MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Chamber of Commerce held its 54th annual awards banquet March 11, when six residents and two organizations were honored for their contributions to the township.
Dan Grant was the recipient of the Silver Service Award.
Grant’s family settled in Montville 100 years ago. Grant served on the Montville Township Committee for 15 years, the most any Democrat has ever served. A large portion of Montville Township’s open space was purchased during the years he served, something he is proud to have been a part of, according to a chamber press release. He also served 10 years on the Planning Board.
Grant’s current activities include Vice Chair of the Historic Preservation Review Commission, and Director of the Changing Images Art Foundation, a non-profit involved in providing interactive art for people in hospitals and institutions. He also serves as Democratic Municipal Chair and has been a member of the Morris County Democratic Committee for 45 years.
Chamber Board of Directors Member Joe O’Dowd introduced him, saying, “Dan saw what he perceived to be the shortcomings of a one-party government, and did as his father did before him – instead of complaining, he took action.
“Remaining true to his convictions, he often took unpopular positions, especially with those of us on the right, on things like the town hall location and many other issues. Some he won, many he lost. But he stayed true to his beliefs during all of it.
“He worked hard on the Open Space Preservation Committee, and since my grandchildren are enjoying those facilities, thanks,” O’Dowd said.
Grant said he was shocked to receive the letter notifying him of the award, and he thanked the chamber.
“As I look out on the group being honored tonight, many of whom I’ve known for years, I couldn’t ask to be in a better group of people,” Grant said. “My parents taught me to volunteer. It just came naturally: when you live in a town, you do things. That somebody would actually pay attention to it all these years later and give me this plaque is greatly appreciated.”
Boy Scout Troop 74
The Organization of the Year award went to Boy Scout Troop 74, which is celebrating its 75th year in Montville Township. The approximately 75 Scouts and 25 adult leaders have contributed almost 5,600 hours of service towards the Montville Township community in the past five years, when 42 Scouts advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout.
These Eagle Scouts have built, improved and refurbished such areas as: the outdoor classroom at Woodmont, the First Aid Squad flower beds and patio, the Community Park bocce courts and trails, new trails at Pyramid Mountain, the VFW grounds, the Lake Montowac fishing area, Montville Township High School tennis court walkways, St. Pius Rosary Patio, benches for Trinity Christian School gymnasium, and the Holy Spirit Church reconciliation room.
“The Boy Scouts have a lot to do with making sure our community is well taken care of and built out,” presenter and Chamber President Ken Young said.
Former Scout Master and current Committee Chairman George Kamper said, “The $33,000 the Eagles raised for these projects is not cash but items like shrubs, paint, and other materials that we use to put them together, and we thank you all for your donations of goods and services.”
Scout Master Patrick Phalen agreed that “without the support of the community, a lot of these projects wouldn’t be possible. The township, the businesses – everyone really chips in.”
Jupiter Environmental Services
The Good Neighbor Award, which is given to the owners of a commercial property who have improved their property resulting in enhancement for Montville Township, went to Jupiter Environmental Services.
Jupiter Environmental, a construction service company that provides asbestos abatement, demolition, insulation and lead paint removal, purchased 323 Changebridge Road in 2011. It was an old manufacturing building that had been vacant and neglected for years, according to a chamber press release. The company remodeled the exterior and interior, including landscaping, streetscape lighting, and a sidewalk.
Chamber Board Member Larry Casha thanked Jupiter Environmental President Annabel Pierce for her active involvement in Montville Township boards and charitable events.
Pierce thanked the chamber for welcoming her company from the moment they moved to town.
“We live here; we’re raising our family in this town,” Pierce said. “This is such an exciting time in Montville Township.”
More chamber awardees will be featured in an accompanying article.
For further bio information on the winners, click: Bio