RARITAN, NJ - As 2019 draws to a close, Raritan Mayor Charles McMullin and the borough council took time to recognize the contributions to the community of four residents.

Although three of the honorees were unable to attend the meeting, the mayor read the proclamations acknowledging each of their accomplishments.

Dawn Wilde was celebrated for the countless hours she has spent documenting Raritan’s history and sharing her photographic and artistic talent through the lens of her camera. Wilde has captured events ranging from the inauguration of numerous mayors and borough council members to the Basilone parades, Halloween and Christmas festivities and even ribbon cutting ceremonies for new local businesses.

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“Dawn has a passion for serving her community through the use of her special gifts as an expert professional photographer,” McMullin read, “while always refusing any compensation for her services.”

The mayor proclaimed Dec. 6, 2019 as ”Dawn Wilde – Raritan Borough Volunteer Photographer Day” in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to residents.

For donating resources or spearheading work on countless, civic-beautification projects the mayor recognized three volunteers.

“Jane Fidacaro, Pam Lester and Jeff Krachun have not only improved the Borough of Raritan, but have also inspired others to become involved,” McMullin said.

As members of the borough garden club, Fidacaro and Lester were honored for sharing their creative and tireless efforts while attending to the planting and care of many green areas throughout Raritan.

After receiving her award, Fidacaro had everyone chuckling when she asked, “Can we finally plant flowers around the Washington School monument?”

Krachun, owner of Agway of Raritan on Thompson Street, was acknowledged for his contribution of flowers and associated materials to the Garden Club from his store.

As the group continues to find worthwhile ventures within the borough to apply their artful talents, the mayor and council declared that Dec. 13, 2019 would be recognized as Fidacaro, Lester and Krachun Day in the Borough of Raritan.