Grand Central Terminal Tour & Section Dinner Meeting

This Section event includes a 2-hour tour of Grand Central Terminal in New York City, followed by a Section Dinner Meeting in the world-famous Oyster Bar Restaurant on the lower level of Grand Central Terminal.

A Metro-North Railroad Public Relations Guide will lead the tour group through the public and seldom seen non-public areas of Grand Central Terminal while providing commentary on the historical and current uses of the facility.

Following the tour, a networking session with cocktails will be held in the Saloon Dining Room of the Oyster Bar Restaurant, followed by a sit-down dinner to enjoy four courses of the fine food offered by the Oyster Bar Restaurant. Highlights of Section activities and events will be described during the dinner. Vegetarian and non-seafood food is available upon request.

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North East Quality Council Scholarship Application Deadline Extended!

image: chalk boardThe NEQC have ended our scholarship deadline to August 30, 2014. Any student that is a child of a current ASQ member in good standing may apply for this scholarship. The Scholarship Program and Forms can be found on their website –

All applications are to be sent to the NEQC Scholarship Chair – Jim Williamson at or Jay Patel at

Section Meeting: ASQ – State of the Section Presentation – September 2014

Join us for our September 2014 Section meeting where Sandor will provide an overview of the past years events; look head towards future meeting presentations; planned training activities and new quality initiatives being driven by ASQ HQ and Section 300 Senior Leadership. This will be an open dialog presentation, where members can voice their concerns, present new ideas and ask questions of Section Leadership Team.
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Event Summary: 1st Annual Independence Park Beautification Event

Half of the Independence Park Clean up Volunteers25 volunteers and their families participated in the 1st Annual Independence Park Beautification Event in Newark on Saturday 4/26. The event was co-sponsored by the ASQ NY/NJ Metro Section and The Spanish Tavern (our Section’s home away from home) located on McWhorter Street in the Ironbound Section of Newark. We were also joined by enthusiastic volunteers from Virgin American located in Newark Airport. The Virgin American volunteer team was led by Sherriale Garnett. All of the Virgin Atlantic team worked for the Customer Service Concierge Group. They were extremely passionate about giving back to their community in Newark and concentrated on the playground area.

Tito from The Essex County Parks System distributed pick-up sticks, gloves, and garbage bags at no cost.

Our volunteer crew concentrated on a “Micro Clean-up” and also picked up any other garbage and cans/bottles for recycling. We picked up hundreds of cigarette butts and pieces of broken glass.

The volunteers from the Spanish Tavern were like wolves digging into bushes to find trapped garbage and even a large cart from behind a bush (nice work Wilbert!). This park is in the same neighborhood as the Spanish Tavern. John, his staff, and their families from the Spanish Tavern were especially committed to giving back to their community.

Finally, the ASQ volunteers worked to organize the event and dedicated ourselves to help beautify a park in our adopted home with and for people that we truly care about. All of our volunteers worked tirelessly to help make Independence Park the most beautiful Park in all of Essex County.

The entire day was a true “Labor of Love”. We all agreed that there WILL BE a 2nd Annual Independence Park Beautification Event next year held on the weekend that coincides with Earth Day. Virgin American also was invited and agreed to be a co-sponsor for this event next year.

Our heartfelt THANKS to everyone involved in this fun “feel good” event. See you next year!

David H. Sherman
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