The Mayor and Council unanimously approved a resolution paving the way for a tree to be planted in honor of Brian Zamkotowicz, a long time supporter and volunteer in youth activities in the borough.
The resolution was necessary in order to make an exception to the Shade Tree Commission’s policy on tree plantings on borough property.
Zamkotowicz, who died in November, 2019, was active for many years dating back to 2005 in numerous youth activities including soccer, Little League and basketball. The tree will be planted in the Center Avenue Park close to the soccer field, sometime in the spring.
The resolution as read by Councilman Brian Boms at the meeting is:
WHEREAS the Zamkotowicz family has resided in Atlantic Highlands since 2005; and
WHEREAS Brian Zamkotowicz, who passed away on November 6, 2019, was a dedicated volunteer coaching in the Sandy Hook Little League from 2012-2019, Atlantic Highlands Recreation soccer from 2013-2019, and Atlantic Highlands Recreation basketball from 2013- 2018; and
WHEREAS Mr. Zamkotowicz was active with the Boy Scouts 2017-2019 where he spent many hours helping to organize beach cleanups, and fundraising for hurricane relief; and
WHEREAS Mr. Zamkotowicz volunteered with the Blessing Bag Brigade on many occasions; and
WHEREAS Mr. Zamkotowicz’s volunteerism inspired other to become involved in recreational sports and activities in the Borough of Altantic Highlands; and
WHEREAS Mr. Zamkotowicz was particularly dedicated to the children of Atlantic Highlands as a positive influence, making sure to share weekly emails highlighting each of his players and their strengths; and
WHEREAS the Atlantic Highlands Shade Tree Commission’s Tribute Tree policy allows for the Mayor and Council to make exceptions under special circumstances to its Policy for Planting of Trees on Borough Property.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands, County of Monmouth, State of New Jersey that the Atlantic Highlands Shade Tree Commission is authorized to plant a Tribute Tree in Mr. Zamkotowicz’s memory in Center Avenue Park, the site of so much of his service to our community