Mayor Scott Eveland presented two Florham Park 8th graders, Michael Martirano and Amanda Fletcher (pictured left to right), with the annual Fred Stobaeus Award and Lou Boyd Award, respectively, at Baseball Opening Day, on Saturday, April 28th, in Emmett Park. Each spring, the awards are given to students who are outstanding in sportsmanship, leadership, athletic ability, and academic achievement, and who are positive role models in the community. Council President William Huyler, Councilmen Mark Taylor and Scott Carpenter, Councilwoman Carmen Cefolo-Pane, Police Chief Patrick Montuore, and Recreation Director Adam Lieb were also present to congratulate the winners.

Martirano, the Fred Stobaeus Award winner, is an Honor Roll student and past student of the month at Ridgedale Middle School. Martirano was nominated for being a good leader, hard worker, and high academic achiever. Martirano has been the starting shortstop on the Ridgedale baseball team for three years, and was a member of the Morris County championship-winning team in 6th grade. Martirano has also played for the Florham Park Baseball Club for seven years, and was a member of several All Star teams and the Central Jersey championship-winning team. In addition, Martirano played on a local club travel team for six years. Martirano has also played for the Florham Park Falcons Football Club for eight years, handling the quarterback and safety positions for the playoff team in 2011. He also played basketball for the local CYO for two years. Martirano is undecided as to where he will attend high school in the fall.

Fletcher, the Lou Boyd Award winner, is an Honor Roll student at Ridgedale Middle School. Fletcher was nominated for being a positive role model for younger athletes, and for demonstrating sportsmanship and leadership skills. Fletcher has participated in the Florham Park cheerleading program since 1st grade. In 2011, her squad earned Green Level recognition for its performance at Cheer Fest, a regional cheerleading exhibition held in Chester. Fletcher has also been a member of local soccer, swimming, and softball teams. In addition to sports, Fletcher has excelled at academics. She is listed on the American Who’s Who Registry of Academic Excellence among middle school students, and she has received the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. Fletcher will attend Hanover Park High School in the fall. Mayor Eveland noted, “Amanda’s uncle, Stephen Fletcher, was the third winner of the Fred Stobaeus Award, as an eighth grader in 1968. These famous community awards have come full circle for the Fletcher family.”

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Administered by the Florham Park Recreation Committee, the annual awards are named for Fred Stobaeus and Lou Boyd, whose volunteer efforts were instrumental in building the borough’s recreation programs. Stobaeus was known as “Mr. Recreation” and was chairman of the first Recreation Committee. In 1955, he founded the Little League baseball program in Florham Park. Boyd was also an active promoter of recreation opportunities and was a long-time secretary of the Recreation Committee. In 1966, the Fred Stobaeus Award was established. The Lou Boyd Award followed in 1976. A list of previous winners is permanently displayed on engraved plaques. In determining award winners, the Recreation Committee solicited nominations from every sport league in the borough, as well as from the local schools.

For information, contact the Florham Park Recreation Department at (973) 410-5390.