All photos taken by Jane Primerano
Good Scouts Awarded For Values And Volunteer Work
By Jane Primerano
Four Good Scouts were honored at the Birchwood Manor on Thursday, Oct. 4, by Scout Troop 155 of Florham Park-Hanover.
The troop, part of the Patriots’ Path Council, honors community volunteers at a dinner each year.
Dr. Mark A. Brzozowski was introduced by Michelle Blanchfield who said “he represents all the Scout values. He’s not a big name on the volunteer activities but he makes a difference.”
Brzozowski decided to start his chiropractic practice in the town he and his wife, Nancy, made their home. He has operated Whippany Chiropractic Life Center in 2000. Starting his solo practice sparked him to become a big part of his community. According to the program journal, he became involved with the Whippany Rotary, substance awareness, support of the schools, Hanover, Soccer Club, Hanover Bobcat Wrestling, Hanover Tigers Football and many other sports. Along with Henry Hanch and Nancy Leone he formed Operation Ho Ho Ho, collecting toys every Christmas season for Ronald McDonald House.
He helped reignite the Hanover Township Education Foundation. Then he formed the Hanover Run for Health, a 5k race and one-mile fun walk to raise money for the education foundation. Foundation money has been used for Chrome Books, overhead projectors, a new outdoor classroom at Whippany Park High School, scholarship money and many other projects.
Mayor Ron Francioli of Hanover Township introduced former Councilman George Coppola. The two served together on the township committee. Other members of the committee were also at the dinner to honor Coppola.
“He’s Type A,” Francioli said of Coppola noting he went straight from elected office to the senior citizens club.
The mayor noted Coppola transferred the skills he learned as a medic with the 173rd Airborne during the War in Vietnam to become an Emergency Medical Technician while he still lived in Lyndhurst. He is a life member of the Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad on which he served as captain. He used the G.I. Bill to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University, graduating the same year he presented honor graduate diplomas to his daughters Sharon and Nancy as president of the board of education.
According to the program journal, Coppola also served as a member of the Morris County Board of Social Services, chaired the committee for the addition to the Morris View Nursing home and worked with other county agencies such as the Morris View Housing Authority, Morris View Ethics Board and the Morris County Ethics Board. Currently, he is president of the Hanover Township Senior Citizens, a member of the township Landmark Commission and the Cultural Arts Commission, member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in Whippany and member of both American Legion Post 155 in Whippany and the VFW in Morris Plains.
He worked in planning and logistics for Abbott Pharmaceuticals and, after retirement, managed the Morris County Board of Elections voting machine warehouse.
In his acceptance speech, Coppola said he has always enjoyed doing things for the benefit of his community, although he said he is glad not to be the liaison between the senior citizens and the township council any longer.
“I always enjoyed being a Scout,” he said, noting he never became an Eagle Scout although his twin did.
“Yes, there are two of us,” he joked.
Charlie Malone Jr.
Before he introduced Charlie Malone Jr., Dave Setzer pointed out Charlie’s grandfather worked at Bell Labs at the time the work was being done that just won the labs’ ninth Nobel Prize.
“Whenever the Labs won, we all took pride,” Setzer said, noting Malone’s father also worked there.
Setzer also commended Malone’s daughter, Tara, on her Irish Step Dancing.
Malone is a councilman in Florham Park Borough and is past council president. His council responsibilities include overseeing the finance and recreation portfolios, according to the program journal. He is liaison to the borough Chief Financial Officer, Tax Collector, Tax Assessor, Recreation Department, Municipal Parks and Facilities, Florham Park Athletic Foundation, Economic Development and Commerce and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. He also was instrumental in launching the “Meet Me in F.P.’ campaign and website to encourage people to shop locally.
Setzer said that concept has spread to neighboring towns.
Malone is also vice president of the Academy of St. Elizabeth’s Parent Association, a Second Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, a past board member of the Florham Park Little League where he served as director and manager of the All Stars and manager of the Opening Day Parade Committee. He was also a member of the Florham Park Soccer Association from 2007 to 2017, and the borough planning board from 2010 to 2012. He also managed and coached with the East Hanover/Florham Park Girls Softball and spent three years building floats for the girl scouts for the Florham Park 4th of July Parade.
Professionally, he is director of Savings Plan Investments for Honeywell Capital Management. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children, Shannon, a senior at the Academy of St. Elizabeth; Connor, a freshman at Seton Hall Prep, and Tara, a seventh grader at Ridgedale Middle School.
Alexis Seubert was introduced by her husband Scott, who said when he told her he was going to do it, “she was stressed.”
Scott Seubert said when he met Alexis she worked at Sotheby’s but her real passion was her volunteer work on securing funding for ovarian cancer research. Her mothed died of the disease before Scott and Alexis met, he said.
Once the couple moved from New York City to Florham Park, Alexis quit her job to be home with her daughters, Fiona, now 8, and Corina, 5. She also ended up as caregiving for her grandmother for a time.
She started looking for ways to help the community, her husband said, and she found plenty, starting with the Kaleidoscope of Hope for Ovarian Cancer in Morristown and the 4th of July Committee. She has served on the committee for seven years, originally as social media chair and now chair of the residential and business fund drives.
Seubert is also on the Executive Board of the Florham Park PTA and is in her third year as co-vice president of Briarwood School, serving as liaison between the parents and the administration and a resource for any questions either may have. She also oversees fun and community-building activities at the school. She has been a class parent for three years and co-chair for both the Welcome Committee and the end-of-year Fun Fair. She is on the Steering Committee of the new Florham Park Education Foundation.
Outside of school activities, she is vice president of the Florham Park Jaycees. Professionally, she is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker.
In her thank you speech, she admitted she had never met Dave Setzer, although she had heard of him.
“Charlie assured me he’s a real person,” she laughed, referring to Charlie Malone Jr.
She said she was surprised at being named a Good Scout, since, “I don’t have boys,” and thanked Florham Park for giving her daughters a place to put down roots. She also thanked Scott for putting the girls to bed on nights she has meetings and assured him he did a good job introducing her.
Early in the ceremony, Setzer spoke about scouting in the Patriots’ Path Council. He had Frank Mulligan stand up from the audience and told the crowd he was Mulligan’s Scoutmaster 33 years ago.
In an introductory talk, Setzer commended scouting for teaching leadership and reminded the audience that adding girls to Cub Scouting may seem new, but girls have been participating in Explorer and Venture Scouting since the late 1960s.
“Girls always attended the pack meetings,” he pointed out, since usually mothers were den leaders, “now they will be registered as Scouts.”
Another speaker was Steven Demianycz, a Star Scout and member of Venture Crew 155 and the Order of the Arrow as well as Explorer Crew 140 with the Morris County Sheriff’s Department. He said scouting is teaching him leadership and prioritizing his time as well as how to “start fires in the rain and function on little sleep on camping trips.”
Other scouts present who participated in the Flag Ceremony were Tim Wainscott, a Star Scout; Karl Stockert, who just moved up from Webelos and Patrick Mulligan, a Second Class Scout.
The attendees also supported scouting by making donations including one $500 Campership, bought by Barbara Freda; two $250 program supply donations; six $100 uniform donations and six donations of $50 toward programs for a special needs scout.