event photos] [Photos of participants][Rose Heck gets Accolades]


Color copies are available at Minuteman Press (Boulevard & Franklin).

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2004 [Story & Group 1 Photos][Group 2 Photos]
2003 [First group of photos][Second group of photos][CFA & Channel 12 News]
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2001 [Story][Event photos 1][Smiling Faces]
2000 [Story]  [Photos 1][Photos 2][Photos 3]
1999 [Story] [Photos 1][Photos 2][Photos 3]

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1999 [Story][pdf form]

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