HOLMDEL, NJ - Recent Holmdel High School graduate Julia Hamwi had an idea. Holmdel Township, a community that dates back to 1857, had no gateway sign to welcome folks to town. She wanted to change that.  

Apparently, it’s all in a days work for this young leader. 

Located on Newman Springs Road, the new sign she inspired welcomes you to town. Years ago, the area was called Holmdel Village. The place where Frogtown Frolic was born.

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While ownership of many businesses has changed, the overall look of the Newman Springs Road and Holmdel Road area is still the same. Vonage used to be Prudential, and old timers still remember Mamma Mia Pizzeria.

The Holmdel Pharmacy used to be where a law firm currently stands (next to Coldwell Banker). The Collins family owned the pharmacy for years. Dom's Deli is now Cracked Olive. You can still visit Dr. Paul Lang, a local Chiropractor. Dentist Dr. Rabin long retired, but so many families remember him.

New real estate companies have been welcomed to the area, such as Diane Turton, Realtors. Yet, so many still thrive here like Carl F. Zellers - a local legend. A well respected local Realtor, Edmund Wall, also owned and operated two real estate offices here many years ago before retiring, with one in Holmdel Village. Down Holmdel Road a little way will bring you to office buildings from the Acquaviva Family, the Holmdel Funeral Home and other well known businesses. The beautiful West property is nearby with its post and rail fence. So, you have quite a bit of the heart of Holmdel, right where Julia chose to place the first sign. 

The history of Holmdel is significant and Julia’s use of the term ‘historic’ is so important.

Look no further than the true Matriarch of Holmdel, Adeline ‘Addy’ Holmes Lubkert. Addy’s family owned great swaths of land and she resided for many years in the white house in front of Holmdel High School, before she passed away in recent years. Her property is under consideration for purchase by the Holmdel Public School District, during Vision 2020, the referendum underway.

Hamwi partnered with a supportive Holmdel Township Committee as well as former Township Committeeman Joseph Ponisi. The designer  for the sign was Jeff O’Donnell of Advertising Unlimited. The business sponsor who funded the cost of the "Welcome to Historic Holmdel" sign is Holmdel Funeral Home, owned by Bill Boglioli. A strong supporter of the Holmdel community, Boglioli comments, "It's a privilege to support the history of our great town of Holmdel, and truly the thanks goes out to Julia for having the great idea, and then designing the sign and working on other details to make it happen. It's always wonderful to see someone so young take on the responsibility to make a positive difference in our town. Thank you Julia!" 

Ms. Hamwi felt something was missing at the gateway of Holmdel and she was quite right. Over time, as thousands of motorists and pedestrians are reminded that Holmdel is very much Historic Holmdel, we can all contemplate how right she was and what we miss about Holmdel Village, a place in time.

For more information on the history of Holmdel click here

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