HOLMDEL – Two young women who are members of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts have been honored by the Holmdel Township Committee.
According to a resolution passed by Mayor Greg Buontempo, Deputy Mayor Cathy Weber, Committeeman Prakash Santhana, Committeeman Tom Critelli and Committeeman D.J. Luccarelli on March 9, Kyra Campuzano and Heidi Kiss are members of Troop 331 of the Scouts BSA in Holmdel.
Both young women have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in Scouts BSA. In order to fulfill the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout, Kyra and Heidi each completed a significant community service project, according to the resolution.
Municipal officials said Kyra created a sitting area outside Catholic Charities in Red Bank, complete with picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, a small garden and a birdhouse. The sitting area provides a safe, outdoor, socially distanced area for therapists to conduct counseling sessions with their clients.
Committee members said Heidi planted a garden of irises and flowering shrubs in front of her church, Calvary Baptist in Aberdeen Township, to provide curb appeal and to enhance the experience for churchgoers.
In the resolution, Buontempo and his fellow committee members said, “We congratulate and officially recognize Kyra and Heidi on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and for their unselfish voluntary service to the community.
“We wish Kyra and Heidi continued success in all their future endeavors with confidence they will serve as role models for other Scouts and will continue to make important contributions to society.”
The March 9 Township Committee meeting was conducted in a remote manner due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Both young women joined the meeting to hear Holmdel’s officials congratulate them on their achievement.
“As an Eagle Scout mom, I know what it takes (to achieve this rank). There are only 1,000 female Eagle Scouts nationwide. You (Kyra and Heidi) are blazing a trail for other young girls. Congratulations,” Weber said.
In other business, Weber, Santhana, Critelli and Luccarelli consented to Buontempo’s appointment of Phil Ondrush, Marcus Pettyjohn Jr. and Larry Fink to the Holmdel Agricultural Advisory Committee. The mayor nominated those individuals to serve on the panel for two-year terms expiring on Dec. 31, 2022.
And, during committee reports, Weber informed the members of the governing body and the public that Monmouth County “is going to initiate a 25 mph speed zone at the Indian Hill School. For those (drivers) who blow by the school, it’s not a good idea anymore.”
The Indian Hill School is on Holmdel Road, which is Monmouth County Route 4.
Finally, Weber said the Holmdel Swim Club is scheduled to open on May 29 and that registration for the swim club season will open in the near future.