The Greenwood Lake Gaelic Cultural Society celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Sat., Mar. 3 at the Greenwood Lake American Legion Post #1443 in Greenwood Lake. In the spotlight as this year’s Celts of the Year are Jessica and John Riedmueller.
Jessica was born and raised in Greenwood Lake and the couple has two children, Emily, 15 and Dylan, 11. Jessica’s family has a long history with the G.L. Gaelic Cultural Society. In fact, her parents, Bob and Ellen Mahony, have been past Celts of the Year.
As a child, Jessica played for the G.L. Soccer Club, sponsored by the Gaelic Society. Jessica later went on to become a coach for the club when her own children were old enough to play soccer. She has also served on the soccer executive board as the recreation coordinator and is currently serving as secretary. Jessica also continues to volunteer her time to the Gaelic Society’s executive board and has held the position of recording secretary, three-year trustee, two-year trustee and is currently a one-year trustee.
Jessica is a graduate of George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo, NY and attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, where she earned a BS in Chemistry. She worked at International Paper in Sterling Forest in their Analytical Department. After taking some time to stay home with the children, Jessica jumpstarted her career again and has been working as a chemist in the Product Development Department at Benjamin Moore & Co. for the last six years.
John has been by Jessica’s side since they were married in 2002. He grew up in Queens and Long Island, NY but has summered in Greenwood Lake with his parents since he was born. After graduating from H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, NY in 1990, his family moved to Flemington, NJ and he attended Raritan Valley Community College Somerset County Vo-Tech.
In 1993 he began a career as an auto technician. After 13 years of working as a technician at various dealerships, in 2006 he was offered a position at NYC Transit where he has worked for 11 years, first as a track equipment maintainer, then as a car inspector, and most recently as a supervisor in the Division of Car Equipment.