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Welcome to the Dept of New Jersey of American Gold Star Mothers. If you're a Gold Star mom from New Jersey and would like to meet others in your situation please contact us.

March/April Jersey JOTS 2016

No, the ground hog did not see his shadow this year and we are hoping for that early spring.. This gives us the opportunity to get up, get out, and take nice long walks or rides and begin cleaning up our yards.

The daffodils and crocus are beginning to bloom which assures us spring is just around the corner. This is the Lenten Season, the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter observed by many as a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. We then gather with our families and friends at this time of year.

Our calendars are beginning to fill up with upcoming events. Please support our families of the fallen by attending some of the benefits that are planned in memory of their loved ones.

My assistant, Terry Fearon has spent a lot of time working with the Library of Congress and Congressman Chris Smith's office of NJ amending the Veteran's Oral History Project Act to allow the collection of video and audio recording of biographical histories by immediate family members of members of the Armed Forces who died as a result of their service during a period of war. H.R. 4511 has been introduced which has been referred to the Committee on House Administration. The GOLD STAR FAMILIES VOICES ACT, if approved, will be one more milestone for NJ. All things are possible when you have dedicated supporters and members who make the effort to make things happen. Thank you, thank you.

Remember, Dedication is not what is expected of you, Dedication is what you can do for others. Thank you, Judi - “WE HONOR THROUGH SERVICE”


7TH - LABOR DAY – Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

11th – 9/11 Services throughout your communities and churches

11th – A Toast to Dennis – A Night of Remembrance Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund .

12th – Annual Survivor Outreach Services Picnic – Please bring your favorite side to share. 11:30 to 2:00 PM. RSVP by 9/4 to or (609) 851-2257. Place: John Mann Park, 6057 Doughboy Loop, Fort Dix, NJ.

12th – Veterans Health and Wellness Expo: Email went to all members with the information: Please RSVP to Samuel Fuoco, Pres., AUSA Monmouth Chapter or 732-668-3417.

13th – NJ State Elks Army of Hope Picnic. The picnic will take place at the Lacey Elks Lodge, 900 Beach Blvd., Forked River, NJ from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM. Families of the Fallen are to be present no later than 10:30 AM. Presentations will be made to some families. RSVP to or 862-432-2111.

19th – District Six VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary -64th Annual Gold Star Parents and Gold Star Wives Luncheon. VFW Post 4303, 18 Cavern Ave., Hazlet, NJ on 9/19 From 1:00 to 4:00 PM. RSVP by Sept. 11th – 732-716-1550, or PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO BRING AN UNWRAPPED GIFT FOR THE RAFFLE TABLE WHICH SUPPORTS OUR HOSPITAL FUND.

20th – Rolling Thunder Chapter 2, NJ – Annual Freedom Ride – RSVP to Brenda Einhorn, 609-330-0040. If you intend to be escorted for the ride to Holmdel, it is important that you call her asp so she can arrange for your escort and give you more information about the day. This is very special and lots of fun.

23rd, 24th, 25th, 26, 27th – NEW JERSEY RUN FOR THE FALLEN: All information is on the web site. If you need any additional info, please contact Mike Simpson at 732-688-6745.

27th – The New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument Foundation: Dedication Ceremony for the NJ Gold Star Family Monument, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Holmdel, NJ on the 27th at 5:00 PM immediately following the conclusion of the NJ Run for the Fallen. RSVP by Sept. 23rd, 2015 To Helen Gurbisz at 908-489-0970 or

OCTOBER, 2015:

1ST: Marine Crop Scholarship Foundation’s Jersey Shore Golf Tournament. – Oct. 1, at Deal Country Club in Deal, NJ. Reception begins at 4:00 PM. RSVP to Ken Ashworth, 703-549-0060 or Renee LaFlam at 571-482-7635. Guest of Honor will be Mrs. Karen Kelly. Karen’s son 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, USMC was KIA in Afghanistan in 2010.

Oct. 24th: – 9th Annual Gold Star Mother’s Ruck March More information will be posted and at this time please RSVP to MSgt Keith A. Rotz, USAF, JB, MDL at or 609-334-8901. Please confirm if you can make it and include how many family member/guests will be in attendance. Thank you

November and December: SAVE THE DATES:

Nov. 11th: – 2015 Ocean County Veterans Day Parade: Please contact Ken Langdon at 732-718-1663 or if you will be participating in the parade. I will send the application to any member that wishes to head up this group. Please let me know –

DEC. 12th – Annual Dept of NJ AGSM, Holiday Christmas Luncheon. Invitations will go out under separate cover and at any time you may RSVP to

If I have missed any news that you wish the Dept. to be informed, please send me your request and I will send it out under separate email. I look forward to seeing many of you at some of the events listed above.

God bless, Judi


March 11th – SGT Ryan E. Doltz Memorial Foundation Beefsteak Dinner/Tricky Tray at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ. Tickets are $55.00 per person and due by Saturday March 5th. If you are able, please try to support the work of this foundation

March 12th – New Jersey Run for the Fallen Beef and Beer. $20.00 in Advance. $25.00 at the Door. The Bolero Resort, 3320 Atlantic Ave., Wildwood, NJ 6:00PM – 11:00PM Look forward to seeing many of you there.

March 18th - 20th – Akansas Run for the Fallen with Bubba Beason. We wish him much success with his ongoing mission. Bubba is a very special friend too many Gold Star Families of New Jersey.

April 23rd – Tapper/Hicks 5K Freedom Walk/Run in Atco, NJ. This fundraising event benefits the David Tapper/Jon Hicks, Jr. Scholarship Funds for Hammonton and Winslow High Schools and the WTWMC. More info at Rain or Shine.

I am sure I will be receiving other invitations for April. I will send them out via email to you as they come in. Please try to make events that are close to your homes. We should always have representation. "WE HONOR THROUGH SERVICE" Send to or call me at 856-767-4601 or my cell – 856-220-2167.

PLEASE CIRCLE THE DATE FOR OUR SPRING MEETING: MAY 15th,2016. More detailed information will be forthcoming. Invitations are always sent out under separate cover in April.


Status of NJ Gold Star Family License Plate

New Jersey finally has a Gold Star Family license plate. More...

Apply for your NJ Gold Star Family license plate.

The MVC will begin issuing NJ Gold Star plates on Friday, May 20, 2011. Watch for your plate in the mail. You may put them on your car immediately. A new registration card should be enclosed. Return your old plate to the DMV and get a receipt. Try to get your plates on the road for Memorial Day.

Thanks to all our supporters who so diligently pursued this mission.

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Judith Tapper  856-809-0790 (home)
856-220-2167 (cell)

1st VP:
Dianne Hammond

2nd VP:
Pam Schwarz

Recording Sec:
Cindy Malmo

Corres. Sec:
Maureen Pagano

Cathy Hicks

Trudy Corma

Joan Curtin

Flag Guard:
Eileen Daly

Banner Guard:
Laura Iorio

Sgt. at Arms:
Tina Franklin

Community Service:
Jackie Dixon

Cindy Malmo

Past Event photos