Newton, NJ  – Two Sussex County icons, Reverend Ernest M. Kosa and Charles L. Tice, are being honored posthumously with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce at its annual Toast to the Stars Awards dinner being held at Perona Farms on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Kosa, an Army Chaplain who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, became the mental health, drug and alcohol administrator for Sussex County for 20 years and was actively involved with many local agencies including Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show/N.J. State Fair, and the Newton Medical Center Foundation. The County Building at the Fair is named after him.

Tice was very active in the formation of Sussex County Community College, often traveling to Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of the college and also serving on its Board of Trustees. He was known and frequently honored throughout the county and especially in Newton, for his numerous philanthropic efforts. The Charles L. Tice Heart Center for Diagnostic Services at Newton Medical Center is named after him.

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The Chamber released the list of honorees and nominees for the annual awards program which celebrates outstanding local community members, businesses, and organizations. Winners will be announced at the event and all nominees will also be recognized. The Grace Financial Group (Sparta), Knoll Properties (Sparta) and Thorlabs (Newton) are the Premier Sponsors of the event.

“Part of the chamber’s role is to support and celebrate a vibrant business community,” said Tammie Horsfield, Chamber President. “The annual Toast to the Stars Awards Dinner, now in its 34th year, is the chamber event that gives everyone the chance to pause and celebrate the many successes we have in our private sector and in our nonprofit community.”

Award categories include: Business Innovation; Business Person of the Year; Chamber Champion;  Customer Service; Entrepreneur of the Year; Healthy Living; David C. Herzenberg; Lifetime Achievement; Non-Profit Organization of the Year; Outstanding Community Event of the Year; Quality in Business; Quality in Living; Rising Star; and Workplace of the Year.

A full description of each award can be found at,

Additional event sponsors include: Farmside Landscape & Design, Inc.; JCP&L, a First Energy Company; Newton Medical Center – Atlantic Health System; Selective Insurance Company of America; and NFP P&C/van den Heuvel & Fountain, Inc.

Tickets to the Toast to the Stars Awards Dinner may be purchased by calling the Chamber office at 973-579-1811. More information about the event is available at

Award Nominees

  • An Evening of Wine & Roses – Newton Medical Center Foundation
  • Annual Oktoberfest at Mountain Creek Resort
  • Applied Service Corporation
  • Atlantic Ambulance Corp
  • Awakened Rose
  • Barn Hill Care Center
  • Debra Berry-Toon (Project Self Sufficiency)
  • Biondo Investment Advisors, LLC
  • Birth Haven
  • Boy Scouts of America - Patriots' Path Council
  • Alex Cable (Thorlabs)
  • Nicola Callighan (Nicola Jane Interiors)
  • Capitol Care
  • Becky Carlson (Center for Prevention and Counseling)
  • Center for Prevention and Counseling
  • Christmas Light Show & Village at Skylands Stadium
  • Dr. Jon Connolly (Sussex County Community College)
  • William Curcio
  • Current Media Group, LLC
  • Joseph DiPaolo (Newton Medical Center – Atlantic Health System)
  • Timothy Dinan (Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP)
  • Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI)
  • Owen Dykstra (Dykstra Associates, PC)
  • Family Partners of Morris & Sussex Counties
  • Family Promise of Sussex County
  • Farmside Landscape & Design, Inc.
  • Father John's Animal House
  • Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at Skylands Stadium
  • Keri Frade (Capital Care)
  • Franklin Mutual Insurance Company
  • Franklin Sussex Auto Mall Inc.
  • Friday the 13th Hike - Kittatinny Valley State Park
  • Garden of Life Massage & Yoga Center
  • Kurt Gewecke (KG Companies)
  • Ginnie’s House
  • Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
  • Robert Golwick
  • Green Life Market
  • Hamburg Veterinary Clinic
  • Tiffany L. Heineman (Laddey Clark & Ryan LLP)
  • Ryan Hynson (Nisivoccia LLP)
  • Mary Hyde (Front Porch Organics)
  • JCP&L, a FirstEnergy Company
  • Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center
  • KG Companies
  • James Kimball (Sparta NJ Renaissance Festival)
  • Knight Realms
  • Reverend Ernest Kosa (Posthumous)
  • Cathy Kut (Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors)
  • John Kweselait (CWF Inc.)
  • Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP
  • Lake Hopatcong Adventure Company
  • Lakeland Bank
  • Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market
  • Living Pawsitively, LLC
  • Lorraine's Cake Shoppe & Tearoom
  • T Love (Quantum Wellness and Sojihuggles Children's Foundation)
  • Jason Lutz (Nisivoccia LLP)
  • Tom Madsen, LLC
  • Robert McCracken
  • Mohawk House
  • Elizabeth Morgan
  • Motorcycle Madness
  • Shazel Muhammad (Eunoia Coaching)
  • Karen Newburgh (SCARC, Inc.)
  • NJ Wine & Food Festival - Crystal Springs Resort
  • Newton Health & Wellness
  • Newton Theatre Arts Academy
  • The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey
  • Pass it Along
  • Performance Pediatrics
  • Lorraine Perry (Lorraine’s Cake Shoppe & Tea Room)
  • Peters Valley Craft Fair
  • Project Self-Sufficiency
  • R. Poust, Inc.
  • Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors
  • Roaming Acres
  • Orlando Rodriguez (Law Office of Orlando R. Rodriguez, LLC)
  • Romano Family
  • Thomas Ryan (Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP)
  • SCARC, Inc.
  • Selective Insurance Company of America
  • The Shoppes at Lafayette
  • Patti Singer (The Shoppes at Lafayette)
  • Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue
  • Skylands Ninja Warrior
  • Snap Fitness – Wantage
  • Sparta NJ Renaissance Festival
  • Spavia
  • Sussex County Community College
  • Sussex County YMCA
  • Teyma Group
  • Third Annual Non-Profit Summit - Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP
  • Charles Tice (Posthumous)
  • Thorlabs
  • Two Teaspoons Bakery & Cake Studio
  • Ultima Hair Designers
  • Walpack Inn
  • Chris Wolverton (HQW Architects)
  • Yetter’s Diner
  • Zufall Health Center
  • Zufall Health Center: Dental, Medical, and Behavioral Services Staff