Eagle Scout Hopeful Provides Harvey Cedars With Bike Racks 

Mar 21, 2018

Robert E. Romano of Harvey Cedars moved a step closer to his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout by completing his community service project over the weekend. With the help of a volunteer crew, Romano built and installed three bicycle racks in the borough. Two are regular sized racks, located by the beach badge office in Sunset Park and in front of borough hall.

“The other rack was a little larger and is located at the Hudson Street beach,” said Romano, the son of Robert J. Romano and Meg Mathews.

The project fit within the requirements that it be of benefit to the general community, and not a commercial venture. Another key aspect of the project is leadership training, in that the scout has to plan and oversee the work from beginning to end.

“Tuckerton Lumber Co. was very gracious in donating the materials,” he said. “It was pretty windy out there, but most of the work was done in the garage, getting them built.”

A member of Boy Scout Troop 65 in Manahawkin, Romano hopes to complete his badge requirements by the end of the month. After that, he would receive his Eagle badge at a Court of Honor.

A senior at Southern Regional High School, Romano is also hoping to get accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He said if that does not happen, he will attended University of California, Davis.

“My career goal is to become an electrical engineer,” he said.

As a bicycle rider, it wasn’t hard to for him to consider bike racks as his project.

“Once the weather gets warmer, people will be out there with their bikes, so now they’ll have places to keep them if they’re going to the beach or the park,” said Romano. —E.E.

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