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Environmental Commission Remembers Longtime Volunteer, Stephen J. O'Mara

Vanessa Camargo

Friday, March 28, 2014 • 3:03pm

RANDOLPH,NJ -The Environmental Commission held a meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 25. The committee's new council liaison, Joanne Veech who is also the township council's deputy mayor, spoke of a memorial to honor longtime volunteer, Stephen J. O'Mara.

O'Mara was involved in the community for several years. He was a coach for many sports in the Randolph recreation department, a former town councilman, and member of the Randolph Open Space, Environmental and Planning Board Committees.

"We felt that Stephen deserved a tree or something of the sort for all the hard work that he's done with us," said Veech.

O'Mara was a Randolph resident for over 40 years. He passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at the Compassionate Care Hospice in Dover. He was 73 years old.

A member of the public, Judith Stewart, expressed her strong wish to see a memorial for O'Mara take action.
"I would like the Environmental Commission to take the lead on this," said Stewart. "You guys who have been on this commission for a long time know how important he was for the town."

Planning Board Member, Art Lee, is willing to donate a tree of his own for the memorial.

"We supported the idea of having a bench, some sort of commemorative event for Stephen O'Mara," said Veech. "The township council supported that and we said we'd find money in the budget."

Township employees will discuss the facts on where, how and when the memorial will take place. A memorial is more than fitting for one of Randolph's best and most remembered community member.

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