ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -- Long-time resident Bernard J. Frotton has been honored by the borough with a planting of a tree in Veterans Park.

Frotton, a former borough councilman, was recognized with the planting of a Kwanza cherry by the town's Shade Tree Commission. The planting and accompanying ceremony was organized by Louise I. Donoghue, commission chairman, emceed by Mayor Frederick J. Rast III and held on Oct. 29.


Mayor Frederick J. Rast III (left) and Louise I. Donoghue, Shade Tree Commission chairman, join Bernard J. Frotton and his wife, Jane (right), as the Frottons plant a tree in Mr. Frotton's honor in Veterans Park. PHOTO BY PETER E. DONOGHUE

Mrs. Donoghue described Frotton as the "Renaissance man of Atlantic Highlands" in recognition of his many years of public service. In addition to serving on the Borough Council, Frotton is a former member of the Shade Tree and Recreation commissions, is the borough's former code enforcement officer and is the former commander of C. Eugene Allen American Legion Post 141 and the organizer of the town's annual Memorial Day parade for decades.

In addition to Mrs. Donoghue and Rast, among others who spoke in praise of Frotton during the ceremony were Thomas Veth, a Post 141 past commander; former Mayor Helen M. Marchetti, Shade Tree Commissioner Kathleen Wigginton, Councilman Jacob Hoffmann and Frotton's daughter, Renee.

Bernard and Jane Frotton are all smiles at the Atlantic Highlands tree-planting ceremony in honor of "Bernie." PHOTO BY PETER E. DONOGHUE

Among others in attendance were former Councilman George Wuesthoff, the retired elementary school superintendent recently honored with a tree planting; former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue, Highlands Mayor Anna Little, Councilman John C. Archibald Jr. and Frotton's wife, Jane Frotton, Harbor Commission chairman and a former councilwoman.

The tree was planted as part of the Shade Tree Commission's program to honor worthy local residents.