Infrastructure work brings man Hall of Fame status

George Hand Sr. of Williamstown has been inducted into the Barton E. Harrison New Jersey Alliance for Action Hall of Fame for his contributions to the state's construction industry and economy.

Hand is president of Oldcastle Precast's Eastern U.S. Pipe Group, based in Folsom. He also is chief operating officer of National Pipe Operations.

The Barton E. Harrison New Jersey Alliance for Action Hall of Fame honors the alliance's South Jersey regional vice chairman and a founding member of the board of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. Admission is predicated on outstanding contributions to community service related to infrastructure planning and improvements for New Jersey. Hand is just the second inductee.

The New Jersey Alliance for Action is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of more than 600 businesses and labor, professional, academic and government organizations.

Mantua fire commissioners plan to add 11 districts

The Mantua Township board of fire commissioners plans to create 11 new fire districts as part of a plan to reorganize the command structure of the four fire companies it governs.

The new fire districts would create ranks of one district chief, two battalion chiefs, four captains and four lieutenants.

The reorganization is intended to streamline the district, commission officials said.

For 2d year, Virtua Health wins Governor's Award

Virtua Health recently won a New Jersey Governor's Award for performance excellence for the second straight year.

The award is given to organizations that show excellence in quality as well as a systematic approach to overall management. Virtua Health won a silver award after winning a bronze last year.

Cooperative Extension honors 4-H volunteer

Wallace Warren of Sewell recently received the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County award of excellence.

Warren was recognized for his dedicated volunteer work for the 4-H Youth Development program in Gloucester County. Warren worked to improve, expand and solicit donations for the 4-H Fairgrounds.

In 1962, Warren and his late wife, Elaine, started a 4-H trail-riding club. It became so popular that at one point there were 100 members: 90 girls and 10 boys.

National Park finds it must cancel July Fourth parade

National Park has canceled its annual Fourth of July parade, this year scheduled to be held July 1.

The parade had been held the last 15 years.

Borough officials cited a lack of funding and not enough people to organize the celebration. The event costs $16,000. There are five members of the parade committee, about half the number borough officials estimate are needed.