The year 2018 started on a high note. The ASTMG&T law firm had been celebrated by the YMCA of Montclair in the late Fall of 2017, and the community as a whole participated. What a wonderful way to wrap up a year and begin a new one! Sadly, things began to change. The law firm family was greatly affected by the passing of Horace Ashenfelter in January. As the father of Partner James “Jim”Ashenfelter he was a regular visitor to the offices, a local volunteer, and a walker. His running days were over at 94, but he still rode the golf cart and could hit the ball. He always tipped his hat to the ladies. A gentleman from a different time, his Olympic Gold’s and numerous other awards were on display at his Memorial Service in February. After years of serving his country and his community, it was our turn to honor him. The Thanksgiving Day, Ashenfelter 8k Race which is named for him will continue to provide funds for education in the Glen Ridge community he so loved.
By March we were into planning our Montclair Film Festival Cocktail Party. This was our 4th year kicking off the Law Firm’s involvement and support of the film festival. A good time was had by all, and the MFF leadership along with invited guests and the ASTMG&T family shared in the launching of the new films, celebrity conversations and live performances. The best festival … and the planning has already begun for next year.
Let’s not forget our Art Shows, happening 3-4 times a year. We feature local artist, and this show which is just changing out now, titled, “CONNECTEDNESS” was no different. However, we did feature a father/son installation which provided some interesting conversation. Thank you to Harris and David Cohen! And to our other artist Amy Putman, Rita Cimini and Robyn Burns. Next show opening, June 11th @ 6 pm. All are welcome.
Even though the summer is fast approaching and vacations, days away from office and relaxed, longer days are fast approaching our work continues in the “GIVING” areas. Partners are all members of local boards, feeding the food insecure, providing the best information on health issues, through medicine , diet and exercise, and supporting families in need. From rape, to programs for people with disabilities, affordable housing and aging in place, we are involved in all aspects of the community. Whether it is pro bono legal advice, financial sponsorship, or connecting people through our own resources, we are there.
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