Editor's note: The following information was submitted to Patch by the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.
The 2013 Annual Chamber of Commerce “Tying the Community Together” Awards recipients were announced recently by Chamber Chairman John Rosellini of Overlook Medical Center. The awards recognize individuals and organizations from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights for their outstanding efforts to the community.
This year’s President’s Award is being presented to Mort O’Shea, president of Hilltop Community Bank, who has been that institutions leader since its inception. Mr. O’Shea is active in many community and charitable organizations in the Summit area, continuing a tradition of service that he has maintained throughout his New Jersey banking career.
The Community Beautification Award will be shared by the Borough of New Providence, the New Providence Downtown Improvement District, and the New Providence Business and Professional Association for their decade- long project to complete a new streetscape. Volunteers from throughout the community helped with the design and the funding. The effort has been a true public-private partnership, including federal and state grants, additional assessments on businesses, and in-kind services from the Borough.
Rabbi William Horn of the Jewish Community Center is being recognized with the Silver Service Award for his more than 50-year commitment to the Summit community through the JCC and the Summit Interfaith Council.
Christy Hodde and the Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross have been named the Public Service Organization Award winner. 2012’s destructive Hurricane Sandy marked the third straight year of major local relief efforts spearheaded by the Red Cross chapter.
Union County Means Business was Freeholder Al Mirabella’s special initiative during his year as Freeholder Chair. The program brought nearly 1,000 Union County small businesses together for educational seminars and forums throughout the year. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Union County businesses, Mr. Mirabella is being recognized with the Public Service Award.
The 2013 Business of the Year Award winner is The Alternative Press and its publisher Mike Shapiro. This hyper-local media site has been in operation in the region for nearly six years and is showing true journalistic integrity and community spirit in the way it operates.
The awards will be presented at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at The Grand Summit Hotel. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling the Suburban Chamber of Commerce at 908-522-1700 x 10, or by going online at www.suburbanchambers.org. Tickets are $75 a person, or $750 for a table of ten.
Congratulations to all the winners!