South Orange Trustees Recognize 2 Women for Community Involvement

Seton Hall University student Hillary Sadlon, left, and South Orange Villager of the Month Peggy Farah were honored by the Board of Trustees. Credits: Amy Kiste Nyberg

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The Board of Trustees honored a longtime South Orange resident and a Seton Hall University student for their community service at Monday's meeting.

Margaret “Peggy” Farah was named Villager of the Month. Farah was recognized for her work in the People to People Student Ambassador Program. She serves as a chaperone for a group of students and takes them on a three-week trip to Europe, Australia and the Pacific Islands among others.

According to Nonie Murphy, head of the South Orange Community Relations Committee, Farah also serves as a counselor as she prepares the students for their trip in the summer. She helps with ideas for fundraising as well as giving lessons on history and community service to prepare the students. She begins the preparation process in the fall of each year to ensure everyone is ready.

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“I feel so honored to be able to be involved with the program," Farah said after accepting the award. "It has such a wonderful message. It helps children understand that the world is a small place and they are global citizens.” 

Farah and her husband, Al, have three sons and a daughter and have lived in South Orange since they were first married. Farah has been active in her community for many years, teaching CCD classes at Our Lady of Sorrows and as a Scout leader for 17 years.

Murphy presented the award and said Farah "embodies the spirit of People to People in helping to create global citizens.”

Farah said she and her husband enjoy helping the community. “I’m sure we’ll continue volunteering for a long time,” she said.

Also honored was Hillary Sadlon, a Seton Hall nursing student who spent her 22nd birthday in July 2013 performing 22 random acts of kindness. Sadlon’s actions inspired a campus-wide movement at Seton Hall, "12 Acts of Christmas Kindness." 

Students could pledge to perform 12 acts of kindness, and the intiviative attracted more than 350 pledges.

Village President Alex Torpey read a proclamation praising her service.

“When I did it, I didn’t really think that all this publicity would could from it,"Sadlon said. "I really did it because I wanted to be genuine and it really did come from the heart because I wanted to do something nice.”

Trustee Sheena Collum said Sadlon’s movement was “very inspirational.” Collum complimented, Sadlon saying she “embodies everything that Seton Hall wants it students to be and become.”

Sadlon said that she hopes to makes acts of kindness second nature to people. “I really wanted to make it where you don’t even think about it, it is just something that you naturally do,” she said.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.

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