The 2020 Dignitaries

Grand Marshal- Artie Byrne

Artie was born in Bolinrush, Wexford and is the 3rd youngest of 14; quickly earning a reputation for being a jokester. He emigrated to America at the age of 26 and settled down in Hasbrouck Heights with his beautiful wife Margaret (nee Geraghty of Galway). Artie owned and operated the Blarney Stone in Manhattan for 29 years. In 1994, he opened another successful bar in Carlstadt named after his wife- Maggie’s. In 2001 Artie helped revitalize the area near the train station in East Rutherford and opened the Blarney Station which will celebrate its 17thsuccessful year in March. Artie is the proud father of 7 and grandfather of 23. He has had a lifelong interest in carpentry and spends his spare time golfing and rooting for Wexford in the GAA. Artie, more than anything is known for his friendliness, sense of humor, and famous corned beef.   

Deputy Grand Marshal- PJ Tully

PJ born in Kearny is 1 of 5 children of Patrick and Roseann Tully, nephew of Len Tully and the legendary Pat Tully of Varrelmans Bakery here in Rutherford. He has lived in Rutherford since 1994 and is married to his beautiful wife Dawn (nee France) and has 2 beautiful daughters Kelsey and Morgan. PJ is currently the Managing Director and Chief Financial officer at Clarion Partners in New York. PJ has devoted himself to the town of Rutherford in many ways; he and his wife are one of the founding families of Top Dawgs beginning in 2013. He has volunteered for Rutherford FC Travel Soccer, Rutherford Recreation programs such as soccer and basketball. He served on the Rutherford Board of Education, Meadowlands YMCA, Rutherford Recreation Liaison and has been the Rutherford Education Foundation Vice-President.  

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year- Edward Nestor

Eddie is a 25 year veteran of the Jersey City Police Dept., currently serving as the Commander on the city’s West District. He has served in a variety of leadership roles which include: Special Investigations, Narcotics, Gangs, Public Housing, and Carjacking. Eddie was born and raised in Jersey City. His Irish roots stem from the counties of Clare and Longford, where his great grandparents were born. He is a 25 year member and past president of the Jersey City Police Emerald Society. He received the Michael Hulings Humanitarian award for his work with the Jersey City youth within public housing. Captain Nestor is also an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Dept. at FDU, where he holds a Masters in Public Administration. He has volunteered as youth football coach for RJF and is also the Big Brother through the Jersey City Bigs in Blue Program. Eddie has resided in Rutherford for 20 years with his beautiful wife Kelly and their 2 children Morgan and Brendan. 

Firefighter of the Year- Craig Scott

Craig’s family hailed from County of Armagh. He was born and raised in Rutherford and has 3 generations of family roots in town. Chief Scott was accepted as probationary firefighter in 1992, finishing training in 1993. He was in his 1st structural fire in 1994 and has been involved in multiple water rescue/recovery operations. He has received at least 1 valor award as well as commendation from the Chief of Police for actions while running command at a water rescue/recovery. Craig has served as Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief and Chief of the Department and is currently President of Rescue Company 5. Craig was a well respected and popular chief among fellow firefighters winning 5 elections with the vast majority of votes and was a skillful and trusted leader. Craig also volunteered as Rutherford softball coach for 13 years and is currently the owner of Jersey Drains, a Rutherford based plumbing and drain business for almost 15 years. Craig is married to his beautiful wife Dawn and has 2 beautiful daughters Jessica and Haleigh.  

EMT of the Year- Michael Tarantino

Mike has been a member of the Rutherford Volunteer Ambulance Corps since 1971 (49 yrs in 2020). During his tenure at the ambulance squad he has held leadership positions in the Youth Squad, Squad, and Corporation. He currently holds the position of Squad Captain since 2013. Mike is the Deputy EMS Coordinator for Bergen County Office of Emergency Mgmt., and served as a member of the NJ State Dept. of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services, faculty. Mike is employed at the Bergen County EMS Training Center as the School Director, and is currently the Coordinator for the Rutherford Office of Emergency Management. Mike has spent 30 years in law enforcement and retired as Chief State Investigator, NJ State Division of Criminal Justice; Homeland Security. He currently teaches Emergency Responder Classes for Homeland Security Bachelors Program at Passaic Community College.  He resides in Rutherford with his beautiful wife Jane, daughter Jennifer (Capaono, member/officer of Rutherford Ambulance Squad), and his son in law Craig (Sergeant Rutherford PD) and his 2 grandsons. 

RIAA Member of the Year- Marybeth O'Flanagan

Marybeth was born in Jersey City, grew up in Belmar, lived in Hoboken and has resided in Rutherford for 19 years. MB has worked  at Felician University for 13 years.  She is most known in the RIAA for the emails she tirelessly sends out to all members. She loves being involved with the RIAA and helping out at all of our events. She lives with her husband Dominick (Domo) O’Flanagan who is from the Liberties in Dublin, Ireland, and her beautiful daughter Fiona who is attending Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. We also can’t forget her little dog Lucky!