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Members of Westfield Community Among Those to be Honored by Boy Scouts This Week

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Bonds of Courage Executive Director Danielle (pictured here with David Martin and members of the National Guard) will be honored Wednesday. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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Danielle Bracco, executive director of Westfield-based Bonds of Courage, (pictured here with Kean Professor Jeremiah Sullivan) will be honored Wednesday. Credits: Mike Cohen
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Joseph McTernan
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Marcy Metz
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WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield resident Daniele Bracco and retired Westfield Police Lieutenant James Schneider will be among the local citizens honored this week by Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council at the annual Boy Scouts of America Union County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner.

The event, to be held Wednesday, June 7, at The Westwood in Garwood at 6:30 p.m., recognizes five outstanding citizens for their community service, as evidenced by their leadership and interests within the Union County community, and for their embodiment of the values of the century old Scout Oath and Law in their personal and professional lives.

Bracco serves as executive director Bonds of Courage Executive Director. She also volunteers with HHT 1-102nd Cavalry Squadron’s Family Readiness Group and works as the Program Director of the ProVetus program in NYC. In addition to the veterans’ outreach, service and leadership she provides to Bonds of Courage her work with the FRG in the Cavalry brings her close to soldiers and families as she assists them with a myriad of issues related to life in the military. 

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Prior to this work, Bracco gave of her time to veterans’ organizations in reaching out to deployed troops.  She has also served the Westfield community as the Parent Teacher Organization president and vice president and benefited a variety of charities, including Children’s Specialized Hospital as part of her work as a Westfield Junior Womens’ Club member and board member.

Schneider served 30 years with the Westfield Police Department where most of his career was spent working in both the detective and juvenile bureaus. As a detective sergeant in the juvenile bureau, he was given the opportunity to work with numerous Eagle Scouts where he could teach and assist them in achieving their merit badge for fingerprinting.

Schneider is currently a certified police instructor with the NJ Police Training Commission and actively teaches at the John H. Stamler Police Academy at both the recruit and in-service training levels. He is employed at the Princeton House Behavioral Health facility as a Peer Support Specialist with the First Responder Treatment Services. In that capacity, Schneider has the opportunity to work with law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel, and family members who have found themselves struggling with addictions as well as emotional and mental disorders.

Also to be honored Wednesday:

Charles Dooley and his wife, Angela Dooley, have been the sole owners of the Dooley Funeral Home in Cranford since 2009. He is a communicant of St. Michael's Church in Cranford, a former assistant Scoutmaster and committee member with Boy Scout Troop 75 chartered by the Cranford United Methodist Church, a coach with the Westfield Fencing Club and a member of the Associated New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs.  In March of 2011, Charles Dooley was honored by the New Jersey State Assembly and the Cranford Board of Education for his compassionate and outstanding service.

Joseph McTernan is Senior Director of Community and Clinical Services for Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth. In this role at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Dr. McTernan oversees Community Outreach, Renal Services, Emergency Preparedness, Wound Care/Hyperbaric Medicine, Facilities, Construction, Environmental Services, Food Services and Pre-Hospital Services. 

McTernan currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Union County Human Service Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Shaping Elizabeth Executive Committee.  He has a long history of volunteer services including serving as past president of the New Jersey Renal Administrators Association, Past Commissioner of the Orangeburg Fire District and past Chief of South Orangetown Ambulance Corps.

Marcy Metz is President of BJ&M Auto Inc. and ASISCO Automotive Company Inc., located in Elizabeth. She holds a NJ state inspector license and a NJ state diesel emission repair technician license.  ASISCO is an automotive and truck warehouse distributor.  BJ&M is a repair and maintenance shop, licensed private inspection facility and a used car dealership.

Metz is currently the chairwoman for the Boys & Girls Club Union County and immediate past chairwoman for Elizabeth Development Company.  In addition, she serves on the following boards:  Elizabeth Development Company, Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Groundwork Elizabeth, Union County Economic Development Corporation, Trinitas Health Foundation, Ehrhart Gardens and Crime Stoppers of Union County.  Marcy is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Executive MBA Program. 

Union County is a part of the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America which serves more than 16,000 youth in over 400 Scouting units in communities throughout Union, Middlesex, Somerset, Sussex and Morris Counties.

For more information on Scouting, attending the event, and sponsoring an ad in the program journal, contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322 ext. 249 or email jennifer.volz@scouting.org.

Wednesday's event is co-chaired by Timothy Boyle of 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Westfield and Gene Jannotti of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

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