Tree dedicated to late Brielle DPW director

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Brielle Arbor Day ceremony, a Kentucky coffee tree will be planted in honor of Robert MacArthur, the DPW director who died last year on Friday May 7, 2021. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE COAST STAR)

BRIELLE — Brielle’s annual Arbor Day ceremony was held Friday morning, May 7, outside borough hall at 601 Union Lane.

A recently planted Kentucky coffeetree was dedicated as a memorial to Robert McArthur, who had a 30-year career with the borough’s Public Works Department, serving as director for 10 years. Mr. McArthur died on March 12, 2020.

The ceremony was attended by borough officials, police officers, public works employees, friends and members of Mr. McArthur’s family. 

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Mayor Thomas B. Nichol read a proclamation honoring Mr. McArthur for his service to the community, and noted that Brielle is a recognized “Tree City.” The mayor declared that Friday, May 7, 2021, would be observed as Arbor Day in honor of Mr. McArthur, who was “a committed nemophilist, Master Gardener and a beloved member of the Brielle municipal family.”

Mr. McArthur led efforts to replace trees in Brielle Park and around the borough after many were felled in Superstorm Sandy. Along with municipal engineer Alan Hilla, Mr. McArthur started the organic community garden at the borough recycling center, the mayor noted.

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