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Remembering Dr. Ella Filippone of the Passaic River Coalition

For several years, the attorneys at Lieberman & Blecher have provided pro-bono services to the Passaic River Coalition in connection with its mission to acquire, preserve, and protect land within the Passaic River watershed in northern New Jersey. Our attorneys have served on the Board of Trustees of the organization, sitting beside Dr. Ella Filippone, the founder and long-time Executive Director of PRC, whose vision and dedication made the organization a tremendous success and laid the groundwork for the next generation of conservation and watershed protection in the many New Jersey communities touched by the Passaic River.

Our team was grieved to learn that on June 21, 2013, Dr. Filippone passed away. She leaves behind a loving family, a flourishing Coalition dedicated to improving our environment, and a legacy that the state of New Jersey can never forget. In the 43 years that Dr. Filippone strove to protect the Passaic River Watershed, she was able to save over 1,500 acres of land that generations of New Jerseyans will be able to enjoy and cherish as she did.

Our attorneys and supporting staff at Lieberman & Blecher are very proud to have known Dr. Filippone, and to have had the opportunity to work beside her as she sought to protect and preserve the Passaic watershed. We hope to honor her memory as we continue to work alongside the PRC and further Dr. Filippone’s mission to protect and improve the Passaic River and surrounding lands.

A memorial service celebrating Dr. Filippone’s life and legacy will take place from 12pm until 4pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the PRC’s headquarters in Willow Hall, 330 Speedwell Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey. The Filippone family has requested that contributions to the Passaic River Coalition be made in lieu of flowers or gifts.

The Filippone family requests that attendees arrange carpools if possible, as a large turnout is expected to be present. RSVP’s may be sent by e-mail to [email protected] or mailed to the PRC headquarters.

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