ROXBURY, NJ – People who went above and beyond were in the spotlight tonight as the Roxbury Mayor and Council honored former Councilman Martin Schmidt and the girls varsity soccer and volleyball teams from Roxbury High School.
Schmidt, who lost a bid for election in November, was praised for his 12 years on the council. The soccer team was lauded for its victory over Wet Morris to take the Morris County Championship. The volleyballers were awarded for winning the first county championship in the history of Roxbury volleyball.
State Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, who is also Roxbury township council, handed state citations to all and joked about the impact of all that paper on the state’s budget.
“The thing I’ll miss most, and the thing I think the town will miss most, is the knowledge base,” said Roxbury Councilman Bob DeFillippo. “There’s a tremendous amount of knowledge in Marty ... I’ll personally miss him but I think the town will miss him and the personal knowledge he has about the town and how it works.”
Schmidt was replaced by Daniel Kline, the council’s only Democrat, who won the election with 555 votes to Schmidt’s 464.
Schmidt’s wife, Genevieve, took to the microphone to give a synopsis of her husband’s long record of community involvement. “Since Marty is not one to toot his own horn, I thought I’d do it since he has been such a great civil servant and a community minded man” she said.
She said Schmidt, a Vietnam veteran who lived in Long Island, N.Y. before moving to Roxbury, first became active in St. Therese Roman Catholic Church functions and then with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.
As a councilman, Schmidt was instrumental in opening a township dog park, redesigning the Horseshoe Lake war memorial and designing the 9-11 memorial, said his wife. She said he was also did a lot of work for Roxbury Social Services, and the Roxbury Community Garden.
“Besides that, there's the countless committees that he was assigned, countless complaints he’s solved, Scout award ceremonies, fire department events and ribbon cuttings to attend,” she said. Schmidt, she added, is a member of the Roxbury Rotary Club and he volunteers at St. Clare’s Hospital.
“My guess is that most councilmen on the board have accomplished many things for the public that’s just not widely publicized,” she said. “Marty was never in it for the glory; just doing his duty as a citizen of a community that he loves.”