SPRINGFIELD, NJ - After starting almost a month ago, in early June, Nate Kolmodin is nearing completion on his Eagle Scout project.
Kolmodin, a Mountainside resident, is a member of Sha'arey Shalom, and a Boy Scout in Troop 368, based in Berkely Heights. Over the past few weeks, Kolmodin has been working with friends to help beautify a small space out in front of Temple Sha'arey Shalom.
When asked about what it means to complete the project, Kolmodin was short on words, but simply said he was happy to have the process come towards its conclusion.
"It means that I'm almost finished," Kolmodin said. "It means that I get to put it on my college essay. It means that the temple finally gets a nice place out front."
He also said that it was not a huge deal when deciding what to do for his project and where at the temple to do it.
"I just decided that I was going to do it here," Kolmodin added. "Then I realized that they needed some help, so I figured I would help out."
One of Kolmodin's work partners was Patrick Herrighty, a fellow member of Troop 368. When asked about what it meant to work with Kolmodin on his project, Herrighty was ready with an answer.
"It means a great deal to me because Nate's one of my best friends," Herrighty said. "We always do everything together. Always hanging out and whatnot. To help him get closer to finishing his project for becoming an eagle scout is a great honor. It's awesome.
One of the bystanders involved with the group was Kolmodin's mother, Susan Berowitz. Reflecting back on watching her son's eagle scout journey, Berowitz said it had been a long hard road, but she was happy for her son.
"It shows maturity," Berowtiz said."And a lot of commitment in terms of time and growth. So I'm just thrilled that he's been able to plan it. It's taken an awful long time, but it's really a huge accomplishment."
Depending on Kolmodin's work schedule the last bit of the project should be completed in the following days.