Hometown Heroes 2018: Dennis Dematte

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.J.—Dennis Dematte was head swim coach for more than 25 years at the YMCA, where he mentored many swimmers and coaches. He started his career working for Assemblyman Ed Salmon when Salmon was a member of the NJ Assembly. Later and for much of his career, he worked at the Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) promoting recycling and making a difference in our community, especially with environmental awareness.

He was on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association of Recyclers, serving as a vice president of programs and Chair of the Legislative Committee. He was selected as County Clean Communities Coordinator of the year while working. Now retired from the CCIA, he is justly proud that during his time as County Recycling coordinator, Cumberland was the number one recycling county in New Jersey, and remains so. His commitment to the environment is also demonstrated in his having served as a board of director member of the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce, where he served as vice-chair of the legislative committee and Chair of the newly formed Environmental Committee. Dennis suffered a brain tumor about five years ago.

He continues to volunteer as a mentor at Petway Elementary School in Vineland. Dennis has been nominated in previous years and we are extremely happy that he has decided to accept his award this year.

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