CHATHAM, NJ - Tom Salvas, the man who has been responsible for bringing Chatham Township Committee meetings into the homes of township residents, was honored during his final broadcast on Thursday night.
Salvas made a cameo appearance on camera in his final video production - his 225th over a span of 10 years in the booth - to receive a resolution passed by the Chatham Township Committee in recognition of his contributions.
Salvas addresses the committee after hearing the resolution in his honor read into the record by Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen
Nearly every meeting, Salvas would cut in with his microphone to remind the committee members and administrators to "please turn on your mic" when they were speaking. He also took pride in providing different camera angles and close-ups to give the audience an aesthetic production.
Salvas also was the first video producer of Chatham Board of Education meetings. He broadcast about 70 BOE meetings before the district moved their gatherings to Chatham High School in 2018.
He also received acclaim for producing the Chatham Township Perspectives video series, which showcased township employees, first responders and community volunteers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, he retired with the rank of captain.
Salvas also worked as a photographer at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles when he snapped photos of the behind-the-scenes interviews conducted by Bud Greenspan in his documentary film "16 Days of Glory."
A longtime Chatham Township resident, Salvas plans to remain active as a Chatham Township Historical Society Trustee and a township representative on the Mayor's Wellness Committee.
"We have a vibrant community with energetic organizations and volunteers who continually strive to achieve excellence," Salvas said. "It has been an honor to know and work with so many talented residents."