Posted Thursday, December 9th, 2010

More than 60 Morris County government employees were recognized by the Board of Freeholders on Dec. 8 as “Unsung Heroes.”

The employees were honored for their volunteer efforts for several charitable projects, including the county library’s “Books for Kids” and “Food for Fines” programs, the annual Morris View Craft Fair and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer walk.

“These employees demonstrated a selfless commitment to helping others and went above and beyond their normal responsibilities to do so,” said Freeholder Director Gene F. Feyl.

“Books for Kids” is a program that collects new and lightly used children’s books for distribution to needy area youngsters during the holidays. Under the volunteer efforts of organizer Princess Thomas of the Morris County Library and her co-workers, Elizabeth DeVincenzo, Donna Getty, Jean Huff and Theresa Nuber, the library in two years collected more than 1,200 books that have been distributed by community agencies to less fortunate children throughout the county.

Another group of library employees were honored for their volunteer work for “Food for Fines,” a program that forgives patrons’ fines for overdue materials in return for non-perishable food items.

The 2010 program raised $1,296.13 and 804 pounds of food for individuals and families in need, due in large part to “Unsung Heroes” Gisela Harpell and her library colleagues Carlotte Hartwell, Claudia Holt, Marilyn Hummel, Maria Lee, Rose Malpere, Lisa Martin, Marylou Menconi, Marissa Moguin, Debi Parker, Ellen Salisbury-Ragucci, Ronnie Schoenhaar, Jean Sproul, Vivian Squashic and Geri Vogel.

Another group of “Unsung Heroes,” employees Susan Allard, Cathy Burd, Deena Cybulski, Elizabeth Dorry, Russ Jarvis, Marion Mongey, Paula Mongey, Helen O’Keefe, Marilyn Regner, Sumita Sakpal and Sam Stoll and former employee Joanne Kares took part in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer walk this year. The team, known as the Morris County Striders, raised $2,520 toward the fight against breast cancer.

The fourth group of employees volunteered their time to organize and work at the annual Morris View Craft Fair in November, an event that raised nearly $7,700 to benefit the senior, disabled and veteran population in Morris County and at Morris View Healthcare Center.

These “Unsung Heroes” who were recognized are Anne Marie Brown, Eleanor Carroll, Carol Christie, Theresa Davis, Lucille Duetsch, Catherine Kopec, Drew Lutton, Michelle Rhinesmith, Moire Vedder, Edilma Acevedo, Carmen Ayala, Keri Banker, Melanie Barbarula, Fay Campbell, Aggie DeNunzio, Margaret Dineen, Dave Dotson, Tim Drown, Lucille Dwyer, Cathy Engler, Barbara Flint, Martha Gasparro, Thom Healey, Frances Mogielnicki, Linda Noll, Helen O’Keefe, Maria Rosario, Sumita Sakpal, Madaline Scarfo, Carol Stoltz, Ann Surmanek, Liz Sweedy, Kim Valvano and Karen Webster.