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Hal Daumé to Receive BSA National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award


Hal Daumé of Berkeley Heights will be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Upon nomination by the Patriots’ Path Council to the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, this recognition is granted to those who, after 25 years following their earning the Eagle Scout rank, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

Dr. Daumé has distinguished himself through his career in marketing research and consulting, and through his continued service to God, his country, his community, and humanity by exemplifying the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

He is President of The Daumé Group, a consulting practice serving major Fortune 1000 clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. He was formerly Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Research International-USA, headquartered in New York City, and a member of the RI-USA management and operations boards of directors. Prior to this, he was principle of an independent marketing research firm in Southern California for 17 years, where he received two Marketing Success of the Year awards presented by the American Marketing Association. During that time he also taught graduate-level advertising, marketing, and marketing research courses at Cal State-LA, UCLA, and USC. Earlier corporate positions include Director of Research at Marschalk Advertising, Cleveland; VP-Communications Research and VP-Survey Division at Audits & Surveys, Inc.; and Director-Marketing Development and Director-Print Studies Division at Ipsos Worldwide-ASI, both in New York City. He began his more than 40-year career at Gallup & Robinson, Inc. and McGraw-Hill, Inc.

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For the Advertising Research Foundation, a non-profit professional organization, Dr. Daumé served as seminar speaker, and ARF Market Measurements Council and ARF Futures Committee member. He has also served as Director of three separate chapters of the American Marketing Association, and as a featured speaker at the 52nd Congress of the European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research. He is a member of the Alumni Association and Metropolitan Club of Stevens Institute of Technology, and was a National Umpire and International Official at the 1996 Centennial Olympics-Atlanta.

The U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Command recognized his outreach development work with a special commendation in 1995. In Scouting, he is a 2001 recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, and the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter and the Cliff Dochterman Rotarian Scouter awards, among other significant recognitions. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 15, in 1957, and the Explorer Silver Award a year later. He was inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame of the Patriots’ Path Council-BSA in 2008.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was created in 1969. The National Eagle Scout Association Committee, under the direction of Alumni Relations at the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and all of whom are themselves recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, selects all recipients. As of 2015 only 2,150 nominations from among over one million Eagle Scouts who earned the rank 25 years prior have ever been approved.

For more information on the National Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the Scouting program nationwide and locally, go to visit or call (973) 765-9322.

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LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Cancer Recovery Program Session Begins March 20

March 16, 2018

A new spring session for The LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program, a 12-week cancer recovery program, will begin at the Berkeley Heights YMCA on March 20, 2018. The program is a research-based physical and wellness program in which certified Summit Area YMCA trainers work with participants to achieve their goals. LIVESTRONG®  at the YMCA helps cancer survivors who find themselves in the ...

Discover Your Inner Ballet Dancer


This 8-WEEK class will be focusing on the classical technique of ballet in a fun and easy to understand manner. You can expect a full ballet class experience from working at the ballet barre, to leaping across the floor! No experience is necessary to participate. Easy to move in clothes, and socks or ballet shoes are recommended.


Diversity and Inclusion at the Summit Area YMCA

The Summit Area YMCA is more than a swim and gym. It is more than a childcare center. It is more than a nonprofit organization. It is a welcoming, safe, inclusive and globally diverse environment.

For the past 2 years, the Summit Area YMCA has been recognized as one of only 74 Y’s in the country with a Diversity and Inclusion and Global Innovation initiative. Our Y is made up of people ...

"You're the Star Tonight" Special Needs Prom at St. Bart's on May 5

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "You're the Star Tonight" Prom will be sponsored by the St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave.) and the YMCA and held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This night is for "Special Needs Young Adults" from the ages of 14-21. The night will be a full blown prom with red carpet walk up, music, dancing, ...

NPHS Student's Response to After School Walk-out Plan at NPHS

March 14, 2018

A group of students file into a science classroom amid a nervous din of chatter, the air is electric with excitement and nervousness. This small group of approximately 30 students are a studious bunch, largely members of the sophomore class with squeaky clean administrative histories. They are currently preparing to defy authority and stand up for what they believe in, even though they had been ...

New Providence's Allen W. Roberts School Gets Security Walk Through by Police Department after Bomb Threat

March 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Providence Police Department sent a letter to parents and guardians of students at Allen W. Roberts Elementary School after a non-specific bomb threat was reported on Monday afternoon.

It's the second threat  reported at a New Providence school in March. The first threat was reported on March 5th at New Providence High School.

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Rutgers voices support for proposed state budget

March 14, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University officials have often been wary of the governor's annual budget message, wondering what type of budget cuts the university may sustain and how it would potentially impact tuition and the overall quality of education.

This budget message, delivered March 13, appears to be a sigh of relief.

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Upcoming Events


Sat, March 17, 12:00 PM

K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center, New Providence

Cooking Class Teaches Portion, Calories and Food ...

Sat, March 17, 7:00 PM

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway

Footloose, The Musical @ UCPAC March 15-17, 2018

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Sun, March 18, 10:00 AM


Camp Riverbend Open House

Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Maple Sugar Sunday



Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Surreal Places, Imaginary Spaces: A Literary Tea

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Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood

Maplewood Strollers Present John Patrick ...

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JCP&L Representative Describes Utility’s Actions During Storm Quinn, Answers Residents' Questions

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The format of this week’s  Berkeley Heights 'Here and Now' was turned on its head this week. Mayor Bob Woodruff reviewed what happened in the township following Storm Quinn and its predecessor Storm Riley, complete with statistics. He then asked a representative of JCP&L questions about the utility’s response, and how it was ...

Berkeley Heights, Here and Now: Redevelopment Updates

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Mayor's Round Table has been rebranded to "Berkeley Heights, Here and Now." This new format will continue to provide updates from Mayor Bob Woodruff, municipal offices and the Communications Committee want to hear from citizens, businesses and community organizations.

Included in this episode, Mayor Bob Woodruff addresses the status of the ...

Now That The Dust Has Settled…Smart Tax Moves In 2018

Now that the dust has settled, here are some smart tax moves to lower your taxes and/or avoid higher taxes/penalties in 2018. These steps may be especially helpful if you live in high property and high income tax states (e.g. New Jersey, New York, California) since state and local tax deductions are capped.  Unfortunately all these changes mean you’ll need more time and energy to ...