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Star Citizens

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Meredith McBride
Local high school senior McBride (pictured, center) was one of only 22 students in the country selected to participate in Cultural Vistas’ American Youth Leadership Program. The program, which is sponsored in part by the State Department, allowed McBride to travel to Singapore and Malaysia to experience the life and culture of other people. She also studied environmental sustainability and its effect in her country.

Janet Carlson Giardina
Giardina, a long-time member of the Medford Historical Society, was honored for her dedication to the organization and her community at the annual Pine Barrens Festival. Giardina was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award by the township, largely because of her work in the creation of the Dr. James Still Education Center and historical site.

Shaun P.J. Martin
Washington Township
To honor the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, Martin, the director of the McGuinness Funeral Home and a long-time Eagle Scout, organized a special event with the help of 24 local Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts. Martin and his crew of scouts placed 2,977 flags in the shape of a giant heart on the front lawn of his funeral home as a public memorial for the lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks.

James Spinelli
A local cobbler, the 94-year-old Spinelli was honored for his exceptionally long career in the town by having a day named after him. Spinelli, who owns the last shoe repair shop in Haddonfield, will retire this year after 63 years in the town, and was honored by having Sept. 4 named “James David Spinelli Day.”

Lu Hanessian
Cherry Hill
Hanessian, a Cherry Hill blogger, television journalist and author, debuted her first children’s book at the gazebo in Kings Court in Haddonfield. The book, which is titled Picnic on a Cloud, focuses on the intersection of imagination and curiosity. To play along with the theme of the book, Hanessian encouraged all children who attended the book debut to wear pajamas and bring their favorite blanket.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 7 (September, 2014).
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