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Harry Trumbore addresses the crowd at Town Hall Credits: Karen E. Hughes
Harry Trumbore is lauded by the Township Committee and crowd at Town Hall following the ceremony to recognize his contributions to the Millburn community. Credits: Karen E. Hughes

MILLBURN, NJ - Members of the community gathered at Town Hall during the Township Committee meeting Tuesday to bid a fond farewell to an icon of Millburn reporting. After over twenty years, Harry Trumbore has put down his pen and notebook, retiring from The Item where he came aboard as a freelance political cartoonist in 1996 and subsequently served as a reporter, editor and managing editor. 

Mayor Burstein read the special proclamation acknowledging Trumbore's accomplishments and contributions to the community. Trumbore was a mainstay at local events, meetings and around town. His many accomplishments extend beyond the local newspaper with award-winning cartoons appearing in print, his artwork appearing on television and as the illustrator of over 30 books. His work garnered multiple awards throughout the state for his commitment and objectivity both in his writing and his political cartoons.  

Trumbore noted in his farewell article that like the straight-talking geese of his weekly cartoon, "Now they have headed south and so must I. It's time to go fishin'." The committee gifted Trumbore a miniature statue of the Millburn Clock Tower as seen at the intersection of Main Street and Essex Street. The clock tower will join Trumbore and his wife Cynthia in their new home in Delaware. 

On his official retirement date, July 28, Trumbore gifted the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society with many years worth of his hand-drawn cartoons.


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