PHOTO: Middletown Township Fire Company No 1 firefighters Richard Cadman, Stanley J. Midose, Mayor Stephanie C. Murray and firefighter Paul Ryder.

Midose was honored for 59 years of service, Ryder for his 53 years and Cadman for 52 years.

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The July Township Committee meeting included well-deserved recognition of three firefighters, a round of applause for the Arts Center Director and an official Middletown 350 time capsule retrieval reminder.

Middletown Township Fire Company No. 1 members Stanley J. Midose, Thorton Ryder, and Richard Cadman were honored by the Township Committee for the thousands of hours they have donated to the all-volunteer fire service. Collectively the trio represents 164 years of dedicated service.

Stanley J. Midose has been a member of the company for 59 years since 1956. He served as Captain in 1963-1964, 1970-1971, 1991-1992. Midose has served as a Company Trustee for 15 years. He’s also a founding member of the Fire Department’s Air Unit, the Middletown Fire Academy and Fairview First Aid Underwater Search and Rescue Team.

Thorton Ryder has been a member of the company for 53 years since 1962. He served as Lieutenant in 1996, 1969 & 1970. Ryder also been financial secretary for more than 25 years and has served as a company trustee.

Richard Cadman has been a member for 52 years since 1963. He’s been serving as either the company’s Chief Engineer or Assistant Engineer for more 20 years.

photo: Middletown Arts Center Director Maggie O’Brien and Middletown Mayor Stephanie C. Murray

Middletown Arts Center Director Maggie O’Brien was recognized for receiving the 2015 Monmouth County Education Association Award, which recognizes dedication towards the region’s public schools and champions of educational enrichment.

In 2014, approximately 60,000 patrons visited the MAC. O’Brien orchestrated more than 60 partnerships last year with Monmouth County businesses and organizations to nourish the offerings available at the MAC.

The Township Committee also adopted a resolution commemorating the 350th anniversary of Middletown Township last year and the scheduled retrieval of the time capsule in 2064. The year-long celebration included a gala, a parade and burial of a time capsule at Anniversary Plaza, located adjacent to the Middletown Arts Center.

The resolution charges the present Township Clerk and future Township Clerks with the responsibility of maintaining awareness for their governing bodies of the time capsule’s existence and scheduled retrieval in 2064.

Township Clerk Heidi R. Brunt was presented with a plaque to serve as a visual reminder of the task. Brunt is also a member of the Middletown 350 Committee.