L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Jul 2018 - #7
Billy's Red room is razed

Billy and Madeline's Red Room Tavern razed. On Tuesday June 6, a backhoe tore the 84 year-old structure down. Six months after a fire totally destroyed Billy and Madeline's Red Room Tavern The building was destroyed when a massive fire ripped through the tavern on Monday, November 27, 2017. The tavern, founded in 1933 as Fornaros Tavern, was renamed Billy's in 1959 when son Billy took over. Madeline was added to the name when Billy married Madeline in 1980.

The fire began on the ground floor in the main kitchen. Because the second and third floor collapsed, investigators were unable to pinpoint the exact starting location. There was no evidence the fire was intentionally set. The Red Room a focal point in the Hanover Township but the rebuilding of the restaurant and bar is questionable at this time as the owners are well over 70 years young.

Billy and Madilian were loyal supporters of the Slattery Detachment and you could find their ad in our Birthday Ball Ad Book every year. This would have been their 85th year.

The site is now a leveled and graded plot and there are no plans for future use as of now.


At the Kumpf Middle School Clark  NJ School Assembly

Today I was asked along with four others Veterans to speak at my daughters school, Kumpf Middle School in Clark, NJ about the importance of Memorial Day. My granddaughter Molly who is in Kindergarten in Brick, NJ was able to watch me and the others speak via video teleconferencing.

We all talked about the meaning and importance of what Memorial Day is all about. A task I do not take lightly.

Thank you for asking us to represent the Men and Women who lost their lives defending our Freedom and the Freedom of others who could not do it alone.

"WE" need to be a voice for those who no longer have a voice.

I was honored and humbled to speak for them.

Semper Fi, Neas Out