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Resident of South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House is Honored during Essex County Celebration of Older Americans Month

The resident of South Orange B'nai B'rith Federation House was recognized for her lifetime of service, including as founding member of the advocacy group, South Orange Seniors. Credits: JCHC
Essex County Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver and Deborah Collins, Director of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action of Essex County with honoree, Nan Samons. Credits: JCHC
South Orange Seniors members Tonia Moore and Peg Cinmberg were on hand to congratulate Nan Samons at the Legends event, held in honor of Older Americans Month. Credits: JCHC

Nan Samons Receives Essex County Legend Award in Recognition as Founding Member of South Orange Seniors, Lifetime of Community Service

Nan Samons has spent a lifetime giving back to others and serving the community. On May 11, it was the county’s turn to give to her, when Samons was honored as a 2016 Essex County Legend. The award, which is given by the Essex County Division of Senior Services, is bestowed upon older adults in recognition of their service. It was given as part of the 10th Annual Essex County Older Americans Heritage Month celebration, held at The Priory restaurant in Newark.

Samons’ Legend award was presented by Deborah Collins, Director of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action of Essex County. County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver also attended and spoke at the ceremony. Samons was recognized as a founding member of South Orange Seniors (SOS), a group dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in South Orange, as well her other community service. East Orange resident, Inez Elliott, also received an award.

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Samons, formerly of West Orange, was nominated as a Legend by Frances Bucien, the coordinator of the JCC MetroWest’s kosher congregate lunch program in South Orange, where she met the honoree. Samons now lives at South Orange B’nai B’rith Federation House, a senior living community owned and managed by the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC); the non-profit organization participates in the congregate lunch program.

“Nan and her SOS colleagues have come to the lunch program to promote volunteerism, computer literacy, joint initiatives with the students of Seton Hall University, and the South Orange senior discount card,” said Bucien. “This is a well- deserved honor.”

Samons, who was characteristically humble about the recognition, said that, “I really feel that I’ve learned so much and gained so much from being a long-time volunteer in the community. It surely has enriched my life. One of the biggest rewards has been my work with SOS.” The organization was instrumental in getting the senior discount card initiated with area merchants and it works with town officials to advocate for the needs and interests of seniors in town.

She previously served on the boards of both Jewish Family Service Association and Jewish Child Care, which eventually merged to become Jewish Family Service; she was a fundraiser and speaker for the United Jewish Appeal (UJA), and served many local organizations and initiatives throughout the years.

Sixty years ago, Samons co-founded Playhouse Nursery School in West Orange, a cooperative preschool that she said “made a major dent in the community.” After she retired at age 82, she decided to volunteer at Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s same-day surgery center, serving as a liaison between patients and their families and physicians. She also teaches knitting at the public library and walks three to four miles a day.

“I mentioned to an SOS colleague that I should really cut back a little but she replied that I’d find something else to do instead. I’m truly very lucky,” she said.

About the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey Founded in 1983, the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC) owns and manages more than 470 apartments in four buildings for older adults in Morris and Essex counties in northern New Jersey. The non-profit organization offers seniors a range of options in terms of services, amenities, location, and cost, all within a traditional Jewish environment. The JCHC provides housing, programs, and services for the independent elderly as well as those who need assisted living. For more information, go to

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March 16, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of March 16

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Tue, March 20, 7:00 PM

Bow Tie South Orange Cinemas, South Orange

18th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

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Wed, March 21, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

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Wed, March 21, 6:00 PM

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Conference Room A/B, First Floor, Livingston

Colon Cancer Screening Education Program at Saint ...

Health & Wellness

Wed, March 21, 7:00 PM

Boccone South, South Orange

A Taste of Italy

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Hundreds Cheer on Marchers and Bands at 67th West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 19, 2018

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March 17, 2018

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Summer Camp at Lightbridge Academy in Millburn

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