The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, will honor local citizens at the 5th Annual Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award Dinner on the evening of Thursday, September 30, 2010, at The Primavera Regency, 1080 Valley Road, Stirling, NJ.  This year’s honorees are Dr. Donald C. DeFabio; Ms. Heidi Seibert Friedlander; Mr. Howard Lee; Mr. Robert McManus, Sr.; and Ms. Cathy Pitingolo. 

The event recognizes outstanding citizens who serve as exemplary role models, chosen for their outstanding community services as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have demonstrated within the community of Berkeley Heights.  They are citizens who live the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America, as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

Dr. Donald C. DeFabio, Chiropractic Orthopedist and Sports Physician; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors; producer and host of Cable TV’s The Natural Way to Better Health and Wellness; columnist for The Alternative Press; and Medical Coordinator of the U.S. Paralympic Fencing Team. 

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Heidi Seibert Friedlander is former co-chair of the American Cancer Society’s Berkeley Heights Relay for Life; a leader of Girl Scout Troop 639; fundraising coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 368; and Berkeley Heights PTO Executive Board Member and Chairperson.

Robert McManus, Sr. is the CEO of Door Boy; current and past President of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights; a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International; former President of the Berkeley Heights Chamber of Commerce; and former Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 368.  

Howard Lee is Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 368; committee member of Boy Scout Troop 368; and author of the award-winning children’s novel Jamshid and the Lost Mountain of Light.

Cathy Pitingolo is former co-chair of the American Cancer Society’s Berkeley Heights Relay for Life; a leader of Girl Scout Troop 254 and Troop 494; President of the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool; and Member Services Representative of the Berkeley Heights YMCA.

Over the past four years, this event has raised significant revenues, all to support the youth programs provided by the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Township of Berkeley Heights has a very active Scouting program for some 300 youth in three Cub Scout packs (for boys ages 7 up to 11) and two Boy Scout troops (for boys ages 11 to 18), all sponsored by the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights; one Venturing crew (for young men and women ages 14 to 21), sponsored by the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society.

Overall, Scouting throughout the Patriots’ Path Council, BSA now reaches approximately 20,000 youth in five New Jersey counties. 

For more information on the Berkeley Heights Good Scout Award Dinner or on Scouting in Berkeley Heights, please contact Grant Van Eck, District Executive 973-765-9322 ext. 250 and grant.vaneck@scouting.org