Dr. Rolando Alum, Sr., a resident of West New York for more than four decades, celebrated recently his 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. Dr. Alum was born in Havana, Cuba, where he was a dentist and an educator. In early 1961 he fled to the U.S. with his wife Sarah (deceased in 2003) and two sons when it was evident to the couple that the Castro regime was becoming a communist dictatorship. The family first spent a few years in Miami before moving to New Jersey, where Dr. Alum worked as a research scientist with the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company in Nutley until his retirement. In Hudson County, he was also involved in numerous civic activities for years. For his centennial, he received congratulatory messages from the White House, Gov. Christie, Senator Menéndez, and Congressman Sirés, as well as commendations from the State’s Assembly and Senate, as well as a resolution from the West New York municipal commissioners. Dr. Alum is the father of the Guttenberg-based attorney Luis Alum, and of Prof. Roland Alum, Jr., an educator and a community organizer.