Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2015 General Chairman
Anthony J. Brennan
Brennan has been a member of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade since
1999. He has served as Second Vice
Chairman and First Vice Chairman. But
Tony is best known as the “Voice” of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade,
having served as the Parade’s lead television announcer since just about its
inception. He has a passion about
promoting the Parade wherever he goes all throughout the year.
the son of the late Anthony J. Brennan and Florence Brennan. He has a brother, Paul, and two nephews; Paul
Jr. and Jeffrey, and a niece, Alyssa.
Tony has two godsons; Mark Thomas Squitieri and Jack Kulesza. He hails from a family proud of its long
tradition of police work and public service to the residents of New Jersey,
with a combined 250+ years in 4 generations.
The memory of his late cousin, New Jersey State Trooper Thomas Hanratty,
has been kept alive each year at the Parade by active participation from the
has worked for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of
Consumer Affairs, as an investigator for over 28 years. He also has worked in local cable television
for over 21 years, having spent the last 7 as a part of the staff of Union TV
34. In that capacity, he has done
numerous stories which have aired on the weekly community news magazine show,
“Spotlight on Union.” Tony also hosts
the telecast of the Township of Union’s Annual Soapbox Derby. He has been the emcee of the Annual Mayor’s
Day Program in the Township.
Additionally, Tony is the host of “Vintage Views,” the Union County
cable television program devoted to senior issues.
a proud parishioner of St. Genevieve’s Church in Elizabeth, where he serves as
an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He is
a long-time member of the Kean University Alumni Association, where he served
as Kean’s Alumni President from mid-2001 through mid-2005. Tony is also a member of the Friendly Sons of
St. Patrick, Elizabeth Knights of Columbus Council 253, Union Elks Lodge 1583,
the Joseph Nugent Sr. Association, and the Irish American Society of Union,
which honored him and 2014 Parade General Chair Kathy Noonan, in 2013.
loves his summers cruising on the waters of Barnegat Bay in his boat and
spending time at his marina in Brick, NJ, where he is affectionately called
“The Mayor of Baywood Marina.” He also
enjoys spending time on Long Beach Island with his best friend, Donna
long standing “Voice” of the Parade is excited about the 19th Annual
Parade and also is honored to have been unanimously elected General Chairman by
the Parade Committee. “To be able to
continue a wonderful tradition which began with our first General Chairman,
Assemblyman Joe Cryan in 1997 and continues in 2015 is one of the greatest
honors of my life. Working with all of
the members of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, we will do
our best to put on another fantastic parade that everyone will not only
thoroughly enjoy, but also be proud of!”
The 2015 Union County St. Patrick's Day
is dedicated to those in the public sector
who make a difference for the better for others.
The everyday and unsung heroes.
Union County St. Patrick's Day Parade
2015 Grand Marshal
Dr. Margaret Mary McMenamin
Dr. Margaret Mary McMenamin is the President of Union County College,
the 1st of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges, founded in 1933.
She was born in New York City, the third of six children of the late
Hugh A. McMenamin and Elizabeth McMenamin with whom she now resides.
Dr. McMenamin traces her family’s history to the farmlands of Ireland,
to Counties Sligo, Mayo and Donegal, and ancestors named ODonnell,
Shovlin, Conaghan, McGinley, Mahon, Ferry, Finen, Jennings, McFadyen,
Larkin, and McMenamin. Their descendants sailed to America in the
1800’s, searching for a better life, and settled in northeastern
Pennsylvania. They lived in places like Scranton, South Heberton,
Freeland, and Jeddo. They worked in mines and railroads, and reared
The courage and tenacity of these men and women, coupled with their
appreciation for the value of education, enabled and inspired their
progeny to pursue higher education in Philadelphia, New York, New
Haven, Toronto, Rome, and South Bend, Indiana. They served our country,
and they flourished in dentistry, pharmacy, business, law, journalism,
information technology, comedy, social work, religious life, and, of
course, education. Dr. McMenamin’s extended family includes at least a
dozen gifted educators, who have taught everywhere from Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania and Newark, New Jersey, to the suburbs of Boston, and the
FBI academy in Quantico, Virginia.
More than a few of those educators, devout Catholics, offered their
gifts to the Church. Four of Dr. McMenamin’s aunts taught school as
members of the Religious Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters, Servants of
the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her uncle, a member of the Religious
Order of Passionist Priests, lectured widely. Her great great
uncle was Monsignor Hugh L. McMenamin, the Rector of the Cathedral of
the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. McMenamin’s mother, Elizabeth McMenamin, a 1938 graduate of Barnard
College in New York, writer, grandmother, and unofficial “Prez-Mum” of
Union County College, taught high school English. Perhaps the only true
non-teacher in the entire family was Dr. McMenamin’s father, Hugh A.
McMenamin, who once boasted, “I couldn’t teach a kid to lick a
lollipop.” He taught Dr. McMenamin and her siblings the most important
lessons of all: the meaning of unconditional love. He was a World War
II Army veteran, and a civil servant with the U.S. Department of
Defense, who retired from Fort Monmouth in the early 1980s. He lives on
in the heart of everyone who knew him.
Dr. McMenamin grew up in Ocean County, attended Temple University and
graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She
earned a Master of Science from the University of Scranton and a
Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Dr.
McMenamin has served as an adjunct professor of education at Rowan
University and is a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on
Higher Education. She is a member of the American Association of
Community Colleges’ President's Academy Executive Committee,
International Commission for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and
Universities, the National Junior College Athletic Association Board,
and the Temple University College of Health Professions Board of
Visitors. Dr. McMenamin is involved with numerous community
organizations, including the Boards of Trinitas Hospital, Union County
Performing Arts Center, UCEDC, EDC, Union County Crime Stoppers, Union
County Workforce Investment Board, and Union County Alliance.