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Blue Star Mothers of America announces forming of new Northwest New Jersey chapter

NORTHWEST, NJ – Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. (BSMA) announces the forming of a new chapter to serve the Northwest New Jersey area.

Blue Star Mothers of America, founded in 1942 in Flint, Michigan, are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster-mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans.

These mothers support each other and their children while promoting patriotism. The organization focuses on their mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans, or the families of our Fallen Heroes. Currently, there are over 6,000 members from over 200 Chapters throughout the nation.

Spokespersons of the Northwest New Jersey Chapter Melanie Curreri and Shannon Drylie expressed enthusiasm about the new chapter saying, “This new Chapter opens up opportunities to offer more support to Military families throughout the Northwest New Jersey communities. Our Chapter is new, and, at this time, is small in membership — but big in heart. We are all excited to accomplish a lot in the coming years.”

“We started the road to a Blue Star Mothers Chapter after the recent horrific incident in Afghanistan during the withdrawal. A Vietnam Veterans wife, Marinelle Blanchette, put a call out on local pages asking for volunteers to hang yellow ribbons in the North Warren Community, as a sign of support until ALL our Armed Forces are brought home,” Drylie said.

Shannon and Melanie were just two of a group who volunteered immediately.

“After hanging the ribbons that day, Melanie, Marinelle and I spoke about the numerous North warren Alumni who have served, and are currently serving, our Country in the Military, and we realized the need for not only a support group for families, but for the immediate need for support of the Veteran’s in our area,” Drylie said.

After putting out the first notice of a meeting, they had interest from quite a few mothers in the immediate area, and discussed the need for a larger area to be covered, Drylie said.

“We decided to open up the registration for all of Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties, as there are no Blue Star Mother Chapters in the Northwestern area of the State, and we are hoping for an even larger turnout,” Drylie said.

The new chapter will be meeting monthly in Blairstown Township on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. For more information about joining this chapter and for the location of the meetings, contact Shannon Drylie at

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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