This page is for awards for which either I have nominated a person or persons, or that I myself have earned. Unfortunately, I have not earned an award yet. Give me time I am working on it......
In 2011 I nominated Carl Jennings, the Recreation Department Head for the City of Long branch, New Jersey for the Monmouth University Martin Luther King Award. This award honors students who may have served well on campus; students who may have gone on to serve well in their communities; and honorable persons from the surrounding communities for work they have done over the years to honor the memory of past Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther KIng in the choice of this path of leadership in service and making a big difference in the lives of others by your volunteer service. I nominated carl Jennings for several reasons. One is that every year he chairs the martin Luther king Day ceremony and services in the City of Long Branch, New jersey. He makes this a day of honor remembrance and service. mr. jennings himself has been a capable leader of the City of Long branch recreation Department for many years, overseeing the activites of youth in athletics and other activities after school. Every year he organizes a "Get ON the Bus" Historic Black Colleges Campus Tours for area youth thinking of college education. He has recently overseen the transfer and development of Manhassett Creek Park into a recreation park for Long Branch. It is gorgeous. Every year he organizes a gift donation collection for area youth during holidays periods in November. carl jennings has always put Long Branch and the area youth ahead, wanting to care in peoples lives by doing good thing to lift the youth .
This year I nominated L. Frank B. Blaisdell for the New Jersey Library Association award for the NJLA Library Champion. Mr. Blaisdell, of the Norwood Insurance Agency in Long Branch, NJ, has for the past ten years or more paid the cost of a full page ad in our local weekly newspaper The Link News. This page has allowed the library to once a month present news about the library services and events of note. In exchange for the add The Norwood Agency has a banner at the bottom of the page advertising their services to the community. It is a win win situation for everyone involved and helps us get the word out to the public about our activities. Mr. Blaisdell was indeed selected the winner of the NJLA Library Champion Award and a certificate was given to him during a ceremony at the NJLA Convention in April 2009.