COLTS NECK— Gracias, merci, danké!  No matter how you say it, everyone likes to be appreciated. On Sunday, March 4, it was the Monmouth County Park System’s turn to say thank you during its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck.  There was much to be thankful for.  In 2011, 1,088 people volunteered 24,161 hours of service and assisted with Park System facilities, programs and events. 

On any given day, volunteers can be found assisting with therapeutic riding lessons, leading a trip or assisting in offices. They also garden, lend a hand at cleanups and monitor endangered birds. Docent volunteers welcome visitors and share information about exhibits, programs and facilities. The Park System’s Trails Team, a group of volunteers dedicated to building and maintaining over 120 miles of trails, travels throughout the county to assist staff. Many special events and races such as Earth Day Celebrations, Thompson Park Day, Monmouth County Fair and the Timberbrook Triathlon depend on volunteers to run smoothly.

PICTURED – l to r (standing) Public Information Officer Karen Livingstone, Coordinator of Volunteers Melissa Kelly, Park System Secretary-Director James J. Truncer (sitting) Volunteers James Henry of Lincroft, David E. Roche of Freehold, Andrew Damato of Freehold, and Recreation Commissioner Chair Edward J. Loud.   Mr. Henry has volunteered over 6,000 hours; Mr. Roche over 1,000 hours; and Mr. Damato over 1,000 hours. 

These are just some of the ways that volunteers help the Park System. Although the event only lasts a few hours, the appreciation the Park System feels for its volunteers continues indefinitely. During the ceremony, Board of Recreation Chair Edward J. Loud, Vice Chair Fred J. Rummel, and Commissioner Thomas Hennessy, Jr., joined Park System staff in honoring one hundred sixty-two volunteers who gave 40 or more hours of service in the past year. 

Here’s a list of volunteers who gave more than 40 hours in 2011:

Pam Adams, Middletown

Samantha Antonaccio, Keyport

Angela Antonaccio, Keyport

Mark Daniel Bankin, Holmdel 

Joy A. Barrie, Neptune City

John Bauer, Ocean Grove

Jim Baye, Ocean

Anita Belkin-Evans, Howell

Joan Berg, Lincroft

Rosemary E. Bettikofer, formerly of Shrewsbury

Pete Brady, Middletown 

Sandy Burn, Red Bank

George Byard, Matawan

Mary Byrne, Middletown

Nik Caporossi, Freehold

Pam A. Carlsen, Port Monmouth

Robert Carlson, Middletown

James Carney, Middletown  

Julia Castellano, Middletown

Kevin N. Chambers, Ocean Grove

Elizabeth M. Clarke, Tinton Falls

Lance C. Cox, Freehold 

Linda Csernica, Little Silver

Judy Curry-Phipps, Atlantic Highlands

Eric Dalton, Keyport 

Robert D. DeBarba, Fair Haven

Sandra De Murley, Allenhurst

Franki DeSaro, Red Bank

Lisa C. D'Orazio, Holmdel

Jennifer R. Dumas, Fair Haven

Barbara L. Eckert, Keyport

Rachel A. Elice, Morganville

Deborah Elsinger, Shrewsbury

Brett C. Farrell, Colts Neck

Patricia A. Farrell, Old Bridge

Fred R. Feldman, Freehold

Michael Flatley, Toms River

Carol D. Fornwald, Long Branch

Taylor A. Franzreb, Locust

Victoria M. Frotton, Leonardo

Julia Guercio, Red Bank

Susan L. Halle, Middletown

Patrick Hannan, Manasquan

Laura C. Hardy, Little Silver

Laura M. Harold, Manalapan

Paula Harvey, Atlantic Highlands

Amanda Hintelmann, Rumson

Julie Hunt, Red Bank

Mayah J. Irizarry, Long Branch

Linda Jensen, Freehold 

Kevin S, Johnson, Holmdel

Justin M. Johnson, Union Beach 

Sharon Keenan, Highlands

Ed Keller, Aberdeen

Edward W. Keller, Aberdeen

Kyle J. Kelly, Monmouth Beach

Edward P. Kelly, West Long Branch

Caitlin Klein, Tinton Falls

Olivia M. Knecht, Red Bank

Katha A. Larity, W. Keansburg

Linda Lawton, Eatontown

Laura Lazzari, Aberdeen

Sarah J. Lin, Marlboro

Natalie D. Lindsay, Freehold

Jeanette Lingelbach, Navesink

Patricia Mahon, Shrewsbury

Madeline J. Makstein, Fair Haven

Ralph Maratea, Lakewood

Debbie Matulonis, Red Bank

Norman T. Mayers, Highlands

Marie B. Mazza, Long Branch

Corinne H. Mazzocchi, Wall

Maureen A. McCahery, Bradley Beach

Elaine A. McColgan, Middletown

Patrice McCoy, Freehold

Caitlin E. McGrane, Red Bank

Megan V. McVeety, Little Silver

Carol E. Migrala, Spring Lake

Leona L. Mostowski, Piscataway

Tony Mrozinski, Middletown

Bonnie Muir, Long Branch

Janice Mundy, Freehold

Akwasi S. Owusu-Akyaw, Freehold

Kristen Palframan, Middletown

Joan E. Phillips, Colts Neck

Betty Randall, Eatontown

Robert L. Randall, Eatontown

Theresa E. Reese, Eatontown

Leslie E. Roche, Freehold 

Anthony Rosati, Middletown 

Christine L. Rowland, Fords

Gail C. Sanderson, Lincroft

Jay Schaeffer, Keansburg

Barbara Schinkel, Eatontown

Stephen Schinkel, Eatontown

Marlis Schlegel-Steadman, Rumson

Alexa J. Schyerynec, Aberdeen

Carol Smith, Middletown 

Brittany L. Snyder, Lincroft

Sarah A Stewart, Belford

Jason M. Stone, Port Monmouth 

Jennifer M. Streltsova, Freehold 

Alex Sundt, Red Bank

Dianne L. Swenson, Highlands

Ellen B. Terry, Millstone

Gail B. Tewell, Matawan

Margo Thornton, Tinton Falls

Patricia A. Thul, Eatontown

John R. Townend, Farmingdale

Molly Tumulty, Red Bank

Joseph Turtel, Ocean Township

Olivia C. Vaccaro, Atlantic Highlands

Emma Q. Wade, Locust

Jackie West, Little Silver

Joel Whitman, Fair Haven

Cara M. Wiebalk, Tinton Falls

Harmon Willey, Little Silver

Daniel F. Williams, New Brunswick

Sandra Wolfe, Howell

Laura D. Wroblesky, Freehold 

Richard A. Yackel, Red Bank

These volunteers gave over 100 hours of service:

Werner Aehlich, Holmdel

Andrew Antoniolli, Brielle

Mary R. Baechle, Hazlet

Patricia Bernstein, Colonia

Christine Bremseth, Tinton Falls

Emma Caccavale, Highlands

Larry Canale, Rumson

Sharon Capriotti, Tinton Falls

Barbara Carroll, Colts Neck

John P. Connors, Ocean

Andrew Damato, Freehold

Louise DelCollo, Colts Neck

Barbara Duggan, Freehold

Gladys Elena Dunn, Toms River

Harden Fowler, Tinton Falls

Ruth Gariepy, Hazlet

Judith A. Green, Middletown

James Henry, Lincroft

Joyce Henry, Lincroft

Kiley A. Hetem, Middletown

Stephanie Marie Hunt, Neptune

Gerry Lingner, Long Branch

Lois Lyons, Tinton Falls

Michael S. Mastropaolo, Red Bank

Deirdre A. Messina, Marlboro

Barry I. Miller, Middletown

William Murphy, Red Bank

Eileen Murphy, Red Bank

Frank Nofi, Freehold

Alex Osnato, North Middletown

Deborah A. Palumbo, Monmouth Beach

Taylor A. Polito, Colts Neck

Ellen Rice, Keyport

David E. Roche, Freehold

Linda A. Rovder, Monmouth Beach

Kelly Shafer, Aberdeen

Natale C. Siclare, Middletown

Eleanor C. Swanson, Long Branch

Monica C. Valente, Cliffwood Beach

Barbara A. Venanzini, Matawan

Elaine M. Weigl, Howell

Paul J. Zarella, Jr., Bradley Beach

To learn about Park System Volunteers, please visit or call (732) 842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.