Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council honored local citizens at the annual Boy Scouts of America Union Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be on the evening of Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at The Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains. This year’s honorees were Christopher and Timothy Boyle, Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Sgt. Russell Gottlick, Gene Jannotti and Bill Nierstedt.

The event recognized six 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. The event chair person was Merritt Duffy, President, B.B. Miller & Co.

Christopher and Timothy Boyle are Westfield natives that have owned 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro in Westfield since 2001. 16 Prospect hosts annual benefits for Brendon’s Meadows Animal Rescue, The Center for Hope, Bonds of Courage which helps veterans and their families and S., Joseph’s Food Bank.

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Cryan was sworn in as sheriff on Jan. 1, 2015. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served as administrative undersheriff for eleven years to long time Sheriff Ralph Froehlich. He was vice chairman and chairman of the Democratic State Committee, and also currently serves as chairman of the township of Union Democratic Municipal committee. The sheriff was also the first general chairman of the Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade committee and is the standard bearer of the Cryan Association, an Irish-American civic charitable civic organization.

Sergeant Russell Gottlick has been a police officer with the Plainfield Police Division since 1993, and was promoted to Sergeant in 2013.  Sergeant Gottlick has been assigned to the Plainfield Police Division’s Patrol, Service, Narcotics and Administrative Bureaus.  Since 1994, Sgt. Gottlick has volunteered as Lead Instructor for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s four-month-long Auxiliary Recruit Training Program at the John H. Stamler Police Academy, and for the past 10 years, for the SLEO Class 1 recruits. 

Gene Jannotti Gene is the Executive Director of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce (GWACC), which serves Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains, and Westfield. He has grown the Chamber from 280 members to 500 in just 22 months and has expanded its reach and activities. Gene has co-produced two “Dancing with the Stars” charity events for Children’s Specialized Hospital, raising over $80,000. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Union County Performing Art Center and the Trinitas Hospital Foundation.  Gene has been a member of the Livingston Masonic Lodge for 25 years and is the Chairman of their Board of Trustees. 

Bill Nierstedt is the Director of Planning for the City of Plainfield. He is the Administrative Officer for the City Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and Historic Preservation Commission. He is also the City Zoning Officer. Major responsibilities include the preparation of the City Master Plan, Land Use (Zoning) Ordinance, and review of every development proposed in the City of Plainfield. Bill is an Eagle Scout, achieving the rank in 1973.

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

For more information on Scouting, contact Jennifer Volz, Sr. Development Director, at 973-765-9322 ext. 249 and/or jennifer.volz@scouting.org