Weekly roundup: Local releases CD, Board of Education candidates speak at forum

Also, Washington Township High School sophomore collects Halloween costumes for kids in need

The Washington Township Fire Department hosted its annual Fire Prevention Halloween Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The event, held at the Fries Mill Road Fire Station featured amusement rides, pony rides, games, fire safety demonstration and ride-a-longs on a fire truck. The Phillie Phanatic even made an appearance when he was presented a proclamation naming him an honorary member of the department.

Washington Township residents had the opportunity to hear from the five Board of Education candidates running for election this November at the Meet the Candidates Forum held on Oct. 18. Sophomore Stephanie Masapollo is also collecting Halloween costumes for children and families in need, while local resident living with cerebral palsy records first original CD. Check out some of the top stories from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Board of Education candidates field questions on district issues at forum

Residents and voters had the opportunity to meet and question the five Washington Township Public School District Board of Education candidates at the Meet the Candidates Forum, hosted by the PTO Presidents Council, on Oct. 18. Incumbents Ginny Murphy and Julie Yankanich, along with newcomers Raymond Dinovi Jr., Dominic Ruggerio and Thomas Gleason are vying for three, three-year terms on the board this November.

Stephanie Masapollo started the Costumes for Kids charity in 2012 to help children who wouldn’t be celebrating Halloween due to Hurricane Sandy. Now, she distributes costumes to children in need throughout the tri-county area. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Masapollo)

Costumes for Kids charity brings joy to trick-or-treaters in need

Stephanie Masapollo was 10 years old when Hurricane Sandy struck the coast of New Jersey in late October 2012. As a result of the devastating damage, specifically to the state’s shore, Gov. Christie postponed Halloween to the following Monday, Nov. 4. Upset that her favorite holiday was being pushed back, the elementary student quickly realized many kids throughout the state would not be trick-or-treating at all. In an effort to spread happiness and joy to those children in need, Masapollo created the Costumes for Kids charity, collecting used or new costumes to distribute to families, organizations and schools throughout the region.

Kevin Q Jackson II, right, and his brother Matthew Jackson performed for an audience of friends and family at the “24-karat gold” themed birthday and CD release party on Oct. 15 at the Washington Township Senior Citizen Center.

Defying the odds: Washington Township resident releases first original CD

Doctors said there was a chance Washington Township resident Kevin Q. Jackson II would walk, but he would never speak. Born premature at 28 weeks, Jackson weighed a mere two pounds, his father Kevin Jackson Sr. said, remembering his small newborn body fitting in the palm of his hands. Defying the odds, Jackson celebrated his 24th birthday on Tuesday, Oct. 10, with the release of his first CD of four original tracks, performing in front of family and friends at the Washington Township Senior Center on Sunday, Oct. 15.