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Gottheimer Presents Fifth District Hometown Hero Awards for 2020


Glen Rocks’ own cheerleader Eileen Hillock and Glen Rock Police union, PBA 110, has been named 2020 HomeTown heroes by Congressman Josh Gottheimer.

During these hard times, Congressman Josh Gottheimer created a program called Hometown Heroes to honor local community members, health care workers, first responders, business leaders, veterans, and more for their contributions to the North Jersey community.

Each Hometown Hero was selected and nominated by faith, civic, and community leaders, and elected officials across New Jersey’s Fifth District for their commitment to service. Eileen, nominated by the Glen Rock Chamber board member Rebecca Greene, has given to Glen Rock hands over fists since she moved into town many years ago. She was the backbone of the movement to bring the Glen Rock NJ Dog Park to life making sure it honors the rescue dogs from 9/11. In addition, she helped restart the Chamber of Commerce, helped bring back the downtown Christmas tree, and so much more. Eileen told GRNT, “My husband and I moved to Glen Rock from NYC in 1993 soon after we got married. It’s been such a wonderful place to start and raise a family. I am so honored to be recognized as a “Hometown Hero”. Volunteerism is a huge part of what makes Glen Rock the amazing town it is.”

When asked: What have you done in town that you are proudest of? She responded, “I’ve been an active volunteer since I moved to Glen Rock 27 years ago. Rabbi Kaplan said it best today when he encouraged each of us to share our light with the world and together make it brighter. I have met so many wonderful Glen Rockers through volunteer endeavors. The first things that came to mind when reading your question were the times I volunteered for activities/groups my kids were involved in. Even though I was a F/T working Mom with a demanding Corporate America career, I prioritized spending my “free” time volunteering in areas where I would “see my kids in action”. For example, I loved being an Art Docent at Byrd School and my days volunteering on their library days. I was so proud of all the amazing young women in my Girl Scout troop and helping to guide them in achieving their Gold Awards. I also loved Co-Chairing the GRJFA Cheerleaders. Fun days!

Of course, working with my daughter Michelle and the GRDP non-profit Board on seeing the dog park to fruition is up there on my list of Top 10 items also. 🙂 I guess to sum it up, I’m proud of ALL the time spent volunteering to make Glen Rock an even better place to live.”

Pat Zengel said, “Eileen and I have worked together for many, many years on several different committees and organizations in Glen Rock. She is so dedicated to and for the good of Glen Rock businesses and residents. She gives 100% on each and every project she is involved in. She is truly a gem of Glen Rock.” PBA 110, represented on the zoom announcement by Officer James Donnelly, is also being honored for their work in town through many different movements. These include ensuring that all children in the elementary schools had masks in September, “No Shave November”, an annual fundraising and awareness, PBA Toy Drive, Breast Care Awareness, and much more. The No-Shave November benefitted a local family that is battling cancer. You can see the Go-fund me here.

Thank you, Eileen and Sgt. Scott for all you do for Glen Rock.

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