Land of Make Believe founder, former NY Jets doctor among Warren Hall of Fame inductees


The Warren County Hall of Fame will induct six people at a gala dinner Nov. 5 at the Hawk Pointe Golf Club. including the posthumous induction of Marie Maier, co-founder of the Land of Make Believe Amusement Park.

The Warren County Community College Foundation established the Hall of Fame and presents the induction ceremony. The event is open to the public.

For tickets to the ceremony, click here.

Learn more about the inductees below:

Dr Nick Avallone

Avallone is a member of St. Luke’s Orthopedic Care Unit in Lopatcong, New Jersey, and was recognized as Sports Medicine Provider of the Year in the 2019 St. Luke’s All Star Awards program. He has an under – specialty in sports medicine.

He is a team physician for Phillipsburg High School, Delaware Valley Regional High School, Warren Hills Regional High School, Belvidere High School, and Warren Technical High School; and was previously a resident of the New York Jets, New York Islanders and New England Patriots.

Charles A. Fineran

Fineran is a retired New Jersey State Police Sergeant. He was named a Mary Louise Christine Outstanding Senior Citizen of Warren County in June.

He is currently Director of Open Spaces for Allamuchy and President of the Allamuchy Historical Society; and regularly volunteers for the Friends of Rutherford.

Paul Sterbenz

Sterbenz is a senior director and divisional operating manager for government services at Colliers Engineering & Design (formerly Maser Consulting) and an active member of the board of directors of Abilities of Northwest Jersey.

He and his family started a community trail at Warren Community College, where he runs the annual Miles of Smiles charity run with his son James to raise money for people with disabilities.

Caroline Wolf

Wolf is considered a “voluntary lifer”. She is the former president of Arc of Warren County; launched Project First Step, an early stage family intervention program; served as chairman of the Human Services Council and is an active member of the Warren County Transportation Committee.

Kerry has also been involved in community organizations such as the Warren Hospital Auxiliary and previously served on the Phillipsburg Library Board of Trustees.

Gary Gray

Gray is a graduate of Belvidere High School and president of Gary Gray Trucking.

Gray’s contributions to Warren County include building sports fields at North Warren High School and Tunnel Field in Knowlton Township; as well as other contributions to local non-profit organizations.

Marie A. Maier

Maier is the co-founder of Educational Products, Inc., a company that made the first plastic cookie cutters in the United States. She is also the co-founder of the Land of Make Believe Amusement Park, one of New York’s oldest and largest family amusement parks. Jersey.

She is a founding member of the Sussex/North Warren Girl Scouts Council and an original member of the Hope Historical Society. Maier died in 2009. She was 101 years old.

During her life, she received many honors, including Hope Mayor Tim McDonaugh; Congressmen Leonard Lance and Scott Garrett; Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg; Governor Jon Corzine; and President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.

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