RANDOLPH, NJ- Long time Randolph Township volunteer, Ethan Blynn, was honored with a bench dedication at Veterans Community Park on Tuesday. The bench along with two trees were donated to the township by friends of Blynn.
Family members including Ethan’s wife Terry, daughter Jamie, son Daniel and daughter-in-law Sarah were joined by friends at the unveiling of the bench. Township officials including Mayor Chris Carey, Deputy Mayor Joanne Veech and Council members Mark Forstenhausler, Jim Loveys, Lou Nisivoccia, Marie Potter and Lance Tkacs attended the event and were joined by Township Manager Steve Mountain and Russ Newman, Director of Parks and Recreation. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, all attendees wore face masks and observed social distancing guidelines.
Blynn passed away in March of 2019 and was recognized by Mayor Carey as someone who contributed a great deal to the Randolph Community. Blynn served on the Randolph Board of Education for almost 10 years, where he chaired the Finance, Facilities and Transportation committee and the Negotiations Committee. The Mayor noted that “During his time on the BOE, Ethan was intimately involved in many projects and policy decisions that were instrumental in building a stronger educational system for Randolph school students that continue to impact thousands of young people in our community today.”
After leaving the Board of Education, Blynn then volunteered to serve on various township committees even after he was diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment. He served on the Economic Development Committee, Parks Committee, Wildlife Committee and notably on the Parks Master Plan Steering Committee where he contributed to the planning for and design of Veterans Community Park.
Mayor Carey concluded her remarks by noting, “This bench in this new beautiful park is a wonderful tribute to Ethan and I think he would like it very much.”