Anthony Anzelone Middle Matters

Tony Anzelone and his employees accept the “Middle Matters” award from Mayor Mike Clark Monday, May 1 at the meeting of Township Committee. Also shown are Committeeman Tim Donohue and Committeeman Jeff DeVico.

David Benson

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Tony Anzelone and his employees were honored Monday, May 1 with a “Middle Matters” award at the month’s first meeting of Township Committee to recognize Anzelone’s ongoing efforts to help the community through donations and volunteering.

Through his company, Anzelone Electric in Cape May Court House, Anzelone donated $5,000 worth of labor in the upgrade of the emergency operations center at the Middle Township Police Department, said Police Chief Christopher Leusner.

“The emergency operations center helps keep us informed and safe,” Leusner said. “It needed to be upgraded to get information to officers in the field.”

The center is most often used when heavy storms sweep the area. It’s a central location for township officials, police and emergency personnel to coordinate efforts.

“Officers Clint Stocker and Phil Johnson also volunteered their labor,” Leusner said.

In November, committee members voted to accept $3,700 worth of in-kind labor from Anzelone to upgrade the center. At the time, that work included electrical work to update lighting, move power outlets and update the cabling.

Anzelone upped the donation as time went on and costs came in a little higher.

“Tony is a 24-year captain in the volunteer fire department,” said Mayor Mike Clark. “He’s dedicated to serving the community.”

Committeeman Tim Donohue caught up with him as Anzelone and his crew were leaving the meeting.

“I know you don’t do this for the recognition,” Donohue said. “Thank you, Tony.”

The Middle Matters award was introduced last year as a way to honor area residents who go above and beyond to volunteer their time or effort to the community.

Anyone in Middle Township can nominate a resident for the award. Nomination forms are available at the municipal clerk's office, or at

Middle Matters gives people a way to publicly recognize their neighbors for praiseworthy acts, officials said. It’s the willingness of area citizens to volunteer or donate that makes Middle Township a better community.

“We want to give our young people some role models to look up to,” Donohue said.

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