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Hunterdon County Commissioners honor ‘Friendly Sons’

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County’s Commissioner Board recently honored the County’s Friendly Sons of St. Patrick ‘Irishmen of the Year’ and Parade Grand Marshals from the last few years.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic but was held this year March 13th in Clinton.

All of the men honored were recognized for their philanthropic and charitable contributions and community service.

Commissioner Board Director John E. Lanza, a brother in the Friendly Sons who actively supports the charity, said, “The brothers in the Friendly Sons are so supportive of one another, and this is something we at the county would like to recognize every time there is a parade. Each year, they have the Irishman of the Year and the parade’s grand marshal.”

“We had the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state in March 2020 and that cheated the Irishman of the Year and grand marshal out of being celebrated by this board at the time, and then with the pandemic continuing one year ago (March 2021) there was no grand marshal as there was no parade again, but there was an Irishman of the Year named,” Lanza said.

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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