MILLBURN, NJ - A street without a name became a real-world civics lesson for the students of Millburn public schools as the Millburn Township Committee teamed up with Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton to bring local government to life. After a foray into the democratic process, the students' choice was presented to the committee on Tuesday evening.
Burton opened the presentation to the committee outlining how the student body came to the street name recommendation. "We put out a survey to our elementary, middle and high school students to determine the name of the street, qualified with the reasoning behind the names," Burton said. The Boy Scouts of Troop 17 secured 56% of the vote for their name recommendation and then brought it to the Township Committee.
Jamie Serruto, Eagle Scout and rising sophomore at Millburn High School, opened the presentation with these remarks: "During his 36-year tenure, Scoutmaster Ken Fineran of Troop 17 had made an indescribable impact on the community and the residents of Millburn Township and beyond." Fineran was involved with the Boy Scouts for over 55 years and was Scoutmaster for Troop 17 for 35 years.
"Do a good turn daily," Serruto spoke to Fineran's influence encouraging scouts to not only excel in the troop but to bring it out to the community. "It encompasses where his life service was devoted."
Brian Cariddi spoke on Fineran's lifetime of service to the Millburn community and beyond. "Few people have been able to impact the lives of so many others in the way that Mr. Fineran has as our scout master." The Eagle Scout and rising Millburn High School senior called for a lasting remembrance of a life of service, "I believe the honor of Scoutmaster Fineran Way will cement his legacy."
Ryan Cannon, a Life Scout, pointed to the 89 Eagle Scouts that Fineran guided to the highest echelon of scouting. "Mr. Finernan inspired young men like myself for 36 years, that was simply the way Scoutmaster Fineran lived his life." He concluded the remarks with an eloquent summation of their recommendation, "Tonight is our last chance as a community to thank a man that was instrumental in the lives of many."
Committeeman Sam Levy thanked all the students for their participation and reiterated that the Township Committee would vote at a later date on an ordinance to official name the street.
Ken Fineran, a 45-year resident of Millburn, passed away August 9, 2016, after a battle with cancer. In 2015 he stepped down as Scoutmaster of Troop 17 and passed the baton to current Scoutmaster Dan Cannon. Fineran is survived by his wife, Marie who was in the gallery for the Township Committee presentation.