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Hub City Heroes

The winner of the First Annual Hub City Hero Award will be announced at our yearly dinner on November 8th.
The Hub City Hurrah will be hosted at the Court Tavern starting at 5pm. Click here for tickets!

Anthony Mendia

Anthony Mendia works with Unity Square and other community organizations to improve the quality of life for all New Brunswick residents. Focusing on issues such as public safety, paid sick leave, and immigration, Anthony’s leadership and community organizing skills have created real changes in New Brunswick, such as the anti-wage theft ordinance, and he continues to inspire others to try to improve the community as well.

Barry Smith

Barry Smith is the co-founder and Executive Director of Youth Empowerment Services (YES), a community organization focused on providing children and teens with afterschool programs in a safe and friendly environment. Since the early 2000’s, YES has provided interactive programs such as mentoring, after school tutoring, summer camp, and recreation nights to give youth a space to make friends while learning positive values.

Bonfilia Jarquin

Bonfilia Jarquin is a passionate mother who cares about the quality of all children’s lives in New Brunswick. Through her work with the Esperanza Neighborhood Project, the public school PTO, and New Labor, Bonfilia has advocated for pedestrian safety, clean neighborhoods, and issues such as the need for paid sick leave.

Heather Fenyk

Heather Fenyk’s passion for the environment, and for clean and safe resources, is clear through her work to establish the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership. Her stream cleanup days and work to push local government officials to provide clean water have helped improve the environment of New Brunswick as a whole.

John P. Keller

John P. Keller works tirelessly to bring the arts and culture scene to every resident of New Brunswick. He works with coLAB Arts, the New Brunswick High School Theater Department, and other institutions both as an artist and as a mentor to LGBT youth. John is also a board member of the Town Clock Community Development  Corporation which is creating ten units of permanent, supportive, and affordable housing for domestic violence survivors.

Marisol Conde-Hernandez

Marisol Conde-Hernandez is a co-founder of the DREAM Act Coalition, a coalition to pass legislation providing support for undocumented immigrant students to attend higher education institutions and eventually gain citizenship. Currently a law student at Rutgers-Newark, Marisol plans to use her knowledge to help undocumented students achieve their goals and dreams.

 

Who should be NBToday's Hub City Hero?

Who should be NBToday's Hub City Hero?

We're highlighting the great work of community members who make New Brunswick a better place. Please choose the person think is the best example of a Hub City hero.

Anthony Mendia image
Anthony Mendia
70% (1145 votes)
Barry Smith image
Barry Smith
12% (193 votes)
Heather Fenyk image
Heather Fenyk
8% (124 votes)
Marisol Conde-Hernandez image
Marisol Conde-Hernandez
5% (84 votes)
John P. Keller image
John P. Keller
4% (67 votes)
Bonfilia Jarquin image
Bonfilia Jarquin
2% (32 votes)
Total votes: 1642