Bridge Marina Awards 2014 Scholarship to Lake Hopatcong Resident

September 16, 2014

Bridge Marina awarded its 2014 “Bridge Marina Scholarship” to William Caruso of Lake Hopatcong at its recent Labor Day event. Each year, Bridge Marina awards a scholarship to one of its staff members

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 in recognition of his or her outstanding performance, attitude and commitment to customer service.

This is the second year in a row that Caruso, 20, has won the Bridge Marina scholarship.  Caruso has worked at Bridge Marina for the past three years and has taken on additional responsibilities each year.  He is an avid fisherman and boater who currently attends Ramapo College, where he is studying Finance.  About winning the award, Caruso said, “I was quite surprised.  This season I have had the opportunity to work with the best staff Bridge Marina has had yet.”  When asked about what he enjoys most about his job with Bridge Marina, Caruso said, “The best thing I like about my job is a quiet, sunny afternoon on a Saturday,” during which he welcomes clients returning from a day of boating on Lake Hopatcong, as well as running the marina’s complimentary happy hour for its guests.

This year, Bridge Marina also awarded “Runner Up” scholarships to three additional staff members, thanks to the generosity of Bridge Marina Boating Club members Dan Verdirame and Susan Head of Far Hills, N.J.  Verdirame and Head generously sponsored additional scholarships for staff members Michael Root, Daniel Mickel, and Camil Soltysik, all of Jefferson Township, in recognition of their hard work and dedication as well.

Ray Fernandez, owner of Bridge Marina, started the Bridge Marina scholarship program in 2004.  Now in its seventh year, the program has become an integral part of the marina’s staff development efforts.  About choosing Caruso as the award winner for the second year in a row, Fernandez said, “It is always difficult to choose one person for this award, since our entire team is so dedicated.  However, William is very devoted to his team and to his work in a manner that makes him a standout amongst a group of very good peers.  In addition, William has eagerly taken on new responsibilities within the team, showing that he is a good leader.” 

About the scholarship program and the team at Bridge Marina, Fernandez said, “It is a pleasure to give out this award every year.  Our team and their aspirations are important to us, and we look forward to helping them achieve their goals beyond our marina. Through this scholarship program, not only do we get the opportunity to help our staff further their education, but we are also able to recognize our outstanding team members for their hard work.  I would also like to thank Dan Verdirame and Susan Head for the additional donation that let us recognize the Runner Ups on our team, who also do such a great job and deserve recognition as well.” 

Past recipients of the Bridge Marina scholarship include Jefferson Township residents Daniel Mickel, Dennis McCormick, Tom Jauch, and Scott King, as well as Sparta Township resident Andrew Richards.

About Bridge Marina: Bridge Marina is Lake Hopatcong’s award-winning, boutique marina, offering dock slip memberships, daily boat rentals, a Boating Club, marine store, service department, marine-grade fuel, and more.  Bridge Marina has been recognized twice as the national “Marina of the Year” and is the only freshwater marina in the Garden State certified by the NJDEP as a “Clean Marina.”  For more information, visit www.BridgeMarina.com or call (973) 663-1976.

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