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MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP --  Middletown North High School senior Andrew Tachine has been awarded a music scholarship by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation.

The scholarship brings to a total of 30 the number given out by the foundation in honor of the late Eric Donoghue in the 12 years since his death. It was awarded by former Atlantic Highlands Mayor Peter E. Donoghue, Eric's father


The scholarship program was instituted in 2003, the year Eric Donoghue died at age 32. Awards go to area seniors who plan on pursuing music in college and thereafter and are financed entirely through the generosity of hundreds of friends and area residents.

Tachine, who lives in the township's Belford section, is a drummer, guitarist, trumpeter and singer who has performed in the school's a cappella choir, the All-Shore chorus, the school pit orchestra and the marching band, jazz band and concert band. He will attend the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he will be studying jazz and contemporary music and music education.

He is the son of Deirdre and John Tachine.

Eric Donoghue was raised in Atlantic Highlands, was a 1989 graduate of Henry Hudson Regional School and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was a keyboardist, composer, piano teacher and church organist.

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