Jackie Carlano, President of the Franklin Township Marconi Foundation, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Marconi Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Dinner to be held on October 12, 2012 at the Toucan Restaurant at the Econo Lodge, 1850 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ.      

“The Board of Trustees of the Marconi Foundation wishes to acknowledge the leadership of Jackie Carlano, who has directed the work of the Foundation since the death of her husband, the late John Carlano, who died in 2002,” said Eleanor Weber, Foundation Manager and Dinner Chairperson.  “Under Jackie Carlano’s leadership, the Foundation has continued to develop Marconi Park with the aid of Boy Scout Troop 113 by adding numerous additions to the park, including a butterfly garden, bird houses, and new benches.  In recent years, the Foundation has been working with township officials to develop a walkway from Marconi Park alongside the canal to Meadows Foundation House.  On this 20th Anniversary Dinner, the Board of Trustees wishes to acknowledge her years of devotion to the Foundation, which has continued the tradition of using its annual dinner to celebrate distinguished citizens with Marconi Awards.”  

In addition to Ms. Carlano, the Marconi Foundation will honor the following citizens with its 2012  Marconi Award:

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        Franklin Township Teacher of the Year:  Betty DeMonic


        American Legionnaire of the Year: Jake Jones


        Franklin Township Public Servant of the Year: Vandana Khurana


        Community Leader of the Year:  Sharon Culley, Pastor of Somerset Presbyterian Church


Marconi Scholarship winners Sunny Patel and Kenar Williams from Franklin Township High school will also be recognized and presented with plaques and checks for $500.   

The Marconi Foundation honors the life and work of Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the wireless telegraph, who resided in Franklin Township during the establishment and operation of wireless transmission towers along Easton Avenue in Franklin Township.  The Foundation created and maintains a park located near the original transmission towers. 

The cost of the dinner is $50 and the proceeds are dedicated to the scholarships and community service programs.  Citizens interested in attending the dinner to honor the award recipients should contact Ellie Weber 732-545-8394.