ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury residents Bill Wilkins and Margaret Cushing, who were honored last week at the annual township Committee and Board Volunteer Awards Dinner, are the kind of people for whom the event was designed, said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo.
“Marge Cushing and Bill Wilkins exemplify what the Volunteer Award was created for: To honor residents who have committed their time and talent to serve on one of Roxbury’s boards and committees,” said the mayor. “Through their lifelong service, Bill and Marge have helped to make Roxbury a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
More than 75 people attended the event, which took place Feb. 12 at La Strada restaurant in Randolph. State Sen. Anthony Bucco, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo were present to honor Wilkins and Cushing as were members of the Roxbury Township Mayor and Council.
Cushing became a member of the Roxbury Township Historical Society in the early 1970s and is its president. She was appointed by the Roxbury Mayor and Council as Roxbury’s “Town Historian” in 1980.
Cushing has been a Roxbury resident for 51 years, and she’s had six children graduate from Roxbury High School.
Cushing graduated from Brooklyn College and went on to teach English at Bayridge High School, her alma mater. She’s been a licensed real estate agent since the mid 1980s, later specializing in corporate relocation work.
Cushing joined the Roxbury Township Historical Advisory Committee in 1982 and remains a member. She also served as a member of the township zoning board from 1991 to 1994.
Cushing’s other volunteer efforts include serving on the board of the Morris County Heritage Commission in the early 2000s and as a member of the Roxbury Main Street Streetscaping Committee from 2007 to 2009. She is a past recipient of Roxbury’s James Sprow Community Service Award.
Advocate of the Library
Wilkins has been a board member of the Friends of the Roxbury Public Library for the past 20 years, serving as treasurer.
He has been a Roxbury resident for more than 50 years and, for many of them, he owned and operated Valley Pharmacy in Succasunna, one of the township’s oldest businesses. Wilkins is a graduate of from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.
He served on the Roxbury Township Planning Board from 1988 to 1992. He was also a member of township council from 1989 to 1993 and served as mayor in 1991.
Wilkins’ other volunteer efforts include being a member of township Recreation Advisory Committee from 1973 to 1990, a member of township Economic Development Committee from 1997 to 2005, a charter Member of the Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce, a Roxbury Public Library Board of Trustees member for from 2010 to 2015 and, for the past 25 years, a commissioner for Morris County Crimestoppers.
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