The Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council 5510 is celebrating 55 years of service to the Jefferson community on Sunday, April 7, from 4-8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn (375 Mount Hope Avenue, Rockaway).

The event includes dinner, dancing to the music of DJ Earl, and a special celebration honoring Jack Kelly for the many ways in which he has enriched the township.

Kelly has been influential in the formation of numerous local organizations. He served on the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment, was president of the library Board of Trustees, and was regional coordinator of Morris County Citizens for Open Space. Mayor Russell Felter named him the first “Citizen of the Year” in 2000. Recognizing that Kelly exemplifies what citizenship and community service mean, the annual award was subsequently named for him. In 2004, a street at the Wiegand Farm facility on Weldon Road was also named for him: Kelly Way.

According to the Knights of Columbus, “Jack’s boundless energy, his unending visions for tomorrow, and his unparalleled commitment to his community make it fitting that he should forever be a part of Jefferson Township’s history – past, present, and future. He will continue to be a driving force in many township endeavors, and his legacy will live on forever in Jefferson Township.”

Tickets are $55. The meal includes a cocktail hour with hot hors d’oeuvres, choice of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu, rolls, dessert, coffee, and tea. For tickets, call Fred (973-697-5998) or Mike (908-208-5190). For additional information on the local Knights of Columbus, visit

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