Township Committee Celebrates 2020 Awards Recipients

On Friday, February 19, Mayor Lauren DiFilippo and Township Committee honored outstanding Edgewater Park citizens and businesses for their service throughout 2020, and Police Chief Robert Hess welcomed two new patrolmen to his ranks.

Community Kindness Award goes to USS Car Wash

USS Car Wash, on Route 130 South, donated substantial PPE supplies to the EP Police Department during this COVID-19 year of stress.

(Chhaca Singh and Jassi Singh accept the Community Kindness Award on behalf of USS Car Wash.) 

 Citizen of the Year 2020 Goes to Mrs. Marian Johnson

(Marian Johnson receives the 2020 Citizen of the Year Award from Mayor Lauren DiFilippo.)

For 15 years, Mrs. Marian Johnson has been involved in many aspects of Edgewater Park, first as Recreation Coordinator managing events such as the Memorial Day Parade, Summer Camp, Christmas with Santa, and Breakfast with the Bunny.

She has also been an active member of the Edgewater Planning Board for the last 12 years, filing the position of Chairman for 11 of those years. In this role she reviewed, approved and signed off on major construction and development in the Township, such as the Burlington Coat Factory offices and distribution center, Auto Direct Car Sales, and Fox Run Housing Development.

This will be the fifth year she has served as Secretary of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2550 in Edgewater Park, where she was personally responsible for writing several grants that were approved and enabled the Elks organization to make its large donation to the Beverly Methodist Church food bank.

Elks #2550 Earns the Outstanding Community Service Award

(Shown here, Exalted Ruled of Elks Lodge #2550, accepting the Outstanding Community Service Award for 2020, from Mayor DiFilippo.)

Click here for a complete story of the Elks’ busy year of 2020!

Township Committee Taps United Dollar Plus with Business of the Year Award

Since January 2005, Jawad Alam, (known to many as "Jay") has been the owner of the United Dollar Plus grocery store at 1141 Cooper Street in Edgewater Park Township. He and his employees are one of many local businesses on the frontline of this COVID-19 pandemic.  Jay has provided the community with local shopping convenience, friendly extraordinary service, reasonable prices, and a wide variety of products.  Besides Jay and his employees having a great rapport with their customers, greeting many by name, they stock seasonal items, offer the NJ Lottery, and do their very best to meet the needs of their customers. When possible, Jay will order special brand products requested by customers.

Outstanding Service Recognition Award goes to Jim Bernard, Supt. of Public Works

With a tough year requiring COVID-19 protective measures throughout the Municipal Building and around the township, plus more extreme weather events, the Department of Public Works had its hands full in 2020… and even now in early 2021.  With Superintendent Jim Bernard at the helm, his PW crew helped keep Edgewater Park on course with the inventive building modifications they installed, giving employees a safer workplace.  They also remained safe while still handling township-wide maintenance with an altered schedule of social distancing among workers.


John P. Augustino Retires, Hands the Reins to son Matt Augustino!

After 29 years of dedicated and committed service as the Edgewater Park Fire Official, John P. Augustino was honored for this stellar career.  His son Matt Augustino now steps into his shoes to continue this service.

(Father to son congratulations, between retiring Fire Official John P. Augustino and his son Matt Augustino, the incoming Fire Official.)

Police Chief Bob Hess Welcomes New Police Officers!

Chief Robert Hess swore in two new police officers (above, flanking Chief Hess, left to right, Altan Ozqurel and Patrick Daly) as a number of fellow officers joined the ceremonies on February 19, 2021.

(Altan Ozgurel’s family looks on as he is sworn-in by Chief Hess.)

(Patrick Daly’s family looks on as he is sworn-in by Chief Hess.)

(Edgewater Park police officers seen here are, left to right:  Ptl. Aaron Robinson, Sgt. Mark Herkoperec, Ptl. Kyle McPhillips, new Ptl. Altan Ozgurel, Chief Robert Hess, new Ptl. Patrick Daly, Lt. Brett Evans, Det. Charles Ryder, Jr., and Det. Sgt. John Harris.)

Fond Farewell & Tribute to Mayor Emeritus Charles Amutah

Finally, Mayor Lauren DiFilippo presented a plaque for his dedicated service on Township Committee to Mayor Emeritus Azunnah “Charles” Amutah, and surprises him (above) with a clock, from Township Committee, as an extra tribute for his service.

(Seen here: Deputy Mayor Bill Belgard, Mayor Lauren DiFilippo, Mayor Emeritus Charles Amutah, and Committeeman Kevin Johnson.  Committee members Mike Trainor and Juanita Scott were unable to attend.)

“Considering what a tough year 2020 was for all of us, Edgewater Park citizens, businesses, organizations and staff all stepped up to make it much easier to survive!  Thanks so much to all!”

                                                                 Mayor Lauren DiFilippo