COLTS NECK, NJ —Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes.  In 2012, the Monmouth County Park System was lucky enough to receive 1,628 pairs thanks to its amazing volunteers.  From sorting donations for Sandy Relief Efforts to assisting during races, these volunteers gave 27,000 hours to the Park System. On Sunday, March 3, the Park System honored these dedicated individuals during its Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at Hominy Hill Golf Course, Colts Neck.

Throughout the year, volunteers can be found acting as historic site interpreters, serving as trip leaders, and assisting in offices. They also help remove invasive plant species, lead recreation programs, and monitor endangered bird species. Volunteers are integral to the success of the Park System’s therapeutic riding lessons and special events such as Earth Day, Thompson Park Day and Creatures of the Night.  The Park System’s Trails Team, a group of volunteers dedicated to building and maintaining over 129 miles of trails, travels throughout the county to assist staff.

These are just some of the ways that volunteers help the Park System. The ceremony allows Park System staff to recognize the time, talent and energy volunteers freely give.  Coordinator of Volunteers Melissa Kelly thanked them, “Your support contributes to the success of our recreation programs, special events and park facilities on many levels…Thank you for volunteering.”

Here’s a list of volunteers who were honored for giving more than 40 hours in 2012:

Pam Adams, Middletown 

Trina Anderson, Red Bank 

Samantha Antonaccio, Keyport 

Brittany Baechle, Hazlet 

Jim Baye, Ocean 

Joan Berg, Lincroft  

Kelsey Bernarducci, Eatontown 

Beamin Berube, Sea Girt 

Lois Blake, Colts Neck 

Christine Bremseth, Tinton Falls 

Sandy Burn, Red Bank  

Sarah Bush, West Long Branch 

Mary Byrne, Middletown 

Emma Caccavale, Highlands 

Larry Canale, Rumson 

Sharon Capriotti, Tinton Falls 

Julia Castellano, Middletown 

Danielle Ciupinski, Matawan 

Elizabeth Clarke, Tinton falls 

John Connors, Ocean 

Joe Coppola, Little Silver 

Daniel H. Corey, Lincroft 

Lance Cox, Freehold 

Linda Csernica, Little Silver

Kathleen Culver, Red Bank 

Judy Curry-Phipps, Atlantic Highlands 

Jackson Dalton, Keyport 

Eric Dalton, West Long Branch 

Darlene DeBarba, Fair Haven 

Mitchell Dormont, Manalapan 

Gladys Elena Dunn, Toms River

Barbara Eckert, Keyport 

Deborah Elsinger, Shrewsbury 

Johanna Ericson, Atlantic Highlands 

Alexander Farrell, Old Bridge 

Patricia Farrell, Colts Neck 

Brett Farrell, Colts Neck 

Barbara Finazzo, Jackson 

Carol D. Fornwald, Long Branch 

Ryan Freeman, Oceanport 

Victoria Frotton, Leonardo 

Katherine Fullerton, Oakhurst 

Barry Fulmer, Freehold 

Cheryl Fulmer, Freehold 

James Gault, Hazlet 

Julia Guercio, Red Bank 

Susan Halle, Middletown 

Kelly Harmon, Atlantic Highlands 

Paula Harvey, Atlantic Highlands 

Lisa Haskell, Fair Haven 

Emily Hassell, Aberdeen 

Liz Hespe, Middletown 

Blanchard Hiatt, Red Bank 

Amanda Hintelmann, Rumson 

Julie Hunt, Red Bank 

Richard Huntington, Old Bridge 

Andrew Imperiale, Sea Girt  

Stuart Jensen, Red Bank 

Kevin Johnson, Holmdel

Danielle Nicole Kaden, Holmdel 

Josephine Kane, Middletown 

Nadide F. Karacay, Wall Township

Andrew W. Karlan, Freehold 

Edward Kelly, West Long Branch 

Linda Kelly, West Long Branch 

Hoan Kichen, Shrewbury 

Joanna N. Lamberta, Middletown 

Amelia Lautenberg, Holmdel 

Linda Lawton, Eatontown  

Laura Lazzari, Aberdeen 

Jeanette Lingelbach, Navesink

Michael Loeffler, Matawan 

Debra Lotosky, Middletown 

Michele Mancino, Middletown 

Maury Mangan, Oceanport 

Ralph Maratea, Lakewood

Mike Mazzocchi, Wall

Maureen McCahery, Bradley Beach

Elaine McColgan, Middletown 

Nancy Meagher, Middletown 

Phillip Mejia, Long Branch  

Christina Minakakis, Long Branch 

Mary Ellen Moran, Atlantic Highlands 

Bonnie Muir, Long Branch 

Janice Mundy, Freehold 

Dawn Nahory, Lincroft 

David Nass, Red Bank 

Emily O’Connor, Hazlet 

Alex Osnato, North Middletown  

Olivia Perske, Hazlet 

Sean Pizzio, Old Bridge 

Morgan Plosica, Monmouth Beach 

Maula N. Rao, Holmdel 

Patricia Richter, Red Bank 

Natalie Rinaldi, Middletown 

David Roche, Freehold  

Howard Rockhill, Spring Lake Heights

Anthony Rosati, Middletown 

Kristine Russo, Spring Lake Heights

Emma Russo, Tinton Falls 

Gail Sanderson, Lincroft 

Jay Schaeffer, Keansburg  

Marlis Schlegel-Steadman, Rumson  

Alexa Schyerynec, Aberdeen 

Mary Jeanne Shaughnessy, Ocean Grove

Patricia Skagerberg, Highlands 

Carol Smith, Middletown   

John Squires, Toms River

Sarah Stewart, Belford 

Alex Sundt, Red Bank 

Amanda Sutton, Atlantic Highlands 

Margaret T. Swan, Bricktown

Dianne Swenson, Highlands 

Ellen B. Terry, Millstone 

Gail B. Tewell, Matawan 

John Townend, Farmingdale

Barbara Trouwborst, Ocean Grove 

Joseph Turtel, Ocean Township 

Monica Valente, Cliffwood Beach 

Gerald Vernon J, Fair Haven 

Joel Whitman, Fair Haven 

Harmon Willey, Shrewsbury 

Barbara Woerz, Middletown 

Katherine Wojciechowski, Freehold 

Sandra Wolfe, Howell 

Emma Wulfhorst, Tinton Falls 

Richard Yackel, Red Bank 

These volunteers were honored for giving over 100 hours of service:

Werner Aehlich, Holmdel

Andrew Antoniolli, Brielle

Theresa Astmann, Red Bank

Mary Baechle, Hazlet

Stavros Basis, Lincroft

Patricia Bernstein, Colonia

Marvin Britten, Middletown

Barbara Carroll, Colts Neck

Nina Casola, Holmdel

Louise DelCollo, Colts Neck 

Barbara Duggan, Freehold

Harvey Evans, Tinton Falls

Harden Fowler, Tinton Falls 

Jake Frederick, Oakhurst

Ruth Gariepy, Hazlet 

Lauren Gazerwitz, Middletown

Judith Green, Middletown

Rebecca Gwinnell, Lincroft

Joyce Henry, Lincroft 

James Henry, Lincroft

Gerry Lingner, Long Branch

Kathryn Little, Holmdel

Lois Lyons, Tinton Falls

Patrice McCoy, Freehold

Richard B. Merker, Middletown

Catherine Merker, Middletown

Kevin Messina, Marlboro

Barry I. Miller, Middletown 

Eileen Murphy, Red Bank 

William Murphy, Red Bank

Frank Nofi, Freehold

Deborah Palumbo, Monmouth Beach

Linda Rovder, Monmouth Beach

Ashley Stillwagon, Eatontown

Eleanor Swanson, Long Branch

Margo Thornton, Tinton Falls

Patricia Thul, Eatontown

Barbara  Venanzini, Matawan 

Elaine  Weigl, Howell

To learn about Park System Volunteers, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com 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.