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Montville Chamber Citizen of the Year: Deane Driscoll

Volunteer helps bring in $14,000 grant from Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals.

Montville volunteer Deane Driscoll was chosen as Citizen of the Year by the Montville Township Chamber of Commerce.

Driscoll was honored as a result of the chamber's annual awards selection.

"Anyone that knows Deane knows how hard he works in this town on a number of fronts and I think you'll all agree that it's well deserved," Mayor Tim Braden said.

The chamber began soliciting nominations for several categories of awards in September. According to information provided by the organization, the Citizen of the Year honor would be awarded to "an outstanding, well-rounded citizen who lives or works in Montville and has demonstrated exemplary service by way of volunteerism and community involvement."

Driscoll serves as vice chairman of the Montville Zoning Board of Adjustment, volunteers with the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry, serves on the Montville Township Economic Development Commission and is involved in much more throughout the township. At Tuesday's township committee meeting, Township Administrator Victor Canning noted a new accolade for Driscoll: helping Montville receive a $14,000 grant from pharmaceutical company Bayer, which owns property on Changebridge Road.

"[The grant is] to help Montville Township basically advertise itself as for why someone would want to come here and develop and grow a business," Canning said.

Canning thanked Driscoll for his work in obtaining the grant on behalf of the township.

Montville Chamber Awards

Other Montville residents and organizations were also honored with awards.

The Public Service Award, which honors a public employee with at least five years of experience working in the township, was given to Robert Peer. The Silver Service Award, honoring a private citizen or public servant who has devoted at least 25 years volunteering in Montville, was given to Dr. Sunil Shah.

The Chamber named the Montville Township Police Explorers Program, led by Frank Cooney, as the Organization of the Year and Home Depot, which has donated time and supplies to restore the "Little House" on Passaic Valley Road, soon to be home to the Explorers, as the Business of the Year.

Lincoln Park Savings Bank was honored with the Beautification Award.

All reward recipients will be honored with a banquet at the Knoll West Country Club in Parsippany on March 2.

Ron Soussa January 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM
What a great choice! Montville is a better town because of Deane Driscoll.
Roberta Ginsberg January 29, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Couldn't think of a more deserving resident and volunteer!!!
Ron Rauschart January 29, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Congratulations Deane! I've had the good fortune to know Deane and work with him on various Kiwanis projects over the past 10 years. There's no harder worker, more dedicated volunteer. A very well deserved award.
Jim Marinello January 29, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Congratulations to the tireless Deane. In addition to his work noted above, Deane's work for St.Pius, and especially Villanova, go way beyond what most volunteers get done in a lifetime. Deane's signature greeting is"I couldn't be better if I wrote the rules myself." A great attitude for a great volunteer. I can't wait to see what else he has in store for us.
art daughtry January 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Congratulations Deane and best wishes!
Dan Grant January 30, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Good choice. Nice man, Nice family and a very hard working volunteer. Well deserved honor.

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