Volume 10 • Issue 3 March 2018 newcommunity.org

New Community Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

New Community staff, residents and supporters gathered to celebrate New Community Corporation’s five decades of service and honor Founder Monsignor William J. Linder at the 50th Anniversary Gala March 3.

Guests dressed in suits and gowns enjoyed a cocktail reception, formal dinner and dancing at the Hilton Meadowlands in East Rutherford. Music was provided by Kit McClure Band, an all-female big band.

“The 50th Anniversary Gala was such a wonderful night. We honored Monsignor Linder for his leadership and vision and Madge Wilson and Newton Richards for their long service as members of our Board of Directors,” said New Community CEO Richard Rohrman. “It was also a much deserved opportunity to thank the New Community family and staff who make us who we are, and support us every day. It was good friends, good food, good music and an all-around good time.”


Cardinal Tobin Visits New Community Extended Care

Residents of New Community Extended Care got a special visit Feb. 16 when Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the Archbishop of Newark, conducted mass in the nursing home’s chapel.

New Community Founder Monsignor William J. Linder invited Tobin to see the nursing home chapel, which is dedicated to Pope Francis and is getting expanded, by sending him a letter. Tobin accepted the offer.

Tobin introduced himself to residents with words from Genesis, the first book of the Bible.


A Life Of Activism And The Arts: Elma T. Bateman

Elma T. Bateman was a lifelong Newark resident who loved the arts and was very involved in her community. She was one of the original members of the Board of Directors for New Community Corporation and served the organization for 35 years. She died Feb. 12 at the age of 91.

Daughter Celeste Bateman said her mother served as a voice for the people during her time with New Community.

“She was a parent with children who had to live in these apartments that New Community was designing,” Celeste Bateman said. “She knew that families needed, for example, storage space. They needed a livable space.”

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