BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Township resident Georgeann DiRienzo said she would like to launch an area chapter of the UNICO National organization, a service group with a goal to "engage in charitable works, support higher education, and perform patriotic deeds" and to promote Italian-Americans.

DiRienzo said the UNICO chapter _ which needs at least 15 members to be established _ would be open to members from surrounding towns as well as Bernards Township.

Each branch can decide which charities and other services it would like to support, DiRienzo said following last week's Township Committee meeting, at which she announced her goal. UNICO also offers scholarships, she noted.

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Information about the UNICO National is on the organization's website.