Young men recognized in Freehold Borough for attaining Eagle Scout rank

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FREEHOLD – Three members of a Boy Scout troop that is based in Freehold Borough have been recognized by the Borough Council for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

During a meeting on April 18, council members passed resolutions honoring Joseph Zamorski, Michael Zamorski and Andrew Downey, all of whom are members of Freehold Troop 18.

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Joseph Zamorski and Michael Zamorski are residents of Marlboro and Andrew Downey is a resident of Freehold Township.

According to a council resolution, Joseph is a junior at Colts Neck High School. He is a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), the Cougars’ wrestling team and the National Honor Society.

Joseph volunteers as a Civil War re-enactor with the 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. He plans to apply to the Rutgers University Business Program and is also considering ROTC.

For his Eagle Scout project, Joseph replaced a fence that borders the enameling building at the Historic Allaire Village, Wall Township.

Joseph led a team of scouts who primed and painted the fence boards six times before replacing rotted boards and installing hand railings to help visitors to the historic village walk down a slope.

Michael is a junior at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Highlands, according to a council resolution. He is a member of the Key Club, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Monmouth County Astronomy Club. Following graduation, he plans to attend Rutgers University and major in geology.

According to a resolution, for his Eagle Scout project, Michael built a native plant garden behind the Freehold Public Library, East Main Street. The garden includes a slate path and 50 plants, each of which is labeled with a nameplate that identifies the plant’s common name and scientific name.

“Michael Zamorski has enhanced the habitat for monarch butterflies and improved the view from the (Market Yard) parking lot,” borough officials said in the resolution.

Andrew is a senior at Colts Neck High School and is a member of the Junior Statesman Alliance. He plans to attend college and earn a degree in secondary education.

For his Eagle Scout project, Andrew led a dozen scouts in the transformation of a 600-square-foot rain garden at the Oakley farmstead, Freehold Township.

Andrew and his fellow scouts transplanted numerous plants, weeded and mulched the area, set new plants in place, refurbished a sign that contains information about the garden and received certification to turn the rain garden into a butterfly waystation.

“This (project) benefits the Freehold Historical Society, but mainly helps the monarch butterfly species,” council members said in the resolution.

The resolution municipal officials presented to each young man states, “The mayor and council of the Borough of Freehold are aware of the significant efforts associated with this attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout and are of the opinion that individuals who attain excellence in chosen fields of endeavor, such as the Boy Scouts of America, are deserving of recognition and commendation by their community.”

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