Please be aware that in the event of inclimate weather for Friday July 4th, the raindate for the parade and fireworks is Saturday July 5th following the same schedule – Parade start 9:55am and Fireworks at dusk. Please check this site or http://pitmanparade.webnode.com/ or the Borough of Pitman’s Facebook page starting at 6:30am July 4th for the most accurate and up to date information.
Pitman, NJ Not many of us can say we were born, educated, worked, married and raised our children in the same town. Even fewer can say that they have done it for 105 years. That is not the case for Pitman Manor resident Mildred “Millie” Bell. This sweet, gentle and inspirational great-grandmother was born in a house that still stands on Grandview Avenue in the small borough of Pitman. Mildred Bell will proudly tell everyone she meets that she is a ‘Pitmannite’ through and through.
“Millie is a very special lady to the staff of residents and staff of Pitman Manor. At 105 and still going strong she serves as a role model for all of us. Both of her children are deceased, the youngest Ralph passed just last summer. In spite of all this heartbreak she has never lost her positive outlook on life or her sunny disposition. In fact, she was the one comforting us at Ralph’s funeral. Over the years she has sent many heartfelt sympathy and get well cards to Pitman Manor employees at their time of need, said Pam Mezis, Pitman Manor’s Director of Marketing.
Mezis added that one of the things that Bell most looked forward to each year was celebrating her birthday with Ralph at the historic Telford Inn in Mantua, NJ. “Many of us were saddened by the fact that her son would not be able to take her out to eat for her birthday this year. So we decided to create our own Pitman Manor tradition. Since Millie does not have close family members in the area, eight of us will be taking her to the Telford Inn at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st to celebrate her 105th birthday,” added Mezis.
The staff at Pitman Manor has reached out to the community to help Millie celebrate her big day. The Telford Inn is picking up the tab for Millie’s meal and providing a birthday cake to eat there. Merritt’s House of Flowers (where Millie worked in the mid 1930′s) is generously donating a beautiful corsage and the Pitman Town Council will declare July 31st Mildred Bell Day in Pitman. A cake large enough to serve all her friends and adopted family is being baked by Pitman Manor’s resident dessert diva – Denise Verfaillie, the Residential Nursing file clerk.
The idea to take Millie Bell out to lunch was suggested by Pitman Manor Bookkeeper Jackie Daly. “Without fail Millie comes down every day to say hello and ask about me and my husband Mark. I have become an extension of her family and I look forward to her funny anecdotes and daily hugs. She is a special lady and I think I speak for everyone when I say we want to have Millie around for another 105 years,” said Daly.
United Methodist Homes is a not-for-profit organization guided by a volunteer board of directors affiliated in ministry with the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The mission of the United Methodist Homes is to provide quality and caring services to senior men and women in a Christian community. With over 100 years of continuous operation, the organization has grown to ten communities offering residential, assisted-living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation, memory support, respite, and hospice to persons of all faith backgrounds. To learn more about Pitman Manor, its staff, services and upcoming events visit its website at www.PitmanManor.org.
On Thursday, July 3 at 7:45 PM in the Broadway Theatre of Pitman Miss Pitman 2013 Marissa Nicole Sanders will crown her successor. Seven girls vie for the title of Miss Pitman 2014. Tickets will be on sale outside of Borough Hall Tuesday July 1st and Wednesday July 2nd from 11 AM until 1 PM. Tickets will also be available at the Broadway Theatre the night of the show. All tickets are $10 for all ages.
Pitman Little League will be participating in the annual 4th of July parade to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little League and the 40th Anniversary of Girls Softball. If any current or former players are interested in walking, please meet at 8:45 a.m. on Highland Terrace the morning of the parade. All participants will need to wear a Pitman Little League jersey or apparel. Please contact Colleen Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.