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South Orange Rotary Honors Seven With 'Service Above Self' Awards


The Rotary Club of South Orange is honoring seven individuals with its “Service About Self” Awards.

“Every year individuals that either work or live in South Orange and Maplewood volunteer, contribute, donate to and/or bake for the over 200 organizations just in our two towns, let alone the others outside of town,” Stacey Borden of the Rotary Club wrote in an email. “The Rotary Club of South Orange searches to honor those individuals who have volunteered above and beyond the service of their offices or businesses.  We understand what it takes to be committed to something other than work and want to acknowledge (them) for (their) contribution to our community.”

The recipients of the “Service Above Self” Awards are:

  • Susan Rinaldi, manager of the Maplewood Theater. She supports the Women's Club, the South Mountain YMCA, the Children's Emergency Medical Fund and the Jersey Animal Coalition through her tricky tray events and her use of her popcorn to feed volunteers when they work. 
  • Irene Hunt and Ernestine Hunt Lizardi. The twins work tirelessly with the church Ministries and Tele-Height Organization and Irene's Democratic District 11 leadership, and they sing at various township functions. 
  • Dr. Janine P. Buckner, a psychology professor at Seton Hall University. She developed and maintains the Neighborhood Watch Program with the South Orange Police Department and currently is on the Board of the South Orange Middle School and advises them on issues relating to bullying. 
  • Alyssa Aronson. She is most recognizable as she walks the streets of South Orange, talking to individuals about the Village. She brings that knowledge to the South Orange Community Relations Committee, as well as the Transpiration Advisory and Cable TV Advisory committees. She can be seen everywhere from the South Orange Performing Arts Center to Spa Lady to Village Hall. 
  • Bruce Levitt and Shelley Slafkes, both lawyers. Bruce is on the board of the South Mountain YMCA and the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Shelley has served on the Board of Education, Family Connections and the Columbia High School Education Fund and is currently serving on the South Orange/Maplewood Community Collation on Race and the is co-chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance and Volunteer Fair, where the South Orange Rotary will be sponsoring a blood drive with the support of the Maplewood Rotary Club, the Interact/Leaders Club of Maplewood/South Orange, a collaboration of teens from the YMCA and Rotary, and the Seton Hall Rotaract Club on Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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