Weekly roundup: Man of the Year, winter storm and academic success

Check out some of the top stories from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Hurffville fifth-graders Aaron Kolosowsky and Angelina Chila portrayed Orville and Wilbur Wright in their production of “Wright!”

Robert Timmons was named the 2017 Man of the Year, recognized for his dedication and involvement within the community. Students at Hurffville Elementary School retold history with their musical production “Wright,” frehsmand Kami Hickson was the only freshman to be named to the 2016–17 All-South Jersey Winter Track team and winter storm Stella hit Washington Township with 8 to 12 inches of snow. Check out some of the top stories from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Robert Timmons

Robert Timmons named Washington Township’s Man of the Year

The Washington Township Chamber of Commerce awarded Robert Timmons, a resident in the community since 1963, with the Rick Zammer Hall of Fame award. Timmons said Washington Township will be the only place he ever calls home, having a passion for its history and its future. Friends, family and fellow community members gathered together to honor Timmons’ involvement in the community at Wedgwood Country Club.

Winter storm warning issued as snow storm approaches

Many enjoyed a snow day this week when winter storm Stella hit Washington Township with snow, sleet and ice, causing many offices and all of the public schools to close on Tuesday, March 14. Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency, forcing all state offices to close as well.

WTHS teachers Kevin MacNamara (far left) and Abby Molotsky (center in yellow) welcomed Holocaust survivor Helga Arndtheim Melmed (seated), her daughter Janice Traum (second from left), son-in-law Steve Traum (second from right) and Steve Traum’s sister Margie Major (far right).

Holocaust survivor shares biography with WTHS students

Helga Arndtheim Melmed, 89, told her story of Auschwitz and Adolf Hitler to high school English students this week. Melmed was spared death at Auschwitz and relocated to Hamburg, Germany, to a labor camp, where she performed hard labor until the end of World War II. She eventually was found, at age 18 and weighing just 46 pounds, by British and American soldiers and subsequently hospitalized in Sweden for 18 months for treatment of typhoid fever and tuberculosis.

Red Cross calls for blood, platelet donors after severe weather impacts collections

After winter storm Stella hit the entire state of New Jersey, the Red Cross requested blood and platelet donors to make up for the short-fall in donations. More than 100 Red Cross blood drives across the eastern United States were canceled due to extreme winter conditions, resulting in a shortage of nearly 4,500 blood and platelet donations.

Kami Hickson

WTHS freshman named to All-South Jersey Winter Track team

Washington Township High School freshman Kami Hickson was among student-athletes named to the 2016–17 All-South Jersey Winter Track team. Hickson was the only freshman to so honored, and ran the fastest time in South Jersey, as well as the third fastest in the state at recent Meet of Champions.

WTHS student goes to Broadway

Sophomore Zack Romann was selected to attend master classes at the Broadway Student Summit this month. Romann will participate in workshops on acting, singing, rapping, dancing and preparing for auditions among students from across the country. Participants will complete their weekend by watching a live performance of Tony-award-winning musical, “Hamilton.”

The Hurffville Elementary School cast of “Wright!” posed for a photo.

Hurffville Elementary Drama Club presents “Wright!”

Students of Hurville Elementary School gave a musical history of flight, telling the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The production, under the direction of music teacher Nancy Leong, spoke to the tenacity of the inventors, brothers who dared to dream and follow their imagination.