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SERV consumers volunteer at TASK, Meals on Wheels

SERV consumers Chris and Geraldine deliver lunch and dinner to Mr. Piccone, a Meals on Wheels client in Ewing.

Since 1987, SERV Achievement Centers, Inc. has been providing teaching, training and support to individuals with developmental disabilities and youth with behavioral challenges and emotional problems.

At its Progressive Achievement Center (PAC) on Scotch Road in Ewing, where day-program consumers are offered an opportunity to acquire vocational skills, several have additionally chosen to contribute volunteer service to the community.

Each week, four adult consumers and two PAC staff members volunteer two hours at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, where they wrap napkins around a set of plastic flatware to be used by TASK visitors.  The following week, a different group of volunteers will perform the same duty.

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New officers elected for three SERV boards

Four members of three SERV Boards of Directors were elected to officers' positions at the annual meeting of all boards in December.

Dean S. Nalbone, Esq. of Hamilton was named chairman of the board of SERV Centers of New Jersey, Inc.  Mr. Nalbone is an attorney and partner in the law firm of Teich Groh in Trenton, where he practices real estate law. He is a member of the Mercer County Bar Association and the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce.

Grace I. Rarich of Titusville was elected chair of SERV Achievement Centers, Inc. board.  Ms. Rarich is a Registered Nurse and a member of the N.J. Association of Public Health Administrators.

Ted Golfinopoulos of Skillman was named chairman of the board of SERV Foundation, Inc.  Mr. Golfinopoulos is president of TG & Associates, a real estate company in Pennington.   He is a member of the MidJersey Chamber of Commerce and The Institute of Real Estate Management.

Andre J. Caldini was named secretary to the board of SERV Foundation, Inc.  A resident of Medford, Mr. Caldini is senior vice president of commercial lending for Hopewell Valley Community Bank.  He is a member of both the MidJersey and Princeton Chambers of Commerce.

Only 2 nonprofits contribute

Despite Lawrence Township officials' request for voluntary contributions from nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, only two have stepped forward — SERV Behavioral Health System Inc. and the Islamic Circle of Mercer County.

SERV, which operates a group home on Darrah Lane, sent a check for $2,101.97 and the Islamic Circle of Mercer County, which meets on Lawrence Station Road, contributed $1,250, Municipal Manager Richard Krawczun said.

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Scholarship Fund Cash Raffle winners announced

  • 1st prize, Prince Hendrix of Hamilton, who won $2,450.
  • 2nd prize, Marilyn Ticktin of Roosevelt, who won $1,470.
  • 3rd prize, Derrick Taylor of Elizabeth, who won $980.

Winners received 25%, 15% and 10% of the amount raised.

The three winning tickets of the Cash Raffle to benefit the SERV Foundation's Scholarship Fund for consumers were drawn Nov. 12, 2012 at SERV's Corporate office. SERV employees and board members sold 980 tickets, raising a total of $9,800.

Congratulations to all the winners!  A special thanks to all who sold and bought tickets.

Keith and Prince croppedKeith V. Hamilton, Vice President of Community Relations for SERV, presents Prince Hendrix with a check for $2,450. Mr. Hendrix was the first-prize winner in the Scholarship Fund Cash Raffle.