Commemorative Event Opens the Friends 30th Anniversary Celebration Year

A Commemorative Event, HONORING ALL the past and present FRIENDS MEMBERS who have VOLUNTEERED at Fosterfields and Cooper Mill, on APRIL 23 opened our 30th Anniversary Year of Celebration. In partnership with the Morris County Park Commission, the Friends of Fosterfields & Cooper Mill volunteer their time, talents and funds to preserve and enhance The Willows and Farm at Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill, Among the honorees attending were past presidents of the Friends' Board Marilyn Franey (Morristown), Terry Kenneweg (Randolph), Kathy Cirelli (New Providence. Special acknowledgement was made to Betty Spencer and Becky Hoskins (Morristown), Gioia Weber (Morristown), and Ralph Iacobelli (Morris Plains). Speakers at the event included Morris Township Deputy Mayor Peter Mancuso, Director of New Jersey State Parks Mark Texel, Morris County Park Commissioner Betty Cass-Schmidt, Morris County Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo, Morris County Parks Commission Executive Director David Helmer, Friends Board president Charles Spencer (Chatham), and Board vice president Katherine Mitros (Mountain Lakes) .All gave tribute to the contributions of the Friends over the past 30 years, which include restoration of The Willows mansion and Temple of Abiding Peace, both on the Fosterfields property; restoration of Miss Foster’s Model T Ford; furnishing of the property’s farmhouse; re-planting of the Cottage Garden; purchase and restoration of farm machinery; and the creation of a documentary, “Caroline Foster: A Life and Legacy,” among countless other efforts. Current board members in attendance were Paul Staudt (Morris Township), Alice Schico (Andover), Jennifer Friendland (Morristown), Morris County Park Commissioner Richard Seabury (Towaco), Morris County Park Commissioner Julie Baron (Morristown), Lawrence Palumbo (Madison), Kathleen Hofmann (Mendham), Monica Blackman (Denville), Merrie Tuttle (Long Valley), John Moran (Basking Ridge) and Hilary Phillips representing her mother, Gail Dunlap Reuben (Convent Station}.