June 29, 2017

Spring/Early Summer 2017
Dear Valued Member,

In this issue of the e-Regulator Newsletter you will find updates from the recent joint NYPGA/NJPGA Summer Propane Meeting in Vernon, NJ. Also, join us as we celebrate New Jersey's National Propane Gas Foundation's Scholarship winners.
Upcoming NJPGA meetings - Save these Dates!
  • Fall Meeting & Awards Dinner, Thursday, October 19, 2017, 4:00 - 8:30 pm, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
  • Holiday Board Meeting & Luncheon, Wednesday, December 13, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Maggiano's Little Italy, 600 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Ready to nominate someone for the Employee of the Year Awards  or the 2017 Howard Card Safety Award Complete these nomination forms and return via fax or email. Award Recipients will be honored at the October 19, 2017 Awards Dinner at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, NJ.

Looking for CETP training? New hires coming on board? See our schedule for dates of upcoming courses -- CETP 4.3, 4.4, Basic Practices & Principles, and Combined Delivery! Use this form to register!

Katina Pearl-Blando
NJPGA Headquarters


P.S. As always, we are grateful for the support of advertisers, and know that they are grateful for your patronage. If you are interested in advertising in future editions of the NJPGA newsletter, please call me at 

609-890-6094 x114.

FallMeeting  Save-the-Date
October 19 -   Forsgate Country Club
 Fall Member/Board Meeting!  Cocktail Reception!
Awards Dinner!
Contact Headquarters at njpga@hq4u.com or
  • Click here to nominate an employee at your company for the Employee of the Year Awards for service in 2016. (Nominees must work for an NJPGA member company.) 
  • Call 609-890-6094 to register for the Board Meeting & Awards Dinner. Invitations will be mailed shortly!


Our continued best wishes to last year's Award recipients:

Howard Card Safety Award 2016:

      J.D. Stem, Stem Brothers, Inc.


Employee of the Year Awards -

Service in 2015:

Manager -

     Joe Massa, Paraco Gas

Material Handler -

     Tim Young, Ferrellgas, LP

Salesperson -

      Jack Neff, Woodruff Energy

Service Person -

      Chris Oliver, Blue Flame G.A.S. of NJ

Transport Driver -

      Steve A. Haynes, L.P. Transportation 


2017-18 Election Results
On June 15, 2017 NJPGA held its Annual Board Meeting as part of the NYPGA/NJPGA . The ballots received for the  2017-18 NJPGA and PERF elections were counted.  The election resulted in the maintenance of the majority of our remarkable and dedicated 2016-17 Board, with the addition of a new Director, Henry S. Papiano of Blue Flame G.A.S. of NJ, who has filled the vacancy left by David Stroupe.of Yankee Propane. We are sincerely grateful for David's service, and are delighted to welcome Henry to the NJPGA Board of Directors.

We also welcome William P. Curcio of Eastern Propane back to the Board, after a brief hiatus upon his retirement at the end of 2016.  
Celebrating Jerry Stocker & Bill Curcio's Retirements!
Members and friends were delighted to celebrate Bill's retirement (and to belatedly celebrate Jerry Stocker's retirement) at the Holiday Luncheon at Maggiano's Little Italy on December 1, 2016, where Peter Gilman graciously accepted to serve the remainder of Bill's term as a Director on our Board.

Welcome Back, Bill!


With this latest election, we are pleased to announce that Peter Gilman of LP Transportation, Inc. has been officially elected as a Director, and Bill has returned to the Board of Directors, replacing Rob Nicholson, III who stepped down as National/State Director. We are truly grateful for Rob's service in this role, and are delighted to have Peter on the Board, and Bill back on "Board!"
The 2017-18 NJPGA Board is as follows:
President - Edison Mulcahey, Ferrellgas
Vice President - Scott Fitzgerald, AmeriGas
Treasurer - Michael G. Merrill, JEM Mechanical Services
Secretary - Corrine Walker, Suburban Propane
Immediate Past President - JD Stem, Stem Brothers, Inc.
National/State Director - William P. Curcio, Eastern Propane
Peter Gilman, LP Transportation, Inc.
Beth Karr, AmeriGas
Jack Neff, Woodruff Energy
Henry S. Papiano, Blue Flame G.A.S. of NJ
Marco Perez, Amerigreen Energy, Inc.
Jayson Schneider, Victor Division of F.W. Webb Co.
Thomas A. Tarantin, Tarantin Industries, Inc.
The 2017-18 NJ PERF Board of Trustees is as follows:
President - Thomas A. Tarantin, Tarantin Industries, Inc.
Vice President - Scott Fitzgerald, AmeriGas
Treasurer - Michael G. Merrill, JEM Mechanical Services
Secretary - Corrine Walker, Suburban Propane
Trustees -  
William P. Curcio, Eastern Propane
Edison Mulcahey, Ferrellgas
JD Stem, Stem Brothers, Inc.
CETP 2017 Schedule
Upcoming Classes:
4.3  Installing Appliances & Vapor Distribution Systems
Monday - Wednesday, July 31- Aug. 2

4.4 Basic Electricity for Propane Appliance Service
Tuesday - Friday, August 8-11, 2017

1.0 Basic Principles & Practices in Propane
Wednesday - Thursday, September 13-14, 2017

Propane Delivery, Combined Delivery
Tuesday - Thursday, October 3-5, 2017

Click here for:
Full schedule with descriptions & dates
National Propane Gas Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Winners

NJPGA wishes to congratulate the following NPGF Scholarship winners from NJ for school year 2017-2018:
Dylan Luke

Dylan Luke, Recipient of NJPGA
Alvin E. Clayton Memorial Scholarship
Dylan Luke was born in Livingston, New Jersey. His parents, Jane and James, emigrated from India. Their consistent hard work and determination inspired both his work ethic for school, and efforts to improve his education. Growing up, sports were a major part of Dylan's life; he played soccer, basketball, and tennis in high school. He was also very involved with the high school drama program, becoming the male dance captain.  Dylan plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and major in Electrical/Computer Engineering because he sees this field changing the world in the near future. This scholarship will help Dylan put a dent in his increasing student loan debt. His mother, Jane Luke, is a Help Desk Analyst for Suburban Propane Partners, LP in Whippany, NJ.

Amanda Wartman

Amanda Wartman, Recipient of NJPGA Alvin E. Clayton Memorial Scholarship
Amanda Wartman's interest in all things culinary began before she could reach the kitchen counter. When the owners of the restaurant where she works learned she had chosen County College to pursue her education, they were thrilled that Amanda would be staying close to home and could continue to work, learn and hone her skills at the restaurant.   She has maintained an excellent GPA all throughout high school, and works 4 to 5 days a week at the restaurant. Amanda looks forward to pursuing her passion and developing it into a career. It is the best of both worlds! Her stepfather, Ralph Van Auken, is a Customer Relations Specialist for Suburban Propane Partners LP in Augusta, NJ.

The Latest From Roush CleanTech

CARB Certifies Propane Engine to Lowest NOx
in the Market
ROUSH CleanTech has developed the first propane autogas engine available in class 4-7 vehicles and Blue Bird Type C buses certified to the optional low nitrogen oxide (NOx) level .05 g/bhp-hr. These new Environmental Protection Agency- and California Air Resources Board-certified propane engines are 75 percent cleaner than the current emissions standard.
"ROUSH CleanTech's low NOx engine is a great step forward for the propane industry ," said Tucker Perkins, president of the Propane Education & Research Council. "Propane autogas is well established as an economical, clean-burning and domestically produced alternative fuel ideal for fleets. Now propane gets the biggest return on NOx reductions, too."
Nitrogen oxides are a group of gases known as a primary contributor to acid rain, smog and other air quality issues. The EPA states that exposure to NOx can trigger health problems such as asthma and other respiratory issues. CARB has encouraged heavy-duty engine manufacturers to reduce levels below the current mandatory EPA standard of .2 grams per brake horsepower per hour (known as g/bhp-hr).
"Equipping the Blue Bird Vision with the lowest NOx propane engine makes the best-selling school bus in the industry even better," said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird . " That's great news for the environment, our customers and our children. Blue Bird's propane school bus is the industry leader for lowest total cost of ownership and hassle-free maintenance, while creating a cleaner and safer environment for us all."
In This Issue
NJPGA Officers and Board of Directors
Edison Mulcahey
Vice President
Scott Fitzgerald
Michael G. Merrill
Jem Mechanical Services
Corrine Walker
Suburban Propane
Immediate Past President
J.D. Stem
Stem Brothers Inc.
National/State Director
William P. Curcio
Eastern Propane Corporation
Peter Gilman
LP Transportation, Inc.
Beth Karr
Jack Neff
Woodruff Energy
Henry S. Papiano
Blue Flame G.A.S. of NJ
Marco Perez
Amerigreen Energy, Inc.
Jayson Schneider
Victor Division of F.W. 
Webb Co.
Thomas A. Tarantin
Tarantin Industries, Inc.
Director of Public Affairs
David Smith
Princeton Public Affairs Group
NJPERF Officers and Board of Trustees
Thomas A. Tarantin
Tarantin Industries
Vice President
Scott Fitzgerald

Michael G. Merrill
JEM Mechanical Services

Corrine Walker
Suburban Propane
William P. Curcio
Eastern Propane Corporation

Edison Mulcahey

J.D. Stem
Stem Brothers, Inc.
NJPGA and NJPERF Headquarters
Katina Pearl-Blando
Managing Director
Thank you for your membership and support of the propane industry in New Jersey.

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