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May 21, 2013 > Newark recognizes volunteers

Newark recognizes volunteers

Submitted By Laurie Gebhard

The City of Newark held its annual recognition program on Wednesday, May 15th to honor individuals who volunteered directly for the City of Newark and individuals who were nominated for Viola Blythe Awards.

Mayor Alan Nagy stated, "If not for our volunteers, we could not provide the citizens of Newark the level of service beyond what our own resources will allow and for that reason, we are truly indebted to these caring, compassionate people."

He acknowledged volunteers who helped the City as members of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), ARES/HAM operators, or R.A.V.E.N. (Ready, Active, Volunteers, Engaged in Newark), graffiti abatement volunteers, Police Reserves, Police Explorers, Jr. Lifeguards, Youth Basketball volunteers, Police Chaplin, and Senior Center volunteers.

Many individuals and groups were nominated for the Viola Blythe Youth Award, Viola Blythe Senior Award, Viola Blythe Group Award and the Viola Blythe Volunteer of the Year Award.

This year's winner of the Viola Blythe Group Award was awarded to Dino's Grill for its support of Newark schools through food donations for fundraising efforts. In addition, employees volunteer their time by attending and serving at these events.

The winner of the Viola Blythe Senior Award is Margrith Reichmuth. Margrith, a former Supervisor at the Senior Center before retiring, continues to volunteer as the Coordinator for trips and senior escort programs as well as helping with the Mercy Brown Bag program and bingo.

Justin Morua was announced as the winner of the Viola Blythe Youth Award. Justin is an Honor Roll student at St. Edward's School in Newark. Over the past two years, he and his friends organized a toy drive at St. Edward's to collect new toys that were donated to the Viola Blythe Community Service Christmas Party.

The winner of the Viola Blythe Volunteer of the Year Award is Melinda Picken. Melinda was a teacher in the Newark Unified School District for over 32 years! Following retirement, she volunteers to assist with reading skills for first through sixth graders.

Winners were chosen by a committee whose members are not affiliated with Newark.

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