MONTVILLE, NJ – VFW Post 5481 Commander Ken Hanzl came to the microphone at the Oct. 7 Montville Township Committee meeting to describe the post’s activities.

He described the post’s goals as including camaraderie among members who are veterans of overseas conflicts.

“All of our members serve other members, the community, and we promote patriotism,” Hanzl told the township committee. “We have 88 members, and I think we’re unique in that we have eight World War II members, one of whom is with us tonight, Mr. Tom Jones.”

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As far as fundraisers, Hanzl said that the Buddy Poppy Sale is a 100% proceed to vets campaign.

“When you purchase poppies, every dollar goes to veterans,” he said.

Hanzl said this year’s Veterans Day commemoration will honor Purple Heart recipients and will feature the state commander of the Order of the Purple Heart. It will be held on Nov. 11 in the Community Park Youth Center at 11 a.m.

“It will be above and beyond what you’d see in most places,” Hanzl said.

Hanzl presented the township committee with the poster that graphic artist and post member Chas Palminteri made for the 9/11 commemoration last month. It lists the six Montvillians who died on that day.

Eagle Project

Life Scout Damon Servidio from Troop 74 presented his proposal for his Eagle Scout project, which was to mark a loop-shaped trail at Reilly Park on Hewlett Road in Towaco. Servidio said the trail system at the park has been unused for many years. Eagle Scout Evan Cirkus’ project was to construct a bridge to access an undeveloped area of the park, Servidio said, and his plan was to lead a team to clear a trail beginning at the bridge, removing brush, a rock barrier and fallen trees.

“The trail will be .49 miles through the area,” Servidio said. “We will define the trail with rocks and fallen branches. We’ll install trail markings visible from both directions, painting trees and rocks along the route. I’ll also paint trail signs.”

Servidio plans on carrying out the project in the spring of 2020, he said. The trail is to be called “Reilly Field Loop Trail,” according to Servidio.

The project was approved by the township committee. Servidio will be working with Pam and John Misiewicz and Ron Luna of the Open Space Committee.

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