MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce honored local businessman John Meade, Jr., for his continued support of the community at the Maplewood Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Meade  was presented with the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award for his many years as an active chamber member, as well as his continued service to the community through his restaurant St. James's Gate Publick House. The Distinguished Service Award has been presented to leaders in the Maplewood business and civic community for over 60 years.

Meade has hosted the The Bob Miller Oysterfest for two years, as well as many other local events such as Breakfast with Santa and monthly Chamber meetings.

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“John is always giving of his time and facilities,” said Maplewood Chamber of Commerce President Rick Gilman. “He continues to support not only this organization, but also the community as a whole.”

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and Deputy Vice Mayor Nancy Adams both made remarks about Meade’s shared interest in the well-being of the Maplewood community. Speeches were also given by the honoree, John Meade, Jr., and longtime friend Robert Gaffney, who both kept the dinner audience of about 100 people in a roar and in silence with stories from their youth. Meade also thanked his wife and his family for helping him achieve the honor.

Maplewood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorraine Labonne-Storch stated, “the dinner was a big success. I am so glad for John Meade, he deserves this award.”