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Alyson Miller, Springfield Parent, Entrepreneur, Beekeeper, Environmentalist, Community Supporter

Alyson Miller Credits: Chip Dickson
Alyson with other volunteers including Sam Mardini, Kristen Labazzo and Betzabe Blondet Credits: Alyson Miller
Credits: Alyson Miller
Credits: Alyson Miller
Environmental Commission members: Betzabe Blondet, Alyson Miller, Denise Devon, Kristen Labazzo Credits: Chip Dickson
Beekeeping Credits: Alyson Miller
Credits: Alyson Miller

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Springfield has many residents actively supporting and participating in community events.  One of them is Alyson Miller, a proud mom and wife.  She also finds time to participate in, and organize community events, as well as spending time on one of her hobbies and running a small business with her husband Jon.

Miller is a PTA member and chairs the membership committee for Temple Sha’arey Shalom where she is very active.  She says, "I volunteer at activities whenever I can."

Their small business is called “The Comfy Canine”.  It currently employs 14 dog walkers.  Alyson and Jon make it 16 walkers.  She says, “We are looking to expand by adding two more walkers to our team.”

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The pay is well above minimum wage as their walkers make over $20 an hour. Most of the demand for walkers occurs during the lunch shift employees, which is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Areas serviced by their walkers include Springfield, Millburn, Short Hills, Maplewood, South Orange & Union.

They also take care of other animals.  For instance, they take care of cats, bunnies, gerbils, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, and just about “…any other critter that needs our love and some clean water and food.”

Aside from walking they provide transportation to and from the local vet’s office, groomer, doggie daycare airport and more. 

They have been in business for over 14 years and Alyson feels they “…have a stellar reputation.”   She describes their growth as “…exponential the past few years.”   

Her community work mostly focuses on the environment.  Alyson is Chair of Springfield’s Environmental Commission a role she has held for many years.  Aside from regular monthly evening meetings, she has spent a great deal of time helping organize Springfield’s “Earth Day” also known as “Clean Communities Day” effort and the Houdaille Quarry Walk; helping support “Project Medicine DROPX”; overseeing the Springfield Community Garden; reviewing proposed projects that may have and Environmental impact on Springfield; projects to help Springfield be classified as a “Sustainable town in NJ;  and is hoping to get funding for an apiary.

Passion for the environment led her to what is one of her main hobbies and that is beekeeping, which helps one understand why she would think of getting an apiary for Springfield. 

She learned beekeeping from her husband Jon who took a Beekeeping course.  P.J. Martin who works for Springfield’s DPW has also helped Aly and Jon with questions and concerns in their first few year.  Beekeeping is a hobby and passion for him and he didn’t mind mentoring the Miller’s. is Springfield’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPSpringfield.

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