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Awards and Honors

Hudson Vicinage Receives Statewide Honors

Hudson Vicinage has received the New Jersey Smart Workplaces Award.

Presented on behalf of Gov. Jon S. Corzine, the Hudson Transportation Management Association (TMA) awarded a bronze award to the vicinage for its partnership with the TMA in promoting commuting alternatives for employees, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
Only 257 companies received this award statewide.

Vicinage Training Coordinator Rebecca Y. Natal received the award on behalf of the vicinage.
“We are extremely proud to be working with the TMA to alleviate our employees’ commuting problems and look forward to delivering more training with the TMA in the upcoming year,” Natal said.

Passaic Vicinage Announces Awards

Passaic Vicinage has announced the winners of its employee achievement awards.

The awards are given to staff for meritorious performance, customer service excellence, outstanding professional achievement, and/or exceptional service to the courts.

The awards, which were bestowed during a ceremony on Dec. 12, were given in three categories: Passaic Awards, Achievement Awards and Customer Service Awards.

Recipients of the Passaic Awards were Sandee Nole of the human resources division, Ying Lan Ho of the information technology division, Daisy Van Pelt of the family division and Madeline Faziola and Sonia Valentine of the probation division.

Achievement Awards are given for specialized programs or projects within a division that establish long term benefits for the Judiciary. The civil division won the award for a statewide ranking of three with a backlog per 100 of 108. 

This was an improvement over the previous year, when the backlog per 100 was 118.

Also cited were the EEO/AA and the Ombudsman’s Office for the 2008 Law Day program, the family division for the Non-Dissolution Consent Conference program and the probation division for the Record Room project and its Comprehensive Enforcement program for the effectiveness in collecting financial obligations from probationers.

The winners of the Customer Service Awards were Ryan Lehr of the probation division and Adrien Byrd of the criminal division.   

The Customer Service Awards were given to staff members who came up with ideas to improve customer service while taking into account the vicinage’s budgetary constraints.

Ocean Presents Awards to Staff  

By Krystyna Carlino
Administrative Supervisor 3
Human Resources Division
Ocean Vicinage

Ocean Presents Award to StaffSteven Molyneux, IT division manager in Ocean Vicinage, poses with members of his team who won the 2008 Winter Lighthouse Award. They are (from left) Ed Zane, Neil Zirin and Chris Marzulli. Nick Quilban, civil division team leader who is a member of the award committee, is at the far right.

Four members of Ocean Vicinage’s informational technology division have been awarded the 2008 Winter Lighthouse Award.

Mike Wolff, Ed Lane, Christopher Marzulli and Neil Zirin were cited for their commitment to customer service, initiative, teamwork and professionalism.

The Lighthouse Award recognizes employees who are "lighting the way" through their initiative, customer focus, teamwork, and professionalism in Ocean Vicinage.

The IT division received two nominations for the award. The first nomination described its work in coordinating an offsite event for the municipal courts. The team was invaluable in solving technical problems and finding creative solutions while remaining professional and focused on service.

The second nomination detailed the team’s willingness to tackle a problem that involved camera, video and audio systems in the courtroom. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to get this equipment up and running.

IT Division Manager Steve Molyneux stepped in and offered to assist with his team, which was able to make the system fully functional within 1½ hours.

This was a challenge the team undertook without being asked, showing initiative, quality service and teamwork.

Many teams work towards a common goal as one entity, putting the good of organization or objective before individual accomplishments. Many play a vital role to the success of various programs in the vicinage.

The Lighthouse Award is given four times a year, once to a group and three times to an individual. Each winner receives a certificate bearing a picture of the Barnegat Lighthouse.

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