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Posted on: March 1, 2017

Proclamations for Black History Month

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CHIEF WILLIAM MCRARY, 

WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Chief William McCrary; and

WHEREAS William McCrary served in the United States Marine Corp Reserve and studied Criminal Justice at Passaic County Community College; and
WHEREAS William McCrary began his law enforcement career in 2007 as a Police Officer with the City of Passaic Police Department, he transferred to the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office as a Sheriff’s Officer in 2003 and was assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division where he was a certified Breathalyzer & Alcotest Operator and a Radar Instructor; and

WHEREAS before his appointment to his current position, Chief McCrary was the Commander of the Community Policing Division where he helped coordinate many valuable initiatives for the Sheriff’s Office including the first ever Gun-Buy Back Program in the department’s history, where over 250 weapons were taken off the streets, he also served as the Director of the Sheriff’s Junior Police Academy Program and supervised the department’s “House of Worship Security” initiative; and

WHEREAS Chief McCrary was promoted to Chief of the Law Enforcement Division where he supervised the Internet Crimes Unit, Bureau of Narcotics, Crime Scene Investigations Unit, Criminal Investigation, Uniform Patrol, Warrant, Communications and Community Policing Divisions, he now serves in the position of Chief Warrant Officer assigned to the Bureau of Court Security; and

WHEREAS Chief McCrary is a member of the Passaic County Chiefs of Police Association, the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 286 and the Bronze Shield of Passaic County; and

WHEREAS Chief William McCrary has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Chief William McCrary has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Chief William McCrary for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Chief William McCrary for continued success in all his future endeavors.

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ALONZO MOODY

WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Alonzo Moody; and

WHEREAS Alonzo Moody was born in Marion, South Carolina and relocated to Paterson where he attended Paterson Public Schools and graduated from Paterson Central High School and Ramapo College of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS Alonzo Moody served in the United States Air Force and served as the Executive Director of the Paterson Youth Services Bureau from 1980 through 2012 where he was responsible for the Youth Services Bureau and the Total Lifestyle and Support Program, and he previously served as House Father of Children’s Haven, Inc., where he was responsible for the daily care of eight DYFS boys; and

WHEREAS Alonzo Moody served as a member of many organizations and boards including the Paterson Board of Education, the Passaic County Village Initiative, the Mayor’s Task Force on Drugs and Crime, Passaic County Youth Commission, Family Coalition of Paterson, Board of Directors-Inner-City Ensemble, Paterson Instructional Football Midget League, the YMCA, the Parent Teacher Association of Eastside High School, the United Negro College Fund Committee, the Passaic County Social Service Planning Council, and the Black Man’s Conference; and

WHEREAS Alonzo Moody was co-founder of the Paterson Chapter of SHARE NJ, an Honorary Member of Rahway Lifers Group, he was a volunteer for Eastside High School Boys’ Basketball Program and its Girls Track Program, he served as E.O.F. Recruiter for Seton Hall University, he was an organizer of Paterson’s First Black Political Convention and co-founder of Paterson Black Caucus; and

WHEREAS Alonzo Moody has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Alonzo Moody has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Alonzo Moody for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Alonzo Moody for continued success in all his future endeavors.

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LT. DALTON PRICE

WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Dalton L. Price; and

WHEREAS Dalton L. Price began his law enforcement career with the Paterson Police in 1994 serving in numerous divisions including Patrol, Emergency Response Team, Emergency Services Unit, Gang Suppression Unit and Street Gang Unit, he supervised The Operation Impact Unit and Anti-Crime Unit, he headed the Gang Intelligence Unit, was a Task Force Officer to the Passaic County Prosecutors Office and the NJ State Police Street Gang Unit; and

WHEREAS Dalton L. Price attained the rank of Sergeant and served in the Community Policing Division where he led a nationally recognized, dedicated and highly trained team, he was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant and now serves in that capacity in the Office of Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Division; and

WHEREAS Dalton L. Price earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Individual Studies and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, he is a Certified Academy Instructor for the State of NJ and lectures throughout the state regarding Gang Awareness and Interventions as well as “Surviving Police Confrontations;” and

WHEREAS Dalton L. Price attended numerous Gang Prevention/Awareness Seminars and presents awareness presentations throughout the State of NJ, he is a member of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, and testified before the NJ Senate on the dangers of Gang Activity; and

WHEREAS Dalton L. Price has been recognized by the Paterson Board of Education, City of Paterson “Unsung Hero" Award, N.A.A.C.P. "Law Enforcement” Award, the New Jersey General Assembly, the Special Service Award from PSE&G, and Senator Girgenti for his service and dedication to community service, and he was the co-recipient of the first “Off. Tyrone Franklin Award;” and

WHEREAS Dalton L. Price is the first and current President of the Bronze Shields of Passaic County, the 1st Vice President of the Paterson Chapter of the NAACP, the Vice President of the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the National Black Police Association and former Sgt.@Arms for N.O.B.L.E., a member of N.O.B.W.L.E., and a member of PCASA, a Past Master of Integrity Lodge #51 Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliated, Fidelity Chapter #16 Order of the Eastern Stars and Golconda Temple #24; and

WHEREAS Dalton L. Price has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Dalton L. Price for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Dalton L. Price for continued success in all his future endeavors.

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MORE THAN FRIENDS

WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize More Than Friends; and

WHEREAS More Than Friends is a Latino/Caribbean/American initiative dedicated to cancer survivors, its programs strengthen family life and structure, and promote health awareness, quality education, community involvement and economic empowerment; and

WHEREAS More Than Friends encourages its supporters to attend its Celebration-of-Life Dinner Dance annually to honor cancer survivors in its Survivors Circle and to honor community members for their service and contributions; and

WHEREAS More Than Friends takes part in the Relay for Life and Making Strides teaming up with the American Cancer Society; and

WHEREAS More Than Friends is proud to promote its success which is evident by the fact that two survivors opened branches of the organization in 2016, one in Tennessee and one in Trinidad and Tobago; and

WHEREAS More Than Friends was the recipient of the Community Health Award at the Second Annual Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Community Service Awards Ceremony at St. Joseph’s Hospital Regional Medical Center this past January; and

WHEREAS More Than Friends is guided by its Executive Board Members, Chairperson Dr. Elise Bourne-Busby, Co-Chairperson Dr. Lorén Barbosa, Treasurer Lystra Huntley, Recording Secretary Trudy King, Public Relations Ethel Edwards and Dale Cephas, and its Members-At-Large Joanne Edwards, Uris Cephas, Merle Solomon, Susan Twyman, Marlene Nenadich, Gloria Vega, Griselda Rosario, Raj Ramrattansingh, Kathleen Guevara, and Faby Colon; and

WHEREAS the members of More Than Friends have given unselfishly of their time and energy to the community, which has earned them the respect of one and all who come into contact with them; and

WHEREAS the members of More Than Friends have been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and has brought honor and prestige not only to the organization but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to More Than Friends for its distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds More Than Friends for the significant contributions it has made, and the exemplary service it has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to More Than Friends for continued success in all his future endeavors.

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SHANE GERALD AND THE NJ SPARKS

WHEREAS the month of February has been designated as “BLACK HISTORY MONTH”, and in recognition of the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many exceptional African-Americans over the years, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic deems it fitting and appropriate, at this time, to honor and recognize Shane Gerald; and

WHEREAS Shane Gerald is founder and president of the New Jersey Sparks Basketball Program which was established in 1998, in the City of Paterson, it started with ten girls including Coach Shane’s oldest daughter Shayna who was in the 2nd grade at Public School #13, and the organization quickly became a power house in the City of Paterson, winning championships from 2000 thru 2011, only missing the crown in 2004; and

WHEREAS the New Jersey Sparks then made their presence felt Statewide by winning multiple State Titles from 2008 through 2016; and

WHEREAS today the New Jersey Sparks are a major force throughout the United States, Women’s Basketball Insider Magazine has ranked the New Jersey Sparks #10 out of the top 100 traveling AAU Teams in the Country, and they are ranked nationally each year by multiple media groups, including ESPN, Hoop Gurlz, Peach State Report, and Nike Youth Basketball, and from these rankings, Sparks Players receive Athletic Scholarships to College; and

WHEREAS through all the accomplishments of the past and present players of the New Jersey Sparks, the Sparks are now the largest Girls Program in the Tri State, they have 130 players from grades 2 through grade 11; and

WHEREAS the New Jersey Sparks are now a representative of the Nike EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League), which league is the highest level of youth basketball in the Country; and

WHEREAS throughout the years of dedication from the New Jersey Sparks staff, there are over 175 scholar athletes that received college scholarships; and

WHEREAS as a coach, the goals of Shane Gerald are simple, they are to teach his players the basic fundamentals of the game, physically as well as mentally, and to use the game of basketball as an extra tool to get a scholarship to college; and

WHEREAS Shane Gerald has given unselfishly of his time and energy to the community, which has earned him the respect of one and all who come into contact with him; and

WHEREAS Shane Gerald has been involved in many causes throughout the County of Passaic and he has brought honor and prestige not only to himself but to Passaic County as well, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to him for his distinguished service to the community;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Passaic that it hereby publicly recognizes and applauds Shane Gerald for the significant contributions he has made, and the exemplary service he has unselfishly devoted to the community; and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED that this Board extends its sincere best wishes to Shane Gerald for continued success in all his future endeavors.

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