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Weehawken kicks off year-long celebration of 150th anniversary
By Jennifer Kim   - 02/04/2009

The Jersey Journal

The township kicked off a year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary today -- and in a fitting gesture, a pair of authors presented the township with a birthday present.

Lauren Sherman and Ellen Robb Gaulkin co-authors of "Weehawken -- Images of America," gave a copy to Mayor Richard Turner yesterday at the ceremony at the Weehawken Public Library.

Gaulkin said it was a grueling task compiling photos and documents of 150 years of Weehawken's history, but "It was so much fun though. We learned more about the township that we didn't know about before."

"People will take a step back into time and I think they'll really enjoy it."

Turner said that the township has worked hard to preserve its small-town identity.

"We've been restoring the public facilities of Weehawken over the years but we've still preserved that small-town character in an urban atmosphere," he said.

Long-time and Councilman Robert Sosa has witnessed gradual changes over the years.
"There's never been a template for this town," Sosa said. "There's always been some kind of diversification in this small community. That's why it's been so great to document the town's history with pictures, documents and memorabilia in a book."

Weehawken will celebrate its 150th anniversary with events throughout the year. The first event will be held on March 15, the official date of the town's founding.

That day, the township will mark the milestone with a reenactment of the first town meeting as well as a presentation of the 150th anniversary proclamation. "Weehawken -- Images of America" will officially go on sale on March 15 at local retailers, online bookstores and Arcadia Publishing.




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