The Parade Committee is proud to announce that Micheal “Mickey” Gross, a well-known and respected resident of South Amboy, will serve as Grand Marshal.
Employed by the County of Middlesex for 40 plus years, Mr. Gross currently holds the position of Environmental Health Division Head within the Department of Public Health and Safety. As the lead agency for the municipalities in Middlesex County that contract for environmental health services, Mr. Gross is responsible for overseeing the enforcement of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) regulations including the monitoring and enforcement of the standards to control air pollution, solid waste, noise, and water pollution to protect the public from harmful substances and other environmental threats.
In addition to his duties with the county, Mr. Gross has been active in local politics, serving on the South Amboy City Council for over 12 years where he currently holds the position of Council President as well as a member of the city’s zoning board.
A big man with a big heart and a strong believer in giving back to his community through volunteerism and lending his talents to community organizations. Mr. Gross has served as the past chairman of the Frog Hollow 5K run as well as the past president and trustee of the Frog Hollow Swim Club, past chairman of the Cardinal McCarrick’s Carnival, South Amboy Little League, and past vice president of the Saint Mary Sports Association. and is a current member of the South Amboy YMCA, Knights of Columbus and South Amboy Ancient Order of Hibernians, He is also the Co-Chairperson of the South Amboy Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of which he has been a member for 15+ years and is instrumental in organizing and overseeing the parade, City’s Irish Festival and the annual Fourth of July fireworks spectacular which he coordinates with the City of Perth Amboy.
Deputy Grand Marshal - Yolanda Flores
Keasbey resident Yolanda Flores will serve as Deputy Grand Marshal. Her dedication to her city, clients, family, and committee members has been an inspiration to all. This hard-working unsung individual was born and raised in Perth Amboy and is employed by Keller Williams by the Bay Realty where she holds the position of manager and broker. Her role encompasses the day-to-day operations of the realty office, state compliance and training as well as assisting sellers, buyers, tenants, landlords, investors, and commercial businesses with their real estate needs.
Prior to her position with Keller Williams by the Bay, Ms. Flores served as President of Rosengarten Realty and Development Inc. from 2014-2021.
A member of Celebrate Perth Amboy Inc.-Celebrate our Stars & Stripes for the past nine years, Ms. Flores holds the title of logistics coordinator. Her role requires her to work closely with the Cities of Perth Amboy and South Amboy, as well as multiple city departments culminating in the spectacular Independence Day Celebration and Festival attended and enjoyed by over 10,000 Perth Amboy and South Amboy residents.
An active volunteer with the South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee for the past 5 years, her expertise in creating fundraising materials such as flyers, posters, and invitations has been utilized. She has also served as Mistress of Ceremonies at both the South Amboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the city’s annual Irish Festival.
Ms. Flores was the co-owner of American Pride Bait and Tackle, Perth Amboy. A small bait and tackle shop, the business was a joint venture with her late brother. Upon his demise, Ms. Flores made the decision to continue to serve anglers who came to fish Raritan Bay providing them with excellent service, fresh bait and an expertise in the art of fishing locally. The shop is also available to participants of the annual fishing derby and casting contest at Harborside Marina Perth Amboy.