SPRING LAKE — Dylan Thomas, 15, was honored by the Spring Lake Borough Council and Mayor Jennifer Naughton on Monday night for the accomplishment of officially earning Eagle Scout rank.
While working his summer job at the Spring Lake Library, Dylan, a freshman at Christian Brothers Academy, realized the library did not have a designated area for bicycle storage, forcing cyclists to park on the lawn or sidewalk. Dylan thought a new patio and bike rack would benefit the members of the community by providing a scenic convenience for local cyclists traveling to both the library and the Community House.
“This is an outstanding project and one that will be enjoyed by children and adults who visit the library and local Community House,” Mayor Naughton said, while delivering Dylan an official proclamation from the borough for his Eagle Scout honors. “You and all of your fellow scouts are really impressive young men. We are all so proud to have you here tonight and proud to have you in our community.”
After discussing his proposition with Spring Lake Community House Executive Director Patricia Barry, members of the borough council and his local Troop 31 leader, Dylan proposed a patio construction project to fulfill the final and highest attainable rank possible: Eagle Scout. After the borough signed off on the project and members of the community donated money for materials, the construction team — made up of Dylan, his fellow Troop 31 scouts, their fathers and a few local builders — began constructing the 9-by-13 foot patio.
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