BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Leonard Berkowitz was honored by the Township Council with a proclamation at the start of the Dec. 15 meeting.

Mayor Robert Woodruff read the proclamation for Berkowitz, who will step down from the Environmental Commission at the end of 2015.  He has not only been a member of the commission for the past 15 years, during that time he served as its chairman and co-chairman.

The proclamation notes that "Len has enlisted the help of community groups such as the League of Women Voters for their Styrofoam recycling effort, the YMCA and Summit Medical Group for their healthy community programs, Girl Scout Troop 40315, the DPW and NJ Transit for the no-idling sign installations."

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That's just the tip of the iceberg, during his tenure, he was awarded the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Stewardship. He also has obtained grants for environmental activities and, with the commission, helped the township earn the Sustainable Jersey Silver status.

After thanking the mayor and council for this honor, he told the council he was leaving the Commission in good hands. His said his one regret was that, "I wasn't able to complete the community garden before I left," but predicted it will "not be too much longer" before it becomes a reality.