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Berkeley Heights Good Scout Awards Dinner Honors Community Members

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Former Mayor Joe Bruno
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Louisa and Terrence Grossman
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The Hall Family of Hall's Garden Center and Florist
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Jean Grisi
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Pam Steiner
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local citizens at the 10th Annual Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award Dinner to be held on the evening of Wednesday, October 7.  This year’s honorees are former Mayor Joe Bruno, the Hall Family, Louisa and Terrence Grossman, Jean Grisi and Pam Steiner.

The event recognizes these outstanding citizens for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Berkeley Heights community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives.

Joe Bruno

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Joe's first involvement in the community was as a Cub Scout leader in Pack 368. In 1997 Joe ran successfully for the Berkeley Heights Board of Education and was there for 9 years. He served as Chairman of the Finance committee as well as Board Vice President.

In 2005, Joe was elected to the Township Committee. With the change of government, to an elected Mayor and Township Council, he was elected, the following year, to a seat on the newly formed Town Council. During the next five years, Joe again chaired the finance committee as well as serving as the Council Vice President and then Council President for two years.

In November of 2010, Joe was elected Mayor of the Township of Berkeley Heights. During his four years as mayor, the township had experienced weather related catastrophes including two hurricanes (Irene and Sandy), an October blizzard and even a tornado just to name a few. It was during Hurricane Sandy that Mayor Bruno’s leadership was noticed. He initiated, along with the help of the Berkeley Heights Fire Department to cook over 100 pounds of chili for residents that were without power It was his Leadership during these crisis, that earned him the: 2013 Union County Republican Committee’s “Congressman Bob Franks Award for Outstanding Elected Official in Union County”.

Louisa and Terrence Grossman

Since moving to Berkeley Heights in 1997, Louisa and Terrence have been active in the community. 

Louisa has chaired numerous committees, has served as the PTO President and/or Vice President for Thomas P. Hughes School, Columbia Middle School, the Area Council District PTO and is currently the President of Governor Livingston High School serving her second year of a two-year term.

At Hughes School she twice wrote, choreographed, staged and directed original musicals for 85 to 90 fifth graders in the Hughes Drama Dragons program. She has also been a member of the Berkeley Heights Superintendent’s Communications committee and volunteers as a chaperone for the GL Highlander Marching Band.

In addition to working with organizations connected to our school district, Louisa was a member of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool Executive Board for over 8 years where she served in a variety of positions including Vice President and Secretary. She also coached a PAL girls’ middle school basketball team for two years. For the past 8 years Louisa has been the Youth Chaperone Committee Chair (a member of the Event Leadership Team) for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Mountainside, Summit and Springfield. She also counsels individuals on how to write executive resumes.

Terrence has been involved with Boy Scout Troop 68 since 2010. He served as an Assistant Scoutmaster from 2010 to 2011, focusing on outdoor, camping and adventure trips and expanding the Troop’s service projects and outreach. He was the Troop’s Scoutmaster from 2011 to 2015 and is currently back, serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster focusing on trips and Scout leadership development. Terrence believes that the principals of duty, the selfless service to others along with honor and leadership embodied in the Scout Oath and Scout Law are critical for preparing young men for the challenges they will face in life. This summer, he completed a two week, 70 mile trek with senior scouts from Troop 68 at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Terrence was also actively involved in the Berkeley Heights youth sports programs and has served as a coach and assistant coach for travel and PAL soccer and baseball teams. He also ran the recreation department's kindergarten and pre-school soccer clinics. He has served as a parent chaperone for multiple Relay for Life teams and is currently involved with the GL marching band, helping unload and store the equipment and instruments after competitions.

Terrence works as a mergers and acquisition and business restructuring professional. 

The Grossman family has worked together every holiday season for the past 20 years on a program they founded called the Appalachian Toy Drive. They collect toys from ogranizations and individuals that they send to a mission in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. This is one of the poorest regions of the country where many families live without indoor plumbing or electricity.

Hall's Garden Center

Family owned and operated since 1978, Hall's Garden Center and Florist has become one of the largest garden centers in Central New Jersey. The business originally started, back in the 1970's, as a small landscape maintenance service out of the back of an old car. With the back seats moved to fit a lawn mower and some tools, their roots began here. A vision of their father, Thomas A. Hall Sr., who was determined to do what he loves best -- landscaping, and to lead himself and his family towards a successful future. Later in 1977, Tom and his wife, Mary Lou purchased an older lumber yard on Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights, which today most know as Hall's Garden Center & Florist.

Tom’s foresight to purchase this desirable location proved to be an invaluable asset. As time progressed, Hall's has continued to grow - expanding their services to include a florist, gift shop and design-build services.

Today, Hall’s Garden Center and Florist is a second generation, family owned business; with the third generation holding full-time positions. With Thomas A. Hall Jr., Kenneth Hall, Allison LaHoff, and Robert LaHoff leading the future of Hall’s Garden Center & Florist, together, our efforts continue to support not only ourselves, but our community as well.

Jean Grisi

Ms. Grisi serves on the National Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA and chairs its investment subcommittee. She is also member of the board, and chairs the finance Committee of CMMB, a non-profit international health care service organization in NYC, serves on the executive committee of the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA), is trustee of the Lucent Supplemental Health Benefit Trust, serves as a board member of the Alcatel Lucent Foundation and recently elected as a board member of Managed Fund Association, a non-profit advocacy, education, and communications organization of hedge fund and managed futures firms in the alternative investment industry. 

Ms. Grisi is US CIO and President of ALIMCO, the in-house asset management organization responsible for the investments of the Alcatel-Lucent US pension and post-retirement benefit trusts totaling over $40 billion. She oversees a team of 25 in NJ and Boston. Ms. Grisi has been with ALIMCO since 1999, serving in a variety of roles.

In 2013, Ms. Grisi was named one of aiCIO magazine’s Chief Investment Officer Power 100. In 2014, Ms. Grisi was nominated by Institutional Investor for an inaugural Intelligence Award for Thought Leadership in the Investment Management Industry.

Pam Steiner

As a staff member of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Pam had the opportunity to meet many of the Berkeley Heights residents when she helped initiate and run the annual one-ring tent Circus in town, wait in the snow and cold at the Horse and Carriage rides during the holiday season, serve hot chocolate and cookies at Santa's arrival, and help organize the annual Clean Communities Clean Up Day. 

A Rotarian since 1991, Pam represented the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce on the initital Rubber Duck committee with the Boy Scouts many years ago. She chairs the placemat committee for the Rotary Club's annual Pancake Breakfast and has served as club President three times. She has also been involved with the Rotary District 7510 as an AG (Assistant Governor) two times and serving on the Eat Drink and Share committee for many years as well as chairing that committee the past two years. Eat Drink and Share is a fundraiser for the Rotary International Foundation, which for the past few years has raised over $35,000 annually for international projects.    

Pam is a member of the Church & Cannon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and serves as the Ways & Means chair and corresponding secretary. 

The Berkeley Heights area is a part of the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council. The council serves 16,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities like ours throughout Morris, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties.

For more information on Scouting, contact Jennifer Volz, Senior Development Director, at 973-765-9322 ext.249 or at her email, Jennifer.volz@scouting.org.

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