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Matthew Connell Selected as the Winner of the 2016 Lucille Tendler Community Service Award

In what proved to be an extremely competitive contest, Bergenfield resident Matthew Connell has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Lucille Tendler Community Service Award. This award by the Board of Trustees of the Bergenfield Public Library recognizes the service contributions of the recipient to the Bergenfield community. Bergenfield resident Joe Verga was the first recipient of the award for 2015.

Before relocating to North Carolina, Lucille Tendler served diligently on the Bergenfield Library’s Board of Trustees for fourteen years, acting as President and Secretary. During her tenure, she helped coordinate the Library’s comprehensive Strategic Plan and advocated tirelessly on behalf of the Library. In addition to her work with the Bergenfield Library, Tendler was also involved in several other community volunteer projects as well, including the Arts Council. This award is meant to honor her as a model for public service in a town that prides itself on volunteerism and civic engagement.

A longtime resident, Matt Connell ran Betty Lee Drugs on Washington Avenue for 20 years. He was President of the Chamber of Commerce for 2 terms, a member of the Planning Board and is currently president of the Bergenfield Board of Health and Rotary Club. He is also an active member of the St. John the Evangelist RC Church and been involved in many fundraisers.

The Board of Trustees wishes to thank all of the individuals who participated in the nomination process.

A certificate will be presented to Matt at an upcoming library “Juke Joint Jive” 40s era music concert on Tuesday April 18 at 10:30am. Refreshments will be provided.