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Centenary University benefits from town-wide beautification project launched by a generous donation of trees from Hackettstown resident

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Centenary University on Friday became a beneficiary of a town-wide beautification project launched by a generous donation of trees from Steve and Sharon Somers.

Mr. Somers, a resident of Hackettstown, and a former Trustee of Centenary University, has a long history of supporting the town, the University and many other local initiatives. With perfect timing in celebration of Earth Day, and a week of lectures and projects focused on environmental issues, sustainability, and conservation, the new trees were planted to line Reese Avenue on the south side of the University campus.

University President Bruce Murphy noted that Steve and his family are extremely active in our community, and that he has been supportive of many University initiatives over a number of years, “Steve was the driving force behind our ‘Field of Dreams’ Campaign in 2019, which helped to complete our new University baseball field. We are proud to receive continued support from him and the Somers Family, including the new trees, which will adorn our campus for years to come.”

When asked why he feels strongly about being an active and engaged member of the community, Steve said, “It is important to me to keep my support local, and I am glad when I learn of opportunities to stand behind initiatives that are close to home.”

Steve Somers is the owner and President of Vigon International, which is a flavor and fragrances manufacturer located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

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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