The theme of the evening was "A Salute to Our Volunteers" when HomeTowne Television, New Jersey's premier local access station, bestowed its Fred Honold Annual Community Service Award on four outstanding volunteers at its annual Holiday Party on December 6th at the Beacon Hill Club in Summit. The four exceptional volunteers — Jack Anderson, Miles MacMahon, Joe Amatucci and Beth Brier — were presented and praised by the award's namesake, Fred Honold, the President of HomeTowne TV.
Jack Anderson was honored for his long service as Treasurer of HomeTowneTV. As Mr Honold put it, "Jack has guided our financial growth with extraordinary diligence and attention to detail. He watches our expenditures and keeps us in the 'green'."
Miles MacMahon was extolled for being part of HomeTowne TV since it started operation in 1980. Over the years, he has performed almost every job at the station and currently serves as HTTV's Parliamentarian. "Miles has given voice to the vision of what HomeTowne Television should be about in service to members of our communities," stated Mr Honold.
Joe Amatucci was hailed for filling multiple roles at the station: in-house electrical advisor, set designer and lead camera man. He has also recruited numerous other volunteers and was appointed Director of Volunteers four years ago. Mr Honold noted that Joe’s group of volunteers is affectionately known as "Amatucci’s Army."
Beth Brier was commended for her service as Executive Editor of the station’s flagship program, HTTV News, since its inception five years ago. "Beth brings her extraordinary writing talents to the news script each week, while also continually mentoring our team of editors," said Mr Honold.
Thanks to these volunteers and scores of others, HomeTowne TV has risen to the first rank of community access TV stations. Without them, HTTV would cease to exist.
Credit for the evening's arrangements belonged to HTTV Executive Vice President for Marketing Paula Mooney and, of course, her team of dedicated volunteers.
HomeTowne TV is always looking for earnest volunteers to assist with all aspects of television production and station operation. No prior experience is required as training will be provided. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact HTTV’s Director of Volunteers, Joe Amatucci at 908-273-8444 or [email protected]. As Joe says, "It's more fun making television than watching it."