SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - A new flag pole was installed and dedicated to the residents and staff of Keystone Community Living, Inc. on Sunday, October 7th.

The flag pole, new landscaping and shrubbery were dedicated as part of a community service project that was led and completed by Ryan Carey with support from local Boy Scout Troop 309.  The project was proposed to Keystone Community Living Inc’s Director, Ray Fantuzzi in early June and completed during the final weeks of summer with help from many Scouts and parents. The entire project was made possible through very generous donations from South Plainfield friends, family, local businesses and community service organizations.   

Ryan has been active in Scouting since the first grade and is approaching the end of his formal Boy Scouting life. The completion of the community service project will get him closer to achieving the rank of Eagle Scout – his ultimate goal.

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Ryan noticed that the front entrance of the Keystone residence needed to be refurbished and thought an American flag and flag pole would help the residents participate as citizens in our community.  He also felt the flag supported the virtues of Scouting. 

Ryan noted, “I picked this project because it was in town and I felt I could be a good citizen in my community by helping the Keystone residents become a bigger part of our community too.  One of the merit badges I recently completed in Scouting was Citizenship In The Nation.  As Scouts fulfill requirements for this merit badge, they learn how to become active citizens aware of and grateful for their liberties and rights.  The meaning of this badge is important and I wanted to share that with the Keystone residents.  The flag pole that stands here now represents the values of citizenship, American pride and is a reminder of individual rights for all citizens.  I presented and dedicated the first flag on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 309 to the residents and staff of Keystone Community Living.  I’m hopeful that it will serve as a reminder of what it means to be a citizen of South Plainfield and the U.S.A. every time they see it”.

During the flag raising ceremony Ryan gave special thanks to Mr. Ray Fantuzzi, Director, Keystone Community Living, Inc. and Mrs. Lynn Conway, Assistant Director for allowing him to complete the project and for working with him throughout the entire process, Scout Master, Jeff Pauls, Mr. Pete Rachwal and Mr. John Carreno of Troop 309 who were extra helpful toward the completion of the project and his Mom and Dad for supporting him throughout his life in Scouting.  

Ryan also wants to thank the Scout parents that helped with the project including Mr. Rich Veit, Mr. Bill Glynn, Mr. Scott Waters and Mr. Rick Harzula.

Ryan wants to especially thank Mr. Charlie George of Charlie George Landscaping, Inc. for working with him to develop the concept and landscaping design, Mr. John Sullivan at American Eagle Flag & Flag Pole, LLC for providing guidance and installation instructions for the flag pole,  Sue at KLK Construction Materials & Trucking Co., Inc. for helping to provide landscaping materials and Dave at Barton Nurseries in Edison for helping to coordinate the shrubbery and plantings.   Ryan noted that these companies were very helpful and supported him by working within his budget for the project.

During his flag dedication ceremony speech Ryan stated that the project couldn’t have been completed without the generous donations of many individuals and groups that made the project possible including The Rotary Club of the Plainfields, Reydel Volkswagen, The Lacerda Team at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New Jersey Properties, Joe Macallera and The Delta Financial Group, Wayne Howell, CPA, Senator, Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Twin City Pharmacy, Extreme Clean/South Plainfield Auto Wash, LLC, R&C Autobody, Tony’s Pizza & Restaurant, Dr. Thomas G. Kaylen, MD, The Lippi family, Edward J. Santoro, Esq. of Santoro & Santoro, the Raber family, Annette & Nicole Franklin, Leyla Santa Cruz, the Carreno family, the Temple family, the Garelick family, Dr. Stephen B. Bosonac of Bosonac Orthodontics, the Merhottein family, the Chicarelli family, The McCriskin-Gustafson Home for Funerals, Lourdes & Aldo Moyano, Kristin & Madison Clark, Mr. & Mrs. Willard Carey, Mr. & Mrs. Arlene and Joe Kelly, the Olivera family, Mr. & Mrs. Yoania & Ruben Vazquez, The James Boyle Memorial Fund, Mr. Bob Publik of H&F Real Estate, the Vladyka family, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred and Alicia Tamilio, the Veit family, Jack McKenzie, The South Plainfield Elks, Mr. & Mrs. Frank and Grace Carey, The Italian American Progressive League, the Weniger family, the Alviar family, Mr. & Mrs. Renato and Julia Biribin, the Shapiro family, The Cantamessa family, The Parker family, Home Depot, Jim Corcia of Corcia Contracting Co. and the Unknown Donor.