Alice (Bowman) Orrick and her husband Herb Orrick, formerly of Lyndhurst, graciously restored a wooden bench that has been in the Children’s Room of the Lyndhurst Public Library for many years. The restoration was done in memory of Alice’s younger brother, Gilbert W. Bowman, Esq., who died in January 2022. One of Gil’s favorite places to go, starting at about the age of 4, was the Lyndhurst Library with his sister Alice. Alice says Gil was always thrilled to pick out books and take them home. The Lyndhurst Library was where he began his appreciation of learning and love of reading. After hearing about Alice and Gil’s connection to the Lyndhurst Library, Director Donna Romeo was extremely grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Orrick’s generosity and felt honored to have the wooden bench restored with Gil’s name prominently displayed. Gil grew up to become a very successful and well respected lawyer practicing commercial and real estate law for over 30 years. A memorial plaque on the bench reads, “In Loving Memory of Gilbert W. Bowman, Esq., Whose Love of Books Began Here.”
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Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor of and broadcaster at The Observer, a place where he has served on and off since 2006. He is responsible for the editorial content of the newspaper and website, the production of the e-Newspaper, writing several stories per week (including the weekly editorial), conducting live broadcasts on Facebook Live, including a weekly recap of the news — and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he introduced the newspaper to its first-ever blog — which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year, he moved back to West Hudson to return to The Observer full time. Click Here to send Kevin an email.