For Release: Immediate
Jersey Jaycees President Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. announces
formation of Hudson County Chapter
Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., State President of the New
Jersey Jaycees also known as the Junior Chamber of
Commerce, today announced the launching of a new local
chapter, the Hudson County Jaycees.
chapter was incorporated on Friday, December 4th,
and its first meeting was held on Monday, December 7th
at 7:00pm at 84 Washington Street, Room 84 in
Hoboken. 40 people attended.
President of the new organization is Zach Edelman, 34, a
Hoboken resident and Director of Business Development
for Fairview Insurance Agency Associates.
County Jaycees are committed to giving back to the
community. In their first charity event, the chapter is
sponsoring a Toys for Tots Program to provide holiday
gifts for disadvantaged children. They will be
collecting unwrapped toys, gift cards and donations
throughout December and will be giving them to children
chosen by the Hoboken Housing Authority.
the Hudson County Jaycees or for more information about
the chapter, contact Zach Edelman, (973) 857 – 0870,
information about the New Jersey Jaycees, visit
Statement by Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.,
State President of the New
formation of a Hudson County Chapter is a milestone in
the growth of the New Jersey Jaycees. Coupled with our
recently created partnership with the New Jersey Chamber
of Commerce, it is an example of the new energy and
enthusiasm in our historic organization. Hudson County
is a fast growing business center, and the Hudson County
Jaycees will be a magnet for young business
professionals seeking to network and expand their
Statement by Zach Edelman, President, Hudson County
new generation of Hudson County was in need of a vehicle
to unite and bring like minded individuals together.
That vehicle is the Hudson County Jaycees. There are
endless opportunities for involvement in the areas of
philanthropy, business and social networking and
personal development countywide. Our mission is to
offer value to the communities of Hudson County and its
Statement by Carmelo Garcia, “Executive Director of the
Hoboken Housing Authority”
new chapter is an exciting and potentially powerful
network for elected leaders, entrepreneurs and young
executives who want to build bridges of service and
business with other professionals.“
Statement by Steve Fulop,
32, Jersey City Councilman
launching of the Hudson County Jaycees was well attended
with some really dynamic people. The new organization
provides an excellent opportunity for Hudson County’s
young business and political leaders to get to know each
other and work together for the good of our community.“
Statement by Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken Councilman
am proud to be a founding member of the Hudson County
look forward to working with my public
and private sector colleagues in the coming years.”
Historically the JAYCEES, composed of people between the
ages of 18 and 41, has been very influential in our
country. Jaycees helped establish Airmail services in
America with Jaycee Charles Lindbergh and have raised
millions of dollars for organizations such as the
American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes to name
just a few. The purpose is to give young adults the
tools they need to build success in business
development, management skills, individual training,
community service, and networking. In short the Jaycees
teach leadership skills through service to others.
Dignitaries in attendance
Orange Township, Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.
County Freeholder, Anthony Romano
Councilman, Ravi Bhalla
of Roselle Council President, Jamel Holley
City Councilman, Steve Fulop
Pictured left to right:
President Jason Solowsky, Orange-Essex Jaycees; State
President Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.of Orange; Jaycee
Steve Lenox; Hudson County Jaycees Founding President
Zach Edelman; and Jaycee members Hudson County
Freeholder Anthony Romano, Executive Director Hoboken
Housing Authority Carmelo Garcia, Joe Branco, Jersey
City Coucilman Steve Fulop; and Borough of Roselle
Counsel President Jamel Holley
for eighth annual Westfield Downtown 5K and Pizza
by By David
Lazarus, Cranford Chronicle
July 24, 2009, 10:06 AM
Zenobia of On Your Mark Productions ready to start
the eigth annual Westfield Downtown 5K and Pizza
With a wary
eye to the turbulent skies -- and an attentive ear for
distant thunder -- more than 2,000 runners and 500 race
volunteers breathed a collective sigh of relief when the
gun went off and the eighth annual Westfield Downtown 5K
and Pizza Extravaganza commenced.
The event has
enjoyed an eight-year run of success, interrupted a year
ago by a vicious weather front that passed through the
area at race time and caused police to cancel the race.
Warm and humid but clear weather convinced a huge walkup
crowd to swell the overall registration to a record
2,519, causing the race to start 10 minutes late as the
crowd overwhelmed the signup volunteers.
When the event
was ready to start, Mark Zenobia of On Your Mark
Productions said what the runners were longing to hear:
"No thunder, no lightning, no rain. Now go out and enjoy
July weather is always dicey in north central New
Jersey, it wasn't until last year that runners realized
that a storm really could force the race to be canceled.
The successful completion of this year's race left
Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown
Westfield Corporation (DWC), relieved and beaming.
to this year will obviously be much better than a year
ago, which was everybody's worst nightmare," said
huge turnout presented its own challenges, as with such
a large crowd in a constricted area, safety became a
"We wanted to
ensure that all of the runners are safe on the course,
and a larger crowd means more volunteers and staff to
monitor the race," said Cronin. "We have also
communicated with the residents along the race route, as
we do every year, to ensure that they know when the race
will occur in front of their home."
logistical issues are enormous for a race of that size,
Everything is harder including setting up water stops,
getting all runners to the start and making sure the
registration lines move quickly," noted Zenobia, who has
been the chief race organizer for all eight years and
has seen the race grow from its initial field of 950.
"It was great
night for Westfield and a fantastic chance for us to
show off our beautiful town. I am sorry I had to miss
this year for the first time," said Mayor Andy Skibitsky.
"I am really proud of the all the Westfield people who
helped to pull off such a fantastic event."
forgotten in the hoopla was the race, which featured a
close finish between two recently-graduated high school
stars, both who represented The Running Company of
Westfield. Brain Guterl, a 2007 Union Catholic graduate,
held off the hard finishing charge of Jeffrey Perella, a
2006 Westfield star to win in 15:40. Guterl, who runs
for St. Joseph's of Philadelphia, was content to run
with a group that completed the first mile in 5:05 and
the second in 10:10. Guterl made his move in the final
mile of the race and, as he hit the downhill portion of
Elm Street near the finish, he went into his finishing
kick, which proved just enough to hold off Perella.
"I knew he was
getting close because I heard a lot of people yelling
his name. I am happy to win the race and to run an even
pace," said Guterl.
"I ran relaxed
and within myself -- and almost won the race -- so I am
pretty happy," said Perella, who competes for Yale.
Eddie Baker, a
2007 Cranford High School graduate, edged Erik Donohue
by two seconds to finish as first Cranford male. Fellow
2007 graduate Laura Gallo matched her effort at the
Firecracker 4 Mile when she also finished second in the
women's division with a time of 18:46.
included a large Cranford contingent including Amy and
John Montuori, who ran the race together. When asked
what drew them to run the race, John was quick to
Margaret McHale of Cranford has participated in the race
for all eight years, and said she was there "to keep the
A race so
large could not succeed without dedicated sponsors and
"Our race sponsors enable the event to take place, since
registrations alone do not cover the cost of running the
event," noted Cronin.
Pacing a wide
and varied sponsorship list was Horizon Blue Cross Blue
Shield, returning once again to be a Silver Sponsor.
Cronin also was pleased that more than 75% of the
sponsors were located in Westfield's Special Improvement
District (the district managed by the Downtown Westfield
sponsors included Westfield Pediatric Dental Group;
Overlook Hospital Atlantic Health; Acquaviva delle fonti;
Williams Nursery; Drew & Rogers; Verizon Wireless;
ShopRite; Greco Steam Carpet Cleaning Company; Stop &
Shop; Elegant Homes; New Jersey Life Magazine; REI, and
sponsors for the event included PSE&G. Supporting
sponsors included State Farm Insurance - Christine
Consenza, agent; Creative Dental Care; Redco Engineering
& Construction Corp, and Capital One. Downtown Westfield
businesses also provided special promotions and
giveaways at the event.
At any race,
the unsung heroes are the volunteers who work tirelessly
at numerous tasks to assure a good race experience. The
Westfield Jaycees handed out the pizza and cookies and
Girl Scouts handled the water stops. The Westfield Y
brought a crew of volunteers to assist with many jobs.
The Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce helped with
volunteers who already serve on the Downtown Westfield
Corporation Board of Directors and Committees also
assisted. Manny of Westfield Coastal brought his 1957
three-wheeled BMW and Vespa motorcycle for the race
beginning, and dressed as the Cosimo's chef. David
Martone, the DWC chairman and proprietor of Classic
Thyme, dressed as the Ferraro's chef.
Restaurant & Pizzeria and Ferraro's made 550 pizzas for
the night. Shop-Rite of Garwood, Xocolatz and Stop &
Shop provided cookies. The Flower Zone provided the
flowers for the female winners. TSS Maintenance provided
the clean-up crew during the event.
The Michael Craig Band and Night Moves DJ provided
entertainment. Trader Joe's stocked the water stops.
Brooks Crandall, Tiger Paw Images and DWC Design
Committee Chairperson Karrie Hanson took photographs.
The Town of
Westfield provided the stage, garbage removal, chairs
and barricades. The Westfield Police handled traffic
control and road closures during the event.
Fire Department provided hose-down areas for runners on
businesses provided goodies for runners in promotional
products and offers.
By 8:30 p.m., traffic was flowing smoothly again on Elm
Street as the town returned to normal.
Orange mayor elected
president of NJ Jaycees
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 5:22 PM
ORANGE -- Last week Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr.
was elected president of the New Jersey Junior Chamber
of Commerce, a city spokesman announced this week.
Hawkins is founder of the Orange Essex chapter of the
Junior Chamber of Commerce. He will remain president of
the local chapter until his position is filled.
Junior Chamber of Commerce, colloquially known as the
Jaycees, is a nationwide non-profit that supports young
entrepreneurs and encourages volunteerism. Hawkins, 29,
also works as a full-time West Orange police officer.