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March 14, 2013


Freeholder Carol Clark also Presents Certificate to Felicia Moss Eaton of East Orange Congratulating Her on the Upcoming Release of Her Album, “Seasons To Smile”

(Newark, NJ) – The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored East Orange 2nd Ward Councilwoman Jacqueline E. Johnson on her election as President of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) during its meeting held at East Orange City Hall on Wednesday, March 13th.  The presentation was sponsored and hosted by Freeholder Carol Y. Clark of East Orange, who herself served as NBC-LEO President in 2002.  Freeholder Clark also presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” to East Orange resident and singer, Felicia Moss Eaton, to congratulate her on the imminent release of her first album, “Seasons To Smile”.

East Orange Councilwoman Jacqueline E. Johnson (holding Commendation) is joined by members of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders (left to right): Freeholder President Blonnie Watson and Freeholders Carol Clark of East Orange, Leonard Luciano and Rufus Johnson.  (Photo by Glen Frieson)

Freeholder Clark introduced Councilwoman Johnson as “a special individual I’ve known a long time” who really deserves her election as NBC-LEO President, making her only the second East Orange elected official to ever hold the position, adding “and with all humility, I tell you that I was the first.”  She also wished Johnson well saying, “Jackie, I know you will do a wonderful job and that you will not only make NBC-LEO proud, but also the City of East Orange and the State of New Jersey.”

“I can’t thank you enough, Carol”, said Johnson, adding “this honor really means a lot coming from you.”  She went on to talk about how exciting and rewarding it is to serve in government “when you know it has an impact on people”.  She also spoke about the fact that the organization has members from all corners of the country and that she was so encouraged and enthusiastic about NBC-LEO’s outreach to the nations of Africa.  “We will have 70+ participants from Africa at our summer conference, and we have just signed 26 ‘twinning’ agreements with counties in Liberia so that we now cover the entire country.”

Councilwoman Johnson was elected President of NBC-LEO for 2013 on December 1, 2012, during the organization’s annual membership meeting at the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities & Exposition held in Boston, Massachusetts.  NBC-LEO, which was founded in 1970 by the late Newark Councilman Donald Tucker, is the largest constituency group within the NLC.  Its mission is to represent the interests of African American elected officials within the NLC, to increase African American participation on NLC steering and policy committees, and to ensure that policy and program recommendations reflect African American concerns and benefit their communities.  The organization has close to 300 members nationally who represent approximately 6 million Americans.  Its parent organization, the NLC, is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities as a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages representing more than 218 million Americans.

Councilwoman Johnson was first elected to the East Orange Municipal Council in 2000, is currently serving her fourth consecutive term representing the Second Ward, and is the Council’s Vice Chair for 2013.  She is the Chairwoman of the Law and Legislation Committee and a member of the Business Development and Zoning; Public Works; Housing, Licensing and Inspection; Tax Abatement and Golf Course ad-hoc committees.  She is also a member of the Melmore Gardens Block Association and East Orange Community Emergency Response Team, as well as Board Chair for Amore’s Treasure 24 Hour Day Care and Safe Haven.  She is also a member of the NLC Board of Directors and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the World Conference of Mayors.

Felicia Moss Eaton (holding Certificate) is joined by members of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders (left to right): Freeholder President Blonnie Watson and Freeholders Carol Clark of East Orange, Leonard Luciano and Rufus Johnson.  (Photo by Glen Frieson)

Freeholder Clark also presented a “Certificate of Appreciation” on behalf of her freeholder colleagues to Felicia Moss Eaton, an East Orange resident and accomplished singer, whose first album, “Seasons To Smile”, will soon be released.  Clark introduced Ms. Eaton as an “excellent gospel singer and an excellent citizen of East Orange who comes from a great family… the Moss Family and the Houston Family”, referring to the fact that she is a niece of Cissy Houston and cousin of the late Whitney Houston.  She went on to say, “Felicia, we just love you here in East Orange, and I know your album will be a smash hit because you sing from your heart and for your family.”

Ms. Eaton thanked Clark adding, humbly, “and I feel very honored that you know me.”  She spoke about having traveled with Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston on the road before starting her family, and about how excited she was to now embark on a recording career.  She also wowed the audience by singing two songs, “This Day” and “You Can’t Give Up Now”.


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