Eagle candidate John Bazley and Dad, Bob and Mom Lisa
West Long Branch: Mayor Janet Tucci often says West Long Branch is a great place to raise a family. She took such delight as Eagle Scout candidate John Bazley updated the council on project at the December 8 Caucus meeting.
The project was at Old First Cemetery, enhancing its grave marking system with 167 molded aluminum flag holders for graves of Civil War veterans. A Confederate soldier is interred in one of the graves, John learned from Art Green, a noted expert who helped the project. John enlisted friends and family to help on the project he directed.
Scout Bazley and Troop 145 scouts
John’s flag holder placement team tallied 175 hours of effort. His fundraiser produced more than $2,400 which was used to purchase Old First flag holders. Flags for 25 War of 1812 soldiers and the grave of Civil War nurse Mary Dunbar, along with flags for the Free Church Cemetery on Monmouth Road was also included in the project.
John developed a cemetery map with the sites posted and to scale. Some council members recognized family names. Councilman Tom De Bruin chuckled “Everyone in West Long Branch is related. Almost everyone.”
It was noted that John’s great grandfather Tom, a Chief in the Long Branch Fire Department Atlantic Engine Company is interred at Old First. Tucci recognized the Woolley name, part of her family history.
Bazley is awaiting the Eagle Scout Review and the Court of Honor. He hopes to be an Eagle by spring. “I am working on the final report.”
Girl Scout Troop 1005 projects
Girl Scout Junior Troop 1005 visited the Council for advice on community service projects they might undertake to earn their Bronze Award. They were accompanied by GS Troop Leaders Tricia McLaughlin and Karen Farawell. The girls presented five ideas they had discussed before the council meeting.
The girls, Erin Hopkins, Grace Kolcuski, Peyton Lepping, Colette Fishkin, Brenna Farawell, Maggie Lamb and Tiernan McLaughlin made the presentation. Each spoke about their ideas: 1. A library reading club for scouts to read to younger children; 2. painting a mural to be placed in the borough; 3. painting crosswalks for elders; 4. litter cleanups at lakes and parks; and 5. fixing potholes. Council listened and made suggestions.