Constantine "CJ, Chris, Connie" J. Testone, age 82 of Vineland, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014 at home. Constantine was born in Derby, Conn., to the late Constantine and Ida May (Smith) Testone and graduated from Fairfield University in 1953 with a degree in Social Science. He served with distinction in military intelligence from 1954-1958 in Berlin, Germany.
Following his military career, CJ began his Boy Scouts of America professional career in 1958 as an Assistant District Executive in Nassau County, Long Island, NY. In 1959, he was promoted to District Executive until 1963 when he was selected to serve as District Executive in Middlesex Council, Highland Park, NJ. In 1964, Connie was selected to serve as District Executive in the Transatlantic Council, Heidelberg, Germany. Among his many assignments two are most noteworthy. He founded Camp Heritage, a self-reliant summer camp in Germany which still exists today and also served as the American Liaison officer at Kandersteg International Scout Chalet in Switzerland. Following his overseas assignment, Chris was selected to serve as Program Director in the Suffolk County Council, Long Island, NY., in 1968. In 1970, he was promoted to Director of Support Services. Among his many contributions, he was instrumental in substantially improving the camping program of the Council including the acquisition and construction of a self-reliant camp in the Adirondacks.
In 1975, CJ was selected to service as Scout Executive of the Southern New Jersey Council, Vineland, NJ. He successfully served in that capacity for 22 years, retiring from the professional services of the Boy Scouts of America in 1997. After 39 years of service, some of Connie's notable achievements included: growth of the Council Endowment Trust Fund assets from $70,000 to 5.5 million dollars, construction of a new Scout Resource Center valued at 1.5 million dollars, completed a major capital campaign resulting in acquisition of camp properties and camp improvements; and introduction of new outreach programs for minorities and the handicapped.
Chris is a 60 year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 3. He has served as and Asst. Cub Master, Asst. Scoutmaster, Committee Member and Scout Master. He has earned the Scouters Training Award and Scouters Key. Chris is an Ernest Thompson Seton Member of BSA's 1910 Society and a multiple James E. West Member. He has been honored by his community and the State of New Jersey for his outstanding service to youth. He has been a member of the Kiwanis International, Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, and many local community organizations.
Constantine was predeceased by his brothers, Lawrence and Joseph Testone, and sister Marie A. (Testone) Kashuba. He is survived by two brothers, Jackie (Clara) Testone and Henry Testone. He is also survived by his two daughters, Carol (Testone) Warren and her husband Elmer of Millville and Patricia (Testone) Grablow of Vineland and one son, Shawn Testone and his wife Robin of Horseheads, NY. Also four loving grandchildren Serena, Julianna and Michael Testone and Cassidy J. Grablow. He is also survived by dear cousin, Clara Finnucan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Funeral liturgy will be held Friday, January 24th at 11:00 AM from Chris the Good Shepherd Parish, Church of St. Isidore 1655 Magnolia Road, Vineland. Burial will be private. Visitation hours are 9:00-10:45 AM Friday in CHURCH prior to the liturgy. Please visit wbfuneralhome.com to send on line condolences and or tributes to the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Constantine's memory may made to the BSA at BSA Troop 3 Derby, PO Box 8, Derby, CT 06418 or the American Diabetes 1701 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA,. 22311 or by phone at 1-800-342-2383. Arrangements are under the supervision of Wainwright-Bernhardt Funeral Home, Vineland, NJ.
DERBY – Composed of young men ages 11 to 17, from throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby will begin its 100th year of Scouting on Sept. 4, 7PM at the Derby Second Congregational Church on Elizabeth Street, across from the Derby Green.
The troop, among the oldest in Connecticut, was founded in 1914, and is still sponsored by the Derby Second Congregational Church. Meetings are held at the church each Wednesday through June and all interested boys may visit with a parent or guardian. Boys younger than 11 who are interested in Scouting can visit Cubmaster Dan Cyrul and Cub Scout Pack 3 on Monday nights, 6PM at the Derby Methodist Church.
The Junior Leaders who run the weekly troop meetings and monthly campouts as members of the Patrol Leaders Council include Senior Patrol Leader Ryan Cafaro, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders Justin Patten, Anthony Bartholomew, Steve Tracz and Colby McLiverty, Patrol Leaders Jason Edwards, Mike Flora, James Chopak and Ryan Kish, Scribe Joe Szewczyk, Chaplain’s Aide Michael Shea, OA Representative Ben Grasso, Webmaster Jason Edwards, Quartermaster Dominic Livoti, Historian Naveen Madivala, Librarian Julian Gilloren, Troop Guide Jim Butler, and Junior Assistant Scoutmasters Matt Moran and Andrew Devine. The patrol leader’s council is guided by Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter and Assistant Scoutmasters Bill McDonnell, Chris Cafaro, John Spinetti, Mike McMahon and others.
Monthly meeting themes include: Iron chef cooking, history, paranormal, wilderness survival, cinematography, criminal justice, outdoor skills, military and cycling. Highlighting the 2013-14 Scouting year will be 100th anniversary celebratory activities, performing in the 90th Annual Scout Gang Show, attending Strang Scout Reservation summer camp and a 3 week cross-country camping trek with scouts from Ireland and England.
The troop also schedules camping trips at least one weekend a month throughout the year and conducts regular community service efforts like Scouting for Food and Good Friday service projects. In addition scouts working towards Scouting’s highest honor, Eagle Scout Rank will lead significant community service projects like the Derby Dog Park project lead by Troop 3 Scout Anthony Bartholomew. Almost 300 scouts have achieved Eagle Scout Rank in Troop 3’s history.
Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will be offering a free hands-on activities to introduce the program to all youths. The annual event, called Ed Strang Day on the Derby Green in honor of the late Scouting pioneer, will be held at the Derby Green on September 28. For more information call 203 732 0343.
DERBY – Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby recently hosted twenty one scouts and leaders from the 107th Scouts and Explorers of Derby, England. In addition to home hosting the two groups spent a week of summer camp at Housatonic Council’s Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen. Pictured at the camp are front row from left: Jason Edwards, Thomas Robertson, , Jayson Hutchinson, Vinny Fazzino, James Withey, Daisy Cooke, Lily Cooke, George Cooke, Brandon Kling, Naveen Madivala, Elliot Moscato, Zach Thomas, and Vincent Yanez. Second Row: Jo Cooke, Billy Walker, Alex Griffiths, Sam Brooks, Timm Moss, Jack Robinson, Kieran Cambell, Chris Turley, Calum Ogilvie, Joe Hollingworth, Alex Coles, and Susan Griffith. Third Row: Justin Patten, Jimmy Butler, Stuart Cooke, Chris Cafaro, Karl Griffith, Craig Morris, Tyler Stankye, Randy Ritter, Luke Brady and Ashley Griffiths. Back row: Matt Moran, Joshua Moscato, Steven Tracz, Matt Cafaro, Matt Main, James Cobaugh, Ben Grasso, Anthony Bartholomew, Ryan Cafaro, Adam Sroka, Matt Edwards and Julian Gilloren. Missing is Colby McLiverty.
In 2012 Scout Gang Show Cub Scouts from Pack 3 Derby performed “It’s a Small World” with Troop 3 Scout Joe Szewczyk
Derby - The more than 100 members of Housatonic Council Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will present their 89th Annual Scout Gang Show on May 10 & 11, 7:30PM at the Derby United Methodist Church, located near the Derby Green at the corner of 5th & Elizabeth Streets. Part old time minstrel, vaudeville, and variety show, the longest running show of its kind has been performed by the Derby scouts annually since 1922 (shows weren’t performed for 2 years during World War II). Although the Derby show is the only one performed in the United States, Scout Gang Shows are performed by Scout groups throughout the United Kingdom and former British colonies.
Highlights of this year’s “That’s Entertainment” themed show include “Willkommen” by Troop 3 Senior Patrol Leader and chorus director Matthew Moran, “Make Em Laugh” by Cub Jackson Kellogg and “Born to Be Wild” by Scout James Chopak. The director and interlocutor for the show is Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter and piano accompaniment is provided by Jeremey Lombard. Lighting and sound is under the direction of Assistant Scoutmaster John Spinetti.
The “Endmen” or joke tellers for the show include Troop 3 and Crew 33 members Neeraj Madivala, Steven Tracz, Andrew Devine, Billy Kowarik, Michael McMahon, Dominic Livoti, Aron Zamfino and Colby McLiverty. “Stooges” performing run on skits for the show are David Ahearn, Mike Neuendorf, John Murray, Matt Edwards and Justin Patton. The Stooges are under the direction of Mr. Rodman Kneen, Sr. who has been involved with the show for 81 years, having first performed as a Cub in the 1932 show.
Special guests include Sarah Widomski, Sara Poppa, and Troop 3 Committeeman and former Mayor of Derby, Marc Garofalo. Tickets are available for $7 from Pack 3, Troop 3 and Crew 33 scouts, or by calling 732-0343. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds from the show assist scouts in attending Housatonic Cub Scout Day Camp, Boy Scout Summer Camp at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen and Housatonic Council Scouts attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.