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Saddle Brook Celebrates Women's History Month

Some of the women honored by Saddle Brook.
Some of the women honored by Saddle Brook. Photo Credit: Courtesy of JoAnn Brendel
Sister Jadwiga Zembra.
Sister Jadwiga Zembra. Photo Credit: Courtesy of JoAnn Brendel
Monica Maniscalco with Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White.
Monica Maniscalco with Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White. Photo Credit: Courtesy of JoAnn Brendel
JoAnn Brendel holds her flowers.
JoAnn Brendel holds her flowers. Photo Credit: Courtesy of JoAnn Brendel

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. — In honor of Women's History Month Saddle Brook officials recognized some of the women who make a difference in the community.

Mayor Robert White honored Sister Jadwiga Zembra, Theresa Greco of Teri's Florist, Monica Maniscalco, JoAnn Brendel and the Saddle Brook Women's Club at a recent ceremony.

Zembra is an administrator at St. Joseph's Senior Home in Woodbridge and director of religious education at St. Philip's the Apostle Church in Saddle Brook.

"She puts her heart and soul into teaching and instilling values to our children," White said. "Her goal is to encourage the children to become better citizens."

Greco and her late husband Angelo opened Teri's Florist in 1965.

"The business has flourished for over 50 years and she is known as a good, honest and talented businesswoman," White said.

Maniscalco works in special education and co-founded Saddle Brook Angels Soccer for children with disabilities.

"This program has been so successful that she is currently working on similar programs for lacrosse and cheerleading," the mayor said.

She also works with special-needs children at St. Philip's, and is a member of the Access for All committee.

The Saddle Brook Women's Club has 44 members and raises funds for various causes.

"They also donate many hours to township functions and events for our township's Projects and Activities Committee," White said.

Brendel donates much of her time to helping others through the VFW Ladies Auxilary, American Legion and former Unico chapter. She acts as the township's unofficial photographer.

"We can't thank her enough for all she does for our community and never asks for anything in return," the mayor said.

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