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Fanwood Arbor Day Celebrates Trees, Poetry and Earl Phillips

Shade Tree Commission Chairman Steve Falco presents gifts to Earl Phillips, 94, who retired from the commission after 30 years of volunteer service Credits: John Mooney
Park Middle School Environmental Club holds up Tree City USA banner, earned for the 23rd consecutive year by the Borough of Fanwood Credits: John Mooney
Fanwood Poet Laureate Adele Kenney introduces John McDermott of Cranford, winner of the nationwide Arbor Day Poetry Contest. Credits: John Mooney
FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission's annual Arbor Day observance on Friday, April 29, 2016, honored veteran member Earl Phillips, 94, who recently retired after more than 30 years as a member.
Phillips, a retired police officer and Fanwood volunteer, received a certificate of appreciation, a commemorative book and a hand made rain stick presented by the students of the Park Middle School Environmental Club. Mr. Phillips, a WWII veteran, was the grand marshal of the 2015 Memorial Day Parade.
John McDermott of Cranford, winner of this year's nationwide Arbor Day Poetry Contest, also was honored. He was presented with a $300 prize by Adele Kenney, Fanwood's poet laureate and Shade Tree Commission member.
Additionally, the students of the Environmental Club presented information on the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest found in New Jersey ash trees. And for the 23rd consecutive year, Fanwood has been awarded Tree City USA status, which denotes our town takes special care of trees.
"Kudos to Shade Tree Commission Chairman Steve Falco for another wonderful program," said Fanwood Councilman Tom Kranz. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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