RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Rutherford Community Blood Bank will mark close to six decades of service on Monday, Nov. 2, with a blood drive in honor of chairman and former Mayor Andrew E. Bertone.
Bertone — known by all as Andy— and his late wife Pauline moved to Rutherford in 1957 and became very active members of the community. Pauline, then chair of the blood bank, recruited her husband to be one of its directors 31 years ago.
“Andy has always recognized the need for pitching in to make our town great place to live,” said Frank Tidona, blood bank secretary-treasurer. “His participation and leadership demonstrate the dedication required to make the work of the blood bank possible.
Current mayor Joseph De Salvo, Jr. said of his predecessor: “ He is representative of the type of person who makes Rutherford a fine place to live,
"I am glad to see that the Rutherford Community Blood Bank is honoring Andy Bertone. He is one of our many residents who have donated their time and efforts over the years and deserve the recognition,” he added. “I would encourage everyone to go out and donate blood for this good cause."
The drive will collect blood and platelets from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Kip Center in Rutherford, 55 Kip Ave.
CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment (not required), or call Community Blood Services at (201) 251-3703 .