The Weehawken 2001 Historical Millennium Calendar has won the Award of Distinction in the Print Media competition of The Communicator Awards, based in Arlington, Texas.
The calendar, which was submitted in the marketing and promotion category, was chosen from among 3,660 entries received from throughout the United States and several foreign countries. The Award of Distinction is given for projects that exceed industry standards in communicating a message or idea.
Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner expressed the township’s appreciation upon learning of the award. “We felt immediately upon producing that particular calendar that it was one of our very best from throughout the years,” he said, “and the township received it with a sense of pride during that millennium year.”
The calendar, which was designed and produced for the township by Anthony A. Amabile, of the public relations firm of Meadowlands Associates, Inc. of Jersey City, is woven around an historical theme. In addition to a running history of the Weehawken area from 1609 to the present, each month highlighted famous former or current resident as well as historical events of Weehawken from the arts to the judiciary.
Famous residents included Fred Astaire, Jerome Robbins, Eddie Bracken, Paquito D’Rivera, Seattle Symphony Musical Director Gerard Schwarz, Hudson Dispatch founder Thomas Martin, former Congressman John J. Eagan, Naval Commander William Stuhr, former C.I.A. Director Vice Admiral Roscoe Henry Hillenkoetter, boxer Emile Griffith, major league baseball player Jack Cusick, former N.J. Supreme Court Justice Marie Garibaldi and Superior Court Judges James Rosen, Geoffrey Gaulkin and George Moser, Jr.
Historical events or sites depicted in the calendar include the famous Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr duel, the opening of the Lincoln Tunnel on December 22, 1937, and the historical landmark Water Tower on Park Avenue. In addition, the calendar contains a recycling guide and schedule. Among those assisting on the project were Township Recycling Coordinator Stanley Iacono, who served as coordinator for the calendar project; Edward Fleckenstein and the Weehawken Historical Society; and Royal Printing Services of West New York, which printed the final product.