borough treesPHOTO: Atlantic Highlands borough workers plant one of two trees in marina during Shade Tree Commission tribute tree plantings. Credit: Peter E. Donoghue
 
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- The borough's Shade Tree Commission has planted two tribute trees in the municipal yacht harbr honoring the Garden Club

Commission Co-Chairman Louise I. Donoghue presided over the Oct. 14 ceremony during which two red sunset maples were planted. The trees were paid for jointly by the commission and the Garden Club, the latter with funds presented by Carole Anne Campi, until recently the Garden Club president.

 

The trees were planted by borough employees with assistance from commission members. Among school those on hand were commission members Kate Wigginton, who spoke to the assemblage; William Thorne, Lori Montana and Fran Hogan, and borough gardener Anne L. Petereit; former Councilman George Wuesthoff, who is also the retired school superintendent  and a former commission member, and former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue.

campo donoghue treesPHOTO:  Carole Ann Campi (left) presents a check on behalf of the Atlantic Highlands Garden Club to Louise I. Donoghue, Shade Tree Commission co-chairwoman, during ceremonial planting of two red sunset maple trees in the municipal yacht harbor.  Credit: Peter E. Donoghue

The tree-plantings were part of the Shade Tree Commission's ongoing program to honor borough residents and others.

Each year the commission also distributes tubelings to local youngsters, this year 320 Norway spruce seedlings bought jointly by the Donoghue family in honor of their late son, musician Eric P. Donoghue, and the commission.

The commission also stages a tree-promoting poster contest for elementary school students, the winners of which were announced at a June assembly and displayed in the public library in Borough Hall.

Also, in the spring,  Donoghue, a former borough councilwoman, 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 35th straight year by the National Arbor Day Foundation.