Bergen-Lyons-Clinton Partnership Elects Officers, Welcomes New Board Members

Economic development, streetscape improvements and quality of life programs will continue as top priorities in 2017

The Board of Directors of the Bergen-Lyons-Clinton Partnership (BLCSID) has elected officers and welcomed new members for 2017. Pastor Philip Gilmore of St. John’s Community Baptist Church will return as President, joined by First Vice President Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President & CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of NJ, Second Vice President Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, Director of Patient Experience, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of NJ, Treasurer Linda Campbell, Bank Officer/Branch Manager, City National Bank and Secretary Angela Pedone, Commercial Property Owner.

Known locally as the South Ward SID, the BLCSID also welcomed new board members Kevin Singleton, Level One Bakery, Singleton Family Trust, Ms. Willie Holman, Resident & Property Owner, Suzanne Bailey, District Supervisor, White Castle, Inc. and Younis Moheisen, Kings Family Restaurant & Catering.

Other board members include South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James, Marilyn Harris, Senior Vice President, Community Relations, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of NJ, Samuel A. Delgado, Vice President of External Affairs, Verizon, Carlton West, Vice President, Real Estate, City National Bank, Macon Cotton, Owner and Oswald Boykins, Director, Cotton Funeral Services, Pastor Bryant Ali, New Psalmist Worship Center, Mohamed Solamain, Clinton Pharmacy, Al Samad Ali Sawab, Resident & Property Owner and Imam Aqeel Mateen, Clergy & Property Owner, United Muslim, Inc.

Local companies, corporations and organizations represented on the board include Bartlett Dairy Industries, White Castle Corporation, Verizon Communications, Wells Fargo, City National Bank, Newark CEDC and Cotton Funeral Services.

The BLCSID was established to help the area compete, improve and sustain commercial viability.  A public/private partnership between the City of Newark, local business and commercial property owners and residents focused on generating economic activity and community development, the SID moved forward in 2016 with an aggressive streetscape maintenance program that is transforming vacant lots and properties in need of extra attention.

Pastor Gilmore noted the progress made through the SID’s Clean Team Ambassadors program that provides supplemental streetscape services, as well as events and workshops to support local small business owners and entrepreneurs and to provide community input for the Bergen Street Redevelopment Project.

“We appreciate the ideas and energy that our board members contribute to help us achieve our mission of making the South Ward the ward of choice in Newark to open a business, buy a home, make an investment, worship or access world-class healthcare,” Pastor Gilmore concluded. “We look forward to continuing the successful programs we started in 2016 and build on them with new initiatives in the months ahead.”

For more information about programs, services and opportunities to support and contribute to the efforts of the South Ward SID, email You can also follow news from the South Ward SID at and through social media at

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