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Published in: Elizabeth NJ – Suburban News

March 13, 2002

Proclamation, Book Presentation Mark Hubbard Birthday

Michelle Kenny and Jody DeSena of the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation presented Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage with 'The Way to Happiness' book.

ELIZABETH—A Mayoral Proclamation and the presentation of selection of books documenting the broad social impact of the works of the late American author humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard marked the March 13 birth date of the philosopher who started the first foundation for Dianetics, later to become a world-wide movement, in Elizabeth in 1950.

The Road to Self-Respect: L. Ron Hubbard, Humanitarian and Educator and L. Ron Hubbard, Freedom Fighter, were presented to Elizabeth Library Director Joseph Keenan by Michelle Kenny and Jodie DeSena, local representatives of the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation.

According to Keenan, the books already in the library, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and What is Scientology? are much in demand by library users.

The Friends of L. Ron Hubbard has been active in Elizabeth for several years, rejuvenating a park which is now the site of concerts, rallies, and holiday celebrations and sponsoring a host of activities, including anti-drug activities and a campaign to help reestablish morals in society.

The group helped call attention to the work of the Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers, a program launched by Hubbard in 1977, and whose Elizabeth branch was active in helping the rescuers at Ground Zero last September.

In honor of this work and the long history of Dianetics activities in Elizabeth, Mayor Bollwage joined almost 300 other mayors around the U.S. honoring Hubbard by issuing a proclamation declaring March 13 L. Ron Hubbard Day in Elizabeth.

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