Honorees

Thomas P. Giblin

Assemblyman Giblin’s career in public service began in 1977 when he was elected to serve as an Essex County Freeholder.  He has also served as a commissioner on the New Jersey Real Estate Commission and was the surrogate of Essex County from 1990-1993.  He was a member of the 2001 New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission and was, at one time, a member of the New Jersey Electoral College.  He was once chairman of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee and chairman of the Essex County Democratic Committee.  He was first elected to the New Jersey Assembly in 2005.

Mr. Giblin is business manager of the 5,800 member Local 68 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO, headquartered in West Caldwell.  As a previous president of Local 68, Mr. Giblin served as chairman of the board of trustees for the union’s pension, welfare, education and annuity funds.  He is the President of the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

He is on the board of Immaculate Conception High School, Mount St. Dominic Academy and the Blue Wave Foundation.  He is a Silver Life Member of the New Jersey PBA and is a 100-unit donor to the Blood Center of New Jersey.  He was the 2011 Woodbridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshall.

Mr. Giblin holds a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and served as a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.  He is a member of American Legion Post 185 in Caldwell and The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 657 in Clifton.

 


 

Anthony Calandra

Anthony Calandra is the eldest son of Luciano and Ortenza Calandra, who emigrated from Italy to the United States and founded Calandra’s Bakery in Newark in 1962.  Anthony and his brother, Lou (Luciano, Jr.), now run the family business, which has grown to consist of three bakeries, four hotels, three restaurants, and five apartment buildings all located in northern New Jersey.  The family also produces and sells their own line of olive oil, coffee, fresh pasta, homemade sauces and wines from their vineyard in Italy.

Anthony began working at the family’s first bakery in Newark at the age of twelve.  He washed pots and pans, learned to make bread, and stocked shelves.  While attending Seton Hall University, Anthony scheduled all his classes in the mornings so he could leave afternoons open for work.  He wanted to be able to take on major responsibilities at the bakery and learn the ins and outs of the business.

He learned three important principles from his father:  a strong work ethic, an emphasis on family, and a belief that the customer is always right.  Anthony is also a firm believer in giving back to local communities.  He is the premier sponsor of the Borough of Caldwell’s annual street fair, he sponsors the fireworks at Fairfield’s Independence Day celebration and contributes to countless events for local schools, fire and police departments and various non-profit organizations.  He resides in West Orange with his two children who are following in their father’s footsteps as they learn the family business.

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