Citizen of the Year Award Dinner

Bridgewater Marriott | Bridgewater, NJ
May 2 | 5:00-8:00 pm

Every May since 1950, the Citizen of the Year award has been given to honor an outstanding member of our community. Recipients of the award are nominated by the community and demonstrate creativity, vision, leadership, and citizenship. Their services include creating programs and activities that positively impact the welfare of the residents and businesses in Somerset County.

This year, we announce that Paul Grzella is Citizen of the Year. Paul served at the Courier News, Home News Tribune, and for more than 35 years.

The evening provides the opportunity to reflect on Somerset County’s rich history and the people who have provided the leadership that contributed to that success. We invite you to join us for this prestigious community and networking event.

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2019 Citizen of the Year

Paul Grzella

Paul Grzella

Paul C. Grzella served at the Courier News, Home News Tribune, and for more than 35 years and spent almost nine years as the editor and general manager of both publications and their respective digital platform. In his time with the Courier News and Home News Tribune, Paul optimized the success of the print and digital news platforms, assembling and developing an award-winning team of journalists.

Paul has leveraged the Courier News and Home News Tribune as a vehicle for positive community change by planning and managing the news organization participation in charitable programs including the One Warm Coat Drive, the Courier News Wish Book project, the Home Tribune Needy Cases Fund, and the Super Summer Reader program, and led the Laundry Love ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville.

Paul has served the Somerset community in many ways with volunteerism to the following organizations: Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board, Somerset County for the United Way of Northern New Jersey, Healthier Somerset, EmPOWER Somerset’s Initiative for Partying Safely (SIPS), St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the Somerset County Business Partnership.

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