ROXBURY, NJ – Two main goal of the Roxbury Township Economic Development Committee (EDC) is to attract new businesses to the township, but today it honored two old ones.

The panel presented Business Longevity Awards to Bristol Financial Services and to Zoschak Photography, naming them to its new Roxbury business “Hall of Fame.”

The goal of the awards was to honor the entities “for more than 25 years of contributing to the economic well-being and vitality of Roxbury’s business climate.”

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They were presented, at the Roxbury Mayor and Council meeting, to Bristol Financial Services owner Bruce Bristol and to Roxbury Councilman Richard Zoschak and his wife Diana.

“There is a foundation of businesses that really started it all off so many years ago, have continued to flourish and thrive and to employ local individuals,” said EDC Chairman Michael Shadiack before presenting the awards. “We have always admired the owners and operators of those businesses who gave so much of their own time, their own energies, their monies to this community to make it what it is today.”

He noted that Bristol has been in business for more than 35 years and pointed out that he “contributed to the success of Roxbury not only with his thriving business but with many volunteer positions here in Roxbury.”

The Zoschaks have been in business for 40 years, Shadiack said. “Zoschak Photography, based out of Landing, has thrived as a family business that understands the need to get the picture just right.”

Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo, a member of the EDC, stressed the importance of recognizing businesses “that have picked Roxbury and decided to stay in Roxbury and remain loyal to Roxbury.”

The EDC also plans to present a Business Longevity Award to Succasunna lawyer Marshall Gates, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor who's been in business since 1973. It will do so at a future meeting because Gates was unable to attend tonight’s session.

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