ah shade tree street deptPHOTO: Members of the Atlantic Highlands Street Department crew (from left) Dave Grametbauer, Mike Mohr, Roger Kroeck (supervisor), and Mark Ackerson pose with Shade Tree Commission Co-Chairman Louise I. Donoghue following the planting of an Allee elm on Hennessey boulevard in Atlantic Highlands.  photo by Peter E. Donoghue

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The borough Shade Tree Commission has planted a tree honoring Street Department employees, the people who traditionally plant trees on borough land."

Commission Co-Chairman Louise I. Donoghue presided over the Oct. 15 planting of an Allee elm at a ceremony on Hennessey boulevard at the foot of West Mount avenue.

A plaque citing the Street Department was also placed at the site.

A reception was held following the ceremony at the Senior Citizens Center in the municipal yacht harbor.

The tree planting by borough employees is the second of a planned 18 trees due to be planted along the west side of the boulevard between Center and West Highland avenues. In April a frontier elm was planted  the corner of Center Avenue in honor of John Scott, a long-time commission member know as the "tree guy."

In addition to Mrs. Donoghue, Co-Chairman Marilyn Scherfen, commission member Kate Wiggington and Business Administrator Adam Hubeny spoke during the ceremony, praising the employees for their wide-ranging work on behalf of residents.

The tree-planting was part of the Shade Tree Commission's ongoing "tribute tree" program to honor borough residents who have served the community over the years.

ah shade tree marilyn scherfenPHOTO: Shade Tree Commission Co-Chairman Marilyn Scherfen speaks during the dedication of a tree honoring members of the Street Department. photo by Peter E. Donoghue

Earlier this year the commission also distributed 200 Norway spruce tubelings to local youngsters, purchased by Mrs. Donoghue, a former borough councilwoman, and her husband, former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue, in memory of their late son, musician Eric P. Donoghue.

The commission also stages a tree-promoting poster contest for elementary school students. Mrs. Donoghue, also addressed a group of youngsters at the public library on the value of trees.

The borough was recently designated a Tree City USA for the 34th straight year.