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Outstanding Citizens To Be Honored at the Boy Scouts of America 2016 Union Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner

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Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local citizens at the annual Boy Scouts of America Union Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be held on the evening of Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at The Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains at 6:30 pm.  This year’s honorees are Christopher and Timothy Boyle, Sheriff Joseph Cryan, Sergeant Russell Gottlick, Gene Jannotti, and Bill Nierstedt.

The event recognizes these 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 chairperson is 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. Both are culinary school graduates. Timothy worked in Paris and London before returning to the United States to work in New York, New Brunswick, and Westfield. Chris’s culinary resume includes the Ryland Inn, which garnered a spot in the Top 10 American Restaurants with Chris on the line, and as a member of the opening staff of The Huntley Tavern. 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. Timothy is a Board Member of Bonds of Courage.

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Sheriff Joseph Cryan was sworn in as sheriff on January 1, 2015. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served as administrative undersheriff for eleven years to long time Sheriff Ralph Froehlich. His responsibilities included the canine unit, budgeting, hiring, internal affairs, training, accreditation, process and the business office. In public life, the sheriff served in the General Assembly representing the twentieth district for twelve years, leaving at the end of 2014. He served as majority leader for the Assembly for two years. He chaired or served on over a dozen different committees in the legislature. 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.  For the majority of his career – 18 years – he was responsible for internal training.  Sgt. Gottlick is one of only two officers in the entire State of New Jersey who has been certified in all six of the New Jersey Police Training Commission’s specialized training areas. He is also a “go-to” instructor for the John H. Stamler Police Academy and other county academies that regularly call on him to assist. 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 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.  Under his leadership, the GWACC formed a professional women’s networking group and created a 501(c)(3) Foundation to provide scholarships to high school seniors as well as grants to local non-profit organizations.  Gene serves as the First VP of the World Country and Line DanceSport Federation, and 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 and is a former Scoutmaster.

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

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