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Saddle Brook Mayor's Youth Group Serves Community

The Mayor's Youth Group join together to clean up the pond in Saddle Brook Park in June.
The Mayor's Youth Group join together to clean up the pond in Saddle Brook Park in June. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Tom Van Winkle
Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler recently addresses the Mayor's Youth Group
Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler recently addresses the Mayor's Youth Group Photo Credit: COURTESY: Tom Van Winkle

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. -- When they participate later this month in running a senior Halloween party and "Trunk or Treat" event for youngsters, members of the Saddle Brook Mayor's Youth Group will continue its mission of service.

Established in 1998, the 32-member group this year is in the middle of several events that help others.

Previous efforts have included cleaning up the pond in Saddle Brook Park and helping out during the Easter celebration in March. Coming up are Halloween and Christmas decoration contests for which they'll serve as judges.

"It's great because they get community service hours," Tom Van Winkle, the senior advisor for the group, said. "Community service is huge in this town now."

The ages range from fourth grade pupils to high school seniors.

The Mayor's Youth Group recently selected its officers for the year, which include President Ram Polampalli, Vice President Xavier Pavon and Secretary Ariana Toribio.

Since January Regina Barrale has served as the liaison between the group and Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White. In her experience, Barrale said, those who participate usually enjoy the activism.

"It gives them a role to play, to help the community," Barrale told Daily Voice. "They like to be actively involved in the town."

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