Environmentalist Honored For Her Service

Jackson Councilman Alex Sauickie III presents a proclamation to resident Blanche Krubner during a recent council meeting. Krubner was praised for her many years of work on the Jackson Environmental Commission. She joined the commission in 1978. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

  JACKSON – Members of the governing body honored Blanche M. Krubner who was a long-time member of the Jackson Environmental Commission.

  According to the College of New Jersey’s alumni news, she served on the Jackson Environmental Commission and worked with the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commission and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. She has also been involved with the Ocean County League of Women Voters, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, and the Ocean County Environmental Agency. She taught social studies, geography, and economics for 28 years.

  Krubner was present for the meeting and received a proclamation from Councilman Alex Sauickie III.

  “Jackson was so lucky to have her dedication for all those years,” Councilman Kenneth Bressi said.

  Councilman Andrew Kern remembered Krubner from her school teaching days. “I want to thank you for all you did and for teaching me social studies in 12th grade.”

  Council Vice President Barry Calogero commented “Ms. Krubner I thought I was a big shot serving on the Zoning Board for eight years. That is nothing compared to all you have done. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. You are truly an inspiration to all of us who serve.”

Blanche Krubner sits beside fellow former Jackson Environmental Commissioner Denise Garner at the Jackson Council meeting where Krubner was honored for her years on the Environmental Commission. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

  Resident Denise Garner, who served on the township’s Environmental Commission for 16 years, sat beside her during the council meeting and spoke during the public comment period about what it was like working with her.

  Garner commended Krubner’s land use knowledge adding, “she helped me stand up against some of the most controversial applications that came before us. You provided a strong light and you left such a beautiful legacy.”

  During her emotional praise of Krubner, Garner was also critical of the current Environmental Commission saying “the commission is not as strong as it used to be. Now all I see is a rubber stamp. Let her legacy live, don’t let it die.”

  Krubner commented that she wanted to see the beauty of the community and clean potable water preserved in the township.

  Council President Robert Nixon agreed with Krubner’s remarks saying, “it should always be our highest priority.”