Susan Vaccaro has been a resident
of Pascack Valley for over 45 years and has been extremely active in giving
back to the Greater Pascack Valley community. Her accomplishments and activities
She has taught Sunday School at
Our Lady of Mercy Church in Park Ridge.
(2009 thru 2019 ) – Co-Chair of Relay for Life of the Pascack Valley. Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the
American Cancer Society.
thru 2019) – River Vale Zoning and Joint Planning
Board member. Susan was initially
appointed to the Zoning Board by Mayor Joseph Blundo. She served as a Board Member and Secretary.
thru 2019) – Sapienza Gardens Board of Trustees. Created jointly by the Borough of Hillsdale
and the Township of River Vale in honor and memory of Dr. Barbara Sapienza,
Principal of Pascack Valley High School for 14 years, and educator for 33
years. They sponsor school and Eagle
Scout projects; host presentations on everything from butterflies to bats. Focus is on flora and fauna education in
nature and volunteerism.
River Vale Centennial Committee Member.
Responsible for fundraisers. Cookbook,
Arts and Crafts Festival, art show at the River Vale Library, cocktail party
with Nerds. Helped to design Town signs
Presented with the River Vale Resident Volunteer Award by Mayor George Paschalis,
and Councilman Dwight DeStefan for my volunteer work for the Township’s
(2002 thru 2019) River Vale CERT member.
After seeing the devastation that occurred on September 11, 2001, Susan,
along with many others, wanted to do something to help. Some of the people that she worked with
became Firefighters, Susan became a CERT member. She did her training in the town of Oradell,
NJ and at the Bergen Police and Fire Academy.
(2012 thru 2019) – Director and Treasurer of the Kamil Kubik Foundation. The Foundation aims to enhance Kamil Kubik’s
vision and generous spirit through the promotion of his works of art, annual
grants to talented artists in need of development, and the support of art
educate programs for children.
(1995 thru 2019). Creator and
Presenter of the Anne M. Vaccaro Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor and memory
of her sister.
(2015 thru 2019). Assisted in decorating
the town of River Vale during the Holidays.
(2018 thru 2019) Initiated the painting of Storefront windows at the Four
Corners to encourage Pascack Valley students to get involved in the community
and liven up the downtown.
Susan gave her thoughts about her local involvement, “The community we live in is very important to me. It is great to be able to help out and give back. Always thinking about how to make things better or enhancing what already exists.”