We seek the opportunity to recognize two community members who have been making a difference but have gone under the radar. 

The persons should be elders of the greater community (but do not have to be) particularly if they have accomplished something special that should be recognized now










We seek the opportunity to recognize  individuals that demonstrate a  noteworthy, positive accomplishment in our Community and preferably with some relationship in the greater Montclair area.                



Betty has lived in Montclair for nearly 30 years and has been a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church since 1983. She has served in many roles at St. Mark’s and currently is the Coordinator of the Archives Project.  As a member of St. Mark’s, Betty and her daughter, Heather, represented the church at a world conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia as well as served two short-term missionary assignments in Nairobi, Kenya; and Burundi, East Africa.

In the Montclair community, Betty has served as a Board Member of the former YWCA of Montclair/North Essex and Member of the Board of Adjustment for the Town of Montclair and member of the Montclair Heritage Parade Committee. Currently, she serves on the United Methodist Communities Board of Directors (United Methodist Senior Housing), the Montclair Art Museum’s African American Cultural Committee and the Montclair African American Genealogy Group.

She retired from the Newark Public Schools and Passaic County Community College in Paterson a few years prior. 

She is the proud Grandmother to Christopher and Madison Moore.



William L. Scott is a lifelong resident of Montclair, NJ. He attended Montclair Public Schools and graduated from Montclair High School in (1969). Upon receiving a certificate in Computer Programming from Electronic Computer Programing Institute, he attended Essex County College and obtained a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration. 

William pursued his career goals and began working for the Newark Board of Education as a Senior Computer Operator and then was promoted to Manager of Computer Operations. He left the Newark Board of Education and began his career with Xerox Corporation where he was a Senior Printing Systems Analyst for thirty years.

Being a lifelong resident of Montclair has fostered William’s dedication and commitment to the community. He has worked with several committees and organizations such as Friends of Canterbury and Nishuane Park (2002),the Montclair Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (2004 to present), Montclair African American Heritage Parade Foundation (2008 to present), and Montclair Property Tax Reappraisal Committee (2007), he is also a member of the Montclair Branch of the NAACP serving on various committees (2008-2010), Chairman of the NAACP Housing Committee (2012 to present), Co-chair and member of the Montclair Housing Commission (2008- present). William owns a 1955 Chevy Belair and a 1976 Monte Carlo and is a member of the Nostalgic Automobile Society of Montclair since 2004.

In 2009, William worked as a volunteer for The Peaceful Warriors, who were instrumental in the creation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Monument located in Nishuane Park. This monument is the first and only monument created in Montclair to honor the work of the civil rights leaders.


Over the years William has been recognized by local community-based organizations. In October 2018 he was honored at HomeCorp 30th Anniversary Celebration(Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corp) as a Advocacy Honoree for Affordable Housing. William has been the entrepreneur of Scott Enterprises, which provides rental apartments in the Fourth Ward. William is currently married to Patricia, and they are the proud parents of two children Ryan and Nicole. He is also the proud father of William Jr., and Jenine Scott-Lemon. He is the grandfather of five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. William is also a member of the Rising Mt. Zion Baptist church here in Montclair.