MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown residents Gregory Elorette, David Dodd and Patrick Herbert were among the seven Eagle Scouts recently honored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders. The Eagle Scouts are from troops in Denville, Morristown, Parsippany, and Roxbury. A series of ambitious scout projects helped them attain Boy Scouting’s highest honor.

“The Board of Freeholders is privileged to highlight the positive work done in their communities by these seven young men who undertook ambitious projects for the benefit of their respective communities,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “They have set an example for all of us, and we thank them for their hard work,” he added.

Dodd, of Troop 173 is a recent graduate of the Morristown High School class of 2018. He  plans to attend Stockton University as a biology major. Dodd built a pollinator garden to benefit the Hearts and Hands Pre-School at the Parsippany Presbyterian Church.  His garden consisted of multiple raised beds in a fenced in, gated area. The preschoolers will be able to use the garden to learn about nature and pollination as they plant wildflowers, care for them, and watch them grow. 

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Elorette, a 2018 graduate of Morris Catholic High School and part of Troop 34, will attend County College of Morris in the fall to study computer coding and cyber security. He targeted the Stony Brook Community Garden in Hanover Township, and focused on making it easier for disabled or injured residents to participate in gardening. Elorette constructed a handicap accessible raised garden bed planter to allow those who are wheelchair bound or unable to bend over due to back issues, to grow plants along with other, more able-bodied residents. He also constructed a multipurpose worktable that handicapped persons can use to wash and cut plants they have harvested.

Herbert, of Troop 34,  will be a second year student at Seton Hall Prep, where he is an honors student, member of the Gaelic Society and Knights of Setonia, and a member of the football and lacrosse teams. For his Eagle Scout Project, he constructed an 18-foot pedestrian bridge that connects the National 9/11 Memorial Trail that runs through Morris County to Patriot’s Path. In selecting that project, he sought to honor men and women in law enforcement, including his dad, who is a police officer and former PBA President in Livingston. Herbert hopes to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Other scouts honored were Joseph Homsi, Troop 118, Denville,  Thomas Paglinco, Troop 118, Denville , Stephen Fowler, Troop 188, Landing and Christopher Merring Jr., Troop 188, Landing.


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