Environmental Advisory Committee

Morrissey Memorial card (002)

Wilma Ritcher Morrissey, 83, of Allenwood passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 10, 2022, at Ocean Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and niece. Wilma was born on September 11, 1938, to William and Emma Richter in Brooklyn, NY. Wilma is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years John Morrissey, her loving daughters Linda Marie and her husband Stan Zelek; Susan Diane and her husband Rich Otten; her cherished grandchildren Christie and Michael. She was predeceased by her parents and her daughter Karen Ann and brother Walter Richter.

Wilma graduated from Cathedral High School in New York City. She married her college sweetheart whom she met at Bryant College, in Providence, RI, where both had graduated. At that time, she was an Alpha Phi Kappa sorority member and met John who was Kappa Tau fraternity. She spent the first two years of her marriage in Germany where John served in the military. She also graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in Business administration. In addition, she graduated from Central Michigan University with an M.A. in Management and Supervision. Wilma began her teaching career, after writing a co-ed curriculum for the Job Corps under federal guidelines, where she completed her student teaching. She worked in a federally funded adult training program at Middlesex County college in Edison before joining the staff at the Monmouth County Vocational District where she taught for the last 28 years before retiring.

Wilma was New Jersey State certified as a teacher of Comprehensive Business Education and received her Principal/Supervisor certification in 1984. She was an Evening School Supervisor for the Wall, Neptune, and Asbury Park Vocational schools in the Evening Adult Division for three years. Her greatest joy was teaching an intensive Office Systems Technology Program for adults for 20 years. She trained her students for employment as administrative assistants. She was a dedicated teacher who viewed the world as her classroom. Wilma considered teaching to be a privilege, and she was honored to be in such a noble profession. She received a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding teaching in 1993.

When the program ceased and giving person who volunteered her time graciously to the community. After serving on the Wall recreation Committee for a couple of years, she then served on the Wall Township Environmental Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1997 before becoming Chairwoman. She had held this position for the last 16 years and was an environmental advocate and activist. She originated the Environmental Essay Competition for the Wall District High School students, and she also originated the Environmental Poetry Competition for the Wall Intermediate School. These competitions are still on-going and sponsored by the WTEAC. She was also proud of the Allenwood Educational Native Garden which won two awards at its inception where it featured 70 varieties of native plants. There were many other environmental accomplishments.

Wilma was re-elected as the female County Committee District leader and is presently serving the residents in District 2 and has done so for a number of years. She also served on the NJEA Legislative Action Team for District 11 until her retirement from teaching. In addition, she is currently serving as a member and vice-chair of the Board of Adjustment. She was committed to making contributions to Wall Township in any way that she could.

Wilma was pleased to become a member of the Monmouth County Environmental Council and still enjoys serving in that capacity. She also served on the Camp Evans RAB (Restoration Advisory Board) as a Board Member. She was secretary/treasurer for the Manasquan River Watershed Association. In prior years, she was a member and trustee of the Shark River Environmental Roundtable until the organization dismantled in 2002.

She received recognition for all of her community volunteerism by the Wall Township Community Alliance Committee in March 2005. She was honored to receive the John R. Young 2004 “Citizen of the Year” award and was truly touched by their thoughtfulness.

In recent years, she also served as President of the Wall Republican Club. Her husband, John, credits her for being his best supporter and co-founder in establishing his successful accounting practice. She was a great mom and devoted grandmother to her precious grandchildren. To her family and friends, they remember her for her passion for chocolate, her collection of books, her loyalty, commitment, compassion, volunteerism, strong organizational skills, and for being the unique individual she was-never to be duplicated and always a teacher at heart.

She was an advocate on the environment and was strongly absorbed in political and educational issues. She loved the computer; she could be found enjoying the Atlantic Club pool.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Wednesday May 18, 2022, from 4-8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ. Interment will be 11 am on Thursday May 19, 2022, at Brig gen. Willian C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Hanover, NJ. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Wall Township Environmental Advisory Board 2700 Allaire Road Wall Township, NJ 07719. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.net.



Meetings


  • 7 p.m.
  • Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month. Click Here to view the 2022 Meeting Schedule.
  • Municipal Complex, Executive Meeting Room
    2700 Allaire Road
    Wall, NJ 07719

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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The Environmental Committee is especially seeking volunteers for garden maintenance, cleanups and other projects.  In addition, the Environmental Committee also issues volunteer hours for students. 

Please click here to submit your nomination for the Environmental Achievement Award!

Mission Statement


The committee is established to assist in the protection, development and use of natural resources, including water resources, located within the territorial limits of the township. The committee shall also provide environmental education and information to the community by utilizing various projects and activities in implementing these objectives.
 
Overview
The committee consists of 9 members who serve 3-year terms. The committee is authorized by NJSA-40:55D-27 and Wall Township Ordinances Chapter 6-11 to 6-

View the photo galleries below of various events:

  1. 19th Poetry Awards Ceremony 16.pdf
  2. 20th Poetry Award Ceremony 17.pdf
  3. 21st Poetry Awards Ceremony 2018
  4. 22nd Poetry Awards Ceremony 19
  5. 22nd Essay Awards Ceremony 16.pdf
  6. 23rd Essay Award Ceremony 17.pdf
  7. 24th Essay Awards Ceremony 2018
  8. 25th Essay Awards Ceremony 19
  9. 26th Poster Awards Ceremony16.pdf
  10. 27th Poster Award Ceremony 17.pdf
  11. 28th Poster Awards Ceremony 2018
  12. 29th Poster Awards Ceremony 19
  13. 9-11 Living Memorial
  14. Allaire Community Farm 16.pdf
  15. ANJEC 45 Environmental Congress
  16. Arbor Day Sunnyside 16.pdf
  17. Arbor Day Earth Day Wexford 17.pdf
  18. Arbor Day Earth Day Sunrise 18
  19. Arbor Day Earth Day Brandywine 19
  20. Barnegat Bay Blitz Cleanup 16.pdf
  21. Barnegat Bay Blitz Cleanup 17.pdf
  22. Barnegat Bay Blitz Cleanup 18
  23. Barneget Bay Blitz 19
  24. Corson Museum 17
  25. DEP Press Release Trail Tracker
  26. Dragon Creation Dedication Ceremony
  27. Green Business Recognition Program 17 Photos
  28. Green Business Recognition Program 2018
  29. Green Business Recognition Program 19
  30. Green Team Esteem Seminar 17
  31. Holiday Cards Donation Project 2018
  32. Kids Day America 16
  33. Kids Day America 17
  34. Kids Day America 2018
  35. Kids Day America 19
  36. Kids Day America 21 Photo Album
  37. MCEC Fall Roundtable 17
  38. Meet Annabelle the Dragon
  39. Native Garden Photo Volunteers 16.pdf
  40. Native Garden Rededication 16.pdf
  41. Photo Contest Winners Album
  42. Photo Contest Winners 2021
  43. Sustainable Jersey Awards Luncheon 17
  44. Tapped Video Seminar 16.pdf
  45. Thompson Brothers Hydroponic Greenhouse 17
  46. Wall Fair 2016 Photos
  47. Wall Fair 17
  48. Wall Fair 18
  49. Wall Fair 19
  50. Wall Township Past and Present Book Intro.pdf
  51. Wall Township Wreck Pond Cleanup Day 17.pdf
  52. WNV and ZIKA 16.pdf
  53. Wreck Pond Nature Preserve 14.pdf
  54. WTEAC Accomplishments 1.pdf
  55. WTEAC Accomplishments 2.pdf
  56. WTEAC Accomplishments 3.pdf
  57. WTEAC Accomplishments
  58. Waste Water Treatment Process Presentation
  59. Wreck Pond WT Clean-up Day 18
  60. Wreck Pond WT Clean-up Day 2021
  61. Waste Water Treatment Process Presentation 19
  62. Waste Water Treatment Process 11 19
  63. Wreck Pond WT Clean-up Day 19
  64. Tapped and Bog It Video Ad.pdf
  65. Sustainable Jersey Highlights PPT 17

Members


      
  • Amanda Brockwell, Chair                                       Term expires: December 31, 2023
  • James Kenny, Vice Chair
    Term expires: December 31, 2023
  • Ellen Smith, Secretary
     Term expires: December 31, 2024
  • Scott Burke
    Term expires: December 31, 2024
  • Joseph Balesterri
    Term expires: December 31, 2022
  • Hance M. Sitkus
    Term expires: December 31, 2022
  • Diane Beyer
    Term expires: December 31, 2024
  • Michael Gorny
    Term expires: December 31, 2024
  • Committeeman Timothy J. Farrell  
    Term expires: December 31, 2022