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Department: Division of Social Services

Skylands Ride Drivers Receive Safety Awards

Release Date: August 15, 2013
Nineteen Skylands Ride drivers received Safety Awards during Senior Day festivities at the New Jersey State Fair, on August 8, 2013.

Skylands Ride Drivers Receive Safety Awards

[Newton, NJ] Nineteen Skylands Ride drivers received Safety Awards during Senior Day festivities at the New Jersey State Fair, on August 8, 2013. Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Parker Space and Congressman Scott Garrett presented the drivers with a certificate from the State of New Jersey, and Freeholder Director Richard Vohden along with Freeholders Phillip Crabb, George Graham and Dennis Mudrick presented a certificate from the County of Sussex. Sussex County Department of Human Services Administrator Stephen Gruchacz, Sussex County Social Services Director Carol Novrit, and Transit Citizens Advisory Committee Vice Chairperson Joseph Lashendock were also there to congratulate the recipients.

Skylands Ride provides community paratransit and public bus services to many of the County's senior citizens, persons with disabilities, workers, and the general public. The transit system saves tax payer dollars. The service is a lifeline for many residents, providing transportation to essential medical appointments, dialysis, and other life saving treatments, in addition to providing transportation to work. More than 113,000 rides on over 698,000 miles of road were provided to Sussex County residents during 2012.

"It is truly a privilege to acknowledge the exemplary safety standards of the 19 recipients. Our staff provides this vital service to Sussex County citizens in a professional manner. In 2012, staff performed consistently above and beyond expectations during rain, snow and hurricane events," said Stephen Gruchacz, Administrator for the Sussex County Department of Human Services.

Drivers who were recognized for the safe performance of their duties in 2012, along with the number of years they have been accident free were: Helen Baker, 10 years; Bert Oudshoorn, 8 years; Jeffrey Staple, 7 years; Luis Ortiz, 6 years; Kathleen Hayde, 5 years; Carrie Heiney, 5 years; Darlene Sonvico, 5 years; Mary Ann Warner, 5 years; Janice Wiedeman, 5 years; Mark Azzolino, 4 years; Marie Zangara, 4 years; Deborah Postas, 3 years; Ellen VanDunk, 3 years; Douglas Maull, 2 years; Sharon Blohm, 1 one year; Barbara Fitzmaurice, 1 year; Kevin Gleason, 1 year; Marjorie Healey, 1 year; and Kevin Sherlock, 1 year. Drivers were part of a countywide safety program, which has seen excellent results.

The County Administration, Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services and Skylands Ride congratulate this year's recipients and wish them many more miles of accident/incident-free travel.


A program of the Department of Human Services, Stephen R. Gruchacz, Administrator, Division of Social Services, Carol Novrit, Division Director, PO Box 218/83 Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860 Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (No Appointment Necessary) Phone 973-383-3600 Fax 973-383-3627 Toll Free Messages 800-446-6963