Local Verona business owners, Don Smartt and George and Kathy Anderson were publicly recognized for their donation of seven generators to the Township of Verona during Monday night's council meeting.
“We know that times like Hurricane Sandy challenge us all and we are in a position to help extend the services you give to the people of this community,” Smartt told the council during the meeting.
Don Smartt is the owner of Don Smartt and The Community Advocates, located at 450 Bloomfield Ave. while the Andersons are the owners of Anderson Electric Corporation, on 1 Woodland Ave.
During Sandy, the township was able to provide generators to two young families during the storm, said Township Manager Joe Martin, who added he was pleased by their contribution to expand their inventory.
“We were very interested in giving something back to the town of Verona, the town that has given us so much for our children,” said George Anderson, a Verona resident of 18 years.
The seven newly donated portable generators will be used by town emergency personnel to help Verona residents who need assistance in case of another emergency situation.
“During the storm we had a young mother that just came home with a baby and she needed help,” said Verona Mayor Frank Sapienza.
He praised Smartt and the Andersons for providing a spare generator to the new mother and presented each with a special Township of Verona pin.