HOWELL – While councilmen and councilwomen do receive their fair share of grief and criticism from residents and fellow government officials, some also receive great recognition along the way.
Former councilman Robert Walsh was recently honored by Howell township officials with a street named in his honor. Robert F. Walsh Way is the new name of the street that loops around the municipal building at 4567 Route 9 in Howell.
Walsh was honored for his many years of service to the township in a ceremony and unveiling of the street sign on May 9.
Although a Manalapan native, Walsh has lived in Howell Township for over 25 years, serving on the town council for over a decade.
He began his civil service in November 2005 when he was elected to a seat on the council. He later served his time as mayor from 2009 to 2012. Walsh then served as councilman again until the November 2018 election, in which he did not seek reelection.
Walsh’s longtime colleagues spoke well of him during the ceremony, Deputy Mayor Evelyn O’Donnell making a point to mention his generosity, dedication, and leadership.
“There are sometimes a few people who make a lasting impression on a district, a township, a community,” said O’Donnell. “The man who stands before you today is one of those people.”