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Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Awards Members at Youth of the Year Ceremony

UNION COUNTY, NJ - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County will be celebrating the achievements of our members at the 2017 Youth of the Year Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 30.

The annual awards dinner will be held at Galloping Hills Caterers, 325 Chestnut Street, Union.  The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner, followed by the award ceremony and the announcement of the 2017 Youth of the Year winner. This is a special night for members because it recognizes them and all they have accomplished and have overcome throughout the year.

“It is a thrill to recognize our members and all of their hard work throughout the year,” said Russel Triolo, Chief Executive Officer. “Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.”

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year Leadership program celebrates and recognizes the nation’s most deserving members ages 6-18 in academic success and the services they provided to other communities and people in need. The Youth of the Year title honors outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles they overcome. The winner will next compete against other Boys & Girls Club members across New Jersey for the state title and a partial college scholarship. The State Youth of the Year will then vie for the distinction of becoming one of five regional representatives across the country, and ultimately contend for the title of National Youth of the Year of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Candidates must be between the ages of 14-18 and exemplify outstanding leadership skills, academic achievement, and service to Club and community. The candidates must be involved in a curriculum-based activity, such as Keystone Club, SMART Moves, Career Launch, Money Matters or Goals for Graduation. This year’s nominees are: Monisola Omole (Union Club), Jalynn White (Union Club), Anandah Gomez (Plainfield Club), and Najiyyah Dunn (Elizabeth Club). In addition to the local Youth of the Year title, Club members ages 6-13 will be recognized in (3) three other award categories; Buddie of the Year, Junior of the Year and Spirit of the Year. All awardees will receive plaques and certificates for their outstanding accomplishments presented by the Board of Directors.

Your support and participation at this event will help teens continue to access the tools they need to lead and inspire others. Tickets are on sale now for $60, for children 12 and under tickets are on sale for $30. Companies may select different sponsorship packages that will help support our event and highlight your company. Visit our website for sponsorship packages and to purchase tickets. You may also contact Joe DeMaio at 908-687-2697 X115 or We look forward to celebrating our members on the 30th!

Summer Program registration is now open at our Union, Plainfield and Elizabeth Clubs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County offers youth programs in 5 communities during the school year in Union County: Plainfield, Elizabeth, Union, Hillside and Roselle. Teen leadership programs for ages 14-18 are available in Union, Elizabeth and Plainfield. Members participate in character, leadership, career preparation and community service activities throughout the year. Aquatics is available at our Union Club. For information on our clubs and programs, please visit our website or contact us 908-687-2697.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County seek to inspire and enable young people, who need them most, to realize their full potential and have provided opportunity for youth since 1955. They are part of a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach. # # # Media Contact Lisa Sepetjian, Director of Development & Marketing 908-687-7976 ext. 4

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Roselle Chamber of Commerce to Host Women’s History Month Event

March 19, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - It will be an evening of honoring the trailblazing women leaders in business at the Roselle Chamber of Commerce event honor of Women’s History Month.

Joetta Clark Diggs, New Jersey’s four-time Olympian, Motivational Speaker, Author, and Businesswoman will be the featured guest speaker.

The event is free and will be held on Thursday, March 22 at the ...

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The Citizenship Drive is an annual event that assists eligible residents to apply for naturalization. Immigration attorneys will be present to screen eligibility and trained volunteers will assist in the ...

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This is a full-time position that entails shift work, 7 days a week. Candidate must have a High School diploma or obtained equivalency; possession of a valid S-1 New Jersey Wastewater Operators License is preferred but not ...

Teacher Training at Trailside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ  - Teacher Training programs at Trailside will be offered this spring for teachers of students in Kindergarten through grade twelve starting March 15.

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While many will dread losing that hour of sleep, that extra hour of daylight ...

Union County Students to 'March for Our Lives' Saturday in Union

March 19, 2018

UNION, NJ – Students from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall on Saturday morning, March 24, in an anti-gun violence march.

Led by steering committee chairman Colin Sumner, the march, which has the support of Senator Joseph Cryan, Moms Demand Action, Union County Chapter, and the Union County Freeholders, is not aimed at taking away guns, but ...

Hillsborough: Suspended HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

March 21, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years,, had been suspended ...

Union County Celebrates Arbor Day 2018 with Free Trees for Schools

March 20, 2018

In recognition of Arbor Day 2018, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again partnering with the Union County Shade Tree Advisory Board to sponsor the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Program, which provides free trees for participating schools.

“The Arbor Day tree planting program is a Union County tradition that provides students with important hands-on lessons about the ...

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Random House, 1965)


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'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

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By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

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